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Space Rocket Challenges for 2020

Join in and have fun with rocket science

Space rocket challenge logoRocket Challenge 16th June to 6th July

NPL are delighted to have partnered with the UK Space Agency for the NPL 2020 Space Rocket challenge. 

The designs are in and the judges are checking through lots of fantastic designs so keep an eye on the web page to see some of the fantastic entries we’ve received and the winner announcement on Tuesday 14th July.

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Space Rocket Design Challenge

Thank you to everyone who submitted a design to the 2020 Space Rocket Challenge. We’ve received some fantastic designs and the judges will have a tough time coming up with a winner in both the primary school and secondary school categories.

The winners will be selected by the UK Space Agency’s Robert Garner - Mission Safety Analyst and announced  here and on our social media channels next Tuesday July 7th. Keep an eye on the web page and our social media as we share some honourable mentions that our rocket enthusiasts from across the UK and around the world submitted in this year’s challenge!



Fun facts from the 2020 Space Rocket Quiz included:

  • The value of NPL's prelaunch satellite calibration and testing allows the launch team to offers understand operational performance of a satellite under operational conditions before it is launched, which is a critical task for any space mission.
  • How the Rosalind Franklin rover, a 300kg autonomous vehicle, will help the search for past signs of life on Mars
  • The importance of NPL’s timescale references for global navigation networks
  • Skyrora’s work with the first space rocket test in Britain for 50 years?
  • NPL, UK Space Agency and ESA’s work together to deliver TRUTHS, an in-flight calibration system for Earth Observation satellites
  • Learning about the 7 proposed spaceport sites along the UK’s coastline and why it is ideal for both vertical and horizontal launch

Did you know….
Space activity at UK Space Agency and NPL

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  • NPL contributes to the UK space industry enabling the age of privately financed space missions.
  • NPL developed the science behind TRUTHS – a climate mission, led by the UK Space Agency, which will be delivered by the European Space Agency to enable in-flight calibration of Earth observation satellites and help deliver improved confidence in Earth Observation data gathered from space and the forecasts driven by this data
  • NPL have been pioneers in atomic clock technology since its advent in 1955.Today, signals from 31 atomic clocks onboard satellites enable GPS
  • NPL is helping space scientists understand the end-to-end performance of satellite instruments under operational conditions prior to launch through the development of novel instrumentation testing methods


Keep up to date with upcoming Outreach activities

UK Space Agency

  • The UK Space Agency is one of the founding members of the European Space Agency (ESA). Over the next 4 years we will be investing £374 million per year to ESA giving us access to €6 billion of science, research and innovation output each year
  • The UK Space Agency’s Spaceflight Programme aims to enable commercial spaceflight from UK spaceports. There are currently 7 proposed launch sites in the UK
  • Space is part of our everyday lives. Satellites support services the UK public, businesses and government rely on every day – from checking the weather forecast on the go to monitoring farming yields; and from maritime navigation to mobile health screening
  • There are over 41,000 people currently working in the UK Space Industry, and there not all astronauts, space sector jobs include aerospace engineers, physicists and entrepreneurs to name a few.
  • The UK Space Agency celebrated its 10th Birthday this year!

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