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Mar 20 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 3/16/20

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Mar 20 2020

Ascension Mk1 Flight 12 (Captain Jebediah)

Foiled during his first attempt, Captain Jebediah faced additional hurdles before he was able to finally make his trip up into space, becoming the 3rd kerbal to venture beyond the atmosphere and gaze down upon our planet

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Mar 13 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 3/9/20

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Mar 06 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 3/2/20

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Feb 28 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 2/24/20

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Feb 07 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 2/3/20

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Feb 06 2020

Ascension Mk1 Flight 11 Analysis

Ever since the attack on KSC that damaged the launch pad and destroyed our last Ascension Mk1 rocket we have been working hard towards regaining launch capability. It took 2 months to repair the ground service structures as well as the actual pad surface itself, but coming into the new year and new decade we are once again able to send up rockets from the launch pad. This mission will renew the bid for orbit that began back in 2018, and was then suspended at the start of last year when the rocket proved incapable of flying a trajectory that would allow it to enter a decaying orbit without running out of fuel. After testing new guidance fins on the Progeny Mk7-A, it is now time to scale them up to 1.25m rockets and see whether they can give the additional control authority needed to allow the rocket to pitch over faster. This mission will also see new 1.25m payload fairings based on the 0.625m ones that flew on the Progeny Mk7-A, which will be tested to see how they perform under the heat and pressure of ascent. The payload itself contains another RTG test article so it can be slammed into the ground after the flight and analyzed afterwards to determine whether it successfully remained intact and would have not spilled radioactive material.

The Flight

Due to tightening operational budget constraints, we can no longer afford to fail fast for iteration – in fact we can’t really afford to fail at all. This has led to new policies and stricter launch commit criteria (weather, build process, flight quals, etc) going into effect this year. The result was some early delays for the launch due to weather being outside of acceptable constraints, but thankfully it did not remain uncooperative for long and the countdown was able to begin and run to conclusion with no further issues only a day later than planned.

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Jan 31 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 1/27/20

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Jan 24 2020

Operations Summary – Week of 1/20/20

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Jan 22 2020

Ascension Mk1 Flight 11 (Fin & PLF Flight Test)

After three months to repair the launch pad the first Ascension Mk1 mission of 2020 aims to prove whether or not new guidance fins can get the Ascension Mk2 onto an ascent path that could place it into low-Kerbin orbit

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