The Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) student team has postponed its rocket launch on Friday evening.

With the launch, the team wanted to attempt to break the European altitude record with a self-developed rocket, but a technical defect threw a spanner in the works.

European students hold an unofficial competition to break each other's student rocket building height records.

That record is currently held by students from Stuttgart, Germany, and stands at an altitude of 32 kilometers.

The Delft team had from 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday to launch its rocket, but this was canceled due to a technical problem with the rocket's 'scales'.

The part measures how much fuel is loaded.

"Under these circumstances, the launch is a no-go," says DARE team leader Willem van Lynden.

The next attempt would actually be Saturday evening, but that one too is skipped because the dismantling, debriefing and repairing of the parts takes too much time.

The team plans to make another attempt next Wednesday.

The Delft students say they can break the current record in theory.

The 8.3-meter rocket is built to go higher than 100 kilometers, which is the limit of space.

This is not feasible for the record attempt due to the reserved area.

"The engine is switched off earlier, which means that the rocket does not rise as high," says Van Lynden.

"But then we can still go well over the record."

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