ATLANTIC SPRINTER - RICHARD NOBLE
Artists impression of the Atlantic Sprinter
This was an attempt to develop a high speed research vessel to achieve the Blue Riband - the un-refuelled record track from New York to the Scilly Isles. The project set out to develop the ship from the Breguet Range Equation, the all important aviation equation which defines the range of an aircraft taking into account all the major variables. An advanced Serter deep-vee semi-displacement hull-form was created and developed in the HSVA tank in Hamburg: the hull would carry the heavy fuel load and maintain 60 kts in sea state 4.
The aerodynamics were proven in the British Aerospace wind
tunnel in Hatfield. Power was from the project's own Rolls-Royce
RB-211 jumbo jet engine which had been acquired from a scrap dealer and then successfully run up on test. The potential for the 134ft
craft was a 60 kt un-refuelled record which would stand for a very long time,
representing a major lead in marine engineering.
Atlantic Sprinter - tank test model
Richard Noble was born 6th March 1946. Against a background of today’s low risk culture, he specialises in developing high risk ventures, not all of which were successful, but spectacularly, the Thrust 2 programme which brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983 and the Thrust SSC first ever supersonic land speed record programme are the best known. He is now heading up the Bloodhound project, the aim being to beat the SSC's record.
Richard Noble - Inspirational speaker
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