A group of ten Lower Sixth pupils have spent most of the past year researching, designing, and building two mid-power model rockets, named Hampton Launch System 1(HLS1) and 2 (HLS2).
This term, the Hamptonians were delighted to watch all their hard work come to fruition with their prototype rockets reaching up to 1,000 feet at a recent East Anglian Rocketry Society launch event.
The Hampton rocket team had a total of five launches with both rockets flying well despite windy conditions and stable under the extreme accelerations of rocket flight. The recovery system and parachutes also worked, so that the rockets were never damaged on landing. The HLS1 achieved 953 feet in altitude, and the HLS2 achieved 817 feet.
Léo Sutherby, who set up the group, said it was a great feeling to finally launch their models:
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We were delighted to have such an excellent result despite having no prior experience of rocketry. Building two model rockets which both flew perfectly was a great experience in overcoming engineering challenges and one of my proudest achievements so far.