The Bloodhound SSC ready for its first rocket tests
|   Thursday, October 04, 2012
The Bloodhound SSC system is planning to produce the world's fastest car which is capable of moving at speeds close to 1000 mph. This is an important week for the vehicle and its developers as the car's rocket system is set to be tested within the next few days.

The developing team headed by Richard Noble will test run the rocket at the Newquay Cornwall Airport and the future of the Bloodhound SSC depends on the outcome of the test. The plan is to propel the rocket and Andy Green, its driver, to speeds more than 1000 mph and this is set to take place in South Africa in 2013 and preparations are on in full force.


This is set to be the biggest rocket testing in the country after nearly two decades and will be accessible to the public view. This is perhaps the most interesting thing to have happened in the country after the Apollo launch.
Live screening will be available at the Bloodhound SSC official website and the hybrid technology used in this engine is a first for any vehicle on the surface of the earth. The rocket system on the Bloodhound SSC uses a high test peroxide liquid oxidizer in addition to a synthetic rubber solid fuel.

However, a hybrid rocket is easier to turn off as the engine is automatically turned off when the high test peroxide supply is cut out. During the test run the Bloodhound SSC will be using an EJ 200 Euro fighter Typhoon to reach speeds up to 350 mph upon attaining which the rocket will ignite.

This week's test is the first in the series of a few required tests and if successful, this technology could be used in the Bloodhound SSC. The Euro fighter engine will produce 25,000 ft lb of thrust for close to 20 seconds within which the car is set to touch 350 mph.

The Bloodhound project is costing close to $ 8.5 Million and the funding has been secured within the past week. The cost incurred by the project could support a single Formula One team for over close to a fortnight. However, the team's rapid progress is the sole reason for the inflow of funds and investors and technicians alike are waiting for the Bloodhound SSC to be showcased next year.

This is a very lofty project and if successful, it will open up new fields in rocket science technology. Investments are still required to complete the project and the project Bloodhound SSC is being undertaken to try and break the previous world speed record for the fastest car.
The single seated Bloodhound SSC is the work of four years and the result has been tremendously productive till now. The vehicle is currently kept at the airport premises and it will be taken for testing sometime within the next 48 hours.

People are quite excited about the vehicle and the test runs and the airport has arranged for extra security to prevent any sort of embarrassing situations.
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