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bloodhound: start your engines

On 3rd October 2012, the hybrid rocket at the heart of the Bloodhound land speed record attempt will be fired at a site near Newquay airport.  This is the biggest rocket test in Britain for 20 years and marks a milestone in the building of the vehicle which will attempt to reach a speed of 1000mph in 2014.  All eyes will be on the car and the driver, but behind the scenes is a team bringing engineering innovation and expertise to this global education project. 

This is the first time the complete hybrid system, which includes a Cosworth Formula 1 engine used to power the oxidiser pump, has been tested.  October 3rd will be both the public demonstration of the rocket and a key stage in the development of this complex technology.   

Members if the Bloodhound team came to the SMC to talk about this remarkable feat of engineering.

 

Speakers:

Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer

Dan Jubb, Rocket Engineer

Annie Berrisford, Operations Manager in charge of safety and the one hour turnaround during a record attempt

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