Nov 29 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 11/25/19

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Nov 29 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 53

Releasing a balloon from within an old asteroid impact crater at Zone 347CR to conduct atmospheric analysis of the lower atmosphere for Experimental Engineering Group

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Nov 28 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 13 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 is eager to make their mark in space exploration! This mission was delayed from its original Nov 14th launch date due to the deadly attack on KSC last month, but all went well in the lead-up to launch with the rocket rolling out to the North Field launch site the day prior and tanked for a wet dress rehearsal. It was then left fueled for a condensed countdown on launch day. Structural panels are now attached underneath the launch base to prevent it from sinking off-kilter into the softer ground.

The Flight

The command to ignite the lower 0.625m solid rocket motor and begin the ascent was triggered by the AFCS and sent the rocket flying upwards at precisely 12:15:00.08 local time after an issue-less preflight. The rocket flew a standard ascent, dropping the first stage at L+35s and coasting to second stage ignition after the nose dropped 1.5° by L+40s. The second stage was detached cleanly to allow the 3rd stage to complete the burn up into space, reaching it just over 3 seconds after main engine cut-off.

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Nov 26 2019

Deuce Science Flight 14

Captain Jebediah and Commander Valentina take Specialist Bill for a ride so he can check out a new console in the cabin that lets someone analyze collected science data right there in the aircraft

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Nov 24 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 61

Staging out of the Kongo River Research Base, the team deploys over Area KD-6392 to gather atmospheric measurements of the dry desert air for Flooyd Dynamics Research Lab

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Nov 22 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 11/18/19

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Nov 22 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 13

The second of 4 launches carrying 2 experiments designed and built by students with mentoring from industry professionals to further study properties of the ionosphere, radiation belts, sun, zero-G, and more

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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 14 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 12

The first of 4 launches carrying 2 experiments designed and built by students with mentoring from industry professionals to further study properties of the ionosphere, radiation belts, sun, zero-G, and more

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