Progenitor Program

  • Overview
  • Progeny Mk1-A
  • Progeny Mk1-B
  • Progeny Mk2
  • Progeny Mk2.1
  • Progeny Mk3
  • Progeny Mk4
  • Progeny Mk5

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Our first rocket program will pave the way to space by allowing us to test out the fundamental physics and engineering that goes into making rockets fly. These simple ballistic projectiles will gradually work their way higher and higher into the atmosphere until we have surpassed the 70km barrier and entered into space above the planet.

Program News Highlight – 11/9/17

Progeny Mk5 Block I Flight 2 Analysis

Problems have been identified, solutions have been worked out & return to flight has been tentatively scheduled.Full Story Show All News

Primary Program Goals

Launch and recover a payload safely
Break through 70km apokee – reach space
Demonstrate onboard computer control of rocket systems
Demonstrate the use of both solid and liquid propellant engines
Send a rocket beyond Low-Kerbin Orbit (250+km)
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Demonstrate spin stabilization in flight
Demonstrate multi-stage booster usage
Break through 2km apokee
Break through 5km apokee
Break through 10km apokee
Break through 20km apokee
Break through 40km apokee

Active Program Contracts

Progeny Mk5 Block I Flight 3 – NET 12/15
Perform gravimetric scans in space for Tiberdyne Aerospace
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Progeny Mk5 Block I Flight 2 – 10/31/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Perform gravimetric scans in space for Kerbolyov Design Bureau
Progeny Mk5 Block I Flight 1 – 10/20/17
Contract FailedMission Report
Perform gravimetric scans in space for Tiberdyne Aerospace
Progeny Mk5 Flight 6 – 10/13/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Perform gravimetric scans in space for Tetragon Projects
Fly a Sounding Rocket to 40km & 70km – 7/11/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
It’s time to make a serious bid for space. Now that we know it’s possible, we will attempt to fly a sounding rocket past 70,000m using Umbra Space Industries sounding rocket parts.
Fly a Sounding Rocket to 10km & 20km – 4/28/17
With more eyes on our project, it’s time to prove that we are serious about our attempts to reach space. Fly a sounding rocket with your avionics package to 20,000m
It’s time to fly higher than the clouds! Fly a sounding rocket with your avionics package to 10,000m using Umbra Space Industries sounding rocket parts.
Fly a Sounding Rocket to 5km – 12/15/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
With a sponsor on board, it’s time to fly higher. Fly a sounding rocket with your avionics package to 5000m using Umbra Space Industries sounding rocket parts
Launch a Sounding Rocket Without Exploding – 12/6/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
It’s time to reach for the stars! Ok maybe not yet, but the Kerbal Sounding Project thinks we should aim for the clouds first.

Program Album

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Launch Weather Green

Primed & Ready

Mounted & Ready

Ready for Rollout

Mk2.1 Final Integration

Mk1-B Boosters, Enhanced

Mk1-B Booster Test Result

Mk1-B Booster Test

Progeny Mk1-B Test Booster

Mk2 Goes KABOOM!

Weather is GO for Launch!

Gunna Need a Bigger Truck

Weather Looks Good

Progeny Mk2 Final Integration

Progeny Mk2 Payload

Progeny Mk2 Booster Integration

Progeny Mk2 Assembly

Progeny Mk2

Progeny Mk1-B Trajectories

Progeny Mk1-B Trajectories

Progeny Mk1-B Telemetry Plots

Mk1-B Flight 3 Launch

Progeny MK1-B3 Telemetry Plot

Mk1-B Booster Flyback

Mk1-B Flight 3

Mk1-B Booster Impact

Mk1-B Flight 1 Launch

Full Data Set

Mk1-B Booster

Mk1-B Flight 2 Recovery

Weather Nominal

Mk1-B Flight 1 Success

Weather Hold

Mk1-B Mounted & Ready

Two Mk1-Bs

Mk1-A Trajectories - Front

Mk1-A Trajectories - Side

Mk1-A Data Telemetry

MK1-B Assembly

Remaining Parts

Progeny Mk1-A Flight 2

Progeny Mk1-A Flight 1 Recovery

Progeny Mk1-A Launch 1

Progeny Mk1-A Booster

Progeny Mk1-A Flight 1

Launch Base Ready

Mk1-A Assembly

Parachute Testing

Rocket Parts

Progeny Mk1-A/B

Program Videos

Program Duration: Sep 2016 – ongoing
Program Expenditure: 211,760
Program Income: 216,337 (4,577)
Active Vessels: Progeny Mk5
Number of Launches: 26
Program Success Rate: 65%
Program Ribbon:
Agency Partners: Umbra Space Industries, Kerlington Inc., Maxo Construction, Zaltonic Electronics, Kerlington, Modular Rocket Systems

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The Mk1-A tested the lower stage, higher thrust booster separate from the upper stage, lower thrust booster so we could verify its performance and test its viability for use in the Progeny Mk2. It also was the first use of our parachute recovery system & spin stabilization attempts.

