As the name suggests, Newey’s Nightmare is a design based on a parachute delivery system that will retard the fall, and therefore not have to worry as much about creating an ideal capsule to cushion a whole plummet. I’m sure you all can work out that an un-decelerated egg-capsule could reach 9.35 m/s at the point it hits the floor.
I first started by building the capsule so that it would be able to support a parachute as well as to hold it nice a open – so we avoid as much of the the free-fall phase while the chute opens. The capsule is a kitchen roll tube that has been partially bent out with kebab skewers for stabilisation (and the mounting of the cords). There is a small amount of lightly crumpled newspaper the the bottom of the egg-area to cushion the last on the impact with the ground.
The parachute is made from the bottom part of a plastic bag, with the string cords attached using pieces of cardboard and sellotape to strength the joins. I would have loved to have had more string, but then I’ve only got myself to blame, as I did write the rules on this one.
The first egg chosen from the group of intrepid volunteers for the first mission was this lucky fellow, being lowered into his capsule:
On landing the craft flipped over slightly, not the most ideal, but would’ve dissipated some of the energy; the ground team rushed in to check on the crew…
Did he make it?
Yes he did!
PS – Thanks to Mrs^ for her camera-work 🙂