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CLIP 13188

Aerodynamic challenges

Aerodynamic challenges

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Key Info
  • Aerodynamic challenges
  • Duration: 06:33
  • Andy Green, the current world land speed record holder, interviews Ron Ayers who has over 50 years' experience of designing aircraft and missiles and was one of the engineers who developed the design of Thrust SSC and Bloodhound SSC, which aims to break the land speed record. Andy will be driving Bloodhound. Ron describes how he identified many challenges to breaking the sound barrier and was able to overcome them, working with Richard Noble. Thrust SSC was successful in doing this in 1997, after testing prototype scale models on a rocket test track. First broadcast on BBC One on 'Bang Goes the Theory' in September 2010.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Forces - Motion

  • Keywords: Bloodhound, SSC, Andy Green, world land speed record, aircraft, engineer, sound barrier, supersonic, sound barrier, aerodynamic, drag, air resistance, Banggoesthetheory
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used a stimulus when discussing the history of land speed record breaking attempts or as an introduction to the Bloodhound SSC project. Students could work in groups to research different attempts on the land speed record in order to build up a timeline. This clip accompanies a BBC Teachers' Pack to support Series 3 and 4 of 'Bang Goes The Theory'. The pack can be downloaded from
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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