Yesterday the U.S. and UK teams held a practice launch in somewhat challenging conditions.
We arrived at the practice field around 4:30pm local time in a constant drizzle.
Necessity was the mother of improvisation -- we needed to protect the wires and the ignition box:
NAR representative John Hochheimer gave the contestants a run down of the launch procedures:
We scrambled to set up the launch pads:
The U.S. team launched first:
Followed by the UK team:
Big thank yous to Raytheon Company for sponsoring the U.S. team, Madison West High School of Madison, Wisc. to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge! Their support makes it possible for the team to travel to Farnborough and take part. They are a critical sponsor of the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and their unwavering commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is truly inspiring!