Some machines are perfect for just one person. A Formula 1 car, for example. Or a Heat-1X rocket.
You haven't heard of the Heat-1X? I feel you might be missing out on something rather special. For this is a rocket built by a Danish nonprofit called Copenhagen Suborbitals. It's a rocket built for one.
You might be wondering if something of this sort might ever get off the ground.
So below I present video evidence of a test launch of the Heat-1X. The New Scientist tells me it cost about $69,000 to build, which is cheerily less than what it takes to buy one of the larger BMWs.
The economics of this project might sound a trifle idealistic. Indeed, last year, a launch went somewhat awry when a hairdryer malfunctioned. This would be a hairdryer that was being used to provide heat inside the rocket.
However, Friday presented us with empirical evidence that the Heat-1X could really fly.… Read more