In about a year’s time, pilot Andy Green will strap himself into the driver’s seat of the Bloodhound SSC, parked on the flat and straight Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. If all goes as planned, a Cosworth F1 engine will spin up to 17,500 rpm, powering a pump that injects High Test Peroxide (HTP) into a rocket engine at 600 pounds per square inch. There, the HTP will combine with solid fuel, a silver catalyst and an ignition source to provide sufficient thrust to power the Bloodhound SSC to a speed of 1,050 miles per hour, roughly Mach 1.4 at the Hakseen Pan’s elevation. It...
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