Vessel News Highlight- 9/30/16

KSA Operations Summary for the Week of Sept 26th

Full analysis of the Progeny Mk1-A flights has been released based on telemetry data gathered, setting the stage for the Mk1-B flights.Full Story Show All News

Past Missions

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Flight 2 – 9/22/16
Our first launch was marred by a failed chute deployment. Can this second attempt return an intact payload?
Mission Report Flight Tracker
Flight 1 – 9/22/16
Our first rocket launch! Excitement mixed with a bit of fear – what will happen? A big explosion?
Mission Report Flight Tracker

Vessel Images

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Humble Beginnings

Mk1-A Trajectories - Front

Mk1-A Trajectories - Side

Mk1-A Data Telemetry

Remaining Parts

Progeny Mk1-A Flight 2

Progeny Mk1-A Flight 1 Recovery

Progeny Mk1-A Launch 1

Progeny Mk1-A Booster

Progeny Mk1-A Flight 1

Launch Base Ready

Mk1-A Assembly

Parachute Testing

Rocket Parts

Progeny Mk1-A/B

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: Sep 2016
Vessel Expenditure: 2,047
Vessel Income: 6,974 (4,927)
Number of Launches: 2
Mission Success Rate: 50%

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The Mk1-B tested the upper stage, lower thrust booster separate from the lower stage, higher thrust booster so we could verify its performance and test its viability for use in the Progeny Mk2. It furthered our understanding of rocket flight and was integral to determining a good spin rate for stabilization of the payload upon release.

Vessel News Highlight – 6/16/17

Operations Summary – Week of 6/12/17

The plan to fly a Mk1-B off the back of the Deuce has been suspended indefinitely while more work is needed on the aircraft.Full Story Show All News

Current Missions

Airborne Rocket Launch – TBD
Will mount a Mk1-B rocket on the top of the fuselage and launch it from the Deuce at altitude to test the concept of an airborne rocket launch

Past Missions

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Flight 3 – 10/10/16
More spin stabilization testing is done at the request of engineers yearning for more data
Mission Report Flight Tracker
Flight 2 – 10/4/16
Fin configuration is put to the test to see how the pitch of the stabilizers will affect the spin of the rocket and the apokee
Mission Report Flight Tracker
Flight 1 – 10/4/16
The second booster is tested under ascent to determine its viability as a second stage engine
Mission Report Flight Tracker

Vessel Images

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Mk1-B Out of Retirement

Humble Beginnings

Progeny Mk1-B Trajectories

Progeny Mk1-B Trajectories

Progeny Mk1-B Telemetry Plots

Mk1-B Flight 3 Launch

Progeny MK1-B3 Telemetry Plot

Mk1-B Booster Flyback

Mk1-B Flight 3

Mk1-B Booster Impact

Mk1-B Flight 1 Launch

Full Data Set

Mk1-B Booster

Mk1-B Flight 2 Recovery

Weather Nominal

Mk1-B Flight 1 Success

Weather Hold

Mk1-B Mounted & Ready

Two Mk1-Bs

MK1-B Assembly

Remaining Parts

Launch Base Ready

Rocket Parts

Progeny Mk1-A/B

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: Sep – Oct 2016
Vessel Expenditure: 875
Vessel Income: 0 (-875)
Number of Launches: 3
Mission Success Rate: 100%

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With both boosters verified as suitable for flight, the next step was to join them together for a multi-stage rocket that would take into consideration all the lessons learned from the previous Mk1 series in order to reach heights of greater than 5km. The use of multiple boosters will also give us a chance to experiment with coast times to see what ascent profile is most effective in terms of when to light the second booster stage. This was also the first rocket to carry scientific instruments.

Vessel News Highlight – 11/9/16

Progenitor Program Continues with the Progeny Mk2.1

After confirming their theories as to why the Mk2 exploded during ascent, the program engineers reached a solution with Umbra Space Industries to put into practice with the Mk2.1.Full Story Show All News

Past Missions

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Booster Test – 11/4/16
After the failed launch of the Mk2 program engineers spent days pouring over video & telemetry data to hypothesize what went wrong, Then they just had to test
Mission Report
Flight 1 – 10/26/16
Joining the tested & proven Mk1-A and -B boosters into a multi-stage rocket is the next logical step in our bid for higher aopkee. What could go wrong?
Mission Report Flight Tracker

Vessel Images

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Humble Beginnings

Mk1-B Booster Test Result

Mk1-B Booster Test

Progeny Mk1-B Test Booster

Mk2 Goes KABOOM!

