Bloodhound team sticks with Cornwall site for tests
Testing of what could be the world's first 1,000mph supersonic car is to take place in Cornwall, it has been announced.
The £10 million Bloodhound Project – targeting the world land speed record – successfully tested its hybrid rocket system at Newquay Cornwall Airport in October.
It has now chosen Aerohub at the airport as its test base for the car over the next two years.
"The UK testing phase will involve additional rocket development trials, static 'tie-down' tests of the car's EJ200 jet, shakedown runs up to speeds approaching 200mph and a full 'dress rehearsal' before the Bloodhound team flies to South Africa to start its first land speed record campaign in late 2013," said project director Richard Nobel.
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"The project is well into the build phase, with 197 of the UK's leading engineering companies in the manufacturing supply chain.
"We will continue to share every part of this engineering adventure with the 3,500 schools that have signed up to our education programme as we enter the exciting testing phase in Newquay."
As England's only aero-space-focused enterprise zone, Aerohub already has a number of high-profile clients on the 280-acre site, and has huge development potential.
In addition to state-of-the art facilities, it also provides the project with the benefits offered through its Enterprise Zone status.
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said "Aerohub will create high-value jobs for Cornwall, which aligns perfectly with Bloodhound's focus on encouraging the development of science and engineering skills.
"This pioneering project is pushing the boundaries in terms of technologies and reflects a key element of our enterprise zone and the wider business community of Cornwall. In the short term, Bloodhound will provide our enterprise zone with some very high-profile exposure which can only help build momentum."