Aug 08 2017

Progeny Mk4 Flight 5

Lowering the first stage TWR to 2 failed to generate enough thrust to keep the rocket pointed east, and the flight was terminated shortly after launch when the rocket began to fly west over KSC

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Aug 08 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 22

A marathon 14hr mission saw a launch from land & recovery from land although it was intended to be by sea, as temperature data was gathered over Zone 5-3S for Tiberdyne Aerospace

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Aug 04 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 7/31/17

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Aug 04 2017

Progeny Mk4 Flight 4

Our second foray into space tested even slower launch speeds, taking off at 4Gs while carrying a new suite of payload instruments up into the void – FOR SCIENCE!

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Aug 03 2017

Civvie Science Flight 17

Commander Valentina performs her own double contract mission, but closer to home with temperature and aerial surveys over Site X4ZLX5 and Area G66T for Glowing Kraken Ind & Tarsier Space Tech

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Aug 03 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 21

Not knowing how good the weather would be, Bill & crew stocked up for a 3-day mission to wait for good launch conditions to send up a balloon over Area X07TT for Periapsis Rocket Supplies Co

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Aug 01 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 20

Heading over 100km out to sea, Specialist Bob & his crew handle the launch and recovery from Site L-7H1 to satisfy Tiberdyne Aerospace’s interest in temperature data

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Jul 28 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 7/24/17

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Jul 28 2017

Civvie Science Flight 16

Captain Jebediah takes the Civvie equipped with the Atmospheric Fluid Spectro-Variometer out on a beautiful day to satisfy two contracts over Site X-SKK and Sector LMDS

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Jul 27 2017

Progeny Mk4 Launch #3 Analysis

We did it. We made it. SPACE! At last! Of course our accomplishment was somewhat overshadowed by the Monolith Incident that occurred during the ascent but nonetheless we have finally achieved the #1 primary goal of the Progenitor Program after 16 launches – flying above the atmosphere of Kerbin. You can relive all the major moments in the flight by visiting its vessel page on our Flight Tracker and using the Prev dropdown list to look back. You can also view detailed telemetry data from the flight for a closer look at what the rocket was doing for the eight minutes and twenty-nine seconds of its journey up to 135km and back down to Kerbin. The ascent up to MECO can be watched via our YouTube channel.

Let’s dig into the flight analysis. The rocket launched with its lower booster dialed back to 81% thrust, which produced 106.6kN or 6.08Gs at the time of ignition, climbing to 110.4kN or 10.106Gs by the time the booster flamed out and was discarded at L+6 seconds while traveling at a velocity of 377m/s. All three fins were shredded a second later, fouling the booster’s aerodynamics. It impacted 1.3 km downrange. The second stage booster was lit off at L+14 seconds after the rocket’s pitch had dropped roughly 1.5° during the coast. At 52% thrust, it began the push with 22.2kN producing 0.944Gs and ended at L+19 seconds with 23kN pushing the rocket up to 4.97Gs, now traveling at a velocity of 426.3m/s. The second stage impacted only 847m east of the launch site after having its fins shredded as well, falling back nearly along its ascent trajectory as its spin kept it upright, engine pointing back towards the pad.

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