Tag Archive: Jebediah

Oct 16 2017

Civvie Launch Footage Rehearsal

Captain Jebediah circles over KSC to see how he has to line up to bring the launchpad into the wing camera’s field of view in order to capture a rocket as it lifts off for future launches

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Oct 12 2017

September Deuce Crash Report & Future Plans

The investigation of the Deuce crashing into the Kerblantic during its last test flight has been concluded. Investigators were once again able to do a complete study on the entire aircraft, with the engines dredged up from the seafloor and both flight recorders intact. Mechanical inspection of the aircraft turned up no signs of flaw, with systems all operating normally and two good engines running without issue up to the moment of impact.

Review of the flight recorders shows that Captain Jeb was initially making a good approach, as he had on two previous flights to land the Deuce safely on the runway, but coming out of base leg onto his final approach when he went to roll the aircraft level he did not apply enough rudder to keep the nose pointing in the direction the plane was headed. This sideslip caused his airspeed to drop, but not dangerously so, he was still traveling above 60m/s approach speed. Jeb applied rudder late, but was able to counteract the sideslip and return the plane to an almost nominal flight path.

Unfortunately the aircraft was still slipping enough that when he then went to lower the landing gear immediately afterwards, the bay doors dropped at an angle into the airstream enough to create a significant increase in drag. This keeled the aircraft over and caused it to plunge almost straight down into the water from a height of 380m, hitting with a speed of 83m/s and a momentary force of 24Gs, which was largely absorbed by the nose cone’s crush core. Still, Jeb suffered a minor concussion as his chair was partially ripped from the floor and his head flung into the instrument panel, knocking him out for a short period.

As the concept of retractable landing gear is still new, it is understandable that Jeb would not have considered the implications of lowering his gear while the plane was in a sideslip, however minor. C7 engineers in the Genesis program have been spending more time experimenting with deploying the landing gear in various flight regimes in the wind tunnel to determine the full range of effects the bay doors and the gear themselves have on the aircraft. Training will be updated accordingly.

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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 21 2017

Deuce Flight Trial 5

Captain Jebediah is able to successfully take off in the Deuce after adjustments are made to the elevator controls. While pitch stability is vastly improved, design issues still appear to remain

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Sep 21 2017

Deuce Flight Trial 4

Everyone was excited to see the Deuce take to the skies once again, but unfortunately an oversight during the rebuild did not allow Captain Jebediah to leave the ground on his takeoff attempt

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Sep 18 2017

Deuce Ground Trial 3

After its redesign, the Deuce is ready to get back to flying assuming it can pass the same basic ground trials its been through before, but with both Captain Jebediah & Commander Valentina at the controls

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Sep 11 2017

Civvie Science Flight 22

Captain Jebediah heads south in a Civvie to perform aerial observation of Zone J-7438 for Kerbal Aircraft Expansioneers Ltd, working with researchers hoping to study this extinct volcano

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Aug 29 2017

Civvie Science Flight 20

Captain Jebediah satisfies an atmospheric sampling contract around Site VPXK for Periapsis Rocket Supplies Co & then gathers additional science data over the mountains and deserts near KSC

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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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