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Danish Amateur Rocket Test Was a Success 39

Svippy writes "At 16:32 CEST, the amateur-built Danish rocket 'Tycho Brahe' successfully made it up and down again (Danish link)." Here's an English translation via Google Translate. The article includes a video of the launch, which is a mix of Danish media coverage and English launch chatter.
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Danish Amateur Rocket Test Was a Success

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  • Re:not bad (Score:4, Insightful)

    by amorsen ( 7485 ) <> on Friday June 03, 2011 @12:11PM (#36331912)

    Apparently the parachute problem happened because the launch was aborted. This made the parachute deploy at high speed, rather than at top of the trajectory where speed is low. It is ok to lose the parachute for the booster this way, but obviously they need to solve the problem for the crew module. Controlled abort is one of the great things about their current rocket, and it would be a bit counterproductive if an abort ended in impact after a few km of freefall.

  • Re:Wow (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 03, 2011 @02:31PM (#36332498)

    I never understood why people with your mindset would ever read a site like slashdot.

  • by Soft Cosmic Rusk ( 1211950 ) on Friday June 03, 2011 @02:43PM (#36332618)
    I don't think you know what "exceeding the goal" means. This wasn't expected to be a perfect, smooth flight with a soft landing - it was the very first flight of an incomplete version of an all new design, and the succes criterium was simply "getting liftoff". And by that standard, it was a huge success!

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