Bloodhound land speed record attempt due in late 2019

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 17, 2018

While remaining coy about the details, the engineers now plan to resume development of the mono-propellant rocket that will send Wing Commander Andy Green to a 1,609kmph (1,000mph) land speed record.

Tests of up to 500mph (800km/h) were previously planned for autumn 2018, but two important suppliers went into receivership before completing their work for the project.

They are now in a period of intense planning so can not release specifics of what the above development means but they hope to be able to in the near future.

"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 auto". The opportunity now exists to reduce the time delay between conducting the high-speed tests (known as "BH500") and the first record attempt.

After more than a decade of intensive planning, the auto will be flown to Northern Cape in South Africa next May for high-speed tests, ahead of plans for it to pass 1,000mph (1,609km/h) later in the year.

The upside of the postponement is that (should everything go to plan) there will be no need to bring the auto back to the United Kingdom after its second test - meaning an assault on the 763.065mph land speed record could potentially occur in October or November of the same year.

It has been the expectation that the Bloodhound supersonic vehicle would travel to South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, later this year.

The auto - 13.4 m long, 7.5 t - will remain in South Africa between events.

It'll be ten years this October since the team behind Bloodhound SSC announced their intention to build a "car" capable of matching or exceeding 1000mph. The Project is followed in over 220 countries and territories.

The World Land Speed Record of 763mph (1,228km/h) is now held by Thrust SSC, a United Kingdom team led by Noble and driven by Andy Green.

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