A rare partnership of the British war dept and the private scientific sector,
The naval department supplied the use of its early steam catapult
In order to propel the steam rocket for these tests.
The navy was very much interested in steam rockets, and steam-powered torpedoes and worked closely with the engineers to experiment with this new technology.
The site of these tests were often cause for great curiosity with large numbers of on looking crowds. Early flying machines often doted the skies before the flights; the great naval guns were discharged warning all to stand clear just piror to blast area.