The world’s first volunteer-built, not-for-profit passenger rocket funded purely by donations and sponsorships is preparing for launch next week, ticking off a milestone in human spaceflight history. The Danish rocket, known as the Tycho Brahe-1, is slated to launch from a seafaring launch platform in the middle of the Baltic Sea on August 31.
If the test is successful, the team aims to eventually launch a human aboard the rocket, and judging from the looks of the thing it would be one hell of a ride. Unlike other privately developed, for-profit space vehicles, the Tycho Brahe-1 isn’t designed to carry much more than a single human in a standing position in the nose of the spacecraft (there is some additional space aboard the craft that could carry scientific tools or commercial goods). But it seems like it would definitely impart the sensation of being launched headlong into the heavens.