Cranfield Rocket Project: Year 12 physicists took part in a rocket project for Cranfield University. The students designed an experiment which needed to fit into a small payload attached to a rocket. The rocket, which was designed and built by the University, was to be sent into the Earth’s upper atmosphere and (hopefully) return back to the ground. However, the project was not without challenges; the equipment would have to fit into a cola can with a diameter of 5.41 cm. The year 12s were assisted by one of Biddenham’s former students to help with the project. Their idea was to design a circuit with a barometer, which measures pressure; an accelerometer, which measures speed; and a raspberry pi, a mini computer in order to measure and record both the speed and altitude of the rocket throughout its journey. The rocket was launched from Portugal in October 2022. The equipment students designed was named ‘CANDICE’.
The can-sized Atmosphere Numerating Design with Interestingly Calibrated Equipment (CANDICE), was an experiment imagined, designed and implemented by students here at Biddenham. The objective was to sense the evolution of the atmospheric parameters (e.g. pressure and temperature), with respect to the altitude, and to compare the results with both the standard atmospheric models, and IFPP Results.