Given the current record
stands at 763mph, success in this new venture would also bring about
the largest single jump since men started strapping themselves to jet
Noble may have once been eager to strap himself into the jet-powered
vehicles, but at 67 years of age he's put those days behind him.
Instead, the keys will be once more handed over to Oxford-educated
mathematician and former RAF pilot Andy Green, who also happens to be
the current record holder and the only man on earth to have broken the
sound barrier whilst on land.
Regardless of the mission's success, the team has already encouraged a
whole new generation to think about engineering as a potential career.
The Bloodhound website, for example, is used in science classes at
around 5,000 secondary schools across the UK.
At one school, nytimes.com notes, pupils even helped to
build their own miniature Bloodhound, which was sent racing along the
school's grounds at an impressive 240mph.
There has also been government backing, which was crucial to Noble's
team securing the jet engines upon which their entire bid hinged.
Noble and his team are expected to undertake their challenge sometime
during 2016 at Hakskeen Pan, a dried lake in the Kalahari desert.
Locals have already begun preparing the area so conditions are ideal for
the team's arrival. If successful, the vehicle will cover the length of
five football fields every second.