Jul 18 2018

KerBalloon Badlands Science Survey

Both high and low altitude balloons are dispatched to the Badlands under Sector X1-37A to collect various science readings for Flooyd Dynamics Research Lab

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Jul 17 2018

Ascension Mk1 Block I Flight 2

After failing to reach orbit on our first attempt, adjustments have been made to the ascent profile to get the rocket horizontal sooner and hopefully push our periapsis out from under the ground on this second attempt

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Jul 13 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 7/9/18

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Jul 12 2018

Progeny Mk1-B Captive Carry & Release Test 2

Flight Officers Tedman and Aldeny perform another carry and release flight to see how the rocket reacts to being deployed far from level flight and closer to its initial ascent angle

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Jul 10 2018

Progeny Mk1-B Captive Carry & Release Test 1

Flight Officers Aldeny and Tedman begin to test the feasibility of launching a rocket from the top of a Deuce while in flight, starting with the smallest of the Progeny rockets

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Jul 07 2018

Low-Altitude Science Survey 35

Crews take a 2,000km+ journey to gather meteorological data over Zone 6-7DD, an area of open water not yet researched by balloon flight and the furthest yet from KSC

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Jul 06 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 7/2/18

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Jun 29 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 6/25/18

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Jun 28 2018

Progeny Mk6 Block II Flight 1 Analysis

Since it was first announced back in October of 2017 (then designated the Mk5) the Block II has never been called upon for a mission due to the Block I out-performing all expectations and delivering payloads to the region of space above 250km that the Block II was originally designed for. After months of using Block I rockets to explore the hazardous radiation region above the planet, the need for higher flights has finally allowed the Block II the chance to prove its worth. The first mission was launched last week and once again the Progenitor team was blown away by the results.

The Flight

With no issues leading up to launch, the rocket lit off all 5 of its first stage solid rocket engines and left the launch base in a pillar of fire at 12:03:00.04 local time. This produced an initial combined force of 6.2Gs which, coupled with the added weight near the nose of extra batteries for the longer flight, prevented the greater length of the rocket compared to the Block I from creating too much drag at the nose and flip over to the west. In fact, the rocket immediately began to pitch downwards upon leaving the launch base, dropping from 85° launch position to 80° in the first 5 seconds. By this point the radial boosters had done their job aiding the center core booster in overcoming the additional 129kg of fuel and parts (not to mention the weight of the boosters themselves) added to the rocket design in the Block II. They separated, however two of the boosters caught the fins of the lower stage as the rocket began to spin up. Thankfully this did not have a hugely adverse effect on the ascent.

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Jun 28 2018

Civvie Science Flight 35

Flight Officer Tedman got to fly his first mission for the KSA, taking a Civvie north to Area CL-N0 over the central plains to gather some pollen data for the Field Research Team

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