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A research rocket has failed to launch from a site in Cheshire. Engineers say a propellant problem may have grounded the four-metre rocket shortly after lift-off.
The onboard video below was captured by a team from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester.
The latest rocket from Hyde-based company Starchaser has suffered a disastrous launch failure.
A four-metre Tempest research rocket took off from a launchpad near Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield.
But the rocket seemed to quickly lose thrust and nose-dived back down to earth after climbing only a few hundred feet.
Tempest was to be testing vital housekeeping electronics to be used aboard Starchaser's planned future manned launches, as well as a GPS experiment on behalf of Manchester University and an air quality monitoring experiment that is a collaboration between the universities of Chester and Leicester.
A research rocket has failed to launch from a site near the Jodrell Bank telescope in Cheshire.
Engineers say a 'mishap' grounded the four-metre rocket , which was meant to be taking aerial shots of the telescope.
The launch was carried out by Starchaser industries, the brain child of Steve Bennett from Hyde.
Formed in 1992, the company has designed and built several rocket systems to investigate the feasibility of producing a vehicle for space tourism.
A research rocket is to be launched from the site of the Jodrell bank telescope in Cheshire. The 4m long rocket is called Tempest and will be taking unique aerial shots of the telescope as well as carrying air quality testing equipment.
The launch is being carried out by Starchaser industries - the brain child of Steve Bennett from Hyde. Formed in 1992, the company has designed and built several rocket systems - all prototypes - to investigate the feasibility of producing a vehicle for space tourism.