Rocket Land Test Successful

10:20 AM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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The British team behind a project to build a car that can reach 1,000 miles per hour cleared a hurdle with a successful test of the rocket the team hopes will push the vehicle beyond the sound barrier.

This test brought together the rocket itself, a tank containing rocket fuel and a formula one engine used to pump the fuel into the combustion chamber.

The test firing that produced a jet flame from the rocket fixed to a test rig only lasted a few seconds.

It produced more than 14,000 pounds of thrust, just over half what it will need to break the record.

"It's a very special day for us. We have been working on the design for this bloodhound supersonic car for four years. We have sold huge technical challenges in building the world's first 1000-miles-an-hour car. We have already got the chassis manufacturer, we will be bolting it together by Christmas, looking to put the engines in, and it earlier than New Year," says Andy Greet, Wing Commander.

The rocket will be used with a fighter jet engine in a bid to surpass the 15-year-old land speed record of 763 miles per hour.

Team members plan to attempt to reach 1,000 miles per hour in South Africa in 2014.

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