Copenhagen Suborbitals Passes Rocket Test

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1st stage ignition of Copanhagen Suborbital SMARAGD rocket. (Credits: Copenhagen Suborbitals).

On November 26, Copenhagen Suborbitals conducted a test of their two-stage rocket SMARAGD. The test was a success, with a 3 second burn on the first stage and 20 second burn on the second stage engine.

 The engines are designed to ignite simultaneously with allowance for a 3 second delay. During the test, the engines ignited within 0.11 seconds of each other.

Copenhagen Suborbitals is a two person enterprise aimed at launching themselves to space on a home made rocket. In June 2011 Copenhagen Suborbitals successfully launched a 9 meter unmanned rocket over the Baltic Sea.

 Below is a video of the test.

  

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.

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