Disclaimer: I'm involved with Copenhagen Suborbitals, and managed the livestreaming of the event.
It does not get better...
Now after massive cost overruns they have scoped it down and will soon demolish part of the system (the ticket barriers at the railway station), but still keeping some of it. And of course they have now also started to talk about a new system, this time requiring everyone to have a smartphone with them ( what will happen if your battery runs flat?).
This seems to imply a ballistic trajectory. Still an impressive feat, but getting to orbital velocity seems to be as hard (if not harder), than getting to 100km.
To be fair, they are called Copenhagen Suborbitals.
IMHO Whatever they do seems unfeasibly cool to me...
And it IS indeed one of the coolest things a human being can do - I'm quite envious.
I just wanted to make a point, so people don't start thinking that the next step is to strap a microsatellite on that thing :)
Needless to say there is a lot of ingenuity in costcutting, a lot of parts from home-depot....
That is 10 million kroner, roughly 2 mill USD. I doubt NASA could do one launch for that amount of money.
They don't have active plans for manned missions right now iirc, but I would venture to guess that if they wanted to, they could put someone up there without too much effort. The most immediately obvious hurdle is that they would need a human-rated pressurized reentry vehicle.
Of course, saying 'Denmark' in this context seems a bit weird, as it is not our government pushing it, but volunteers. But I will admit it does make me a little proud to be Danish. One of those few times.
No amateurs have ever even attempted active guidance before, and getting it right in the first go is a huge accomplishment.
Besides, tests are much more fun!
There have also been a few in the states. All passively unstable too.
Does anyone know why the flames appear to "stutter" from the rocket in slow motion? Is that expected behavior?