Bloodhound SSC tests for land speed record at Aerohub @ Newquay Cornwall

Posted on 8 March 2013 · Posted in News

Aerohub @ Newquay Cornwall Airport will play host to The Bloodhound Project for the UK testing phase of their World Land Speed Record car.

Bloodhound SSC is a unique rocket and jet powered vehicle capable of achieving 1,000mph. The Project has been designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

After the successful test of Bloodhound’s specially developed hybrid rocket at Aerohub in October 2012, The Bloodhound Project has chosen the venue, one of the largest development sites in the South West, to be the UK test location for the car over the next two years. Bloodhound Project Director Richard Nobel said:

“This 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.”

As England’s only aerospace focused Enterprise Zone, which is led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Aerohub already has a number of high profile clients within the 280-acre site. It has huge potential and is scheduled to include hangars, aircraft hardstanding, and office buildings as well as a Business Park. Bloodhound will provide Aerohub @ Newquay Cornwall Airport with extensive exposure as well as complementing the STEM skills development that is currently underway in the county.

Chris Pomfret, Chair 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 EZ with some very high profile exposure which can only help build momentum.”

Find out more about Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone here: