A handmade spacecraft prototype successfully tested over the weekend for everyone to see demonstrates that we may all be able to participate in the astronomy program before long.
Although everyone is talking about Curiosity landing on Mars, there is a spaceflight program less talked about but equally as intriguing. The Copenhagen Suborbitals is a not-for-profit organization based in Denmark with a goal to develop an open-source spacecraft that can successfully orbit in space, carrying a human. Just this weekend, it tested its prototype rocket called “Beautiful Betty,” formerly known as the Tycho Deep Space. The launch was scheduled on Sunday at 10 a.m. EST, and was broadcasted live online via LiveStream.
The rocket also had a Launch Escape System strapped to it, which demonstrated its capability to rescue a passenger during a life-threatening launch failure. The whole experiment was a success as reported by the program co-founders Peter Madsen and Kristian von Bengston, who also both write for Wired’s Rocket Shop blog.
Click through the images below to see more shots from the launch.