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Copenhagen Suborbitals – Danish amateurs take on NASA and the world, and win!


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So this bunch of Danish amateurs called the Copenhagen Suborbitals (site down) have banded together to produce and launch a manned spacecraft. They’re doing it using voluntary donations and sheer gung-ho and it is beyond awesome. So far I think it’s cost them thousands of dollars (vs NASA billions) and in six days time the first test launch with a crashtest dummy in place will happen. Forum posts. Wikipedia article.

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As if that wasn’t amazing enough, the guys are going to be towing the launch platform out to sea using a submarine that they built earlier. This is one of those stories which really doesn’t do justice to the phrase derring-do, eh?

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Their site is totally hosed by Slashdot et all at the moment, but visit it in a day or so, if only to see the pic of the transition from what is literally a table napkin vision to the real thing ready to launch. Just astounding.

Welcome to Copenhagen Suborbitals Our mission is very simple. We are working towards launching a human being into space. This is a non-profit suborbital space endeavor lead by Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen, based entirely on sponsors and volunteers.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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