Aug 10 2018

KSA Operations Suspended Due to Monolith Interference

Earlier this week on Tuesday just after 13:53 local time the Monolith woke up. Everyone at KSC immediately knew this as a massive electromagnetic (EM) pulse surged through all active electronics on campus and the nearby Support Village and shorted them out – in some cases in a shower of sparks and electrical arcs. Minor fires were started in some areas and brought under control as personnel began to evacuate over the causeway bridge to prepare to head for Umbarg. This evacuation plan was set in place after the first time the Monolith sent out such a discharge. Several injuries were reported from burns but no deaths occurred.

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Aug 09 2018

Progeny Mk1-B Captive Carry & Release Test 5

Flight Officers Aldeny and Tedman make a final test flight while launch controllers treat it as a full dress rehearsal to ensure all aspects of the mission are ready for a booster ignition on the following attempt

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Aug 03 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 7/30/18

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Aug 02 2018

Progeny Mk1-B Captive Carry & Release Test 4

Flight Officers Tedman and Aldeny fly another carry/release mission aiming to deploy at a greater pitch angle, which will require the rocket to use its flight computer to decide on its own when to release

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Aug 01 2018

High-Altitude Science Survey 48

Although the northern polar region has been explored by aircraft, no high-altitude measurements have yet been taken until now, with a release over Zone CIE-386 for Albert Kerman Industries

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Jul 31 2018

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 7

The first payload of live organisms was carried aboard this rocket. The mystery goo was exposed both inside and outside of the high radiation region. Unfortunately, the samples failed to be returned safely to the surface

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Jul 30 2018

Progeny Mk1-B Captive Carry & Release Test 3

Flight Officers Aldeny and Tedman perform more release testing to see if they can get the rocket to pitch up closer to the 85° nominal ascent angle as it flies free of the aircraft

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Jul 27 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 7/23/18

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Jul 26 2018

Ascension Mk1 Block I Flight 2 Analysis

After failing to achieve orbit on our first flight of the Ascension Mk1 Block I lifter, changes were made so that the second flight covered here in this analysis would have a better chance at becoming the first spacecraft to circle the planet. As with the first mission, the goal was to place the craft in a decaying orbit so it would eventually return to Kerbin without us having to also install any cold gas thrusters or make the engine able to re-ignite and add further complexity. The mission also used a brand-new K2-X engine and a more aggressive ascent profile.

The Flight

Before the rocket even left the ground, once it was vertical and hooked up on the launch pad a 30-second hold-down firing was conducted. This allowed us to ensure the newly-built K2-X was functioning as intended and also enabled the launch team to set much better constraints for engine chamber pressures during ignition and run-up to launch thrust. This was a cause for abort during the first launch attempt when the constraints were set to expected values based on data from testing the engine, which changed enough over multiple tests to become invalid.

The following day brought mostly cloudy skies to the area and caused the weather team to put the countdown on hold at L-15 minutes until skies began to clear from the southwest. Besides the slight weather delay, which lasted about 48 minutes, no issues came up during pre-launch operations. Some minor troubles with the engine system and communications the previous day were resolved during the hold-down test and did not resurface.

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Jul 25 2018

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 6 Analysis

Another flight was put together to further explore the properties of the hazardous radiation region found above our planet. All previous launches had occurred sometime during the daylight hours while this flight was scheduled to occur during the middle of the night. Scientists had several theories regarding why the radiation data from this sub-orbital trajectory would be different, but we will address them in a later report once they have finished working through the new data as well as the old. Here we will focus solely on the performance of the rocket during the mission.

The Flight

No delays led up to an on time launch last Friday at precisely 16:51:00.04 local time when the lower 0.625m solid fuel booster lit off to push the rocket off the launch base. Ascent through to booster engine cutoff for the third stage liquid fuel engine was nominal compared to past launches, showing no significant deviation from event times or in the rocket’s angle of attack while spinning to stay stabilized. The rocket entered space 1m28s after launch, just 10ms after BECO. It maintained proper orientation throughout the 9 minute climb to 522.368km apokee and all the way back down to atmospheric interface at L+19m56s.

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