We Have Lift Off
Monday 28th September 2015 @ 14:33 by Lee Wild
Hyde News

Starchaser Industries from Hyde launched their all new Tempest rocket on Monday (21 September).

Originally scheduled to launch at 10:30am, it had to be put back to 6:30pm due to the poor weather at the launch site at Capesthorne Hall near Macclesfield.

Schools from across the area were in attendance and students were dazzled by the display.

The 4.1 metre rocket was testing vital electronic systems that its hoped will make their way into the company’s future space tourism rockets.

It was hoped the launch would also inspire the next generation of scientists, and it seems to have worked as Starchaser Industries said that he’d received word from a teacher from Broad Oak Sports College that lots more students were now interested in studying physics at A-Level.

The project was collaboration between Starchaser Industries and some of the country’s top universities. The launch was sponsored by the University of Chester and the University of Manchester had a GPS experiment carried on-board. The University of Leicester conducted and air quality experiment Sheffield Hallam logged all of the launch data.

3000 feet was the maximum altitude set for this launch so as not to interfere with the nearby Jodrell Bank Radio telescope, but the rocket still managed to reach a top speed of more than 200mph.

Steve Bennett, Chief Executive of Starchaser Industries said: “It rained all morning so we couldn’t launched then, so we put it back to the evening, but everything still worked really well.

“The main rocket did exactly what it was supposed to; afterwards it split into two and parachuted down safely.

“We got some really good data and video from the drones filming it, the rocket set against the fading light looked amazing.”

Professor Nick Avis, Executive Dead of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester said: “of Chester, and Provost of Thornton Science Park, added: “The University of Chester is delighted to be involved in this project which links nicely to our new science and engineering programmes at the UK’s first engineering faculty for more than two decades, which launched last year at Thornton Science Park.”