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[i]By anyone's standards, the mission was daring. Consisting of a cylindrical capsule that snugly fits around a person, with a clear plexiglass dome so that the astronaut can see out, the Tycho Brahe 1 rocket resembles a human canonball.
The BBC reports that the "valve controlling the flow of very cold, liquid oxygen to the motor had frozen up" and the Copenhagen Post sheds some light on why: the power to the valve's heater - a hairdryer, purchased at a Danish supermarket for under £12 - was cut off.
Ridiculous or ingenious, the inventors at Copenhagen Suborbitals have created their rocket on a budget of about £42,000 - less than many Mercedes-Benz drivers spend on a car.[/i]
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