Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Newspaper column 1 November - The Bloodhound

Last week I had the privilege of seeing the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) during its test run at Newquay.

The Bloodhound SSC is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound (supersonic) but to over 1,000mph, smashing the current land speed record, which is 746mph. The Bloodhound will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds. The Car is powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, which together produce more than 135,000 horsepower: that’s more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.

The Bloodhound came to Cornwall Airport Newquay because of the length of its runway – something that makes it an ideal place to trial the car ahead of its full attempt.

It is particularly good to see that all of the schools in Cornwall have been invited to visit the Bloodhound during its time at Cornwall Airport Newquay. One of the stated aims of the Bloodhound project is to inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM subjects.

It is crucial that future generations embrace and do well in STEM subjects, to ensure the UK remains at the cutting edge of global science and technology development. I hope that witnessing the tremendous achievements of the Bloodhound first-hand will ignite or fan the flames of creativity among our pupils from schools in Mid-Cornwall and set some of these children up for having a lifelong love of STEM subjects.

Also while I was with the Bloodhound team I had the chance to have a good chat with Richard Noble, the project director and former world record holder behind the project. Richard is an inspirational character and it was great to be able to talk to him about his ventures, previous achievements and future plans. His enthusiasm for innovating and pursuing such an extraordinary goal is plain to see and something which I would love to see grow with similar high tech ventures in Mid-Cornwall.

With our world now an increasingly digital one, I have always championed bringing new businesses to Cornwall whose work forces can work remotely from our beautiful county. It is important that we get not just more jobs for Mid-Cornwall, but jobs that are highly skilled and better paid, therefore improving our economy and the living standards of all of us who live here.

Attracting high-tech investment in the spirit of the Bloodhound project is a good start but there is much more to do. I will continue to do all I can both locally and in Westminster to realise this goal.
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