TODAY   |  October 31, 2014

Men building homemade rocket ship in backyard

Two men from Denmark are taking doing-it-yourself to a whole new level by creating their very own space program in a backyard shed. They plan to blast off into space with a homemade rocket. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>> many people consider themselves handy taking on projects around the house instead of paying someone else to do them.

>> but keir simmons found two men taking do it yourself to a whole new level building a rocket ship in their backyard, as you do. good morning.

>> they're amazing. they get the parts for the rockets from the home improvement store. when you think of a space program you think of nasa or china or russia but denmark is one of the last places you expect to hear, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

>>> lift off.

>> reporter: billions have been spent blasting men into space. i've come to denmark to meet two men.

>> is this where the rocket is?

>> reporter: trying to do the same thing at a fraction of the cost. in this shed, they created their own space program .

>> it's bought on ebay, it's old and russian.

>> this is our test dummy, randy.

>> reporter: one day, peter will replace randy piloting a rocket he is building.

>> this is your home depot basically.

>> reporter: sometimes sourcing parts from his local home improvement store.

>> just for high pressure air .

>> reporter: what kind of conversations have you had with your wife about this?

>> oh, i think she is scared, a little bit.

>> reporter: she is scared but supportive. peter's wife even has a rocket ship tattoo.

>> your husband is blasted into space, your first reaction to this idea?

>> i was like, really, that's dangerous.

>> reporter: but these guys know what they're doing. they've already fired two successful test rockets and have even built a sub marine. aerospace architect christian left nasa to do this.

>> this project here has certain things that nasa does not offer. we can decide what to do, when to do it. there's no congress cutting the budget.

>> reporter: the two space programs --

>> lift off.

>> reporter: couldn't be more different.

>> mission control.

>> wow.

>> reporter: this is the cockpit.

>> are you comfortable?

>> well i feel like a russian monkey.

>> reporter: but imagine being squeezed into this confined space on an amateur rocket as countdown begins.

>> i have to tell you that we're not moving and i feel sick.

>> well, i'm going to mark you off the candidate list.

>> that rocket take off is amazing, isn't it? it is a real rocket. fully sized. these guys are so driven and so determined but it may be five years before they send one of them into space because they want to sure.

>> yeah.

>> the wife is going to let him get in that thing?

>> she says so. she is pleased that it's going to take a little time before they get to the takeoff because she is nervous.

>> scared.

>> do they need a driver's license or something? you can just go up into space?

>> i said how come you're allowed to do this but they're taking off over the water. so i think there are some regulations.

>> yeah.

>> if that thing comes down in the wrong place --

>> yeah.

>> and they land back in the water as well, we hope.

>> yeah.

>> keir, interesting, thank you.