Aug 25, 2010

Private Company Will Launch A Person Into Space...Soon

Over the last 18 months, Copenhagen Suborbitals has led a team of volunteers in creating the HEAT1X rocket and the micro spacecraft it will launch, the Tycho Brahe-1.

Tycho Brahe-1 will carry one human passenger, in a half-seated position, into space and back down again. The seat is designed to minimize strain on the passenger’s spine. Whoever is on board will also have to wear a pressure suit, like those worn by fighter pilots, to make sure they don’t pass out.

At the top of the module is a see-through polymer plexiglass dome, giving the astronaut a once-in-a-lifetime view of the journey. It’s planned that the spacecraft will travel in an arc, jettisoning the rocket about halfway up and eventually peaking more than 100km above the Earth before coming down.

After it re-enters the atmosphere, parachutes will be deployed to slow it before it hits the water.

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