Blast off – Perse pupils head for NASA following UK Rocketry success
The Perse team has won the 2012 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge. The challenge was to launch two hen’s eggs to a height of exactly 800ft in a rocket weighing no more than 650 grams and return the eggs safely to ground within 43-47 seconds. Penalty points were deducted from teams whose rockets fell outside these parameters and the team with the lowest overall number of penalty points was declared the winner.
The winning Perse rocket reached an altitude of 803ft and returned to the ground in 39 seconds.
The Perse team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to NASA in Houston, Texas, and will also compete in the international fly-off against the winning teams from the USA, France and Japan, to be held at the Farnborough International Air Show. The Perse Rocketry Society also wins £1000 to finance future projects.