May 23 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 5 Analysis

After a series of launch pad abort tests, our original space capsule was pretty beaten up and no longer able to fly into space. However it could still handle being launched through the atmosphere so we gave it the final task of performing an ascent abort test last week to fully qualify the Launch Escape System for kerbed flight. While it could be considered wasteful to essentially toss away a complete rocket in the process, we strive to achieve the utmost safety for our crew whatever the cost.

The Flight

Launch occurred on time without delays, mainly due to the fact that we didn’t much care what the weather would be like since we knew the abort was going to happen regardless and any adverse conditions would only give us additional data. The rocket did not have its elevator fins adjusted so it could be launched sooner but it did not require full pitch control to head downrange during ascent.

A nominal climb through the lower atmosphere with the K2-X engine putting out full thrust saw the rocket reach the upper atmosphere (18km) at L+1m6s and 1 second later the LES was activated. The capsule made a clean separation from the rocket (which remained under power as planned, the engine did not cut off) with the LES motors burning out after 3 seconds of pushing it clear of the rocket’s path and the tower detaching immediately afterwards.

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May 20 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 11 Analysis

While there are several instruments that still await testing for our future Extremis probes (and other Kerbin orbital missions) one of them, the hemispherical ion trap, is small enough to fit on the payload truss of a Mk6. Originally designed to study charged particles from the kerbolar wind, similar charged particles (also from the wind) are trapped inside the radiation belts that surround our planet. With ample experience in exploring the inner radiation belt, the Progenitor team was able to put together a mission that launched last week which would allow for the instrument to be exposed directly to space and gather data that could be used to not only further study the environment inside the belt but better tweak the instrument for use during deep space exploration.

The Flight

No delays led to an on-time launch, followed by a nominal ascent. The rocket’s center of mass was shifted ever so slightly to the rear since the truss carrying the extra batteries and the truss carrying the payload were switched from their normal positions. This did not have any adverse affect on the rocket’s flight. All stages were separated without issue and during the final burn, after passing 45km, the top fairing halves were jettisoned to expose the test instrument – this is the first time we have detached a payload fairing while under powered flight and it did not quite go as planned.

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May 17 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 5/13/19

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May 16 2019

Ascension Mk1 Flight 5

No longer fit for space flight, the test capsule that had been used for previous pad abort tests was still fit enough to fly partway to space so we could conduct an ascent abort test to fully qualify the Launch Escape System

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May 14 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 11

One of the instruments that was developed to fly on a future Extremis probe is small enough to be a payload for the Mk6 and studies charged particles – perfect for a shot into the inner radiation belt to test it out

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May 10 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 5/6/19

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May 09 2019

Dhumla Flight Trial 4

Flight Officers Tedman & Aldeny restart flight testing with a cross-country trip to KGA & back – however the mission is tragically cut short when they attempt a touch and go landing

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May 08 2019

Civvie Science Flight 39

Flight Officer Aldeny flies to the plains north of KSC to gather pollen level data surrounding Area ATM-11 for the Field Research Team’s quarterly survey, although the collection was limiited due to weather

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May 06 2019

Low-Altitude Science Survey 44

Sailing and then trekking out to a spot in the Great Desert, the crew release a balloon over Site T1A402 for Tiberdyne Aerospace and also witness the effects of a meteor impact

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May 03 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 4/29/19

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