Norfolk rocketeering team to launch beer into space
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A rocket enthusiast and his team are planning to launch a can of beer where possibly no can of beer has gone before.
Ben Jarvis, from Wymondham, has teamed up with Norwich-based Redwell Brewery for the attempt, which aims to break the European amateur rocketry record by reaching 100,000ft - more than 30kms.
Mr Jarvis first claimed that record in 2000 with a rocket in the Nevada desert that hit 34,000ft, and it stood until a Dutch team got to 70,000ft last year.
He said: 'Ever since I was about 18 I had this idea of combining beer and rockets and making an attempt to launch a can of beer into space.'
Oliver Best, from the brewery, said: 'We did a test launch near Cambridge. The rocket contained about 5kg of our Citra hops that we sent up into the atmosphere about 2,500ft.
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'Ben's been making rockets for 25 years, so we feel good about smashing the record this time and bringing it back home.'
Mr Jarvis has hopes to raise £13,500 to help fund the effort.
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To donate, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/hop-rocket-record.