Denmark. Thrane & Thrane expands Copenhagen Suborbitals Rocket Launch sponsorship
Wednesday, 04 July 2012
SAILOR radios for launch team and satcoms for media during summer of test launches
Following its sponsorship of the successful Heat IX test rocket launch last summer, leading satcoms and radio systems manufacturer Thrane & Thrane has once again committed to supporting the private space flight organisation Copenhagen Suborbitals by providing hard wearing SAILOR portable and fixed VHF radios for use during three planned test rocket launches from the Danish sector of the Baltic Sea in July and August 2012.
In addition to supplying SAILOR SP3530 Portable VHF ATEX for use by the launch team, Thrane & Thrane will also supply fixed and portable SAILOR VHF radios for the ‘back-end’ team. Additionally, the sponsorship includes installation of a SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband aboard the Royal Danish Naval Homeguard vessel ‘Hjortoe’, which will be supporting the launch programme for the second year in a row and providing a base for high profile Danish website and magazine 'Ingenioeren' to live blog to an expected 50,000 enthusiasts around the world during the rocket launches.
The LIVE coverage of each launch attempt can be accessed through: www.thrane.com/About/Sponsorships
“Based on our experience of using SAILOR radios for last year’s launch we know the excellent reliability and quality they provide, and are confident of our ability to communicate even when we are working on the hazardous launch platform,” comments Kristian von Bengtson, Lead Spacecraft & Flight Director, Copenhagen Suborbitals. “We are also pleased that Thrane & Thrane has agreed to supply the SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband for Ingenioeren, as this will help us gain much needed publicity to ensure that we can continue our work and maybe one day, help to make spaceflight a realistic and cost-effective possibility for non-government bodies.”
The highlight of the rocket launch programme, is the launch of the unmanned Tycho Deep Space human capsule, which is a major milestone in Copenhagen Suborbitals’ ambitious plans to put a human into suborbital space. As a private organisation based entirely on sponsors, private donations and the commitment of part time specialists, Copenhagen Suborbitals exists to show the world that human space flight is possible without major government budgets and administration.
The group is dedicated to bridging the gap between small amateur rockets and larger private or space agency rockets and has the ultimate goal of launching a human into sub-orbital space (100km altitude). The upcoming test launch of the unmanned Tycho Deep Space human capsule has been granted a launch window between 27-29 July 2012. The Thrane & Thrane radios and SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband will also be put to use during the launch of the SMARAGD 1 & 2 rockets on July 13-15 and SAPPHIRE 1 & 2 in August.
“Copenhagen Suborbitals are keen to use SAILOR once again as they undertake an even more ambitious launch schedule this year,” comments Thinus Svendsen, Sponsorship Manager, Thrane & Thrane. “We have great respect in what they are trying to achieve and we are happy to help out with the necessary communication tools, while supporting journalists from Ingenioeren aboard ‘Hjortoe’ for their live-coverage during launches, which will help to publicise the ground-breaking work that Copenhagen Suborbitals are doing.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2012 )