Meet A Rocket Man (Podcast)

Last year we had the great pleasure of meeting one of the rocketmen involved with the secret rocket testing programme in the 1950s and 60s.
As part of the Star Party organised by Vectis Astronomical Society, we joined a fascinating tour of the old battery …

Last year we had the great pleasure of meeting one of the rocketmen involved with the secret rocket testing programme in the 1950s and 60s.

Meet A Rocket ManAs part of the Star Party organised by Vectis Astronomical Society, we joined a fascinating tour of the old battery and afterwards caught up with the original rocketman, Jim Scragg, to find out more (listen to podcast below).

Jim gave us a great insight into how things worked and how life in that world has changed since.

As part of National Science Week, the event is taking place again this year on 15th March at The Needles New Battery (West High Down, Alum Bay).

If you missed the chance to meet Jim last year, why not go along on the 15th to find out what it was like to work there and ask him your questions.

Here’s what he had to say to VentnorBlog last year
[audio:http://otw-audio.s3.amazonaws.com/jim-scragg-rocketman.mp3]

For more details of the forthcoming event contact The National Trust on 01983 741020.

Free entry.

Transport
Please note there is no vehicular access to the Needles headland although the Southern Vectis Needles Tour Bus will be running. For disabled arrangements phone 01983 754772.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2009 9:00am

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Mike Adams

How very sad that Government after Government cancel major projects that are likely to cripple our future capability to earn our way in the world. One fairly recent example – Cancelling research for the carbon capture and sequestration at coal burning power stations, and although some funding is being made available we are years behind.
Research and funding for tidal turbines – and barrages – also delayed.

Christopher Bonney
Wholeheartedly agree with MA. The Government continues to fail us by not propagating high tech industries and also fails to show any belief in us as a nation. What a very different story it might have been if the Government had not cancelled the successful Black Arrow back in 1971. It is entirely possible that a space industry might have become a major employer here on the… Read more »
Christopher Bonney

…not to mention precarious reliance on the financial industry.