US team captures Gold in 2013 International Rocketry Challenge

        US team captures Gold in 2013 International Rocketry Challenge

Raytheon-sponsored team from Georgetown, Texas, wins first place in student
rocketry challenge at the International Paris Air Show

PR Newswire

PARIS, June 21, 2013

PARIS, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Three students from the Georgetown,
Texas, 4-H rocketry club took home gold medals after placing first in the
sixth annual International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
The U.S. team, sponsored by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), reclaimed the title from the
French team, which placed second. The U.K. team finished third. Each team was
congratulated by the President of France, Francois Hollande.


To experience a sense of the day's excitement at the International Rocketry
Challenge, view onboard launch video from an exhibition rocket at: 

The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate
competitions held annually around the globe-- the Team America Rocketry
Challenge (TARC), UKAYRoC and the French Rocketry Challenge. Each contest
brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and
launch model rockets in hopes of inspiring young minds to become engaged in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

"Although the title must go to one team, they are all winners," said AIA
President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. "The innovation demonstrated by these
students is a terrific indication that the future of our industry is in good
hands and that the benefits of global collaboration are limitless."

Competing teams built and launched rockets with a goal of reaching an altitude
of exactly 750 feet during a 48- to 50-second flight window. The payload, a
horizontally-placed raw egg, had to return to the ground by parachute--
undamaged. The lowest score wins.

The three-member team representing the United States is from Georgetown,
Texas, and consists of brothers Mark and Matthew Janecka and teammate Daniel
Kelton. Georgetown 4-H posted a flight score of 47. The Leonard de Vinci
school team from France placed second with a score of 76.81 for the flight,
and the Royal Liberty school team from the United Kingdom placed third with a
flight score of 105.67.

Contributing to each team's final score, the students were also required to
give an eight-minute presentation on their rocket design to a panel of
international judges. Paralleling the outcome of the flights, the U.S. team
placed first in the presentation segment, the team from France placed second
and the U.K. team placed third.

This is the eighth year that Raytheon has supported the U.S. team's trip to
the international air show. The program is part of the company's broad-based
MathMovesU^® initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering and math.

"Raytheon is proud to continue its support of this exciting competition, which
is inspiring a new generation to pursue rewarding careers in STEM," said
Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson. "Working together to design,
build and launch their own rockets provides these young students with the
opportunity to collaborate and solve problems creatively as a team. We believe
these 'learn by doing' experiences not only stimulate enthusiasm for STEM, but
also help to build the skills needed to bolster innovation in the global

The United States is expected to add as many as 1.3 million jobs in
STEM-related fields over the next five years. Matthew Janecka and Daniel
Kelton plan on filling at least two of those positions, as both boys want to
pursue degrees in aeronautical and aerospace engineering after graduation.

The contest was organized and sponsored by the Aerospace Industries
Association of America; ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space
association; and Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et
Spatiales, the French aerospace industries association.

About MathMovesU

Raytheon's MathMovesU^® program is an initiative committed to increasing
middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education
by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs
of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!™;
Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot^®, which
showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill
ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with
the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by
Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS^® National
Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow
MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on
Twitter @MathMovesU.

About the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries
Association is the most authoritative and influential trade association
representing the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil,
military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space
systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel and
related components, equipment services and information technology.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a
broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at and follow us on
Twitter @raytheon.

Media Contact AIA
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Media Contact Raytheon Company
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