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Amateur-Built Danish 'Non-Profit Rocket' Blasts Off from the Baltic Sea


Just one day later than expected--and that’s pretty good for a rocket launch--Copenhagen Suborbitals’ “non-profit rocket” successfully launched from its catamaran launch platform in the Baltic Sea today, notching a major milestone for the organization that plans to eventually send an amateur-built manned rocket into suborbital space.

The flight did not come off perfectly smoothly--few first tests of a technology do--but the team is calling it a complete success. The launch gathered the the organization its first flight data on its HEAT 1-X rocket booster and the Tycho Brahe capsule that can carry a crew of one. The ascent reportedly came off a bit more sideways than the team anticipated, but using the data collected the team should be able, slowly but surely, to begin ironing out the wrinkles in the largest amateur-built space rocket that we know of.

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