Jun 24 2019

Progeny Mk7-A Flight 1

The first flight of our latest rocket design suffered a double failure resulting in the total loss of the rocket – but as always valuable data was learned in the process to make future launches more successful and new tech was still tested

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Jun 21 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 6/17/19

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Jun 14 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 6/10/19

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Jun 13 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 46

Too far for a UTV traversal, the crew charters an airship to head out to the middle of a vast plain and release a balloon over Zone 23A9N for Kip Engineering

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Jun 12 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 6 Analysis

This flight was the second uncrewed test of the Mk1 space capsule with hopes for a possible kerbed mission to follow along a similar trajectory. After the LES mishap on the first test flight, this test flight was designed along a similar path to gather the original data we wanted without the premature LES activation affecting the parabolic arc. Additional considerations were made based on the last mission such as erecting a new communications relay tower on the last tall peak east of Ockr to provide the greatest radio coverage – allowing the returning capsule to remain in contact with KSC all the way through to full chute deployment. This necessitated a different launch azimuth for a lower latitude landing target to remain in as direct a line east as possible with the radio tower.

The Flight

Launch was later in the day cycle than originally planned thanks to some poorly-connected cables in the capsule that shook loose when the service towers swung away at the start of the terminal countdown. They had been plugged in just enough to provide data, although during preflight controllers had noticed some intermittent dropouts. After holding the count and offloading the pressurized gas, the pad crew used an emergency procedure set in place for removing a disabled astronaut to access the capsule. The upper service arm was re-attached and crew clambered out to the rocket, hooked on to the Launch Escape Tower and swung around to the hatch. After fixing the cable and replacing the battery, which had powered the rocket too long during the initial troubleshoot after countdown hold to last the flight through space, the capsule was buttoned up and the countdown reset for launch.

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Jun 11 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 55

Releasing from a MSV over Zone 564KL for Probodobodyne Inc, the team uses UTVs to recover the payload after its flight into the upper atmosphere, then battle a sea storm on the way home

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Jun 07 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 6/3/19

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Jun 04 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 54

Crossing the Kerblantic aboard a science ship to a lake deep within a mountainous region the team releases over Sector HA-K64 for Rokea to gather more information about the surrounding area

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May 31 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 5/27/19

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May 29 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 45

Taking an overland trek via UTV to a nearby mountainous region to release a balloon for Flooyd Dynamics Research Lab over Area 51KL2 & also set seismic sensors for field researchers

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