High-speed cameras to be part of land speed record attempt

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Stemmer Imaging has become a sponsor of the Bloodhound SSC project, which will be attempting to set a new world land speed record in 2015.

Bloodhound SSC is a British project to build a jet and rocket powered car designed to travel at 1,000 mph. Stemmer Imaging’s sponsorship involves the supply and integration of up to 11 cameras at strategic points on the car.

The Bloodhound project’s objective of reaching 1,000 mph will smash the current world land speed record of 763.035 mph (mach 1.02) set by ThrustSSC in 1997.

Mark Williamson, director of corporate market development at Stemmer Imaging, said: ‘This is a really exciting project and the engineering team at Stemmer Imaging will be working closely with the Bloodhound development team to produce and record video data for both engineering and broadcast purposes. Not surprisingly, high-speed imaging is a critical component of this.’

To put it into context, Bloodhound will travel faster than a bullet fired from a Magnum 357 gun, covering the length of four and a half football pitches in just one second. Video data will need to be date stamped and linked into the on-board control electronics so that individual frames can be related back to control events. ‘We are relishing the challenge as many of Bloodhound’s systems are working at the edge of physics,’ adds Williamson.

Cameras will have various roles to play. Forward facing cameras will deliver live streamed video for broadcast purposes, while rear-facing cameras will be looking at the output from the jet engine exhausts. Other cameras will monitor critical engineering parameters such as the wheel-ground interface. In-cockpit cameras will monitor controls and driver actions.

Bloodhound will be 12 metres long and video data will be managed through an Ethernet data communication bus. Stemmer Imaging is currently working with the Bloodhound team to define the detailed supply specification and will be providing further news on how the system will work and be deployed as the project develops.

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