2013-2017
Brockford Barn 

  • 2013 Aer0nauts was launched as a small team of students from the local USAF base came to us to rebuild a Radio controlled Biplane

  • 2014 Experimenting with laser cutting and aircraft manufacture with a growing team of home educated students and one from a local youth training provider.

  • 2015 Entered the BMFA Payload Challenges for schools and universities with 'Pig'. The plane barely flew for reasons beyond our then understanding! However we won the prestigious 'Jettex Trophy' after a series of crashes and rebuilds that gained us a lot of sympathy!!

  • 2016 A new team of home eds. Complete review of our understanding of flight theory. We took the 'Pig' basic format and developed two competing upgrades led by two home educated students. This internal friendly competition led to a single solution with increased empennage area, coned nose, streamlined  propeller intake and dynamically cooled motor. Winners of the BMFA Distance Payload Challenge against three  other teams including one from China. Do watch the video if you haven't seen it!

 

2017 -2019

Old Magistrates Courthouse, Stowmarket

  • 2017 A new team again this time exploring a front mounted tractor propeller and a thorough modelling of 20 wing/tail combinations around a  basic torpedo fuselage. A last minute change from plywood construction to Depron leading to a our second win of the BMFA Distance Payload Challenge against two other teams.

  • Plus a second entry, our first in the 'Quantity Challenge' (tennis balls) with 'The Mighty Dorito' built single handedly by our eldest student came 5th overall against  multiple University entries.

2018

  • Three teams now!!

  • Our youngest team of three ages 11-14 entering the 'Egg-lift challenge' winning their category with 'Yolko-Oh-No'

  • Team of three entering the Distance Challenge (Block of wood) came second

  • Team of two entering the Quantity Challenge (Polystyrene Balls) with 'B-Ryan' failed to compete.

 

2019

  • Three teams again;

  • SpaceEggs winning their challenge against two other teams.

  • 'Distance' sporting two wing options in the design process; a delta v a straight wing winning their challenge against two other teams

  • 'Quantity' winning their challenge against 17 universities. 

2019 - present


Moved to Freestone Lodge, Northants

  • Continued some groups online as we fitted out our new site

  • Discovery Zone provision at Shuttleworth Airshows

2020-21

  • Locked down!

  • developing online and mobile provision and local home Education links.

2021

  • Aer0camp at Shuttleworth

  • Open days at Freestones

  • Work with HE students 1:1

  • July Aer0camp with Bus at Shuttleworth

  • Discovery Zone Educational provision at Shuttleworth airshows.

 

 

 

 

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