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How Bloodhound supersonic car's hybrid engine works

The huge hybrid rocket which it is hoped will blast the Bloodhound Supersonic car to a new world land speed record in 2014 will be fired up for the first time in the UK on Wednesday.

The test of Bloodhound's rocket system will take place inside a tornado hanger at Newquay airport.

It is expected to be the day's loudest man-made noise, 25 times louder than a jumbo jet taking off, and burning at a temperature of 3000C.

Capable of producing 27,000lb of peak thrust, the 18in by 12ft rocket will be bolted to a stand so it cannot move.

Bloodhound's driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, showed BBC News how Bloodhound will use its rocket.

  • 03 Oct 2012
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