As the one-man Heat-1X rocket started to veer off course and outside the designated launch area, mission controllers cut the engine and ended the test flight well short of the 15-kilometer goal. Also, the parachute did not fully open. Success!
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.
How's this for a nightmare scenario: you're crammed into a rocket the size of a closet, only large enough for you to stand up in. The top is a clear dome so you can see out, but it's too small for you to bend your legs, let alone walk around in. You are then launched into space. Aaauuughghghghhh! This is the brilliant…