Students Design $2000 Rocket

Posted by Michael Pinto on Sep 30, 2006 in Science |

The rocket isn’t big enough for a person, but it’s nice to know that you can get into space on such a low budget:

Students launch project to send rocket into space for under £1,000

“A group of students from the University of Cambridge who plan on launching a rocket into space for less than £1,000 have taken the first steps towards achieving their ambitious goal. Carl Morland, Henry Hallam and Robert Fryers, all from the Department of Engineering have successfully sent a bundle of equipment to the edge of space using a helium balloon.

The tiny payload, no bigger than a lunchbox, flew to nearly four times the height of Everest before descending by parachute, taking photographs throughout the flight, including dramatic images showing the curvature of the earth.

In the long term, their project – dubbed ‘Project Nova’ – aims to pave the way for the launch of small payloads for commercial research organisations into space. The method would be very cheap, costing a matter of several hundred pounds, instead of the six-figure sums currently required.”

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