(photo by Wired.com)
Super super fast! It’s the BloodhoundSSC and it’s made by the record holders of the fastest jet-powered land-rocket. This time though they’re trying to beat their record of 763 mph by setting a 1,000 mph on this try. It’ll be faster than a speeding bullet, they say.
While engineering records are a little more for bragging rights, their motivation in setting this new record is quite laudable:
More than bragging rights are at stake in the ambitious project announced today. Noble and Lord Drayson, Britain’s minister of state for science and innovation, hope the three-year project will inspire children to pursue careers in engineering, mathematics and science, so they might solve the world’s most pressing problems.
It is a huge engineering feat… Bloodhound is 42 feet long, 9 feet tall and will weigh 6.4 tons. Imagine that traveling faster than a bullet. Good thing they do this where there’s just hundreds of miles of flat land/or ice. I couldn’t imagine doing it elsewhere! Although I’ve read about New York taxis bragging about speed records… but that’s a different story altogether.