Bloodhound to make record attempt in 2019

Posted on 31 May 2018 and read 613 times
Bloodhound to make record attempt in 2019Two years’ worth of discussions with a major third party have led to a development that will greatly enhance Bloodhound SSC’s ( ability to raise funds and achieve its goals.

A spokesman said: “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 firmly believes that 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 on-going, 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.”

The plan is for the car to 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 these events, greatly reducing the logistics costs.

Development of the mono-propellant rocket required for the first record attempt will resume this August, with tests taking place at Newquay Aero Hub, where Bloodhound SSC completed its 200mph ‘shakedown’ runs.

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