You may think that a close up video of a rocket engine failure would be just hell and mayhem—and you would be right. But there's something strikingly beautiful and poetic when the camera flies away in slow motion, spinning down a tornado of fire in this video from Copenhagen Suborbitals.
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!