View Full Version : Open Source DIY Rocket Launch a success

Dry Lips
June 3rd, 2011, 09:03 PM
Here is a little something for all you space monkeys...
(No, this thread isn't about Mark Shuttleworth)

Copenhagen Suborbitals is an non-profit and open source
rocket group that tries to send a private manned aircraft
into space. Today they successfully managed to send a
rocket a whopping 2.8 kilometres into, well... the air. I think
such a mission that isn't all about making money is worth a notice!

Quote taken from their homepage:

Copenhagen Suborbitals is a suborbital space endeavor,
based entirely on private donaters, sponsors and part
time specialists.

Our mission is to launch human beings into space on
privately build rockets and spacecrafts.

The project is both open source and non-profit in order
to inspire as many people as possible, and to envolve
relevant partners and their expertise.

We aim to show the world that human space flight can
be different from the usual expensive and government
controlled project.

We are working fulltime to develop a series of suborbital
space vehicles - designed to pave the way for manned
space flight on a micro size spacecraft.

The mission has a 100% peacefull purpose and is not in
any way involved in carrying explosive, nuclear, biological
and chemical payloads.

We intend to share all our techninal information as much as
possible, within the laws of EU-export control.




June 3rd, 2011, 09:26 PM
I hope the 'manned' spacecraft that didn't make it came safely to the ground.

Dry Lips
June 3rd, 2011, 09:49 PM
The rocket that was launched today carried a dummy,
which supposedly came through the ordeal unharmed...


another link:

June 4th, 2011, 12:20 AM
Let this be the first of many such launches. Good to see the prices for space launches coming out of the large nation-state range too.

June 4th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I know it would be cool to shoot up to very low Earth orbit; but it would be more like a roller-coaster ride. What I want would be a few days on a space station. Add the chance to do a space-walk and I'd buy a ticket right now. Well, I couldn't afford a trip like that, but you know what I mean.

June 4th, 2011, 01:01 AM
Meh, more easy just do:

import antigravity (http://xkcd.com/353/)