U.S. Students Win Rocket Challenge in U.K.

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 26 (UPI) — A team of Pennsylvania students won first place in the third annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge in Farnborough, England, officials say.

The four-member team from Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pa., beat out student rocket teams from the United Kingdom and France in the competition held at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow, SPACE.com reported Friday.

Separate rocketry contests are held in the three countries throughout the year to select the finalists for the international fly-off, SPACE.com said.

Competing teams are tasked with designing, building and launching model rockets.

In this year’s Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge, teams had to launch a rocket to an altitude of 825 feet, have it remain airborne for 40 to 45 seconds and safely return a payload of a raw egg to the ground unbroken.

The competitions are designed to encourage and motivate students to pursue careers in aerospace.

“Based on today’s competition, the future of our industry is looking pretty bright,” Marion Blakey, president and chief executive officer of the sponsoring Aerospace Industries Association, said. “The level of enthusiasm of the participants is phenomenal, and each team deserves congratulations for winning their home competition and inspiring other students.”

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