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Race hots up for land speed record with UK rocket test

•, By Chris Wickham
 That's the plan. In the meantime, the team building the Bloodhound supersonic car faces a milestone on October 3 - they will test-fire the rocket they hope will push it through the sound barrier and well past the existing record of 763 mph set 15 years ago. 

It will be the biggest rocket test in Britain for about 20 years and will bring together the components of the rocket, including a Cosworth Formula One engine that will be used just to pump fuel into the combustion chamber.

  "This is the first time we have brought all the elements together," said Mark Chapman, the project's chief engineer who has a background in aerospace design that included work on the Joint Strike Fighter. 

Chapman said a flawless test run would be the best outcome next week but an explosion that provides lessons and drives design improvements would also be counted a success.


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