Holloman High Speed Test Track
Thursday, 5th March 2009 by Ian Brown
Time for a break from the World’s Largest trivia, lets take a look at the World’s Fastest … the location of the land speed record1 is the Holloman High Speed Test Track in New Mexico.
The track stretches for almost 16km across the desert – you have to zoom out a long way to see the whole thing!
It is used by the Holloman Air Force Base to test new vehicle, munitions and missile technologies by propelling rocket-powered sleds at ever-increasing velocities. The current speed record, set in 2008, is 10,604km/hour – that’s Mach 9 or about 3km per second!
From a standing start, the sled with multiple-stage rockets travelled 6km of the track in just six seconds! The track was enclosed in a helium-filled tent to reduce drag, but this YouTube video gives a pretty good idea of how awesome it must have been to witness!
Thanks to Ryan C.
Specifically, the land speed record for railed vehicles – rocket sled category, which is several times faster than any other land-based vehicles. ↩