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Daniel Jubb

Rocket engine consultant

I was born in Manchester in 1984. I have been interested in rockets from an early age. When I was 10 I received a model rocket kit. I launched hundreds of model rockets and then decided that I wanted to make much larger rockets to try to reach higher altitudes.

In 1995 my grandfather Sid Guy and I founded The Falcon Project. Between 1996 and 1998 we built and launched a number of rockets from the army ranges at Otterburn, Northumberland. The capabilities of the rockets quickly exceed the maximum permitted altitude for launches from Otterburn, which was 20,000 feet.

The test programme moved to ranges in the US, where it continues today. The early rockets used commercially available rocket motors, however we realised that to achieve our objective of reaching higher altitudes we would need to manufacture our own rocket motors. The Falcon Project set up a manufacturing facility in the US and began manufacturing solid propellant rocket motors for commercial and military applications. We also established research programmes into liquid and hybrid propellant rocket engines.

The Falcon Project Ltd now designs and manufactures custom solid, liquid and hybrid propellant rocket systems at facilities in the US and UK, with applications ranging from mine disposal and target drones to high altitude research rockets. I became involved with the BLOODHOUND Project in November 2005.

Daniel's datafile:

 

Role:

Rocket engine consultant

Qualifications:

None

Who do you work with?

Bloodhound design team, Falcon rocket engineers and designers, and sub contractors eg aerospace companies and specialist suppliers

What do you do?

I run the Falcon Project which operates primarily in the UK and US. Falcon designs and manufactures solid propellant rocket motors. We have been working on the development of Bloodhound’s hybrid rocket.

What did you do before working on Bloodhound SSC?

I founded the Falcon Project.

What’s best about being part of the Bloodhound SSC team?

Helping to maintain the UK engineering capability by encouraging young people to get into engineering.

What do you do in your free time?

I don’t have any!

What’s your favourite TV programme?

Yes Minister

What kind of music do you like?

None

What’s your favourite website?

www.spaceflightnow.com

What’s your favourite computer game?

Halo 3

Not many people know this but …

… I don’t drive a car, in fact I have never even taken a driving lesson.

 

 

Photos:

Newquay Oct 12 - Daniel Jubb

Stefan Marjoram

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6 inch rocket test

Friday, 12 August, 2011 - 11:39

Friday 12th August 2011: After several days (and long nights) preparing his new UK rocket facility, Daniel Jubb and his Falcon rocket team successfully fired the development 6 inch diameter hybrid rocket today.

Although the day was set up specifically for the BBC to record an item for the forthcoming "Bang Goes the Theory" programme, Daniel explained that it was a genuine development firing - the chamber being used had already been fired in a previous test, and one of the goals of today's test was to see how the rocket would perform being fired again.

BLOODHOUND to test fire Britain's biggest hybrid rocket

Thursday, 3 March, 2011 - 09:01

It was announced today (03.03.11) that The BLOODHOUND Project will undertake the first full test firing of their 122 kN (27,000lbs) prototype hybrid rocket in the UK. Created especially for the BLOODHOUND SSC Land Speed Record car it will be the largest rocket tested in this country for twenty years.

The announcement was made at Cosworth HQ in Northampton. Picture above left to right: Richard Noble, BLOODHOUND SSC Project Director, Mark Chapman BLOODHOUND SSC Chief Engineer, Brian Lecomber, Tim Routsis, CEO Cosworth, Daniel Jubb, BLOODHOUND SSC Falcon rocket

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