South African wireless antenna specialist Poynting has been selected to design and build antennas for the iconic Bloodhound SSC – the supersonic car that will attempt to beat the current world land speed record in 2015 and 2016 at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape.
Members of the Bloodhound SSC team have held the world land speed record for 30 consecutive years, and have raised the American record by 22%.
The first record attempts will take place in 2015, during which the car will make approximately 20 runs with the objective of achieving a supersonic record (1,300 km/h).
Royal Air Force fighter pilot Andy Green, current holder of the World Land Speed Record at 1,227 km/h, will be in the cockpit.
The Bloodhound SSC team will return to SA later, possibly in 2016, to aim for 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h).
The jet and rocket powered vehicle is currently being built by a team of 30 engineers in a special technical centre near Bristol in the UK.
Some of the Bloodhound SSC team members will be visiting Poynting at the end of October to discuss requirements and ideas.
The Poynting project team includes project manager Lara Viljoen, Derek Nitch, Mark Haarhoff, Eduard Walker, as well as other Poynting staff.