Hunt is on for rocket part

Andy Dutton right Ramesh Krishnan preparing the electronic payload, whilst the other shows the rocket being prepared for launch.

Andy Dutton right Ramesh Krishnan preparing the electronic payload, whilst the other shows the rocket being prepared for launch.

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THE hunt is on for a vital piece of scientific equipment yet to be retrieved following a rocket launch on the Mull of Galloway on Thursday.

Students from Bolton are desperate to find the red instrument that contains information on the height reached by the rocket – possibly crowning it with a record-breaking title.

The Black Streak rocket could have reached 17.5km above Earth, with the current record being 10.5km. But the team can’t prove anything until the data is recovered.

The four students chose to launch their experiment from the Mull of Galloway because of its distance from populated areas but lost sight of the rocket in cloudy skies. Part of it was later retrieved but the essential four-metre carrier of good – or bad – news was not.

Jordan Cropper, Rameshi Kirshnan, Evelyn James and Brad Crowder, who were thrilled with the success of the launch, were assisted in their endeavours by their former teacher Robin Hague and Torben Steeg from the Bolton Science and Technology Centre.

The team now hope a rambler or farmer may spot the missing piece or, if it landed in the sea, that a fisherman may come across it. If that happens to be you, please contact Torben on 07801 541690.