Without access to specialized space facilities, the team trooped down to Copenhagen hospital and persuaded bosses to let them have a go in a hyperbaric chamber, normally used to treat divers suffering from decompression sickness.
“We created 0.6 bars of pressure — the equivalent of going up to 13,000 feet [3,962m], and luckily, the suit worked,” he said.
The Suborbitals were similarly thrifty when it came to testing out the astronaut’s capacity for g-forces.
“We didn’t have the money to hire NASA’s facilities, so we went to Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and tested the g-forces on fairground rides instead,” Bengtson says. “Turns out the Vertigo ride has exactly the same g-force as our rockets, so we hired it for a day.”