Students Stunned by Supersonic SpectacularIn September students in Year 7 were given the chance to win a trip to Newquay Aerohub to see the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) perform one of its first runs. Students had to design 'something awesome' to impress the science department for a place on the trip and we were not disappointed.
Successful entries included posters and presentations with facts about the Bloodhound Project, as well as some outstanding models built of the car. The successful students Monty, Alex, Reece, Lewis, Morgan, Ben, Billy, Hayden, Allan, Blake, Paige, Nevaeh and Louie, all travelled to Newquay on Monday 30th October. At the event students from all over the South West had the opportunity to take part in activities put on by the Bloodhound project, as well as the other teams involved in the world record attempt such as Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce designed and built the massive Eurofighter EJ200 jet engine that will help the supersonic car reach 1,000mph. We were also fortunate to be contacted by BBC Spotlight for an interview at the event, which meant that our students were lucky enough to get a tour around the car itself.
As the time for the test run approached, we made our way to the main runway and waited for Bloodhound to taxi to the start line. It was clear as the car drove by on the first run at a much lower speed than expected that something had gone wrong. With only enough fuel for one more run, it was clear everyone was nervous to see if it would manage to solve the problem. On the second run however, the 7.5 tonne car flew past, reaching 185mph in 8.5 seconds and in just 0.6 of a mile. Although the afterburner did not ignite on the jet engine, it was still a fantastic sight and the students were stunned, amazed and very impressed.
The next step for the Bloodhound project is to make improvements based on the test runs and begin to test the rocket motors ready for the world record attempt in 2019. All Year 7 students will now be designing and building their own rocket powered cars to compete against other Colleges in the local area with the aim of winning a national competition in 2018.
For more information on Bloodhound SSC – www.bloodhoundssc.com
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