Cymru 3 on the launchpad at Cerrigydrudion
Cymru 3 on the launchpad at Cerrigydrudion

Nicknamed “The Silo” because of its superficial resemblance to a farmyard grain silo. Cymru 3 was built to exacting specifications by artisan welders using zinc coated steel plate in just six days. They did make 11 others at the same time which, coincidentally, were used as grain silos.

A launch weight of 5.4 tonnes makes it the equivalent of blasting 51.7 Paul Gascoignes or around 93 Kylie Minogues into space.

The engine cone of Cymru III
The engine cone of Cymru III

 

 

The business end of Cymru 3- the main engine nose-cone. Again, resemblance to the hopper end of a grain silo is entirely expected.

A Babbage differential engine
A Babbage differential engine

 

Primary thrust is provided by a Babbage differential engine, with supplemental attitude control via a pair of bilateral search engines.

However, escape velocity is achieved by means of 16,000 12 gauge shotgun cartridges all fired together by tugging on a piece of string.

The remains of Cerrigydrudion after take off
Cerrigydrudion after a succesful launch

 

 

Aerial view of Cerrigydrudion following succesful launch of Cymru 3. We have decided to launch subsequent flights from across the border in England. And we are actively seeking a launch site for Cymru 4. If you know of somewhere suitable please drop us a line.

The flight deck on Cymru 3

 

 

The flight deck on Cymru 3. Qualified space personnel only.

Awesome processing power on the flight deck"
Awesome processing power on the flight deck”

 

 

Banks of ex-state-of-the-art computers control primary flight functions and navigational systems. Cymru 3 contains awesome processing power equivalent to 26 wrist-watches, or 5 desktop calculators and a binatone alarm clock radio.