Growing up in the 90’s meant that we both were raised with the historic tales of the race to space between Russia and America. About Sputnik and MIR from the east and the Saturn V and Martian rovers from the west. Technologies so advanced, it being the very definition of the final frontier, simply unreachable for our young minds. Countless hours we spent day dreaming about becoming astronauts and exploring strange new worlds in rocket spaceships of unimaginable power. Sadly, when reality struck and the majority of our time was spent studying, these dreams faded away. Suppressed by everyday life and the need to act according stereotypes.
“Imagination will often take us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere”
After recently having finished our engineering degrees we were granted time to dream once again, “what if?” we said to each other. What if we decided to fulfill our childhood dreams, to become astronauts and built spaceships?
Welcome to Destination Moon, two friends who are building their own space rocket. We want to prove that spaceflight can be different from the usual expensive and governmental controlled projects, by doing it ourselves on a shoestring budget. But also to kick-start our aerospace careers, by showing to the outside world what two applied engineering students are capable of. We hope to inspire people to do what may seem impossible, sharing our story along the way.
LUNA is an unmanned prototype launch vehicle capable of lifting more than 500 kg payload to an altitude of approx. 10.000 m. Her airframe is inspired after the XFLR-6 moon rocket from the TinTin comic book series "Destination Moon" and "Explorers on the Moon" by Hergé. Her propulsion system is derived from the hybrid rocket motor used on Space Ship One by Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, which completed the very first manned private spaceflight in 2004. This type of propulsion system will make her one of the most powerful amateur rockets with the youngest design- and launch crew in Europe thus far.
She generates a thrust force of ~6500 kg, equal to the weight of 6 mid-class cars via a controlled combustion process of polyurethane-rubber inside a nitrous oxide environment. This process takes place in an ablatively cooled combustion chamber where 28.8 kg of oxidizer per second gets injected on top of a specially shaped fuel grain. Finally a graphite nozzle throat redirects the hot combustion gasses, which can reach temperatures in excess of a 1000 °C.
"What a man can conceive and believe, he can achieve"
Has been participating in aerospace projects all over the world from the United States, to China. Ranging from rocket and aircraft testing programs, most recently by developing a flight control system for the manned suborbital rocket of RML Spacelab.
"Creating machines that can soar through the sky, that is what I want to do, that is what I'm living for. Together with Jop I'm ready to go all-in."
Is a newcomer in the aerospace world, having tested several amateur built jet- and rocket engines in the Netherlands. Recently having performed his bachelor thesis at Copenhagen Suborbitals in the design and realization of a hydraulic gimbal thrust vector control system for a bi-liquid fueled rocket engine.
“I want to put my own stamp on spaceflight, defying (mental) gravity. Together with Stefan I feel confident enough to take these first steps.”
We are working full time on our rocket and post daily updates on social media, follow us by clicking on the icons below.
Our workshop is located on a former dredging barge known as Illutron, it being a interactive artstudio located on the quayside of the Refshaleøen shipyard in the Copenhagen harbour. Feel free to drop by anytime, the coffee will be ready!
WHERE TO FIND US?
Illutron Refshalevej 167 C