The UNRS was now a member of the British Interplanetary Society and mention was made of the Natal Group in one of their publications.
The commandant in charge of the range was very interested and suggested the UNRS approach the Commandant-General in Pretoria, Colonel Pienaar, who was the Army's Director of Explosives.
Jock McNeil reported working on a concise history of the UNRS (unfortunately never completed or made available).
August 1961: The UNRS received a setback when permission was refused by the CIE to launch the 5 m high two-stage rocket, RS60-2.
At one of its Council meetings the Durban SRC passed the following resolution regarding the UNRS: "Resolution 159: That this council once again warmly congratulates the Rocket Society on its energetic programme over the past year".
A rather arid region known locally as "Red Desert" between Port Edward and the then Umtamvuna River pont was approved as a launch site and during the weekend of 12-13 May 1962 the UNRS launched several rockets.
In the second half of 1962 the UNRS held a space conference at the University in Durban (open to the public as well) at which several of the leading members presented papers on various aspects of amateur rocketry.
A moonwatch satellite tracking station was established in the last half of 1962 but never really became operational as part of the UNRS. It was only in subsequent years that this became operational (but nothing to do with the University) ...
The UNRS was involved in negotiations with a group in the United States (Aerospace Research Associates, Rochester, New York) with the intention of developing a launch site in South Africa as well as a large high altitude multi-staged rocket.
In addition the UNRS presented various talks to several organisations and submitted papers to different technical publications, e.g.
The author still lived in Durban and made an attempt to keep the UNRS going but the University regulations required that only registered students could hold office in a University society.
The UNRS also had its full share of difficulties from this office.