Oct 05 2017

Low-Altitude Science Survey 25

Specialist Bob, still aboard MSV Tongjess, launches from Sector RP-010 to gather pressure data for Kerbolyov Design Bureau while Specialist Bill stands by in the event of a land recovery due to winds

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Oct 05 2017

Progeny Mk5 Design Review & Block I

Progenitor teams have been spending the last few weeks pouring over data gathered from the flights of the Progeny Mk4 and Mk5 to see how they have compared in order to judge the overall performance of the new Mk5 after its initial series of 5 launches last month to test our automated control software. The Mk5 sports the M-315 automated control unit and replaces the old control unit with an extra battery, which makes it only 36kg heavier than the Mk4 when both lack payload instruments. The inline control unit adds a bit of length to the third stage, with the Mk5 measuring in at 9.5m tall versus the Mk4’s 9.3m. The only other variation for the Mk5 was that we launched it at an initial pitch of 87° versus the Mk4 which was launched at 85°. While we expected most if not all of these launches to reach similar heights of the Mk4 or even exceed them, none actually did.

The two related reasons behind the inability of the Mk5 to surpass the Mk4 were initial pitch and coast duration between staging. Although the rocket launched at 87°, the initial drag at the nose pitched it up to as high as 89.4° within 1 second. Ascending so close to vertical gave the Mk5 a slower start due to having to fight gravity more, and it never caught up to the Mk4 in terms of ascent speed, even if we account for the Mk4’s slightly lesser mass. Since the rocket was standing up so straight, it also took a longer time to pitch over, which meant the coast periods were longer, during which the Mk5 lost more speed than it would gain back between the first and second stages compared to the Mk4. Let’s go to the graphs!

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Oct 04 2017

Low-Altitude Science Survey 24

Specialist Bob heads to Sector RT-M0H aboard the Maritime Service Vessel Tongjess to launch & recover after gathering temperature data for Zaltonic Electronics

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Oct 03 2017

Civvie Science Flight 25

Captain Jebediah follows up on Commander Valentina’s previous atmospheric observations with a more complete survey over Area KP-879 for the Field Research Team’s pollen level studies

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Sep 29 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 9/25/17

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Sep 29 2017

Civvie Science Flight 24

Commander Valentina performs visual observations over Sector K4-43H for Kerbodyne & then gathers air samples over Area SL-777 for the Field Research Team interested in tree pollen distribution

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Sep 28 2017

Low-Altitude Science Surveys 22 & 23

Specialist Bob sends up two balloons over Zone EBGY-010 & Sector N9-Q9B to gather temperature data for Glowing Kraken Industries & Armstrong Siddeley and Royce Engineering respectively

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Sep 27 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 32

Specialist Bill spent two days north of KSC waiting for clear skies at sunset to release a balloon over Site WK71 to gather temperature data for Wobbly Rockets, unaware of potential health dangers

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Sep 27 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 31

Specialist Bob heads out to sea south of KSC at Site T3KCSD to await good weather in order to gather pressure data during ascent up to 1kPa for Glowing Kraken Industries

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Sep 25 2017

Civvie Science Flight 23

Commander Valentina takes a long flight around the local region to see how our Negative Gravioli instrument fares at detecting minute changes in Kerbin’s gravity due to varying crust thickness

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