The Bloodhound project successfully tests rocket for the 1,000 mph car.
At 12 feet long, 18 inches in diameter and 450kg in weight, BLOODHOUND’s rocket is the largest of its kind ever designed in Europe and the biggest to be fired in the UK for 20 years.
The test represents the most significant milestone yet for the global education program as it develops the world’s first 1,000 mph / Mach 1.4 racing car.
During the test, which was streamed live to the web, the rocket burned for 10 seconds, generating 14,000 lbs of thrust – 30 – 40,000 equivalent hp. Sound levels at the rocket nozzle reached 185 dB, many times that of a Boeing 747 at take off.
Bloodhound’s engineers are now reviewing the data from the experiment; enough to fill a telephone directory, to further develop the system.
Initial results show that peak thrust of 14,000 lbs was achieved with the Cosworth F1 engine at a lower throttle position, delivering 820 psi, 20 more than the engineers were expecting, giving them even more confidence in the system. This is the equivalent to an 8,000 lbs monopropellant rocket that Ron Ayers, the Project’s Chief Aerodynamicist, believes we need for running in the Hakskeen Pan, South Africa in 2013.
More details on the Bloodhound SCC site.