Blast off for city’s young rocketry scientists

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ASPIRING young rocket scientists are being called to join a nationwide competition.

The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge sees scores of children, aged 11 to 18, taking part.

Teams need to build and launch a model rocket with payload of one raw egg. The rocket must reach 775 feet with a specific target flight duration of 41-43 seconds and return to earth with the egg intact.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond is now urging city youngsters to join the competition – the victors of which will win an all-expenses trip to Paris to represent the UK in a fly-off against teams from the USA, Japan and France.

Mrs Drummond said: ‘This is a brilliant and fun opportunity to apply high-level science, technology, engineering and maths knowledge in a practical way.

‘These skills are vital ones for the country to develop and they are in much demand at a host of local defence and aerospace companies in Portsmouth and the surrounding area.’

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