X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Bargain-Basement Danish Rocket Lifts Off

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

When I was a kid, I built a few of the model rocket kits that you could actually fly with little solid rocket motors on the bottom. I thought they were pretty cool, but I would never want to build a life-size one that could actually hold a person in it. I had a hard enough time launching those little foot-tall rockets. Some Danish space enthusiasts got together late last week and launched their own rocket.

The rocket cost just £42,000 (~$69,000 USD), and is designed to hold one person inside and loft them into the atmosphere – and perhaps someday into orbit. The team attempted to launch last year, but the rocket failed after the HAIRDRYER they were using as a heater inside the rocket malfunctioned. This year apparently the hairdryer worked fine and the rocket left its small sea platform.

danish_bargain_rocket

It climbed to about 2 km into the air before it started to veer off course. The team feared it would leave their designated testing area and turned the engine off remotely. To make matters worse, the parachute that was supposed to let the rocket splash safely into the sea failed to fully deploy. Luckily, the passenger in the rocket was only a dummy, not a person. Here’s a pilot’s-eye view of the brief flight:

[via New Scientist]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren 720S Spider

Comfortably Numb: Piano Cover

Comfortably Numb: Piano Cover

Can You Solve the Time Travel Riddle?

Can You Solve the Time Travel Riddle?

Advertisement
Vintage Rube Goldberg Clip Explains Gas Engines

Vintage Rube Goldberg Clip Explains Gas Engines

McLaren 720S Spider Lets the Sun Shine In

McLaren 720S Spider Lets the Sun Shine In

Concepts from Future Past: 2003 Mercury Messenger

Concepts from Future Past: 2003 Mercury Messenger