Hopes dashed as rocket launch fails

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY - AMY GLENDIN­NING

THREE, two, one... Oh. Years of work on a space rocket went ka­put – when it failed to launch.

Crowds had gath­ered at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield to watch the launch, or­gan­ised by Tame­side busi­ness Star­chaser Ltd.

Their ‘ tem­pest’ rocket was due to reach an altitude of up to 2,000ft be­fore de­scend­ing by parachute.

But dis­as­ter struck when af­ter a few sec­onds of thrust the rocket’s fuel sup­ply failed and it fell to earth.

The prob­lem was caused when highly pres­surised fuel caused part of the rocket to crack.

But fol­low­ing the failed launch near Jo­drell Bank in Cheshire, Star­chaser CEO Steve Bennett was un­de­terred.

He said his team would now mend the faults and be back with a suc­cess­ful launch in three months’ time.

He said: “It’s just one of those things, we couldn’t have pre­dicted it.

“Maybe the cold weather to­day had some­thing to do with it, but we know what went wrong and we can fix it.

“The rocket’s not in bad shape so we can fix it up and go again.”


In­dus­tries, based in Based in Hyde, is a group of tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses with the goal of of­fer­ing com­mer­cial space flights.

Watch a video of the launch at­tempt at www. mac­cles­field­ex­press. co.uk

●» Steve Bennett with the rocket be­fore take-off

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