The first rocket test of the Bloodhound SSC is a huge success
|   Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Blood Hound SSC project has managed to reach all new heights as the first test run of the rocket engine on the vehicle has been completed successfully. The 18 inch test rocket was fired successfully by British team leader Richard Nobel at the Newquay Airport Cornwall and this was the biggest test firing of a rocket in the UK after more than two decades.

The initial reports of the test suggests that the test went quite well, in fact better than expected and the proto type can be worked upon to get the desired results.
The success of the test firing gives the whole team a whole new morale support and this proves to the world what real engineering is all about.

This was the first rocket testing done in the country after the test run on the first Apollo and this project does not disappoint. Blood hound SSC is powered by a Euro Fighter Typhoon engine and the vehicle is capable of moving at speeds close to 230 mph.

The rocket will generate close to 25,000 ft lb of torque and after the rocket engine is fired, the vehicle shall be propelled to speeds close to 1000 mph. This is set to create an all new world record for speed and the designers are sure that the Blood hound SSC is capable of surpassing all the previous world speed records.

A fuel efficient Cosworth F1 engine has also been implanted in the heart of the rocket and its main function is to push fuel into the main engine and not propel the vehicle. The current world speed record on a car is 763 mph and the Blood hound SSC team plans to beat this record by a huge margin.
The final run will take place in early 2014 and the team is putting in extra hours to finish the project well within the deadline. The project has been coming along quite well till now and if the current pace is held on to, the vehicle should most probably be ready by the second quarter of 2013.

The vehicle features just basic safety measures and all excess parts have been removed to keep weight to a bare minimum. The vehicle however has an extra strong braking system and the ceramic disk brakes in addition to a rear parachute help the vehicle get back to rest from speeds excess of 1000 mph.

Crossing 1000 mph in a car is not a matter of joke and driving this needs a lot of practice and perfection which is not possible in this case. The team is working on braking and suspension technologies at the moment to keep the driver safe as much as possible and if the vehicle crashes due to any situation, the rocket fuel will instantly light up and in such speeds, survival seems to be a bleak possibility. However, the negatives apart, the work on the vehicle has already progressed more than 60 percent and the final touches are left to be given.
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