Starchaser Industries Limited (Starchaser) was scheduled to launch its Tempest Research Rocket from Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, SK11 9JX, before an audience of hundreds of pupils and teachers from more than 30 schools. Several of our students were lucky enough to attend as part of a rewards trip.
The main aim of this dramatic project is to enthuse and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and to raise aspirations in our young people.
From an engineering point of view the 4.1 metre rocket, which is a collaboration with the Science and Engineering Faculty of the University of Chester, will be test flying vital electronic systems that will be used aboard Starchaser’s future Space Tourism rockets. Tempest will also carry an experimental GPS package from the University of Manchester, an air quality monitoring experiment from the University of Leicester and two onboard video cameras.
“This country needs more scientists and engineers” said Starchaser CEO Steve Bennett “what better way to inspire the next generation than with the spectacular launch of a large scale British rocket?”
Professor Nick Avis, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester added “The University of Chester is delighted to be involved in this project which links nicely to our new science and engineering programmes which we have just launched on the Thornton Science Park. Our students will have the opportunity to undertake industrial placements as part of their degree programmes at companies such as Starchaser Industries and we look forward to working closely with them on their future ambitious projects.”
The maximum altitude for this re-usable rocket has been limited to 3000 feet so as not to interfere with the operation of the nearby Jodrell Bank radio telescope. After reaching a top speed of more than 200mph, the rocket will be safely recovered via parachute.