BLOODHOUND SSC education
and engagement Inspiring the next generation
The BLOODHOUND SSC engineering
adventure provides us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to
inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
To achieve this ambitious goal,
the BLOODHOUND Education Programme will be
made available to all pupils in primary and secondary schools,
and to students in further and higher education.
Nearly 4,000 schools have registered
in the first 18 months of the project, plus numerous presentations
have been given to other groups and professional institutions,
taking the project into the heart of the community and society.
Thrust SSC did a lot more than
become the first car to exceed the speed of sound. It also smashed
the previous record by a staggering 130 mph. Not only is this
the biggest record margin ever, but even more amazingly, by exceeding
the previous record by more than 20%, it also achieved the biggest
percentage increase since land speed record breaking began. In
aiming for 1000 mph the team are proposing to beat even this
record by another 31%. More startling still the official
air speed record at low altitude (no longer competed for) is
994 mph. The team at Bloodhound SSC are even proposing to exceed
that figure on land. Is this possible? This leads to the question:
is there an absolute speed that cannot be exceeded? MORE »
The team are
keen to have credible and capable challengers. Between Thrust
2 and Thrust SSC, Britain has held the Record for
over a quarter of a century and theres nothing quite like
the promise of losing it or actually losing it
to keep focus on getting the record back. This country has held
the World Land Speed Record for longer than every other country
put together, since the first record was set in 1898, and Bloodhound
SCC are not going to let it go without a fight! MORE »
opportunity with BLOODHOUND:
An opportunity to create the ultimate Land Speed Record car.
and built Thrust2 had the objective of achieving a peak speed
of 650 mph, just beyond the existing record of 622.407 mph held
by Gary Gabelich in Blue Flame.
Then came ThrustSSC, which raised the Thrust2 record by a whopping
130 mph thats 20%.
is different - so different.
The target is 1,000mph - thats a 31% jump and there is
no way that the BLOODHOUND SSC is going to look like anything
First, the all-important powerplants. A jet and hybrid rocket
has been chosen.
The reasoning is that the rocket is needed for its raw power
and lack of draggy air intake, but the downside is that the rocket
is an on/off device and with rocket power alone there would be
real difficulty hitting and holding selected Mach numbers for
the aerodynamicists to gain their data. And at these speeds the
team has to tread very carefully, increasing the Mach numbers
in small, careful steps.