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Wing Commander Andy Green to attempt World land speed record

Old 27th Oct 2017, 08:45
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The point of this endeavour...

Here you go, Dirtyprop....

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Old 27th Oct 2017, 08:56
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav
Interesting fact from Andy, if the car does reach 1,000 mph it will not only beat the land speed record but will break the record held for aircraft at low level (not sure how low level is defined in that case)
Below 500ft AGL at least. Current record is 988 MPH by a modified Civil owned Starfighter in the mid 1970s done at 300ft AGL. FAI stopped the class after that as its pretty dangerous. Before the 1950's it was the official way of getting the ASR. The Starfighter may have reached 1013MPH, but that attempt couldn't be ratified due to a timing system fault.
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Old 27th Oct 2017, 09:03
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Thrust SSC and the current one are sponsor financed.
Something around 20% of Thrust SSC's costs came from the Mach 1 Club, consisting of thousands of members of the general public. 'Gold' members of the Mach 1 club have their membership numbers painted on the side of the car in recognition of their contributions.
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Old 27th Oct 2017, 09:33
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All nice and dandy but I fail to see the point of this endeavor.

Hat, coat....
You can object to any record attempt I suppose but I rather like this one. Better than being the first man to walk backwards to the North Pole with a peanut balanced on your nose, or whatever the latest gimmick is! Good luck to him anyway
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"I fail to see the point of this endeavour."

Isn't that what was said to the first of our ancestors before he pulled himself out of the swamp onto dry land?
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An in-cockpit video of the current supersonic record run, back in 1997...

https://youtu.be/zwh7Hlk6q1I
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav
Better than being the first man to walk backwards to the North Pole with a peanut balanced on your nose, or whatever the latest gimmick is!


Hold my beer!
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"I fail to see the point...". Even if you don't give two hoots about 1000 mph, surely you can see the point of inspiring and training a generation of young people such that they're capable of such things.
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This being but one example ....





The Guinness World Record for a Model Rocket Car was broken 3 times in succession by 3 different cars on Friday 14th June 2013 at The Heathland School, Hounslow. After more than a year of design, build and preparation, 5 mixed teams raced single, double and triple motored rocket cars to smash the existing record of 88mph/142kph, achieving a whopping 204.95mph/329.85kph with their winning triple motored car.

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If the project encourages more youngsters into science and engineering it is money brilliantly well spent, IMHO of course
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Originally Posted by roving
This being but one example ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzZhJWw_zjU


The Guinness World Record for a Model Rocket Car was broken 3 times in succession by 3 different cars on Friday 14th June 2013 at The Heathland School, Hounslow. After more than a year of design, build and preparation, 5 mixed teams raced single, double and triple motored rocket cars to smash the existing record of 88mph/142kph, achieving a whopping 204.95mph/329.85kph with their winning triple motored car.
Certainly beats the balsa and plastic Jetex car I built as a youngster.
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Thanks to 'senior pilot' for encouraging me to research the correct way to post You Tube Videos.

The explanation on how that is done is provided here

http://www.pprune.org/private-flying...be-videos.html
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On the odd occasion when I've seen the team represented at events such as RIAT, they have been inundated with youngsters asking questions, playing with stuff etc.

One thing we need is the next generation of designers and engineers if we are not to become a country of cold calling ambulance chasing call centre operators. STEM and all that...

Good luck to them, it is inspiring, flies the flag, and it's really gutsy. The challenges of achieving 1000 mph on land are (to me at least) mind-boggling.
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Inside the Bloodhound hybrid rocket,



Inside the cockpit


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I paid to have my son's names put on the tail. They follow its progress and their engineer mum tells them about the processes involved.
It interests them, maybe it inspires them.
There's the point Dirtyprop
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Point taken folks.
Cheers!
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Our street driven car went 292mph last friday............Full interior, A/C, often driven to work....etc.
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"Presumably your view would be the same in respect the ascent of Everest in Coronation Year and Felix Baumgartner's record breaking parachute descent from the edge of space in 2012."

TBF they didn't revolutionise anything did they? Not saying people shouldn't do it and I'd even say the taxpayer could afford to kick in a few bob occasionaly certainly better than wasting money on hosting the Commonwealth or Olympic Games
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Our street driven car went 292mph last friday............Full interior, A/C, often driven to work....etc.
The auxiliary power unit for BLOODHOUND SSC drives the rocket oxidiser pump, which will supply 800 litres of high test peroxide (HTP) to the rocket in just 20 seconds: this is equivalent to 40 litres (over 9 gallons) every second.

The auxiliary power unit is a 550bhp Jaguar Supercharged V8 engine, lubricated by Castrol EDGE. The rocket will be a single monopropellant unit for the initial high speed runs (up to 800mph) and then a cluster of hybrid design rockets for the 1,000mph runs, both developed by Norwegian specialist Nammo.
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You'd have got a lot of Green Stamps in the olden days for a fill-up like that......
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