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Thailand's Top Water Rocket Championship #1

Thailand PET-Bottled Rocket Club, Saraburiwitthayakhom School Water Rocket Club and the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) organized the first Thailand's Top Water Rocket Championship on March 18, 2007 at the Cavalry Center's tank's firing range in Saraburi Province.

The main aim of this event is to inspire and stimulate the interest of students, teachers, and general public in PET-bottled rockets, resulting in their increase awareness of space sciences and utilization of PET-bottled rockets as a scientific tool. The event organizers are expecting to establish a higher level of competition in the future, and they are planning to hold more water rocket championships every year.

In this event, the competitions are organized into 2 groups: limited techniques and unlimited techniques. The pressure used in all launchers cannot be greater than 50 psi. Each team had 2 opportunities to launch the rockets, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
There were 17 teams in the limited-technique group and 13 teams in the unlimited-technique group. For the limited-technique group, the winner was the Kati team with a record of 236.3m. The second place was won by the Woraman team with a record of 230.10m. The third place was for the Muemai team with a record of 222.41m. For the unlimited-technique group, the winner was the P.J team with a record of 348.71m. The second and third places were for the Deksrangpra-Arjarn and the Kuklang team, with records of 285.79m and 285.58m, respectively.

Dr. Pitan Singhasaneh of Marketing and Public Relations of GISTDA, commented, "It is amazing how much we have accomplished in this event, which proofs that "There is no "I" in "TEAMWORK". Everyone worked and played hard in a friendly atmosphere without belligerence. I do believe that all of the participants went home with satisfaction not because they got the prizes, but because each of them has contributed to be a part of the best water rocket event of the year 2007".



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