UK's Bloodhound rocket to attempt land speed record

The Bloodhound rocket will be tested in Cornwall on Wednesday. Credit: Sally Biddulph for ITV News

The Ministry of Defence is to announce its involvement in a UK project aiming to break the land speed record.

The Bloodhound, pictured, is powered by a jet engine and a hybrid rocket motor and is designed to travel at a speed of 1,050 mph.

Briton Andy Green is the current land speed world record holder, travelling at faster than 760 mph in ThrustSSC in 1997.