Danes hope to launch rocket man

Tom James @ 22-10-2008

Danish researchers at the Copenhagen Suborbitals project seek to launch a one-man rocket projectile into space, from their mission statement:

This is a privately funded suborbital space endeavor.
Our mission is to launch a human being into space.

We are currently developing a series of suborbital space vehicles – designed to pave the way for manned space flight on a micro size spacecraft.

Two rocket vehicles are under development. A small unmanned sounding rocket, named Hybrid Atmospheric Test Vehicle or HATV and a larger booster rocket named Hybrid Exo Atmospheric Transporter or HEAT, designed to carry a micro spacecraft into a suborbital trajectory in space.

What fun! The thought of riding into the sky inside a rocket!

Apparently the idea is for the astronaut to be situated in a standing position beneath the transparent, polymer-plexiglass nose-cap!

Their candour is to be saluted, as is the bravery of the prospective astronaut. I wonder if the project will ever come to fruition?

[via Boing Boing][image from the Copenhagen Suborbital website]

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One Response to “Danes hope to launch rocket man”

  1. Anthony says:

    I notice that the plans don’t seem to include any parachutes, or other means of safe return of the passenger! Sure, this can work, but I’d prefer that it not be a one-way trip.