Bloodhound passes first big milestone with rocket test fire
The Bristol team behind the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic) 1,000mph car has tested its rocket engine - and passed their first big milestone.
The motor in its revolutionary hybrid fuel rocket burned for 10 seconds, but didn't go very far as it was attached to a static rig inside a shelter at a military base near Newquay.
The test was the largest rocket firing in the UK for 20 years, and the largest rocket ever to be developed in Europe.
Bloodhound's engineers tested the complete rocket system for the first time, comprising of the Cosworth CA2010 F1 engine, high-test peroxide tank, custom designed gear box, the car's critical software and the Falcon hybrid rocket.
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The team hope to break the world land speed record of 763mph in its first run in the South African desert next year, and return in 2014 to attempt to break the 1,000mph barrier.
Today's event represents the most significant milestone yet in the development of the supersonic car.
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