copenhagen suborbitals

Copenhagen Suborbital tests Tycho Deep Space Capsule/LES

Copenhagen Suborbitals, a DIY spaceflight program held tests of their “Beautiful Betty” (formerly named Tycho Deep Space) capsule and Launch Escape System(LES) this morning(4am EST). The purpose of a Launch Escape System is to propel the capsule away from the main rocket in case of an emergency.

The test was an over all succes with the LES igniting properly taking the capsule to about 3000 ft  where the two seperated and the two parachuted safely to the water. However, there were some stabilization issues causing the capsule to tumble and strike the water faster than expected and sustain some damage. The capsule remained intact with no water breaches but Copenhagen Suborbitals still needs to analyze the accelerometer data to see if a human could have survived the launch.

Update: As you can see from the live capture above the balloon uprighting system also failed to deploy and they had to re-right the capsule manually.

Livestream Footage and clips from the Launch

Update2: Helicopter video footage of the launch clearly shows the tumble and the parachutes not fully deploying.

Update3: more footage

LES Fireworks from Copenhagen Suborbitals

This is a high speed capture of Copenhagen Suborbitals testing their Launch Escape System. You can see a realtime capture of the same system here along with a test of their Sapphire engine which contains active rudders.

Copenhagen Suborbitals to launch rocket (June 3-5)

There are a few reasons to get excited about Copenhagen Suborbitals upcoming launch. Not the smallest reason being it’s quite possibly the first launch of a vehicle designed to carry a human into space by a group of individuals with no profit or military motive.

Update: Succesfull Launch!!

You can watch live from a variety of sources:
Mashup of live streams and social commentary

Live stream

Or learn more about Copenhagen Suborbitals and their upcoming launch at their site.