New Britain, Conn. –The Maryland Delaware Rocket Association (MDRA) and Stanley Black & Decker have set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest scale model rocket – a 64.75-foot tall, 700-pound replica of the 1961 Mercury-Redstone rocket that launched the first astronauts to the moon.
The rocket, which was engineered, designed and built at Stanley Black & Decker’s makerspace in Towson, Md., was successfully launched on Sunday, April 8, in Price, Maryland. The rocket reached a height of 0.5 miles before safely parachuting back down to the ground.
“Our purpose at Stanley Black & Decker is to help empower makers of all kinds, providing them with the tools, resources and opportunities to make valuable and sometimes record-setting innovations,” said Robert Welsh, Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker. “We’re proud that we were able to help the Maryland Delaware Rocket Association and its members – many of whom are Stanley Black & Decker employees – inspire a whole new generation of rocket scientists through the setting of this Guinness World Record.”
Stanley Black & Decker launched the 4,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art makerspace in Towson in August 2017. The workshop provides a space for Stanley Black & Decker employees to bring innovative new ideas to life.
This makerspace is part of a broader commitment to empowering makers. Stanley Black & Decker has also partnered with a range of universities to develop a curriculum, framework and toolset for future makerspaces and to offer a space for students and faculty to work on research projects.
To learn more about Stanley Black & Decker’s makerspaces, please visit their website.
About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at https://www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.
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