Apprentices based at Total Carbide teamed up with some high-flying students to ensure a rocket competed successfully in a multi-national competition.
The team at Total Carbide which is based at Westcott Venture Park, built the body for the sounding rocket designed by postgraduate Cranfield University students to compete at the Spaceport America Cup, organised by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association in New Mexico, USA.
The project came about after Total Carbide Managing Director Andreas Hohmann met the students at one of the monthly Westcott Space Cluster meetings and then visited Cranfield to discuss details.
That led to the rocket body being built by the company’s apprentices as a special project before competing as one of 122 teams in the global competition for students.
The rocket launched successfully and although it didn’t win, it was a landmark achievement for the combined team.
Andreas said: “This was a fantastic challenge for our apprentices and a mark of their engineering skill as they helped transform a design into reality.
“I congratulate everyone concerned in what was a very exciting project – they have all benefited enormously.”
Total Carbide is one of the European leaders in the design and manufacture of tungsten carbide wear parts. The company provides wear part solutions to many of Europe’s major companies and is part of the Versarien Plc Group.