Rocket car tests at Newquay Aerohub
3:00pm Monday 4th March 2013 in News
The Aerohub at Newquay Airport will play host to the testing phase of a UK team's world land speed record car.
After the successful test of the Bloodhound Project's specially developed hybrid rocket at Aerohub in October 2012, the Bloodhound Project has chosen the venue to be the UK test location for the car over the next two years.
Bloodhound Project director Richard Nobel said: “The UK testing phase will involve additional rocket development trials, static tie-down tests of the car’s EJ200 jet, shakedown runs up to speeds approaching 200mph and a full dress rehearsal before the Bloodhound team flies to South Africa to start its first Land Speed Record campaign in late 2013.
“The project is well into the build phase with 197 of the UK's leading engineering companies in the manufacturing supply chain. We will continue to share every part of this engineering adventure with the 3,500 schools that have signed up to our Education Programme as we enter the exciting testing phase in Newquay.”
Bloodhound SSC is a rocket and jet powered vehicle capable of achieving 1,000mph. The Project has been designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Cornwall Development Company, in association with Bloodhound SCC, will be hosting a schools STEM event at Newquay Cornwall Airport on March 15.