Rockets launched from University sports ground

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 29, 2010 10:35 AM |
Secondary schools compete for rocketry prize.

The University of Leicester’s sports ground in Oadby becomes a miniature Cape Kennedy today as teams from schools around the country compete in the final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC).

The challenge, open to teams of students between the ages of 11 and 18, is to design, construct and launch a rocket which is capable of carrying a payload to a specific height and returning it safely to Earth. The required altitude is 825 feet and the payload is an egg. And not a hard-boiled one either.

Teams from schools in Romford, Bradford, Leeds, Preston, Worksop, Dewsbury, Scunthorpe, Ealing, Belfast, Chippenham and Wootton Bassett are spending the day preparing and launching their home-made rockets.

UKAYRoC is based on the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and has been running for four years now. The winning team receive a cash prize and a trip to the United States to attend the TARC finals, then compete against the American winners for the ‘Transatlantic Trophy’.

NB. The University of Leicester is not involved in running UKAYRoC. We just let them use our sports field.