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2010-09-06 06:30:00

A homemade rocket built by two Danes failed during an attempted launch on Sunday due to a technical glitch, according to Danish media. Live footage of the event on the Baltic island of Bornholm appeared to show brown smoke coming out of the rocket just before lift-off. Experts said the likely cause was a failure of the ignition system. After an inspection, the engineers decided against a second launch attempt and did not set a new date for a future attempt. Peter Madsen and Kristian von...

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2010-08-30 14:21:18

Denmark's first privately built rocket launch has been postponed to Thursday because of weather conditions, according to one of its builders. "The wind delayed the transportation of the rocket from Copenhagen to (the island of) Bornholm. But we hope to take our prototype on Tuesday to the launch base in order to be able to take off on Thursday," Peter Madsen told AFP News. Madsen, along with Kristian von Bengtsson, have worked for years together to try and build the 30-feet prototype, which...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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