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Private rocket launch a success

Everything went as planned when a privately funded Icelandic mini-rocket was launched in Vígdísarvellir, southwest Iceland, on Saturday.

The 2.05 m long rocket, which was built by rocket designers Steinn Hlídar Jónsson and Magnús Már Gudnason, can reach a speed of 600 km per hour and needs only 15 seconds to reach the altitude of 1,200 m.

“This is our hobby, but it would be great if we could turn rocket-designing into a real profession one day,” Gudnason told “We design rockets to test and develop scientific theories,” he added.

Everything went as planned at the rocket-launch on Saturday and afterwards the rocket flew gently to the ground in a parachute.

Gudnason said he and his partner will continue to build rockets and their goal is to design a rocket that can reach the speed of sound, around 1,200 km per hour, by next summer.

Their project is supported financially by Icelandic companies such as Bygg, Eykt, Orkuveitan, Fókus and Tark.

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