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UK Minister for Universities and Science, opened the new Bloodhound Technical Centre

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Innovation is GREAT: Extra £1m UK government funding for Bloodhound Supersonic car David Willetts, UK Minister for Universities and Science, opened the new Bloodhound Technical Centre on the 5th of July in Avonmouth, Bristol, where the iconic 1,000 mph (1609 kph) jet and rocket powered car is being assembled.

A delegation from the Northern Cape government in South Africa, where Wing Commander Andy Green will attempt to break the world record in 2015 at Hakskeen Pan, were present at the opening of the Technical Centre. They spent a week with the Bloodhound team in the UK visiting No 10 Downing Street, schools in Cambridgeshire, the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield and key sponsors such as Cisco, Rolex, Rolls-Royce and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

As recognition of Bloodhound’s success in inspiring children to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Mr Willetts announced a £1m grant for Bloodhound to support its education and outreach mission. This is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a founder sponsor of the BLOODHOUND programme.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said “Bloodhound is British science and engineering at its visionary best. This new investment will help show even more young people how rewarding science and engineering careers can be”.

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