Update from Richard Noble, Project Director
Record Attempt in Quarter 4 2019
Two years worth of discussions with a major third party has led, this month, to a very significant development – one that will greatly enhance BLOODHOUND’s ability to raise funds and achieve its goals.
|We are in the middle of detailed planning so can’t divulge specifics but we hope to be in a position to do so very soon.
There have been many false dawns over the life of the Project and we have, regrettably but unavoidably, tested the patience of our friends, supporters and team. The BLOODHOUND leadership team firmly believes this development will be a game changer… but we want to prove this, not merely hope for it.
While intense fund-raising activity has been ongoing, the Project has suffered a setback in the form of two important suppliers going into receivership before they were able to complete their work on BLOODHOUND.
In light of this, but with the very real prospect that our ability to raise funds is about to be transformed, the team has re-evaluated plans for running the car. The opportunity now exists to reduce the time delay between conducting the high-speed tests (known as ‘BH500’) and the first record attempt.
BLOODHOUND SSC will therefore be flown to Northern Cape, South Africa, in May 2019, ready to take advantage of a desert surface freshly conditioned by seasonal flooding. A record attempt will be made later in the year (October – November). The car will remain in South Africa between events, greatly reducing logistics costs.
Development of the mono-propellant rocket required for the first record attempt will resume in August 2018, with tests taking place at Newquay Aero Hub, scene of BLOODHOUND SSC’s successful 200mph shakedown runs.
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Jules Tipler firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 7811 166 796
Notes to editors
The BLOODHOUND Project is an international education initiative focussed around a 1,000mph (1,609km/h) World Land Speed Record. The primary aim is to inspire the next generation of scientist and engineers by showcasing STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the most exciting way possible.
BLOODHOUND SSC is a combination of fast jet, F1 car and spaceship. The Project is followed in over 220 countries and territories.
At full speed, BLOODHOUND SSC will cover a mile (1.6km) in 3.6 seconds – that’s 4.5 football pitches laid end to end, per second, or 300m in the blink of an eye.
The World Land Speed Record of 763mph (1,228km/h) is held by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by BLOODHOUND’s CEO Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green.
The Project engaged with over 130,000 students in the UK alone in 2017 and aims to deliver BLOODHOUND educational events to 3.5 million students around the world.
65% of students engaged by the BLOODHOUND Education Programme would now consider engineering or science as a vocation (sample size: 1,804).
Applications to study engineering at university have increased as a result of Project BLOODHOUND (sources: University of West of England; University of Swansea).