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Harrogate school rocket club flies into competition finals


Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:06am 23rd May 2018. (Updated at 6:52am 23rd May 2018)

Pupils from Ashville College in Harrogate have reached the finals of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge.  

Members of its Rocket Club are heading to Buckminster near Grantham today after winning the regional qualifying round of the competition near York.  


The aim of the challenge is to create a missile which can carry two raw eggs to an altitude of 800 feet, and then deliver them back to earth within a 41 to 43 second time frame.  


The Elvington heat, near York,  was the culmination of six months' work for Jason Kwan, Joe Lang, Charles Appleby, Zoey Moseng, Wesley Smith, Diego Roth, George Hayfield, Eliot Payne and Sam Utley, who designed and made three high-powered rockets.


The nine senior school pupils were split into three teams, and each rocket performed extremely well, exceeding 700 feet in altitude.


Wesley Smith, Zoe Moseng and Diego Roth's space craft came closest to the target with a height of 822 feet and a flight time of 44 seconds - the highest score of the day.


The rocket made by George Hayfield, Sam Utley and Eliot Payne also qualified.


In their preparation, the students used a Form 2 3D resin printer to produce improved fuse holders for their rockets, which was purchased from monies raised as part of the school's 140 Year Anniversary fund initiative.


Ashville College science teacher and rocket club leader, Richard Lees, said:

"Having two teams make it through to tomorrow's national finals is a tremendous achievement.  The pupils learned a lot from the Ellvington launch and a number of improvements have been made to both rockets.  The new 3D printer certainly played a major role in this success, as the printed parts ensured all of the launches went smoothly. We are now looking how our rockets can be improved further using a host of bespoke 3D printed parts. Our sights are now firmly set on the final, which is being held at the British Model Flying Association National Centre Buckminster. And, if one of the two teams win, then we will be going to the international finals, being held during July's Farnborough International Airshow."

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