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Danes Prep for Manned Space Flight on Shoestring Budget

Kristian von Bengtson (left) and Peter Madsen

A Danish non-profit is set to launch a crash-test mannequin into space next week.

The HEAT1X-Tycho Brahe, named after a 16th century aristocrat who identified a supernova, is part of a project underway at the Danish non-profit Copenhagen Suborbitals to ultimately create "manned space flight on a micro size spacecraft," according to the organization. The craft's co-designers, Kristian von Bengtson and Peter Madsen, said their entire $63,000 budget to develop the craft came from donations and sponsorships.

Tycho Brahe spacecraft designed and build by Kristian von Bengtson