Category Archive: Behind the Scenes

Stepping out of character and into the Real World, a look at the things that make the KSA function

Sep 22 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 9/18/17

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Sep 15 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 9/11/17

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Sep 08 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 9/4/17

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Sep 01 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 8/28/17

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Aug 18 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 8/14/17

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Aug 11 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 8/7/17

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Aug 04 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 7/31/17

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Jul 28 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 7/24/17

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Jul 21 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 7/17/17

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Jul 14 2017

Reaching Space and the “Monolith Incident”

During the ascent of the third Progeny Mk4 earlier this week, the Progenitor program at last succeeded after months of operation when the rocket broke through 70km ASL at L+1m44s and officially entered into space above Kerbin, heading for an apokee of nearly 135km. Cheers and applause had barely gotten underway when all of the sudden arcs of electricity began to shoot from all the consoles in Launch Control and the Tracking Station. Kerbs still outside reported a huge ball of plasma around the Monolith. The scene inside quickly dissolved into barely-organized chaos as several severely-burned operators were tended to by emergency medical personnel that arrived shortly after the arcing had ceased after several seconds of crazy sparking. Elsewhere around the KSC campus similar reports were made, although at the time of launch no other building had as much electronics in operation as Launch Control and the Tracking Station. After nearly two hours of tending to injuries (no deaths, thankfully) and putting out small fires here and there, an overall assessment was finally begun – which is when all hell broke loose again. Thankfully with most active electronics destroyed during the first event there wasn’t as much widespread damage done, lots of melting components but no serious arcing or fires, however new equipment brought online to help determine the overall situation of the KSC was knocked offline. Repair work was begun again from a rapidly dwindling supply of spare parts when roughly two hours later a third event struck, and all recovery efforts were put on hold for 6 hours in case the events continued to repeat.

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