Jun 22 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 6/18/18

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Jun 21 2018

Ascension Mk1 Block I Flight 1 Analysis

After many months of development the time finally came to launch our first orbital-capable rocket into the sky and see if we could place it into a decaying orbit around the planet. The mission was designed this way because the rocket engine could not be re-lit after shutdown to de-orbit and no steering capabilities existed for outside the atmosphere to point the rocket in the right direction anyways. While achieving orbit was the main goal, the mission also had to act as a proving ground for several important aspects of the design, such as guidance and ascent tolerances. While the mission saw success in these areas, overall it was a failure due to the rocket not being able to achieve an orbit during flight.

The Flight

Because this was the first launch, several issues preceded our ability to reach the point of lift-off including problems with the new ground service equipment that was constructed to support the launch operations and the rocket carry vehicle in positioning the rocket upright for mounting. Overcoming these problems, the day of the launch also saw an additional issue when the first attempt at lift-off threw an abort that caused the main engine to shut down shortly after ignition due to low engine chamber pressure. Broadening the tolerances of the flight computer and running through to T-0 a second time allowed the engine to achieve the thrust levels required for a TWR of 1.2, which then cleared the AFCS to release the rocket from its engine support collar and begin its ascent.

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Jun 20 2018

Progeny Mk6 Block II Flight 1

The debut flight of the powerful Block II version of the Mk6 sets out to see if its design proves capable of reaching space and possibly exploring a new region if it can pass through the hazardous radiation found above the planet

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Jun 15 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 6/11/18

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Jun 15 2018

High-Altitude Science Survey 45

Crews make an overland trek to climb a bit up the mountains and release from Zone MO247 to gather material science data, including mystery goo, for WinterOwl Field Research

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Jun 13 2018

High-Altitude Science Survey 44

The development of a strong storm gives short notice to crews to head out and release a balloon but luckily they have one on hand to send up over Site Q3P-010 for the Field Research Team

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Jun 08 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 6/4/18

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Jun 08 2018

Ascension Mk1 Block I Flight 1

Our first orbit-capable rocket makes its debut flight after months of testing and development and a few false starts leading up to launch. The hopes of this flight lie upon an engine that has seen a lot of use already in testing…

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Jun 05 2018

High-Altitude Science Survey 43

Crews trek overland aboard Utility Task Vehicles to release a balloon over Zone MOI24 in the desert region to collect material science data for Probodobodyne Inc

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Jun 01 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 5/28/18

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