Rocket scientist visits UWE for Science and Engineering Week

Issue date: 15 March 2010

Daniel Jubb The rocket scientist who is developing one of the engines for the BLOODHOUND SSC supersonic land speed record attempt will be speaking at the University of the West of England on 17 March. Daniel Jubb will describe his work on BLOODHOUND's hybrid rocket, designed to power the car to speeds of over 1000mph.

His talk is part of UWE's programme of events for National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) and will be aimed at all students from higher education institutions in the region.

Daniel said, “Most of my time is now devoted to BLOODHOUND. The best thing about being part of the BLOODHOUND SSC team is helping to maintain the UK engineering capability by encouraging young people to get into engineering.”

Dr Claire Rocks from UWE, who is organising the BLOODHOUND lecture, said, “It's great that we can get Daniel to come along and tell us first hand about his exciting work. I know the students will find it inspiring and that's part of the whole BLOODHOUND Project: to inspire and enthuse the next generation of engineers.”

The BLOODHOUND full-size show-car is also on view at UWE's Frenchay campus during NSEW. The car itself is being constructed at a site adjacent to Brunel's ss Great Britain on Bristol's Harbourside.

UWE is a founder partner of the BLOODHOUND Project led by Richard Noble, a previous world land speed record holder. The project was launched at the Science Museum in London in October 2008.

The vehicle is designed to reach speeds of 1050 mph, will be 12.8 metres in length, 2 metres wide and weigh 6.4 tonnes. It will be powered by a Eurojet EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon delivering 20,000lbs thrust and a Falcon hybrid rocket delivering 27,000lbs thrust.

Daniel was born in Manchester in 1984 and has been interested in rockets from an early age. He founded The Falcon Project in 1995 with his grandfather Sid Guy and soon they were building and launching altitude rockets capable of reaching 20,000 feet. The Falcon Project Ltd designs and manufactures custom solid, liquid and hybrid propellant rocket systems in the US and UK, with applications ranging from mine disposal and target drones to high altitude research rockets.

As part of NSEW, on 18 March UWE is also hosting the regional PhD showcase lectures, co-organised with IMechE and IET. For more information on all NSEW events visit:

For more information on the Bloodhound Project, visit:

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