In celebration of the launch of the UCLan-NASA Hi-C mission, we plan to set a new Guinness World Record for the most water-powered bottle rockets to be launched in a 24-hour period.
Our target is 1000 unique launches.
We need your help for the challenge to really take off! Anybody can launch a bottle rocket and be part of the record attempt, you just need to follow the attempt guidelines and submit evidence to us. Have fun, find out more about rocket physics, learn about the sun and space weather and be part of this global project.
We're counting down to lift off- all rockets must be launched between 12:00GMT 4th July and 12:00 GMT 5thJuly 2012
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Anybody can take part in the world record attempt. It doesn't matter if you are a school group, science club, family or amateur astronomy group- we are looking for unique water rocket launches all over the planet, in one 24 hour time period. However, there are a few guidelines that you must follow:
All launches must take place during the launch window 12:00GMT 4th July- 12:00GMT 5th July.
All launches must be filmed and videos must include a date and time stamp.
All launches must be independently witnessed.
Please download the Guidelines and Evidence pack to ensure that your launch is eligible to be part of the world record attempt.
For water rocket hints and tips, please see our Lift Off! Pack.
You will need:
An empty 2-litre soft drink bottle - this must be plastic and have a screw cap
A bike pump, preferably a stirrup style or foot pump.
A rocket launch kit- we are recommending the Rokit. Participants are entitled to 10% off the usual cost of this by using the discount code UCLAN2012. The first 1000 UK school groups to sign up will receive a Rokit launch kit free of charge.
A camcorder, camera phone or similar.
To launch your rocket, you simply fill the bottle a third full with water and connect the Rokit kit and pump. You are now ready to launch and with just a few pumps, the water will be forced out of the bottle and your rocket will take to the sky! Up, up and away!
Remember that your rocket will be travelling at speed and with force- it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of those involved in your launch. Please designate a launch site and control access to this area during your launch. Rockets should be launched by a responsible adult.
We recommend that you test your rocket several times before the launch window. You may also like to experiment with the launch conditions- add more water, a nose cone, or even a payload such as a lump of plasticine. Have fun with your rocket
Please visit www.rokit.com for assembly and launch guide.
Upload an image of your bottle rocket preparation and launch! You never know, you may feature on our website. Remember, you need to upload a video of your launch to qualify for the world record.
Don't forget, to qualify as part of the Guinness World Record you MUST upload a video of your launch, either via our secure upload area below - or You Tube (see box to the right) if you have an account. If your video upload is timing out due to your internet connection, try uploading to YouTube instead.
If you have a YouTube account you can upload direct to our UCLan channel by completing the steps below.