Copenhagen Suborbital's Sapphire rocket was a test of their active guidance system and it proved to be a success. This was the world's first amateur built rocket with active guidance. A number of capsule tests will follow this year and next summer they plan to launch Heat 2X - a much larger rocket (9m high and 65cm wide) with one TM65 liquid propellant rocket engine. It has an estimated apogee of around 100-130km - which will put it into space. That should be fun.
Mon, June 24, 2013
Thu, June 20, 2013
Sat, May 25, 2013
A documentary about the nature and society of the five Nordic countries - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland & Iceland (including Greenland). It was produced by the Nordic Council.
Fri, May 24, 2013
One of the greatest swords ever made - the +ULFBERH+T viking sword was made of the highest quality steel. A quality that was far superior to other steel at the time. The technology / knowledge vanished with the Vikings and was only later rediscovered in modern times - even though the know-how probably came from Iran and was brought to Scandinavia via the Volga River trading route.
The video (Secrets of the Viking sword) is a NOVA / National Geographic documentary from 2012 and shows how a modern day smith (Richard Furrer) recreates the crucible charcoal forge with leather bellows needed to achieve the correct heat and how he later manufactures the sword.
The sword is a copy of a sword on display at the National Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Fri, May 17, 2013
The Fehmarn immersed tunnel will connect Denmark and Germany between Rødbyhavn and Puttgarden. It's approx. 18 km / 11 miles long and will open in 2021. It will become the world's longest combined road/rail immersed tunnel.
The price tag is EURO 5.5 billion. The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will be owned by Denmark and financed by Danish state-guaranteed loans. It will become a toll road and loans are estimated to be paid back over 40 years.
The Fehmarnbelt is currently serviced by ferries.