Sep 20 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 9/16/19

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Sep 17 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 9

Commander Val rotates into the hot seat aboard the capsule and becomes the 2nd kerbal to venture up into space, where she flies higher and stays longer to increase our knowledge of any effects 0G has on kerbal physiology

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Sep 13 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 9/9/19

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Sep 13 2019

High-Altitude Science Survey 57

An unfortunate accident prevented the team from releasing over Sector ABLE for Reaction Systems Ltd, but thankfully only one major and mostly minor injuries were sustained by the crew

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Sep 12 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 8 Analysis

Now that we have the ability to launch actual kerbals into space, the unkerbed capsule no longer had to be a testbed for kerbed flight and was stripped of its control console and life support system. This made the interior much more spacious and capable of holding larger science equipment. Furthermore the hatch was modified so that it could be remotely opened and closed, which allowed for instruments inside the capsule to directly sample the space environment. We put this to good use in testing three of the Exremis probe instruments that had yet to see actual flight conditions: the magnetometer (mag), radio & plasma wave science (RPWS) and gamma-ray spectrometer (GRS). The RPWS and GRS were installed inside the capsule on a rotating column so each could be faced out the open door in turn over the course of the mission. The mag boom was originally supposed to go inside as well but miscommunication between the scientists & Ascension engineers meant it was built too large. Thankfully its slim profile while folded allowed it to be mounted externally on the fuel tank without too much fear of it being ripped off during ascent.

The Flight

On the day of the originally-scheduled launch, our recovery vessel MSV Aldeny radioed through the Ockr relay that conditions at the planned landing zone were too poor for safe operations. It was later forced to move off station entirely to find calmer waters and was not able to return until the end of the day. Thankfully conditions continued to remain good into the following day and although they slightly degraded here at KSC preparations were still undertaken to attempt a launch.

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Sep 10 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 50

Traveling overland via UTV to release over Area XX-233 north of the western shore desert to help CTC Exploration get a better idea of the weather patterns in the area & if the same will happen here

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Sep 06 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 9/2/19

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Aug 30 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 8/26/19

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Aug 29 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 49

Tagging along with an expedition up to the northern ice shelf, the team releases a balloon to gather atmospheric data over Site T1A664 for Tiberdyne Aerospace

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Aug 28 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 8

With a capsule modified solely for unkerbed flight, new science instruments were installed. The mission’s goals also included continuing to push the capsule to the limits on return to attempt to find any failures

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