Copenhagen Suborbitals is the world’s only amateur space programme; a non-profit based in Denmark seeking to send someone to space on a budget rocket. The aim is to launch a human beyond the Kármán line, 100km above the earth’s surface and do so with donations, independent of government sponsorship. A group of 50 volunteers and part time specialists have taken up the outlandish hobby outside of their 9 to 5’s.
Although the team’s goal to achieve human space travel in the planned rocket SPICA-I is not yet near, initial missions have already successfully passed. Next up, the Nexø I Mission will sail a rocket 6 – 10 km from a launch platform based in the international waters of Baltic Sea before landing it safely in the ocean by parachute. Although averse to governmental rules and regulations, the Suborbitals have assured the public that their intentions are peaceful and that no explosives, nuclear or biological weapons will be on board any of their rockets. They have also pledged to make all of their technical information freely available to the public.