Weather is GO for Launch!

Gunna Need a Bigger Truck

Weather Looks Good

Progeny Mk2 Final Integration

Progeny Mk2 Payload

Progeny Mk2 Booster Integration

Progeny Mk2 Assembly

Progeny Mk2

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: Oct 2016
Vessel Expenditure: 2,077
Vessel Income: 0 (-2,077)
Number of Launches: 1
Mission Success Rate: 0%

Vessel Blueprint

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With both boosters verified as suitable for flight, the next step was to join them together for a multi-stage rocket that would take into consideration all the lessons learned from the previous Mk1 series in order to reach heights of greater than 5km. Problems encountered with the initial design were fixed with a stack decoupler added between the first and second booster stages.

Vessel News Highlight – 12/20/16

Progeny Mk2.1 Flight Analysis

This report looks at the difference in apokee that was achieved due to the various coast times used between the first and second stage boost periods of the three Progeny Mk2.1 launches. There is definitely more to it than “stage immediately” or “wait until you’re higher”.Full Story Show All News

Past Missions

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Flight 3 – 12/15/16

The data collected from the first two flights has been used light the 2nd stage at an optimal time to push past 5km

Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 2 – 12/13/16
Now that we’ve confirmed booster separation works as designed, we will allow the 2nd stage to coast to max TWR before ignition & see how high that gets us
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 1 – 12/6/16
After the disaster of the Mk2 careful review found the problem, now we just had to prove its solution was a proper fix
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker

Vessel Images

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Humble Beginnings

Progeny Mk2.1 Flights

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Camera Stills

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Camera Stills

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Camera Stills

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Camera Stills

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Camera Stills

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Camera Stills

Launch #3 for Progeny Mk2.1

Progeny Mk2.1 Flight 3

Progeny Mk2.1 Flight 3

Progeny Mk2.1 Flight 3

Fading Light

Ominous Clouds

Launch Day Sunrise

Loading Up

Stage 1 Burnout

1st Stage Booster Recovery

Payload Recovery

Successful Return

One Last Look

Mounting Complete for Flight 2

Launch Day Sunrise

Progeny Mk2.1 Ready to Go

Progeny Mk2.1 Flight 1 Launch

Progeny Mk2.1 Boosters

Progeny Mk2.1 Payload Recovery

Launch is GO

Mounted and Ready

Rolling on Out

Launch Weather Green

Primed & Ready

Mounted & Ready

Ready for Rollout

Mk2.1 Final Integration

Mk1-B Boosters, Enhanced

Mk1-A Booster Prep

Mk2.1 1st Stage Booster

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: Nov 2016 – Dec 2016
Vessel Expenditure: 1,804
Vessel Income: 5,710 (3,906)
Number of Launches: 3
Mission Success Rate: 100%

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The Mk3 is the first rocket to use a 0.625m booster, which will comprise of the lowest stage and push the stack of three solid boosters off the pad. Other than the extra stage, it will fly very similar to the Mk2.1 in terms of staging and spin stabilization. We expect this rocket to make it into the upper atmosphere by a good margin, however it is not meant to reach space.

Vessel News Highlight – 5/5/17

Operations Summary – Week of 5/1/17

The 4th flight of the Mk3 is full analyzed and the achievements of the Mk3 put into perspective. Mk4 Fligh 1 information included.Full Story

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Past Missions

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Flight 4 – 4/28/17
Requiring one more launch than planned to get the job done, after several failed attempts the Mk3 finally fulfills its promise and becomes the first rocket to breach the barrier to the upper atmosphere.
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 3 – 4/11/17
After numerous delays, the third launch used a new procedure to shred the booster fins after separation & spoil their aerodynamics for safer fallout, but something went very wrong very quickly
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 2 – 3/24/17
The second launch of our new 3-stage rocket aimed to determine how the rocket behaves during long coast periods and break through 10km to collect another Kerbal Sounding Project bounty
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 1 – 3/15/17
The first launch of our new 3-stage rocket will push the craft to its limits as hot staging provides continuous thrust and extremely high dynamic pressures
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Booster Static Fire – 1/19/17
The large lower stage of the Progeny Mk3 is lit off for the first time to see if it lives up to its performance specifications & doesn’t explode in the process
Mission Report

