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.