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Rockets blast off with eggs for passengers

Team Tilganes rocket (Castle Rushen High School) heads for the sky watched by Howard Parkin and Steve Roper

Team Tilganes rocket (Castle Rushen High School) heads for the sky watched by Howard Parkin and Steve Roper

Teams of students reached for the sky in the Isle of Man Youth Rocketry Challenge.

Five teams from three secondary schools took part in the contest, held at Ronaldsway Aircraft Company’s sports fields on Sunday.

Part of the annual UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge, teams had to launch a rocket carrying a payload of two raw chicken eggs, which had to be recovered intact.

Out of 11 launches, eight were successful, with one landing in the trees, one crash landing when the parachutes failed to open, and another coming down in flames.

The winning team was Team Rocket from Ballakermeen High School, sponsored by ManSat.

After crash landing in the test launch, the team reassembled and repaired their rocket in time for a launch, which achieved an altitude of 859 feet in 56 seconds.

Second place went to Team Tilgane, from Castle Rushen High School, sponsored by Ronaldsway Aircraft Company, which achieved a height of 815 feet in 50 seconds.

Third place went to team Big Money, from St Ninian’s High School, sponsored by SES, which achieved a height of 711 feet in 35 seconds.

The rockets were carefully scrutinised and judged by Steve Roper from the Department of Economic Development and Howard Parkin of AstroManx.

The results will be forwarded to the UK challenge.

The top 30 from across the British Isles will be invited to attend the final at Farnborough.

 

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