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Bloodhound supersonic car rocket test fired

The team building a car designed to drive faster than 1,000mph has tested the vehicle's rocket engine.

The motor for the Bloodhound Supersonic car burned for 10 seconds on a static rig inside a hardened shelter at Newquay airport, Cornwall.

The test of the car's hybrid rocket was a chance to integrate key elements of the vehicle's propulsion system.

Bloodhound will use the hybrid in addition to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine to generate the thrust needed to go supersonic.

It will also carry a Cosworth Formula 1 engine and a pump that forces liquid oxidiser into the rocket's fuel chamber.

Wednesday's experimental firing was the first time engineers had seen the hybrid motor, Cosworth and pump - together with their control electronics - run in unison.

The car's driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, presented the test firing in front of a packed room of journalists and scientists.

  • 03 Oct 2012
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