Apr 22 2019

Progenitor Program Begins Orbital Bid with the Progeny Mk7-A

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Under development for over a year (the Progeny Mk6 debuted in Feb 2018), the latest iteration in the Progeny line of rockets will aim to satisfy new goals for the program – being able to deploy 0.35-0.625m payloads to Low-Kerbin Orbit (70-250km). The Mk7 series will also test out several new technologies that will work their way up to our bigger rockets such as vectoring engines, reaction wheel stability control systems, fully-actuating guidance fins, payload fairings, inline & more compact/lighter batteries. While we had hoped the Mk7-A could reach orbit, its primary design purpose will be to test the new form factor of a 0.625m payload atop a 0.35m stack in the final stage.

Another design consideration for all the Mk7 rockets is to be compatible with the pad infrastructure put in place for Ascension rockets, including the engine collar and resource towers. This will save time and money as we will no longer need to switch out the engine collar for a dedicated launch base. An insert for the engine collar will cradle the lower-stage booster while three stabilizers will help hold the rocket steady once the upper umbilical tower swings away from the liquid fuel tank and will retract moments before booster ignition. The lower umbilical tower will not be used.

The ‘-A’ designation of the rocket signifies that there will be several iterations yet to come but all will be working to achieve the same goal stated earlier. The Progenitor team already recognizes that they will be needing a more powerful second stage solid and the lower solid may need to have a new core designed as it was meant for lighter payloads carried up on sub-orbital trajectories with earlier Mk5 & Mk6 rockets.

First launch of the Mk7-A could happen as early as June.

Apr 19 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 4/15/19

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Apr 18 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 4

Changes to the elevator fin angle will allow for greater pitch-down control authority and the first test of the Mk1 space capsule on a sub-orbital flight will take place in a similar manner to the test payload from the previous mission

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Apr 12 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 4/8/19

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Apr 10 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 52

Embedding with a team of keologists out to Area 23-KTB to track wind patterns over the torturous terrain, an amazing discovery is made that could have huge cultural impact

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Apr 10 2019

Uncontacted Kerbals Discovered in Great Desert

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Our high-altitude KerBalloon team was embedded with a keological expedition out to the Great Desert to study a large area of uplifted terrain to begin to understand its origins. The balloon team was tasked with releasing two balloons and tracking their drift around the area to get an idea of the air currents. Both meandered around and came down within the interior regions. In an attempt to recover the second balloon the crew was attacked with stones that appeared to have been thrown or slung. They beat a hasty retreat to their airship and took flight, spotting their assailants as they flew off – a small group of kerbals clad in animal skins. They returned to the area some time later with a larger group and found the balloon payload was gone along with the group of unknown kerbals. A search of the area uncovered numerous cave openings and most of them displayed indications of regular use. The decision was made to not attempt to locate or further disturb the unknown tribe until a report could be made.

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Apr 05 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 4/1/19

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Apr 03 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 43

The crew returns to a research site last scienced back in 2017 to gather new readings, this time for Reaction Systems Ltd

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Mar 29 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 3/25/19

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Mar 26 2019

Deuce Science Flight 10 (Attempt 1)

Captain Jebediah & Commander Valentina had time off from their rigorous astronaut training schedule to attempt a science mission to Area ZN-223 however they were denied by bad weather enroute

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