Autodiverse is the partnership behind the ‘Knights Arrow’ projects. The partnership of David Knight and Carolynne Campbell-Knight springs from traditional practical engineering roots that have seen us involved in many endeavours over the decades. From high-performance racing machinery (such as the RS 200 Cosworth, and the Group C Silk-Cut Le Mans Jaguars), to energy conservation and industrial production.
Rocketry came late in our careers as we both looked for something new and different to explore. It’s been a steep learning curve. But we have had the advantage of being able to bring a very wide base of engineering experience to the challenge. Sometimes, a life-time of specialisation can result in narrow thinking and the ready acceptance of ‘received wisdom’. The ability to carry ideas from one discipline to another is the advantage that the generalist brings.
Alongside the speed-record rocket car, we are now developing a new breed of rocket motor that represents an engineering evolution from Hybrid rockets to a novel and inexpensive Bi-Propellant motor.
That motor is the ‘Knights Arrow Bybrid’
When it comes to engineering innovation, small is beautiful. So many products and innovations that have made big impacts over the years, have come come from the ‘little guys’. Big corporations are needed to take this stuff forward, but it’s the small operators that have the ingenuity, flexibility and independence of thought to invent and create.
In a world where the Forumula-One teams have become multi-million pound huge operations, it’s worth remembering that Ken Tyrrell took three world championships working from an old woodshed.
Behind the gate at Skunkworks II, there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on….
NOTE: The terms ‘bibrid’, ‘bibryd’, ‘bybrid’ and ‘bybryd’ are copyright of Carolynne Knight 2010 -2014