Aftera slight delay in the programme, the first Romanian space flight was launched on 1 October from a warship in the Black Sea. Gândul, whosefront-page report looks at the team behind the project, explains that the “Helen 2” rocket was carried to an altitude of 14,000 metres by an aerostatic balloon and then propelled to an altitude of 40 kilometres by its non-polluting hydrogen peroxide engine. Designed by the Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics Association (ARCA), “Helen 2” is one of the entrants in theGoogle Lunar X Prize, an international competition to land a robot on the moon able to send back images and data and to travel across at least 500 metres of the lunar surface.
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