Galaxinaut the guinea pig wants to be the next space adventurer in Congolese DIY space rocket program

A guinea pig named Galaxinaut wants to follow Richard Branson and Jeff Bezo into space as part of a Congolese DIY rocket program.

Patrice Keka, 51, is an engineer, physicist and mathematician who plans to send the fearless rodent high above Earth’s atmosphere.

Galaxinaut will be sent as a passenger and then parachuted back to Earth as a test to see if Congolese would survive the mission.

A guinea pig named Galaxinaut (pictured) wants to follow Richard Branson and Jeff Bezo into space as part of a Congolese DIY rocket program

Patrice Keka (pictured), 51, is an engineer, physicist and mathematician who plans to send the furry astronaut into space from Africa in the first rocket

Patrice Keka (pictured), 51, is an engineer, physicist and mathematician who plans to send the furry astronaut into space from Africa in the first rocket

Keka made the metal rocket from recycled oil barrels and plans to launch it 120 miles above Earth.

The inventor has launched five rockets since 2007, three of them successfully, the furthest of which are more than 20 miles from Earth.

Space begins at an altitude of 60 miles, meaning its next rocket would far exceed the limits of Earth’s atmosphere.

The latest of Keka’s creations is called Troposphere 6 and he believes everything is calculated to perfection.

The rocket, which cost just £110,000 to build, should take off and then return to Earth in a ballistic curve, he said. picture.

Mr. Keka made the metal rocket from recycled oil barrels and he plans to launch it 120 miles above the earth

Mr. Keka made the metal rocket from recycled oil barrels and he plans to launch it 120 miles above the earth

The scientist sketched a drawing of the rocket, which shows the different floors with the GPS system and the oxygen tank on board going into the galaxy before the capsule with the guinea pig falls to the earth

The scientist sketched a drawing of the rocket, which shows the different floors with the GPS system and the oxygen tank on board going into the galaxy before the capsule with the guinea pig falls to the earth

Galaxinaut will be sent as a passenger and then parachute back to Earth as a test to see if Congolese would survive the mission

Galaxinaut will be sent as a passenger and then parachute back to Earth as a test to see if Congolese would survive the mission

There is no space program in Congo, where 80 percent of the population lives on less than a pound a day.

Keka raised most of the money itself with the help of Swiss scientists who contributed a third of the money.

Meanwhile, Sir Richard Branson spent an estimated £1 billion on his Virgin Galactic project that took him to space this month, just days before Jeff Bezos joined him days later.

The Amazon billionaire he sent in 2017 funded the Blue Origin project with around £720 million in company shares a year.

Mr. Keka’s structure has three floors and is 15 meters high.

The inventor has launched five rockets since 2007, three of them successfully, the furthest of which are more than 20 miles from Earth

The inventor has launched five rockets since 2007, three of them successfully, the furthest of which are more than 20 miles from Earth

Keka raised most of the money itself with the help of Swiss scientists who contributed a third of the money

Keka raised most of the money itself with the help of Swiss scientists who contributed a third of the money

On the first floor, a ton of solid fuel is housed in an oil drum shell, which gives the rocket the initial boost, along with two boosters that carry 50 kg of fuel.

The boosters should drop after three miles and the rocket’s first floor will come off after six miles.

Mr Keka said, “By then we should have reached Mach 2.5 speed so the engine can ignite on the second floor.”

Sensors will monitor the temperature and pressure inside Galaxinaut’s capsule housing, while a ventilation system also controls these to keep the animal alive.

During the historic mission, a camera sends images to Earth.

The guinea pig has been trained in southern Congo and placed in a centrifuge to simulate the conditions in space

The guinea pig has been trained in southern Congo and has been placed in a centrifuge to simulate the conditions in space

The guinea pig has been trained in southern Congo and has been placed in a centrifuge to simulate space conditions.

The pod containing Galaxinaut must return to Kinshasa if the mission is successful.

Keka plans to launch in a few weeks from the village of Ngume, where Prime Minister Jean-Michel Lukonde has promised to attend.

The rocket scientist said, “If everything works out, I want to put telecommunications satellites into orbit for our country — and offer space tourism.”

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