Indian kids about to launch their own rocket

And they name it after their school principal!

While most high-school kids are content launching paper-rockets at their unsuspecting teachers, Bangalore’s Cottonians have built a real rocket and even named it after their school principal.

The launch is scheduled for December 12 from Boodigere, 30km from Bangalore. However, ‘to ensure total safety, ISRO authorities will be conducting an inspection and ultimately decide the location of the launch site, which could be either Thumba (Kerala) or Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh),” school principal Dr Abraham Ebenezer told PTI.

The result of a sustained two-year effort, the 10-foot high rocket is three inches in diameter and weighs seven kilograms. “It can reach an estimated altitude of 3.2-3.8km, its estimated range is five km and estimated time of flight is 12 minutes,” the boys, Chandan Prasad and Dhanvi Reddy, said.

“The name of the rocket, Ebender, is symbolic of our affection and gratitude for the efforts made by our principal to ensure that our effort sees the light of the day,” they said. [Rediff]

Let’s hope the Pakistanis don’t test one of their ‘indigenously developed’ in retaliation.

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  2. That’s cool! When I was in my first year of college my engineering peers and I built a rocket that went a little higher than 100km and contained various research packages such as a high speed ozone analysis system and other instruments.
    The avionics where mostly off the shelf and we wrote almost all the navigation software on a mac and it worked great. It always amazes me that countries such as Pakistan and Iran can not seem to make large extremely accurate missiles but then I realize the main problems are electronics and fabrication. At my school we had great fabrication systems with extremely high levels of precision and could get things out of catalogs that technically can not be sold to those countries which is the real concern with weapons proliferation. The theory and the actual development of weapons is not that hard, even kids can do it, if you have all the right tools and one of the things that scared me about he A.Q. Khan network is seeing the number of organizations that where moving banded high precision milling equipment, computer aided manufacturing systems, high speed computers, and things like tritium triggers. Not good.

  3. According to reports North Korean school kids have already started working on a school student version of the missile, which will be transferred to Pakistan and repainted. Once the manuals have been translated from Korean to Urdu, Pakistani school students will also be achieving this feat.

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