Copenhagen Suborbitals announced the the successful static test firing of their XLR-2 hybrid rocket motor on October 19th, 2008. The company states: “Our mission is very simple. We are working towards launching a human being into space.”

The rocket motor is comprised of a system that injects liquid oxygen into a solid epoxy core to generate combustion and thrust.  The victim astronaut assumes the position a semi-squatting position with their head in the clear plastic nose cone.  The passenger compartment is lifted into a parabolic trajectory topping the magic altitude of 100 km. I guess you get to call yourself an astronaut if you fly above 100 km.

( You see, the purpose of the rocket motor is to deliver the passenger to the scene of the disaster.)

I think I’ll pass my ticket to someone else this time.

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