A while back, we told you about the Project Bloodhound SSC land speed car.
You can read the original post here, but the idea behind the project is to shatter the land speed record of 763 miles-per-hour while motivating kids to enter the math, science, and engineering trades. The Bloodhound SSC project took a significant step forward recently when the team tested the Nammo hybrid rocket engine that will power the car to over 1,000 miles per hour.
What does it take to propel a vehicle to over 1,000 miles per hour? What is a hybrid rocket and how does it differ from solid or liquid rockets?
If you’re interested in the answers to those questions, you can learn about the anatomy of a hybrid rocket engine in the video below. If you just like rockets and brute power and fire (and who doesn’t?), you’ll want to watch the test firing in the video above. No, it’s not the typical internal combustion engine we’re used to dealing with, but if you’re mechanically inclined, we know you’ll appreciate how it all works. As Edward Fletcher, Design and Systems Engineer, says in the video:
“It’s a rocket; what’s not to like?”