First runs for the jet- and rocket-powered car to take place in October 2017

After a fallow few months, there's a flurry of activity at Bloodhound SSC headquarters as the team pushes to break the Land Speed Record next October.

The Bloodhound car was shown to the public in a trail-build state in London in September 2015. It was a sell-out event and helped the team secure the funding needed to progress through to the record attempts themselves. The money now in place, the car can be fully built-up before it's put through its paces in a 220 miles per hour shakedown run at Newquay airport in June 2017.

Assuming nothing breaks, Bloodhound will be flown down to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa for the record attempt. A whole village is being built for the attempt at the site in the heart of the Kalahari desert, arriving in 16 containers.

The team, led by Richard Noble who himself set the LSR at 633.468 mph in Thrust 2, hopes to be ready for the first run by October 2017, when the target will be 800 mph. Wing Commander Andy Green will be at the controls, 20 years after he became the first - and so far only - man to break the sound barrier on land, taking Thrust SSC to 763.035 mph.

It's a massive operation, planned and drilled with military precision. The Bloodhound car will be trial-loaded onto the Boeing 747 that will carry it down to South Africa at the Farnborough Air Show next week. The turn-around team will practice the 40-minute process of getting the car refuelled and ready for its return run until they can do it blindfolded. Practically.

And that 16 container-loads of equipment includes a state-of-the-art workshop and a TV studio. Images and telemetry will be streamed live from Bloodhound during the record runs, allowing anyone and everyone to see and interpret how the car is performing for themselves.

Indeed, education is at the heart of the project. Thousands of children have taken part in the Model Rocket Car competition - the finals are held later this week - and the design and engineering of Bloodhound has been completely open-source.

The ultimate aim is to reach 1000 mph, though a timescale for that hasn't yet been set.

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