It's been really busy here at UKLA, and the thing that's had to give is my blog.

But at last week's Bloodhound SSC presentation, Richard Noble's vision was so truly inspirational, I simply had to share it with you.

These guys have taken on a huge technical challenge: to build a jet and rocket-powered car capable of lifting the World Land Speed Record above 1,000mph.  Bloodhound SSC 1000mph car

The science and engineering behind it are astounding.  For example, the rocket fuel needs to be injected under immense pressure (around 11,000psi) to yield the power needed, so the fuel pump is powered by a Cosworth Fromula One engine!

But the two things that really stood out for me were:

  1. The totally unshakable belief that any hurdles, of any kind, can and will be overcome, and
  2. The total commitment to doing the right thing.

And doing the right thing includes an open source approach, with all design and test data available online for all to see and use.

In addition, they have recruited over 400 embasadors to engage with schools and universities to stimulate interest, not only in the project itself, but in science, engineering and maths.  This has been so successful they have over 5000 education establishments signed up as programme partners.

What an example to us all!