Using computer-aided design software and black powder rocket motors capable of propelling a rocket up to 700ft at speeds of 200mph, troops from 156 Provost Company Royal Military Police enjoyed a teambuilding challenge.
The soldiers were tasked to build a rocket to launch an egg into the sky, with their performance judged on the egg’s safe landing and the height reached.
156 Pro Coy RMP’s Officer Commanding Major Dougie Hutchinson said: “We’re a busy unit and it’s rare to have most of us in one place, so the aim of the day was to bring everyone together to do something a bit out of the ordinary.
“Building rockets has challenged us all to use our brains in different ways. Everyone has had their own way of approaching the same problem and it’s been interesting to observe that. But at the same time, there’s a strong competitive spirit between the teams and it’s been a lot of fun.”
"protecting the egg"
After launching her team’s rocket, Corporal Karen Yates said: “It’s good to break out of day-to-day work and try something different. It’s been interesting to see how, with the same limited knowledge, each team has come up with a slightly different design.”
Lance Corporal Colin Ribbick said: “We turned up this morning with no idea what we were doing, to be taught the basics of rocket science and sent off to apply that knowledge.
“It’s challenged us to work together, with the key issue being to find the right balance between power and protecting the egg. Our egg landed intact so we must have done something right!”