Photos: Rocket-propelled 'F1' racing jets

Photos: Rocket-propelled 'F1' racing jets

Summary: Grand Prix-style racing 1,500m in the sky

TOPICS: Mobility

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  • Spectators on the ground will be able to follow the race from the planes' 20-foot rocket plumes. They will also be able to watch their favourite pilot using Wi-Fi-enabled, handheld GPS tracking devices, which will receive streamed video of the cockpit and live racing action.

    Fans at home will also be able to see the pilot's course on their TV or computer.

  • Former Columbia space shuttle commander colonel Rick Searfoss (pictured) has been appointed chief pilot by the Rocket Racing League and will fly the EZ-Rocket X-Racer prototype at its inaugural launch on 9 October in New Mexico.

  • The X-Racers will take off from a runway in a staggered start and fly a course of long straights, vertical ascents and deep banks. Each pilot will follow his or her own virtual "tunnel" or "track" of space through which to fly, safely separated from their competitors by a few hundred feet. Pilots will use state-of-the-art GPS technology to ensure minimal chances of physical contact between the racers.

Topic: Mobility

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