On Saturday the Metro section ran an article on a team of undergraduates at Boston University that plans to launch a custom-built rocket to the lower edge of space this July. It would be a dramatic feat that would put them in company with the top amateur rocketry organizations around the world. The BU effort comes at the same time that companies like SpaceX and Orbital Sciences are moving ahead with plans to conduct passenger and cargo deliveries to space. Reaching space is one thing. He explains that turning and accelerating in space requires a huge amount of fuel and a large rocket to carry it.
Video shows launch of world's largest amateur rocket
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All rights reserved. Heat and swirls of dust above the cracked earth of northwestern Nevada make any sign of life look like a mirage. In the fall of , photographer Robert Ormerod turned off the road and onto the dried lake bed of the Black Rock Desert in search of a rocket launch. On the horizon he could make out a hazy row of RVs—those of the attendees of a famed amateur-rocketry convention. Since the Federal Aviation Administration has granted the Tripoli Rocketry Association permission to shoot rockets up to , feet 93 miles in the air for the event. One engineer installed a GoPro camera on his rocket; he showed Ormerod pictures it had captured high in the sky. From the control center comes a countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Can amateurs send rockets to space? Yes, with limits
A group of amateurs are planning to send a manned rocket into space. Based in Copenhagen the group dedicates their spare time to the ambitious project. Calling themselves the Copenhagen Suborbitals the group has a mission statement that simply states: "We are working towards launching a human being into space, and bringing him safely back to earth. The non-profit amateur space endeavor group has big goals on a micro-budget.
Take a look at this for a little " bang! Led by Derek Deville, the rocketeers launched their custom-built 26 ft. Holy speeding missiles, Batman!