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Originally posted by 2weird2live2rare2die
if you are seated in this rocket, what are you operating the levers with exactly?
While any future astronaut will have the ability to make some limited adjustments and maneuvers, all of the important actions will be performed by the mission control team on the ground
A group of Danish rocket enthusiasts trying to launch a dummy 30km into the sky had to abort the mission when a valve on their rocket jammed.
No further attempt to would be made to launch on Sunday, the rocketeers said.
The Danish government has given Copenhagen Suborbitals the use of its ESD139 test range until 17 September.
If the Heat-1X booster cannot fly before that date, the team will have to wait until 2011 for another chance to launch
Back in May, von Bengtson and Madsen successfully tested a static booster powered by liquid oxygen oxidizer and polyurethane fuel. That booster will burn for 60 seconds, providing enough thrust to achieve their 19-mile voyage without exceeding 3Gs, which would be comparable to the G-force experienced by space shuttle astronauts during liftoff and re-entry.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
The two are vying to get one step closer to becoming the fourth group in history to put humans into suborbital flight -- the other three groups have been the space programs of the United States, Russia and China.