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Old 31.08.2010, 19:20
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Low-cost Rocket launch

Since yesterday a boat is towing a pram from Copenhagen to a Test Area in the Baltic Sea. On board is a home-made Space Rocket for the first low-cost rocket ever built, and they have succesfully obtained a launching permit.

To keep the costs down, they had to figure out some creative solutions, and for instance is the Heat shield made of cork floor tiles, and they use cheap Hair dryers to keep valves free of Ice.

They have built it on a Budget of DKK 300.000 = CHF 53.000

http://www.copenhagensuborbitals.com/index.php

http://news.discovery.com/space/amateur-rocketeers.html

They estimate themself, there is 33% chance of success, 33% of failure, and 33% chance, they will have to aboard the launch.

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Old 31.08.2010, 19:37
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

The boys at Top Gear already did it. Only problem was the Reliant Robin strapped to it failed to separate for it's glide back to Earth.

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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

http://nyhedsvideo.dk/100901raket/

Space Rocket arriving at Bornholm.
The submarine that is pushing it is also home made, they made that last year.

This is actually pretty epic. Launch is scheduled for anytime in the next few days depending on the weather.

http://maps.google.dk/maps?f=q&sourc...86145&t=h&z=11

Above shows the Island they are launching from.
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Old 02.09.2010, 12:48
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

http://www.copenhagensuborbitals.com/

more info on their website, looks like it might be this Saturday.
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Old 02.09.2010, 12:56
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Full respect for this effort. But: Looking at the engine test, I would not volunteer to be the man they want to send into orbit... I personally find bungee-jumping at the edge of stupid, so sitting on a 210.000 hp rocket engine screwed together by some engineering students on a very tight budget does not really sound too promising...

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Old 03.09.2010, 16:33
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

The Launch is postponed to Sunday now, as there will be too much wind saturday.

They have a facebook page now too:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=61162256231&ref=ts#!/group.php?gid=61162256231

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Old 03.09.2010, 16:42
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Budget Cruise Missile, from New Zealand, 2003.
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Old 03.09.2010, 16:46
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Remember the quote from pioneer astronaut John Glenn talking to Alan Shepard?

"I wasn’t scared, but I was up there looking around, and suddenly I realized I was sitting on top of a rocket built with parts all supplied by the lowest bidder on a government contract"
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

They launch it today at 10.00 live at http://sputnik.tv2.dk/play/broadcast/raket-opsending/

1 minute past, but nothing to see yet

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Old 05.09.2010, 10:07
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Launch is most certainly delayed, as a rope was torn, and at least 1 of them is getting seasick.
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Old 05.09.2010, 10:21
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Follow the chat here,

http://ing.dk/artikel/111515-liveda...raketopsendelse

There is a auto-translation button on the bottom - it's to the left of the Twitter-icon and looks like two speech-bubbles.

Launch postponned to around 12 + yeah they are seasick.


EDIT: Also there is a stream here
mms://wms.jay.net/borsenlive

I've opened it in VLC, doesn't seem to be region specific.
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Old 05.09.2010, 11:13
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EDIT: Also there is a stream here
mms://wms.jay.net/borsenlive

I've opened it in VLC, doesn't seem to be region specific.
Thanks, works great in VLC. Is that Danish being spoken..? If I listen really hard I can actually understand a fair amount of what's being said, in a way it's very similar to German.
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

It is danish, yes.
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Now it is postponed to 13.00 :-(

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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

ETA is 14.20 now. The rocket has been fuelled.

Can be seen on one of these Links:

mms://wms.jay.net/borsenlive

and also possibly
http://www.tv2bornholm.dk/live/

http://sputnik.tv2.dk/play/broadcast/raket-opsending/

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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

There is a guy in a helicopter over the site updating still images here
http://twitpic.com/photos/hougedk
as well.


Currently watching it live here
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/copenh...-rocket-launch

Looks like we might nearly there.
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Old 05.09.2010, 14:27
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Launch at 14.45, they are just leaving the launch pad in their little boat thing....go Danish people.
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

Countdown starts in 3 minutes...
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

3 minutes countdown has started
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Re: Low-cost Rocket launch

It did not launch. They aborted it, and sends a man over
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