Ascension Program

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Although we are still exploring the basics of rocketry through sub-orbital flights of our Progenitor rockets, the time has come to begin to push for the next level and establish a permanent robotic presence in space with orbiting satellites. At first, these craft will not be able to stay up for long with current power technology but eventually the Ascension program will be responsible for lifting all payloads into orbit around Kerbin for extended missions of months or years. This program will also be responsible for getting the Extremis probes on their way to exploring the Kerbol system.

Program News Highlight – 1/7/19

Ascension Postpones Orbit for Capsule Technology Testing

A new goal has been set of sub-orbital kerbed flight while we wait on a second stage engine to continue the push for orbit.Full Story Recent News

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Primary Program Goals

Orbit Kerbin
Demonstrate use of solar power
Eject a probe out of the Kerbin system
Carry a kerbal into space
Show Secondary Goals
Orbit Kerbin < 250km
Orbit Kerbin > 250km
Establish an equatorial orbit < 15°
Establish an inclined orbit 15-85°
Establish a polar orbit > 85°
Establish a keostationary orbit

Active Program Contracts

None at this time.

Program Album

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Ascension Flight Data Comparison

Full Service Launch Pad

25km

Separation Confirmed

Ascension Mk1 Block I No.3

Launch Weather

Crack o Dawn

Ready to Escape Its Shadow

Capsule Afloat

2018 Year in Review: Rocket Flight

Rocket Forest

Mk1 Ascension Crew Capsule

Airship Retrofit

200km Coming Down

Apokee

250km Going Up

150km Going Up

80km Going Up

Ascension Mk1 Block I No.2

Launch Dawn

Standing Ready

Ready to Roll

Two for Space

Top Heavy

Carried Aloft

Gentle Return

Drop Testing

Prototypes Await

Stacked Tall

Until Next Time

Ascension Mk1 Block I No.1

Hung Low

Fill 'er up!

Red Dawn

Two Pioneers

Erected

Going Vertical

Ascension Mk1 Rollout

Ascension Service Towers

Closing Up

Engine Test Chart

KX-2 Hot Fire Test 50%

K2-X Hot Fire Test No.1

K2-X Static Testing Prep

Ascension Mk1 Block I

Ascension Mk1 Block II

1.25m Engine Test Stand

NovaPunch K2-X

Ascension & Progeny Integration

R&D and Science Labs

Program Videos

Program Duration: Nov 2017 – Ongoing
Program Expenditure: 139,274
Program Income: 0 (-139,274)
Yearly income: 0 (-43,342)
Active Vessels: Ascension Mk1
Number of Missions: 3
Program Success Rate: 33%
Agency Partners: Umbra Space Industries, KW Rocketry, NovaPunch, Modular Rocket Systems, Bluedog Design Bureau, C7 Aerospace Division

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The Mk1 is the first dedicated lifter design for orbital space flight, meant to carry several tons of extra mass off the ground in order for the second stage or payload to continue the climb into orbit from a high initial altitude. It will be the first steerable rocket and the first to be built to a 1.25m form factor.

The Mk1 comes in two design variants, with up to four solid rocket boosters providing additional lift capacity.

Vessel News Highlight – 2/12/19

Ascension Mk1 Block I Flight 3 Analysis

After two failed attempts at orbit, the Ascension team was preparing for a third try when the decision was made to pivot away from achieving orbit and instead focus on sub-orbital flight to prepare for sending a kerbal up in the finalized capsule design still undergoing certification testing.Full Story Show Recent News

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Current Missions

Block I Flight 4 – 4/18/2019 @ 20:12:00 UTC
Modified stabilizer fins angled to help improve the rocket’s ability to pitch downwards should help it match the pre-planned flight profile while also testing the kerbal space capsule
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Past Missions

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Block I Flight 3 – 1/24/2019 @ 16:13:00 UTC
Attempting to use new software to plan an orbital mission profile proved fruitless, so this mission was redesigned from scratch to support future sub-orbital kerbed spaceflight by testing new technologies such as RCS & a heat shield
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Block I Flight 2 – 7/17/18
After failing to reach orbit on our first attempt, adjustments have been made to the ascent profile to get the rocket horizontal sooner and hopefully push our periapsis out from under the ground on this second attempt
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Block I Flight 1 – 6/8/18
Our first orbit-capable rocket makes its debut flight after months of testing and development and a few false starts leading up to launch. The hopes of this flight lie upon an engine that has seen a lot of use already in testing…
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Vessel Images

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Slow Your Roll

Empty Pad Awaits

Viklun Mk1 Blueprint

Ascension Launch Prep

LES Pad Abort Test

LES Pad Abort Test

Ascension Flight Data Comparison

25km

Separation Confirmed

Ascension Mk1 Block I No.3

Launch Weather

Crack o Dawn

Ready to Escape Its Shadow

Capsule Afloat

2018 Year in Review: Rocket Flight

Rocket Forest

200km Coming Down

Apokee

250km Going Up

150km Going Up

80km Going Up

Ascension Mk1 Block I No.2

Launch Dawn

Standing Ready

Ready to Roll

Two for Space

Stacked Tall

Ascension Mk1 Block I No.1

Hung Low

Fill 'er up!

Red Dawn

Two Pioneers

Erected

Going Vertical

Ascension Mk1 Rollout

Closing Up

KX-2 Hot Fire Test 50%

K2-X Hot Fire Test No.1

K2-X Static Testing Prep

Ascension Mk1 Block I

Ascension Mk1 Block II

NovaPunch K2-X

Ascension & Progeny Integration

Vessel Lifetime: Jun 2018 – Ongoing
Vessel Expenditure: 79,592
Vessel Income: 0 (-79,592)
Yearly Income: 0 (-17,722)
Number of Launches: 3
Mission Success Rate: 33%

Block I Vessel Blueprint

Block II Vessel Blueprint