Testing of Launch Escape System Thomas Pedersen/Copenhagen Suborbitals


Sketch: This is the latest sketch for Copenhagen Suborbitals Tycho Deep Space II capsule. These open-source sketches and design invite others to suggest ameliorations to existing geometry and subsystems. Kristian Von Bengtson

Open Source Outer Space: How A Couple Of Guys Are Building A Homemade Rocket Ship for the Masses

Inside Copenhagen Suborbitals, the most powerful amateur rocket project ever flown
By Xavier Aaronson / Motherboard
Posted 12.21.2012 at 12:01 pm

Popular Science is pleased to present videos created by Motherboard, Vice Media’s guide to future culture. Motherboard’s original videos run the gamut from in-depth, investigative reports to profiles of the offbeat forward-thinking characters who are sculpting our bizarre present.

Anyone with enough brains and balls can build their own rocket and fly it to space. Or at least that’s what the non-profit, open source space project Copenhagen Suborbitals wants to prove.

In September, Motherboard scuttled out to Denmark to meet the pioneers behind this new wave in do-it-yourself space exploration to find out how these backyard space rockets are made. Founded in 2008 by two amateur engineers and entrepreneurs, Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen, Copenhagen Suborbitals is now comprised of a coterie of 20-plus specialists determined to create the first homemade, manned spacecraft to go into suborbital flight.

Read more: Open Source Outer Space: How A Couple Of Guys Are Building A Homemade Rocket Ship for the Masses | Popular Science.

Home           Top of page