Jul 19 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 7/15/19

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Jul 17 2019

Dhumla Crash Report Summary

The Air Safety Administration has closed its investigation into the Dhumla crash that took the life of Flight Officer Aldeny and seriously injured Flight Officer Tedman. The full report weighs in at over 300 pages of technical investigation, witness reports, crew interviews and simulation data. The conclusion reached by all this is that pilot error was the only cause of the accident – this includes both the actions and mind-set of Pilot in Command Aldeny.

The aircraft was planned to make a touch-and-go landing at Kravass General Airport, putting wheels down but not slowing enough to come to a full stop and thus taking to the air again shortly afterwards. The approach went as planned with a reduced throttle to allow the aircraft to slow enough that the landing gear would not be damaged on touchdown. As the plane crossed over the threshold Aldeny cut the throttle and engaged the reverse thrusters before throttling back up to reduce speed and perform a full stop landing. Cockpit voice recordings made clear this was done without informing his co-pilot, who had too little time to react. The aircraft was already going too fast and failed to slow down enough before ramping off the end of the runway and crashing nose-first into the ground off the raised threshold.

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Jul 15 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block II Flight 3 Analysis

Although we did not expect to fly the Mk6 Block II again, Bluedog Design Bureau and DMagic Orbital Sciences joined together to fund another mission to explore the radiation belts – this time on the night side of the planet. We know from past Mk6 Block I flights that the belts are blown into an extended elliptical shape by the kerbolar wind however we’ve never been able to explore the outer belt with the Block I. The Block II had the potential to not only reach it but travel all the way through and reveal the full extent of both belts. It was also equipped with the new hemispherical ion trap instrument for additional readings of the belt environment.

The Flight

After first being bumped a few days due to a delay of the Progeny Mk7-A debut launch scheduled prior to this one and then delayed further thanks to a bad decoupler between the first and second stages, the rocket flew its mission on July 9th, lifting off on schedule at precisely 12:30:00.08 local time. The ascent was nominal when compared to past Block II launches, with a clean radial booster drop and core booster separations leading up to the final boost of the liquid-fueled engine. As the rocket exited the atmosphere, it did something new for a Block II and dumped the upper payload fairings to expose the ion trap instrument to space, which managed to affect the rocket’s ascent angle and push its final apokee out to a whopping 4.3Mm!

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Jul 12 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 7/8/19

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Jul 11 2019

Deuce Science Flight 11

Captain Jebediah and Commander Valentina fly out to the most remote largest landmass located at Sector IS-L031 to survey the area for a future months-long science expedition arriving by sea

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Jul 09 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block II Flight 3

Reaching new heights, the Block II explored the radiation belts on the night side of the planet, where they extend deeper into space, while also gathering more data from a new instrument – the hemispherical ion trap.

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Jul 05 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 7/1/19

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Jul 04 2019

Progeny Mk7-A Flight 1 Analysis

Although the original goals of the Progenitor program ended at reaching space, the decision was made to attempt to create an alternative means of reaching orbit for smaller payloads that could be cheaper than a larger Ascension rocket and faster than having to wait for multiple small satellites to travel up together in order to justify the launch. The Mk7 series of rockets will aim to achieve this goal through incremental design just as the previous Progeny rockets worked their way up into space. Along the way they will test new technologies to apply to Ascension rockets. The first flight of the first design iteration, the Mk7-A, set out to see how well the rocket could handle a maximum thrust ascent while testing new guidance fins and a vectoring engine.

The Flight

After some modifications were needed to the launch pad support arms and the rocket’s umbilical connection ports, the rocket was rolled out for a second time and hooked up one day in advance of the original launch time on Thursday June 20th. However news from the downrange tracking station in Ockr caused us to scrub the launch when the relay antenna setup for allowing the rocket to stay in contact with KSC through chute deployment failed to test well. The relay was fixed over the weekend and the launch went off as rescheduled for June 24th.

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Jun 28 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 6/24/19

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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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