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Tycho Deep Space: a DIY, Open Source, Manned Spacecraft 85

Posted by Soulskill
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misterbarnacles writes "Can space travel be democratized? Kristian von Bengtson and Copenhagen Suborbitals think so, and they're building a DIY manned suborbital spacecraft to prove it. 'Bengtson describes the craft as "a half sized Apollo-shaped space capsule with a diameter of 2 meters capable of serving one (or two) persons." When complete, Bengtson hopes the suborbital craft will convey a human passenger higher than 62 miles above sea level, allowing him the rare opportunity to escape Earth’s bonds and view the heavens from the ionosphere.'"
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Tycho Deep Space: a DIY, Open Source, Manned Spacecraft

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  • Eugh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ModernGeek (601932) on Friday December 09, 2011 @02:24PM (#38317062) Homepage
    I'm all for crazy ideas, and I'm a huge fan of space flight (just ask any of my friends, I drive them up the wall with it), but this has to be the worst idea I've ever seen.
  • democratized (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rickb928 (945187) on Friday December 09, 2011 @02:48PM (#38317376) Homepage Journal

    I do not think that word means what you want it to mean.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 09, 2011 @03:06PM (#38317614)

    Yes, it is really freaking hard, and yes it is really freaking expensive, and yes it's really freaking dangerous and probably downright defiant in the face of reason, logic and safety.... ....but IMHO, if we are ever going to colonize space, we need every attempt possible!

    We need to get to the point where anybody can get to space, and STAY out there, and survive in unbelievable, unbearable conditions, with unbelievable challenges, to explore the unknown and dedicate their lives to space exploration OFF of this planet, in addition to everything else we already do.

    If we want the universe to be our sandbox, we must evolve into a space-faring and space-surviving species.

    Imagine where we would be if a lot of people hadn't pushed the limits beyond everything we could imagine, and yes.... even died trying to accomplish manned flight.

  • by 0123456 (636235) on Friday December 09, 2011 @05:17PM (#38319166)

    Look at how many orbital launch failures SpaceX experienced. The failures are not due to incorrect science but rather inadequate application of engineering.

    As I understand it, SpaceX have built a new rocket engine and two new launchers and a capsule and flown them into space for about the same as NASA spent to put a dummy upper stage on a shuttle SRB and fire it into the ocean.

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