Bloodhound SSC is a British supersonic land vehicle currently in development. Its goal is to match or exceed 1,000 miles per hour achieving a new world land speed record. The pencil-shaped car, powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine is designed to reach 1,050 miles per hour. It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by 33%, the largest ever margin.
As well as designing and building the car, Bloodhound SSC are running a national educational programme which has inspired countless school teams to develop model rockets, taking their record from 90 to 533 mph in four years.
The R J Mitchell lecture is an annual event in celebration of the achievements of Reginald J Mitchell during his time as Chief Designer of the Supermarine Aircraft Company in Southampton. Mitchell is best remembered for his work on the Schneider Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B and, of course, the iconic Spitfire which this year celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first test flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome.
Our lecture also celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society and will be held in the Turner Sims Theatre within the University of Southampton campus. The evening starts with a reception at 6:00 pm and is followed by the lecture.