Oct 22 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 10

Captain Jeb is more than ready to finally take his ride up to space to fly a similar mission to the previous flight by Commander Val however we discover that we have enemies bent on destroying all we hope to accomplish…

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Oct 21 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 59

Staging out of the Kongo River Research Base, the team deploys over Sector HH-3947 to get more data on the air currents that swirl around these mountains on behalf of Tetragon Projects

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Oct 18 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 10/14/19

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Oct 18 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 52

Releasing a balloon near The Wall at Zone 99KL3 to better study the dual jet streams that run to the north and south of the mountain range for CTC Exploration

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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 06 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 51

Joining yet another research expedition, the crew brings along two balloons to release over Zone 42-HGTG to study the lower atmosphere and radiation near the poles for Field Research Team

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Oct 04 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 58

Staging out of the Kongo River Research Base, the team deploys over Area ZX-363 to get more data on how the extreme, high terrain of the Great Desert affects upper-level air currents for L-Tech Sci Ind.

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Oct 04 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 9/30/19

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Oct 01 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 9 Analysis

The next kerbed mission would see Commander Valentina become the second kerbal to venture up into space. Lessons learned both from Specialists Bill’s flight and the more recent unkerbed Mk1 mission were applied to the mission planning to make this the most on-target ascent to date for the Ascension Mk1. In the weeks leading up to the launch Val and her backup crew member Captain Jebediah trained together for the mission and in the days leading up to the launch they both were sequestered inside the Astronaut Complex as per the quarantine protocol that was established with the first kerbed mission. This once again helped to ensure the astronauts remained healthy, allowed medical doctors to draw baseline observations and gave both crew some much-needed downtime. Come launch day, both were refreshed and ready. Jeb remained suited up on standby while Val boarded the capsule and was ultimately not required to replace her for the mission as pre-launch operations proceeded smoothly.

The Flight

The scheduled launch time was met with a good ignition of the K2-X lifter engine, producing 125kN of thrust to push the rocket gently off the pad at 1.2 TWR, taking 3 seconds to rise up and clear the service towers before throttling up to near full thrust to hold a TWR of 1.65 for a comfortable ascent. At this time also the guidance routine kicked in to roll the rocket on a heading of 54° while beginning to pitch over and head downrange. Aboard, Val was dutifully calling out regular readings from her instruments so ground controllers could ensure that everything was operating correctly.

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