I mentioned a week or so ago that the Danes are a bunch of nutcases. Further proof, if that were necessary, comes from yesterday's Wired:
A team of Danish volunteers has built a rocket capable of carrying a human into space, and will be launching it in a week's time.
The rocket has been built with money from sponsors and private subscription. It is scheduled to launch on 31 August.
The rocket is named HEAT1X-TYCHO BRAHE, and its first test flight will carry a crash test dummy, rather than a human, so that the safety aspects of the design can be analysed.
Like the name, and the concern for safety issues.
It'll launch from a floating platform that the team has also built, which will be towed into the middle of the Baltic sea by a submarine called Nautilus that the pair built as their last project.
Stunning. Building your own submarine as a launch vehicle.
In response to one question asking what the chances of the person inside dying are, they replied: "Unlike Columbia we're not moving at orbital speeds so 'dying a gruesome death burning up on re-entry' with our kit has a very low outcome probability."
Well, they've got all the jargon sorted.
Despite that, the rocket will still break the sound barrier, and subject the pilot (who is forced to stand inside the capsule) to considerable g-forces.
I hope they give him one of those leather straps like they have on the Tube.
If successful, Denmark will be the fourth country to put one of its citizens into space, following the USA, Soviet Union and China, and the first in the world to do it without government funding.
Great idea, but 145 days too late, I think.