17th May 2009, 07:10 PM
THE PLAINS, Virginia USA — Student rocketeers from Madison West High School in Madison, Wi., and the Royal Liberty School in Romford Essex launched their rockets today in the Second Annual Transatlantic Rocket Fly-Off. The five-member team from Royal Liberty School scored 39.54 to win the international fly-off for the UK the second year in a row. Madison West High School, the 2009 Team America Rocketry Challenge Champion, logged a score of 50.68. Each point represents a deviation from altitude and time aloft targets, so the lower the score, the better. We're amazed that we can call ourselves world champions, said Lewis Marr, UK team captain. The team worked hard for six months and it feels great to be so successful.