'Shoestring' Danish rocket blasts off
Original post from 1618 GMT:
A rocket built by a group of Danish space enthusiasts has successfully launched on a short flight high above its sea-based launch platform.
The non-profit organisation Copenhagen Suborbitals built the rocket for around £42,000. They hope to eventually fly a human on a suborbital flight to space using a beefed-up version of the rocket, which is just big enough for one person.
Their first launch attempt a year ago failed to achieve lift-off due to a malfunctioning hairdryer used as a heater inside the rocket.
But their second try on Friday was a success. A video of the flight can be viewed here.
(via New Scientist’s Short Sharp Science)