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Copenhagen Suborbitals Seeking $10k In Crowdfunding For New Space Capsule 31

Posted by Soulskill
from the cheapifying-the-space-race dept.
Plammox writes "As Copenhagen Suborbitals continue to develop their donation-based, garage-level technology solution to manned suborbital spaceflight, they're looking to crowdfund the next space capsule design. For a mere $25, your name will fly in the next capsule test launch. $2000 will buy you a guided tour of the premises in Copenhagen. The volunteer-based organization has previously done a number of different static engine tests with spectators, and two sea launches of a launch escape system and their first big rocket."
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Copenhagen Suborbitals Seeking $10k In Crowdfunding For New Space Capsule

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  • When did "crowdfunding" replace the words "charity" or "sponsorship"?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Right about when "in the cloud" replaced "on the internet" and adding "on a mobile device" became innovation.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It didn't. Sponsorship does not indicate that they're getting small donations from many people. Charity makes them sound handicapped, when they're doing great things and engaging large amounts of people. Crowdfunding says exactly what it is.

      You are a bit kooky, aren't you?

    • Re:Crowdfunding? (Score:5, Informative)

      by djsmiley (752149) <djsmiley2k@gmail.com> on Friday September 21, 2012 @09:51AM (#41411077) Homepage Journal

      Sponsorship = one large, or many large companies offering rewards in return for exposure.

      Charity = tax status, possible "good feelings" for donatee

      Crowdfunding = low value donations en mass for negligable reward, possible "good feelings" for donatee

      • Charity = tax status, possible "good feelings" for donatee

        Crowdfunding = low value donations en mass for negligable reward, possible "good feelings" for donatee

        Correctin: replace "donatee" with "donor". The "donatee" has always good feelings when getting donations.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      At least the first one carry certain legal baggage, and other usually mean that a few people with deep pockets got involved rather than a whole bunch of people with shallower pockets.

  • by udippel (562132)

    As much as I adore the resolve of some individuals to advance science and technology, and invest all available resources exactly for that,
    and as much as I like to give my small contribution to this dedication and resolve, to advance the ongoing project and maybe even mankind, though:
    Do we really need a next generation suborbital space capsule??

    • As much as we need an iPhone 5 or the next Lady Gaga album, which is to say if there's a group of people willing to spend money to fund it, then yes, there is a need.
    • by Teancum (67324)

      I'd like to point out that Copenhagen Suborbital seems to be on the cutting edge of inexpensive spaceflight. While it seems like there are a whole bunch of people who are making capsules, those tend to be major national governments like the United States, Russia, India, or China. That this group of modern day Vikings are able to carry on the tradition of their ancestors in space seems to be icing on the cake.

      The amazing thing here isn't that this is necessarily novel or the first time people have gone int

  • by Plammox (717738) on Friday September 21, 2012 @09:50AM (#41411063)
    $2000 will buy you a Cuban cigar that flew in the last launch. My sincere apologies.
  • If everyone sends everyone else just a penny we'd all be rich. Or at least the Post Office would be able to make it's pension payments.
    • With 7 Billion people in the world, sending everybody else a penny will cost each individual 70 million dollars.
  • by jheath314 (916607) on Friday September 21, 2012 @10:43AM (#41411715)

    They conduct their launches from a marine platform that they tow out to sea using the fully functional submarine that they built for a previous project.

    Also, in reply to the surprising number of negative responses questioning why a bunch of enthusiasts should build a giant rocket...
    a) because it's awesome, and
    b) because they can. /. is a community of hackers (in the proper sense of the term), and building your own manned rocket qualifies as an epic hack. Technology shouldn't be just a shiny black box made by a corporation somewhere for us to consume in the approved ways... it should be something we tear apart and put back together, modify it and use it to unconventional ways that were never intended.

    The world is full of black boxes, and full of people who want to tell us never to peak inside. Good on these guys for ignoring the nay-sayers and having the courage to build something awesome.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Correction: /. used to be a community of hackers.

  • At time of writing, this story is tagged "Netherlands". Is there in fact some connection to the Netherlands here (I can't find one), or is this just geographical delinquency?

    (As with arguments over metric/US units, I fear this may trigger a deluge of "STFU OK, Slashdot is a US-based site, deal with it"...)

    • by Teancum (67324)

      The group is based out of Copenhagen, although there might be some participants and volunteers involved with Copenhagen Suborbital that may be from the Netherlands. That is the only thing I can think of. There certainly is a pretty large group of volunteers working on this rocket, and they are willing to take on additional volunteers if you have something legitimate to contribute or can fill in a skill gap they may have.

      • It's much simpler than that.

        Americans have this odd tendency to confuse Denmark and the Netherlands, for whatever reason. Happens all the time.

        • by Teancum (67324)

          It's much simpler than that.

          Americans have this odd tendency to confuse Denmark and the Netherlands, for whatever reason. Happens all the time.

          That is an over generalization I have never even heard about. That there are Americans who are clueless about geography that would confuse Austria and Australia as being the same country perhaps, or think that Ghana is one of the "low countries of Europe". Then again I've met Europeans who think Los Angeles is an hour drive from New York City.

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