Going to Space with Copenhagen Suborbitals, Denmark / by Alastair Wiper

 
 Mads Wilson of Copenhagen Suborbitals in front the Tycho Deep Space return capsule

Mads Wilson of Copenhagen Suborbitals in front the Tycho Deep Space return capsule

 

In the old shipyard of Copenhagen a bunch of guys are on a mission to make a home-made rocket and go to space in it. Yep, really. If they do it they will make Denmark the fourth country in the world to put a man in space, after the USA, China and Russia. I first went to photograph them and watch a rocket test a couple of years ago (check that here), and now I have been back to see what they are up to for the June 2015 issue of Wired magazine.

Copenhagen Suborbitals emphasise going back to basics and keeping things as simple as possible, and you won't find any white lab coats around here: it is all about welding and grease. Founded in 2008 by Nasa contractor Kristian von Bengtson and rocket enthusiast Peter Madsen, the project is still going strong with 24 core members, despite the two founders leaving last year to persue other interests. The project raises funding through private donations and publishes all of its data, and they have launched the most powerful rocket ever flown, the Heat IX. Check copenhagensuborbitals.com for more.

 
 
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