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BLOODHOUND: First full engine burn

A scale model of BLOODHOUND on display in London Photo: John Stillwell / PA Archive

The BLOODHOUND Project will test fire its hybrid rocket system today and representatives from Swansea University will be there for the spectacle.

Researchers from the University’s College of Engineering have had a large role in the aerodynamics of the world's fastest car, which is designed to reach 1000mph.

Today's test in Cornwall will see the complete rocket system fired up, including a Cosworth Formula 1 engine, a High Test Peroxide tank, a custom-designed gear box, software and unique Falcon Hybrid Rocket.

The rocket is one of two engines in BLOODHOUND. The other is from the Eurofighter.

It is hoped it will eventually travel at five times the speed of a Formula One car, despite being almost 13m long and weighing 7.5 tons.

Researchers from Swansea University have been visiting schools across Wales using the project's Education Programme resources to help Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) lessons come to life. They include Dr. Ben Evans a Lecturer at Swansea’s College of Engineering and member of the BLOODHOUND SSC design team.

Dr Ben Evans said: ‘‘It has been a pleasure to be a part of such an iconic project and it will be great to witness its latest development. The event represents the project’s most significant milestone yet and I hope it will show people how exciting engineering can be.’’