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Experts interviewed by TV2 News said the likely cause was a failure of the ignition system.

After an inspection, the builders of the rocket decided against a second launch and did not set a date for a new attempt.

Peter Madsen and Kristian von Bengtsson have toiled for more than two years to build the 30-foot-tall, 1.6-ton prototype, which is named after the famous Danish astronaut Tycho Brahe.

They intend “to show that with little financial means anyone can send a rocket into space, which is a privilege not just reserved for rich countries,” said Mr. Madsen before the launch, which was delayed several times because of bad weather.

The prototype, which contained a doll, cost a total of $63,400 and was financed mostly by 2,000 individual sponsors and 20 companies.

From wire dispatches and staff reports