Bolton Students Rocket Launch Record Attempt
6th September 2011
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A group of Bolton students are waiting with baited breath to see if their record breaking rocket has blasted its way into the history books.

The students and professionals have spent two years designing and building the four-metre long rocket which was launched from the tip of the Mull of Galloway in Scotland on Thursday.

The device is names Black Streak and following the launch is believed to have reached  a height of 17.5 KM which is twice the height of Mount Everest and travelled at speeds of up to 1,600mph before then breaking into 3 pieces to begin its decent.

The current height for a rocket built by amateurs in the UK is 10.5km but the vital piece of the rocket containing GPS tracking information which would also confirm the height has not yet been found.

The sixth form students who are from Canon Slade School and Turton High School worked with professionals at Bolton Science and Technology Centre to build the rocket and received funding through a grant of £10,000 from the North West Development Agency.

To find out more and watch a full video of the launch click on the link below

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