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Danish rocketeers postpone launch after technical fault

A group of Danish space enthusiasts trying to launch a dummy rocket 30km (20 miles) into the sky had to abort the mission when a valve jammed.

The Copenhagen Suborbitals group is attempting to fly its DIY vehicle from a restricted military test area near Bornholm island in the Baltic Sea.

The human-sized dummy is strapped inside a pressurised, tubular capsule.

When Sunday's countdown reached zero, a puff of smoke was seen from the rocket but nothing happened.

A subsequent inspection found a valve controlling the flow of very cold, liquid oxygen to the motor had frozen up.

  • 06 Sep 2010
  • From the section Europe