It IS Rocket Science and Bedford College wins

Thursday 12 December 2013

Two Bedford College apprentices, Ashley Ward and Lewis Wilson of Axis Electronics, reached the highest level in a rocket launching competition among MP's and the best young aerospace trainees in the country.

The event, which took place outside Westminster Palace, marked the official launch of the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge for schools. The Challenge for 2014 is to achieve a target altitude of 825 feet.  The payload is two raw medium sized hen’s eggs which should return safe to earth using two parachutes of the same size.

MPs and apprentices assembled and launched air powered rockets. The aim was to achieve the greatest vertical distance, with Chloe Smith MP and apprentices Ashley Ward and Lewis Wilson from Axis Electronics in Bedford being placed first.

Apprentices from Airbus, Astrium, Axis Electronics, BAE Systems, Cobham, GE Aviation, GKN, Lockheed Martin UK, Marshall Aerospace and Defence, MEP, Raytheon UK, RLC Engineering, Selex ES and UTC were involved.

Said Ian Pryce, Principal and Chief Executive: “We teach the very latest in rocket science at Bedford College with links to international engineering organisations, so it is great to see two of our apprentices helping to showcase the importance of technology in education and training.”

Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation, ADS Group commented: “The Rocketry Challenge is a unique initiative to ignite enthusiasm for our sectors. We believe the challenge has an important role to play in galvanising more young people to take up careers in the aerospace sector, ultimately helping the UK take advantage of the significant growth opportunities available as air travel continues to increase.”

“Today’s event demonstrates the importance that MPs and our industry places on this initiative, and on securing the skills we need for the future.”

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