The last-minute hitch threw the crew of Mark de Bruyn, his sons John and David, along with Dino Marx, out only slightly, as they made a quick plan to source another laptop for the launch in the Karoo on August 3, after receiving flight clearance for a couple of hours from the Civil Aviation Authority.
For decades the race has been on to break the 10km barrier and the team from Cape Rocketry managed to not only break the previous record of 9.5km, but pip the elusive 10km mark at 10.37km.
They were the first people on the continent to break through the 10km mark and now hold the record.
Mark and John are based in Knysna while David and Marx are in Cape Town. They were determined to build as much of the rocket themselves as possible and only use local companies where needed.