We have talked about the Bloodhound rocket car in the past. Bloodhound isn’t your typical car; this is a vehicle aiming to go 1000mph on the ground using a rocket engine for propulsion. Last time we spoke of the Bloodhound was last summer when we got a look at the shape of the vehicle and its cockpit.
This week the hybrid rocket engine that will be used on the car was tested by Nammo. Nammo is the rocket provider for the Bloodhound team. The test firing of the hybrid rocket lasted ten second and went off with no issues. During the test, the engine produced three tons of thrust. The test was ended by closing the oxidizer valve on the motor.
The team says that a full burn for the engine would last 25 seconds and that it would have reopened the valve and completed the full burn if desired. Bloodhound plans to use this rocket motor to reach 1000mph in 2016. The car is planned for a test in 2015 that will aim for the current land speed record of over 700mph. Check out the video of the rocket test for more details.