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Progeny Mk3 Flights

Progeny Mk3 Flights

Launch from the Lymun

Good Recovery

Clear Dawn Launch

The Night Before

Awaiting Launch

Progeny Mk3 No.4

Stacking Underway

Progeny Mk3 Flight 3 Liftoff

Almost to the Water

Launch Weather Green

Still Out There

Clouded Out

Into Position

Progeny Mk3 Rework

Roll Back

Jeb Rolls Out

Progeny Mk3 Stacking

Progeny Mk3 VAB Update

Progeny Mk3 Launch #2

Progeny Mk3 Flight Termination

Sun Rise Before Rocket Rise

Progeny Mk3

Rocket Rollout from Above

Progeny Launch Base

Progeny Mk3 Launch Base Damage

Progeny Mk3 Flight 1 Launch

Progeny Mk3 Flight 1 Recovery

Final Countdown

Hunkered in the Bunker

Weather Hold

Ready for Preflight

Progeny Mk3 Rollout

Launch Day

Progeny Mk3 Stacked

Progeny Mk3 Integration

Progeny Mk3 Launch Base

Progeny Mk3 Payloads

Progeny Booster Assembly

Progeny Mk3 Payload

Progeny Mk3

*Koff Koff*

Progeny Mk3 Booster Static Test Firing

Progeny Mk3 Booster Static Test

All the parts!

Test Clamps

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: Jan 2017 – Apr 2017
Vessel Expenditure: 24,503
Vessel Income: 31,060 (6,557)
Number of Launches: 4
Mission Success Rate: 75%

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Almost identical to the Mk3, the difference in the Mk4 lies with its Liquid Fuel/Oxidizer engine, the first of its kind. Until now we had relied on solid propellant for thrust. The combination of LF/O opens up a whole new realm of possibilities not only for increased thrust, but control. We have hopes that the MK4 can reach space as designed, but are prepared to add extra boosters if needed.

Vessel News Highlight – 8/15/17

Progeny Mk4 Program Review

With the completion of the Mk4 program, we review how it has laid the foundation for the upcoming Mk5.Full Story Show All News

Past Missions

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Flight 5 – 8/8/17
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
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 4 – 8/4/17
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!
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 3 – 7/11/17
Although it ultimately survived its trip into space, catastrophic events that unfolded during its ascent cast a heavy pall upon our achievement of breaking free of the atmosphere surrounding Kerbin at last
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 2 – 6/1/17
Surviving the initial ascent, the second Mk4 unfortunately fell victim to either heat or stress or both as it accelerated at full thrust through the upper atmosphere.
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Progeny Mk4 LF/O Static Fire – 5/23/17
To ensure the second engine that was delivered to us is performing as designed, it was clamped down to the launch pad and ignited for almost a minute at various throttle settings to test performance
Mission Report
Flight 1 – 5/18/17
Although everyone was eager to see the new liquid fuel engine in action, unfortunately a failure occurred shortly after it ignited, causing to the rocket to break up during ascent.
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker

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Progeny Mk4 vs. Mk5

Progeny Mk4 No.3 Display

Progeny Mk4 Alternate Designs

Progeny Mk4 Space Trajectories

TWR Comparison

To Space! ... Or Not...

Launch Conditions Nominal

Night Before Launch

Lucky Eclipse?

Progeny Mk4 No.5

Progeny Mk4 No.4

Hold Release

Weather Hold @ L-5min

Cloudy Morning

Dusk Fueling Operations

Progeny Mk4 No.4 Mounted & Ready

Seeing Double

Payload Closeouts

Progeny Mk4 No.3

Clear Skies At Last

Launch Hold

Troubling Skies

Launch Day

Beautiful Sunset, Bad Rocket Conditions

Rocket Mounting

Rocket Rollout, Dawn Rollup

Progeny Mk4 No.3

Booster Stacking

Progeny Mk4 No.2 Ascent Trajectory

Kablooie!!

L-5 Minutes

Weather Check - Looks Good!

Mounted Before Sunset

To the Launchpad!

Clearing the Dawn

On the Line

Plenty of Room

Progeny Mk4 Topping Off

Full Power!

Clamps Awaiting

Progeny Mk4 Launch No.1

L-5 Minutes and Counting

Ready for Final Countdown

Fill 'er Up!

