Local Edinburgh school children launched to front row of rocket unveiling
29 January 2019
Local Edinburgh school children have been given a front row seat to the unveiling of a space rocket which has got everyone talking across Midlothian. The Black Arrow, the UK’s first and only rocket to successfully place a satellite into orbit, was unveiled at Bishop’s Move Edinburgh’s Penicuik storage facility after a 10,000-mile journey home. The winners of an art competition, run by the removals company Scottish space company Skyrora Ltd and assisted by Midlothian Council, were given the best view in the house.
The Black Arrow, which was brought home by Skyrora was developed during the 1960s, and for four launches between 1969 and 1971. Its final flight was the first and only successful orbital launch to be conducted by the UK and placed the Prospero satellite into low earth orbit. The three-stage rocket was 13m’s (43ft) in length and 2m’s (6ft 7) in diameter.
Pupils at schools across the Penicuik region were challenged to enter the art competition by providing their drawings of space which featured space rockets, planets, stars, and aliens. The winners and runner ups from all the great entries were chosen by Kenny Janczyk, Bishop’s Move Edinburgh Branch Manager and Becky Morris, Business Development Executive at Skyrora. The awards were presented by Vice Marshall Rochelle (MOD) who provided a speech on inspiring future generations.
The overall winner was Ruby Reid from Strathesk Primary School, with this fabulous winning SPACE entry
The other winners and runners-up were:
Cornbank Primary School
Winner - Ellen Nimmo
Runner up Katie Jackson
Bilston Primary School
Winner - Erin Hamilton
Runner up Erin Richardson
Mauricewood Primary School
Winner - Mollie Easton
Runner up – George Charles
Strathesk Primary School
Overall winner - Ruby Reid
Runner up - Keira Brown
Amongst the other attendees at the unveiling at Bishop’s Move Edinburgh included Professor Stephen Salter, who worked on the Black Knight – the predecessor of the Black Arrow; Mike Taylor, Markets & International Programme Director at the UK Space Agency; and Ivan McKee, from the Department of Trade, Investment & Innovation.
Derek Harris, Business Operations Manager from Skyrora, comments: “Skyrora are delighted to have been able to work with Bishop’s Move on this exciting project. We had no hesitation in choosing Bishop’s Move to store the rocket as we were confident that they would be the safest and most reliable option after meeting with branch manager, Kenny Janczyk. Regarding the competition, Kenny came up with the idea of involving the local community and giving the younger generation the opportunity to take part in a Rocket Art Competition. We were more than happy to get involved, also partnering with Midlothian Council and feel that this well and truly strengths the ongoing relationship between the companies.”
Kenny Janczyk, from Bishop’s Move Edinburgh, adds: “I must confess, I thought it was a joke when we were first approached about storing a rocket at our facility! However, we have been honoured to have been entrusted with storing such an historic piece of space travel. We would like to thank Midlothian Council and Skyrora for their assistance in the competition and helping inspire the children on the day of the unveiling.”