Launch of privately-built Danish rocket delayed: builder

August 30, 2010
View of a star cluster in outer space. The launch into space of Denmark's first privately-built rocket has been postponed to Thursday due to bad weather conditions, one of its builders said.

The launch into space of Denmark's first privately-built rocket has been postponed to Thursday due to bad weather conditions, one of its builders said.

"The wind delayed the transportation of the rocket from Copenhagen to (the island of) Bornholm. But we hope to take our prototype on Tuesday to the launch base in order to be able to take off on Thursday," said Peter Madsen.

Madsen, 39, and Kristian von Bengtsson, also 39, have toiled for over two years to build the nine-metre (30 feet), 1.6-tonne prototype, which is named after the famous Danish astronaut Tycho Brahe.

They intend "to show that with little financial means anyone can send a rocket into space, which is a privilege not just reserved for rich countries," said Madsen.

The prototype cost a total of 50,000 euros (63,400 dollars) and was financed mostly by 2,000 individual sponsors and 20 companies.

The duo hope to send a person into space within three or four years, which would make only the fourth nation to do so.

Madsen said the project will start off by placing a human-sized doll in the rocket, although it is possible "in principle" to already place a human being inside.

He said the rocket should fly at a speed faster than sound and will reach an altitude of between 10 and 30 kilometres.

And if all goes well, the pair will launch a new prototype by early summer in 2011 -- one that is more powerful, more technologically advanced and could reach a maximum altitude of 120 kilometres.

Explore further: Japan postpones rocket launch

Related Stories

Japan postpones rocket launch

February 21, 2006

The launch of a Japanese rocket carrying an infrared satellite has been postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday morning due to bad weather.

Bad weather postpones Japan rocket launch

May 18, 2010

Japan on Tuesday postponed the launch of a rocket due to deploy a Venus probe and an experimental "space yacht" propelled by solar particles, because of bad weather at the launch site.

Launch delayed for satellite to watch space debris

July 6, 2010

(AP) -- The launch of a new U.S. Air Force space surveillance satellite has been delayed due to a software problem in a rocket similar to the one that will lift the satellite into orbit.

Recommended for you

What are white holes?

October 9, 2015

Black holes are created when stars die catastrophically in a supernova. So what in the universe is a white hole?

How to prepare for Mars? NASA consults Navy sub force

October 5, 2015

As NASA contemplates a manned voyage to Mars and the effects missions deeper into space could have on astronauts, it's tapping research from another outfit with experience sending people to the deep: the U.S. Navy submarine ...

A mission to a metal world—The Psyche mission

October 9, 2015

In their drive to set exploration goals for the future, NASA's Discovery Program put out the call for proposals for their thirteenth Discovery mission in February 2014. After reviewing the 27 initial proposals, a panel of ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

5 / 5 (1) Aug 30, 2010
"named after the famous Danish astronaut Tycho Brahe."

16th century astronaut ? Was he an alien too ?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.