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Dragon Drop Tests and Heat1X-TychoBrae Set to Launch - Space

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Home made rockets launched from home made submarines next to dragon wings floating in the ocean on your SpacePod for August 24th, 2010. Now, before we begin, I just want to give a quick shout-out to our new viewers on both Space.com and UniverseToday. Hopefully you'll like what you see, stick around for a while, check out some of our other videos and join us for our live weekly show all about space. Now, for today though let's start over at the Pacific ocean where SpaceX tested the Dragon parachute deployment system on August 12th, 2010. Now, the Dragon spacecraft will initially transport cargo to the International Space Station, but it's just begging to be human-rated. That's cool and all, but lets go to the fringe of Newspace with Copenhagen Suborbitals where they really are trying to put humans into space. This next Monday, right after SpaceUp DC, the nonprofit team that is Copenhagen Suborbitals will launch their HEAT 1X rocket from the Baltic Sea. The ultimate goal of course is to put a human in space, although it looks like the accommodations may be a bit more restrictive than that of Virgin Galactic. This test flight will include a capsule with a human dummy that will float back to down to the water. Well, at least that's the plan. This particular mission should go as high as 93 miles or just under half the way to the International Space Station. This is Denmark's largest launch ever and should be awesome! How awesome? Well they're towing the rocket out to sea using a home-made submarine that they built. If that's not an epic awesome of epic epicness, than I don't know what is. Of course, when I watch their engine test firing I can't help to think that looks a bit rougher than would be required for human spaceflight. I guess we'll see this Monday. And of course if you want to keep the conversation going, join us in Washington DC this Friday and Saturday for your space un-conference. SpaceVidcast will be there, I hope you'll be there too.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 34 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: spacevidcast on Aug 24, 2010

Home made rockets launched from home made submarines next to dragon wings floating in the ocean on your SpacePod for August 24th, 2010 ;-----

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