Internet Forum Users Plan Manned Space Launch

The amateur rocketry scene is about to take one giant leap forward, thanks to a collection of volunteers who are planning to put a man into orbit. Via a home-made submarine-mounted floating launchpad.

The collection of Danish volunteers call themselves Copenhagen Suborbitals and have been posting about their efforts on the Something Awful forums (HOAX ALARM!) for quite some time - with plenty of photos and testing videos available on the group's website, should you quite rightly have a few suspicions about the validity of the project.

The test launch of the human-carrying version of the team's HEAT 1X rocket is scheduled for five days time. But there won't be an actual man inside the rocket - just a dummy. If that returns to Earth in one piece and not melted down into a blackened lump, a proper manned attempt will be pencilled in to go ahead in the next few years.

You Gizmodo commenters are falling way behind in the space race, basically. [Daily Mail via Boing Boing]

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