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Nov 19 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 12 Analysis

Announced back in August, the Progeny Mk6 Block I was chosen to carry student-built experiments up into space two at a time. This will be the first time we are collaborating so directly with the various higher educational institutions around Kerbin and participation levels indicate the next generation of kerbs are eager to make their mark in space exploration! This mission was delayed from its original Nov 5th launch date due to the deadly attack on KSC last month, then further delayed due to hazardous weather in the recovery zone. Set up in the North Field due to damages done to the launch pad, the launch site allowed for condensed launch procedures thanks to being far enough away the rocket could remain fueled after the wet dress rehearsal on the day prior to lift off.

The Flight

The rocket left the launch base at precisely 12:05:00.08 local time under command of the AFCS after a smooth preflight with no holds. Ascent was nominal and followed the standard profile through the first stage burn, second stage coast and second stage burn. Upon completion of the second stage burn (MECO-2) at L+52s the booster was discarded a second later and the third stage engine ignited a second after that. During that time a pitch change was registered that saw the rocket’s nose drop from 61° to 58° in less than half a second – a relatively large movement.

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Nov 15 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 11/11/19

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Nov 08 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 11/4/19

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Nov 01 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 10/28/19

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Oct 25 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 10/21/19

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Oct 24 2019

KSA Suffers Deadly Attack on Kerbed Space Mission

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Earlier this week during the pre-launch operations leading up to the 3rd kerbed space mission, at approximately 16:17 UTC after tanking operations had completed and pre-flight was well underway, a Deuce aircraft came gliding in out of the darkness and slammed into the rocket. The impact was almost right in the center of the fuel tank by the aircraft’s outer left wing, causing a huge explosion. The aircraft was spun flatly around and slammed into the ground about a dozen meters away where its own fuel tanks crumpled and exploded as well. As soon at the wing penetrated the rocket fuel tank exterior however, this severed the continuity wires and triggered the automated Launch Abort System, firing the rockets in the escape tower atop the capsule to send it up and away from the resulting explosion. The chutes deployed shortly afterwards and the capsule landed hard but without injury to the occupant, Captain Jebediah, roughly 800m from the launch pad, which had gradually become engulfed in a raging ground fire as fuel and oxidizer continued to burn off. Emergency crews rushed to the scene in order to help rescue any survivors of the launch pad crew that were still working during the explosion but were unable to get close enough to fight the fire and found no one on the periphery. The 12 dead pad workers is the greatest loss of life on a KSA mission to date.

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Oct 18 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 10/14/19

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Oct 11 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 10/7/19

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Oct 10 2019

Progeny Mk7-A Flight 2 Analysis

After the failure of the first flight earlier this year, the Mk7 project was mostly shelved as a stand-alone endeavor to develop an orbital small-sat launcher and had to wait until it could provide more use to future Ascension designs before enough reason existed to attempt another mission. In addition to making a second attempt at testing the steerable guidance fins, gimbaling engine and reaction wheel control system from the first mission, a new payload fairing system was introduced along with a test version of the radioisotope thermoelectric generator that we intended to crash into Kerbin so its casing could be tested.

The Flight

Although everything went smoothly during pre-launch operations a storm system out to sea made the weather over KSC inhospitable to rocket flight even though it was expected to improve by launch time. Forecasting is still a bit of a dark art and so we were forced to hold just outside of the final countdown at L-30 minutes and wait to see if conditions would become more receptive to launch before the end of the day cycle. Due to not needing to immediately recover the payload from the water we had no problems launching at night except for the fact that this rocket design is still new and we wanted good visual tracking conditions which meant at least some daylight. If we couldn’t launch before sunset we would have been forced to scrub for the day cycle.

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Oct 04 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 9/30/19

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