UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC)
PERSE SCHOOL - WINNERS OF 2012 UK AEROSPACE YOUTH ROCKETRY CHALLENGE (UKAYRoC) FINALS. 2013 COMPETITION NOW OPEN!
Perse School of Cambridge beat 19 other teams in another eggs-traordinary challenge to become national Youth Rocketry Champions at the UKAYRoC finals on 16 May, at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, and will face US and French champions at the Farnborough International Airshow in July and have won an all expenses trip to NASA in Houston, TX USA.
Beating 60 team entries from around the UK, 20 teams consisting of 3 to 5 11-18 year-olds each from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales qualified for the finals. This year’s challenge, like other years, really was about rocket science, with specific height, weight, flight duration and payload requirements that the rocket designers had to meet.
For 2012, the payload requirement was two raw hen’s eggs. The rocket was required to reach a height of exactly 800ft and weigh no more than 650 grams. The payload of eggs then had to return safely to the ground, within 43-47 seconds using only a single parachute.
Perse School came first with their rocket reaching an altitude of 803 feet in 40 seconds with their payload landing unbroken (and unscrambled!). They took their prize-winning trip to the USA in January 2013, supported by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Many thanks to this year’s sponsors: Chemring (Platinum sponsor), Rolls-Royce (Gold sponsor) and Raytheon (Silver sponsor).
The 2013 competition is now open. Find out more at : www.ukayroc.co.uk