The final of the Rocketry Challenge at the Paris Air Show
On Friday, June 19, 2015, the Paris Air Show hosted the final of the Rocketry Challenge. This international, "amateur" rocketry competition, organized by GIFAS and Planète Sciences, is open to young people between the ages of 12 and 18. The goal: to fly a rocket carrying a payload of two raw eggs, which must be intact after landing, and to have all parts of the rocket come back down together using two identically sized parachutes.
Forty teams (schools, clubs) competed in the French finals after six regional campaigns. Ultimately, it was the team from the Lycée Stanislas (Paris) that came out on top. The best teams mentored by Safran engineers were ranked 2nd (the "Mystère" team from the Collège des Vallées - EJAAMS association), 4th (the "Condor" team from the Lycée Sud Médoc - AJSEP), 5th (the "XRocket" team from the Collège Henri Wallon - EJAAMS) and 6th (the "New York" team from the Collège Grange du Bois - EJAAMS).
This year, it was the United States team that won the international final. In 2013, at the Paris Air Show, the US team had also won the event whereas, in 2014, at Farnborough (UK), the French team came first. This team also visited the stand, this Friday june 19th.
The 2015 trophy was presented by Jean-Loïc Galle, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space.