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Newquay Could Host More Rocket Tests
7:01am 4th October 2012
Pirate FM has learnt more tests for the world's first thousand mile an hour car could be carried out in Newquay.
On Wednesday experts fired a rocket powered engine for the first time. It is part of The Bloodhound Project's quest to smash the world land speed record, which currently stands at 763mph.
They could try that again at the airtport or run the car at up to 250mph on the runways, which are among the longest in the country.
Rocket scientist Daniel Jubb said: "It's fantastic. It's a great location. The hardened aircraft shelters down here are ideal for containing the test in the event we have any kind of failure. We actually had to try a large number of sites around the country and most we weren't able to use because the risk of blast in the event of a failure or the sheer sound levels made it unsuitable.
"You can imagine the vibration when this thing was running through eighty tonne concrete doors. You can imagine the power of this vehicle. So we have to be absolutely certain we have produced the safest possible system to make sure we're happy to put this rocket into a manned vehicle."7:01am 4th October 2012
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