Aug 18 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 8/14/17

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Aug 18 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 24

Heading up into the central plains region, Specialists Bill and Bob lead a crew in 3 UTVs to camp out and await good weather for temperature readings over Sector PG-XF for Moving Parts Experts Group

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Aug 17 2017

Deuce Flight Trial 3

Captain Jebediah once again takes the Deuce for a spin to see how adjustments that have been made to the controls affect the pitch handling, and also to further investigate its left-roll tendency

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Aug 16 2017

Deuce Flight Trial 2

Captain Jebediah, most familiar with its handling after taking it up last time, flies the rebuilt & redesigned Deuce for its second trial run, fighting instability again but landing properly this time

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Aug 15 2017

Progeny Mk5 Set for September Debut

With the retirement of the Mk4 today, all focus is now being directed at its successor, the Mk5, which has been developed in parallel with the Mk4 over the last few months. Structurally similar to the Mk4, the Mk5’s main difference will be in how it is operated thanks to a new control unit that will be integrated more with the rocket to allow monitoring of and commands to be sent to internal systems. This unit is “inline”, meaning it will be a component of the rocket body rather than attached to one of the payload trusses, freeing up space which has been used to add additional battery power as this control unit requires more electric charge to run its operations (the amount of charge needed depends on the size of the instructions loaded). Slightly larger than the 0.35m width of the rocket, it has been placed below the payload near the fins to help with trans-sonic stability. The initial launch series will see five rockets head for space within 2 weeks on these dates:

Flight 1: 9/12 @ 23:23 UTC   Flight 4: 9/20 @ 17:49 UTC
Flight 2: 9/14 @ 17:29 UTC   Flight 5: 9/22 @ 17:56 UTC
Flight 3: 9/18 @ 23:43 UTC   Future launches on demand from clients within 2 weeks

These dates and times are subject to change of course in the event of any delays but they represent the best-case scenario for launching all five rockets.

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Aug 15 2017

Progeny Mk4 Program Review

Today marks the official retirement of the Mk4, the sixth design iteration of the Progenitor program. It launched five times, the most of any Progeny rocket to date, and although it suffered three failures it ultimately achieved the goal of being the first rocket to break out of the atmosphere and enter space for a brief period of time. The Mk4 represents the final iteration of the Progeny rocket design, building on previous single and multi-stage designs developed earlier in the program, and very little will be changed moving on to the Mk5, which will focus mainly on kOS scripting for automated flights. Program engineers have reviewed all the data from the five flights and have released numerous conclusions that will lay the foundation for flights of the Progeny Mk5.

Terminal Countdown

Although the Mk4 held no capability for automated flight, we were able to implement some automation on the ground side of things with the Automated Firing Control System (AFCS). This very basic system was designed to be manually triggered and then monitor the countdown timer to send the launch signal at precisely L-0:00:00.0, so down to the millisecond. Precise launch times will become important when looking to reach a specific orbital injection or even reach a certain area of space at apokee for a sub-orbital launch. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 14 2017

Deuce Ground Trial 2

Commander Valentina takes a rebuilt Deuce through its paces on the ground similar to how Jeb tested things back in June so engineers can assure that all is ready once again for flight tests to resume

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Aug 14 2017

Civvie Science Flight 18

Captain Jebediah takes on two contracts, one for atmospheric samples over Site P-G8Y for Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems & a temperature survey over Site VLPV for Umbra Space Industries

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Aug 11 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 8/7/17

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Aug 09 2017

High-Altitude Science Survey 23

Another combined land & sea mission, this time from the southern part of the continent, gathered temperature data for Moving Parts Experts Group over Site K-119E

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