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UK Rocket Car Has Dual Propulsion Modes

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
October 22, 2008

Supersonic car targets 1,000mph, BBC

“The Ministry of Defence is lending the team engines that were used in the flight development programme for the Typhoon. These test engines are beyond combat use but have more than sufficient working time left in them to power Bloodhound. The EJ200 will produce about 20,000 lbs of thrust (90 kilonewtons) and will sit underneath a hybrid rocket engine that produces about 25,000 lbs of thrust (110kN). The rocket will provide most of the power to get Bloodhound close to the speed of sound (Mach 1); the Typhoon engine will enable Andy Green to throttle up to the target speed of 1,000mph (Mach 1.4).”

Editor’s note: Wouldn’t it be interesting if NASA were to combine its recent interest in NASCAR with what the Rocket Racing League is up to and provide surplus engines, etc.

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