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We have lift off … Perse team secures 3rd place in Rocketry Challenge national final

26 Jun 2014

The Perse Rocketry Society continues its success at building and launching model rockets.

Yesterday, two Perse teams competed in the 2014 UK Rocketry Youth Challenge Finals, held at Charterhouse School in Surrey. The challenge this year was to launch two raw hens’ eggs in a rocket weighing less than 650g, to hit an altitude of 825ft in a journey time of 48-50 seconds.

Competing alongside the top 21 teams nationally, weather conditions were ideal and the day was a huge success with both teams completing successful launches.

Perse Team 1 (Garret Shannon, Thomas Read, Phillip Sosnin, James Mason and Harry Traherne) reached an altitude of 867ft in a time of 46 seconds. Perse Team 2 (Inigo Hunnable, Freddie Hornsby, Jonah Lehner, Lavnik Balyan and William Vinnicombe) reached 819ft in 56 seconds, which achieved a fantastic 3rd place overall in the competition.

The top 5 teams were very close and Team 2 reached the closest altitude to target; if the rocket had descended a second quicker on its parachute the team would have won the competition! The team won £250 for the School and each team member also was awarded student membership to the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Both teams had a fantastic day, learning many skills from rocket design, project management and team working. Well done to everyone who took part.

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