Progeny Mk4 No.1 Ready for Launch

Rollin On Out

Progeny Mk4 Readiness Checks

First LF/O Engines

Stacking Underway

Progeny Mk4

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: May 2017 – Aug 2017
Vessel Expenditure: 39,932
Vessel Income: 130,740 (90,808)
Number of Launches: 5
Mission Success Rate: 40%

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With the design based directly on the Mk4, capable of reaching over 100km into space, focus is now on the automation capabilities of the rocket as a new computer control system powered by kOS allows us to begin to work on more complex launch and ascent procedures. The software of the Mk5 will ultimately go on control our orbital rocket program.

Vessel News Highlight – 11/9/17

Progeny Mk5 Block I Flight 2 Analysis

Problems have been identified, solutions have been worked out & return to flight has been tentatively scheduled.Full Story Show All News

Current Missions

Block I Flight 3 – NET 12/12
A reflight of the first Block I launch to gather gravimetric data for Tiberdyne while also performing materials experiments that were lost in another rocket failure
Flight Tracker
Block II Flight 1 – NET January 2018
Awaiting data from Block I launches to determine if any changes need to be made to the Block II design before scheduling launch

Past Missions

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Block I Flight 2 – 10/31/17
Although the ascent did not go entirely as planned, a proper initial launch allowed the rocket to reach a staggering 493km up into space, far exceeding any and all expectations on its performance!
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Block I Flight 1 – 10/20/17
The debut of our new, more powerful Mk5 rocket was marred by weather and a launch anomaly that led to only part of the rocket leaving the launch pad, impacting the water 8km downrange with a total loss of the payload
Mission Report Flight Tracker
Flight 6 – 10/13/17
Pieced together from spare parts meant to replace any faulty/failed parts for the original 5 planned launches, a 6th base-spec Mk5 heads back into space for one final hurrah before the new Block I comes into service
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 5 – 9/22/17
The final launch of the initial design for the Mk5 doesn’t reach the heights we were hoping for but it does at least set the record for being the first successful flight that was fully automated
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 4 – 9/20/17
The first failure of the Mk5, however it is not immediately apparent whether the main cause of the RUD is due to the design of the rocket or conditions present on the day of the launch
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 3 – 9/19/17
Additional computer control takes charge of another successful flight, though not without minor errors & also a day late launching thanks to religious protesters and strict weather constraints
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 2 – 9/14/17
The Mk5 makes another successful flight almost identical in trajectory to the first but the major difference was in how the computer controlled part of the ascent, decoupling the boosters & shredding the 3rd stage fins.
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker
Flight 1 – 9/12/17
The Mk5 makes its maiden flight into space, sticking mainly to tried-and-true ascent procedures from the Mk4 while focusing on testing out new control and logging software onboard its automated computer core
Mission Report Telemetry Data Flight Tracker

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Ominous Sunset

Progeny Mk5 Block I Final Integration

Progeny Mk5 No.6

Launch Weather is GO

Cloudy Now, Clear Later?

Progeny Mk5 Block II

Mk5 Assembly

Progeny Mk5 Block I

Progeny Mk4 vs. Mk5

Off On Its Own

Go for Launch!

Giving Way to Clear Skies

Seeking Upper-Level Winds

Progeny Mk5 No.5 Stands Ready

Progeny Mk5 No.4 Launch

Marginal Launch Conditions

Progeny Mk5 No.1 & No.3

Progeny Mk5 No.3 Launch

Perfect Launch Weather

Almost Good Weather

Weather Check

Progeny Mk5 No.3 Launch Weather

Seeking Shelter

Fill 'er Up!

Launchclipsepocalypse?

Progeny Mk5 No.2 Trajectory

Progeny Mk5 No.2

Into the Clear Blue

Towards the East

Cmoonnnnn Clear Skies...

Sky on Fire

Nighttime Fuel Ops

Progeny Mk5 No.2 Ready for Launch

Progeny Mk5 No.2

Progeny Mk5 No.1 Ascent Path

Progeny Mk5 No.1 Trajectory

Dawn Rollout

Progeny Mk5 No.1 Launch

Progeny Mk5 No.1 Go for Launch

Too Cloudy?

Still Cloudy

Weather Outlook: Not Good

Progeny Mk5 No.1

Launchpad Tours

Progeny Mk5

Progeny Mk5s Under Construction

Mk5 Boosters

kOS Boot Control

Progeny Mk5

Progeny Mk4 Alternate Designs

Vessel Videos

Vessel Lifetime: Aug 2017 – ongoing
Vessel Expenditure: 106,729
Vessel Income: 41,853 (-64,876)
Total # of Launches: 8
Block I Launches: 2
Overall Mission Success Rate: 75%
Block I Success Rate: 50%

Block I Vessel Blueprint

Block II Vessel Blueprint