Saturday, June 4, 2011

Denmark zooms into space

       Friday June 3 approx 8 p.m. (IST):  A historic moment for Denmark.

       On this day Denmark rocketed into space with 9.5 meters long rocket called Heat-1X Tycho Brahe weighing more than 2000 kgs..

       According to The Copenhagen Post, the achievement, preceded by a few setbacks earlier--inevitable in the space business---was the result of the hard work of two amateur rocketeers having a passion for space exploration, Peter Madsen and Kristian von Bengtson.

       The rocket lifted off with a thunder from a sea platform made by the amateurs called Sputnik. Taking into consideration the safety requirements which is extremely important in a space mission, Sputnik was positioned in the Baltic Sea, off the east coast of the Danish island of Bornholm, according to The Post.

        Taking off from the sea platform the rocket flew higher and higher finally attaining an altitude of 2.8 kms. In the next flight, the rocket will go to a higher altitude, the ultimate aim being to launch a manned mission reaching a height of 100 kms.

        The mission is backed by an organisation called Copenhagen Suborbitals which operate on donations and donations. Its mission is to launch a manned flight into space in private-built rockets.

        We wish them all the very best and Godspeed.          


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