Tag Archive: Block I

Dec 20 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 15 Analysis

Announced back in August, the Progeny Mk6 Block I was chosen to carry student-built experiments up into space two at a time. This will be the first time we are collaborating so directly with the various higher educational institutions around Kerbin and participation levels indicate the next generation of kerbs is eager to make their mark in space exploration! This mission was delayed from its original Dec 17th launch date due to the deadly attack on KSC back in October, but all went well in the lead-up to launch with the rocket rolling out to the North Field launch site the day prior and tanked for a wet dress rehearsal. It was then left fueled for a condensed countdown on launch day, with structural panels underneath the launch base to increase its surface area and prevent sinkage that could tilt the rocket off the desired pitch and heading at launch.

The Flight

Balanced out to the same mass as the previous rocket, events from this flight occurred within a second of that one, sending the rocket up only 2km less at apokee which translated into splashing down a few hundred meters further downrange. The rocket actually flew up and over a storm in the Kerblantic that a Deuce flight investigated earlier in the day. KSC was far enough to the west and the recovery zone was far enough to the east to not be affected by any high winds or strong seas. It was recovered without issue, heading out to sea drifting ~5km off the far eastern shore.

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Dec 18 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 15 (Kerbal Sounding Project 4)

The final of 4 launches carrying 2 experiments designed and built by students with mentoring from industry professionals to further study properties of the ionosphere, radiation belts, sun, zero-G, and more

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Dec 16 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 14 Analysis

Announced back in August, the Progeny Mk6 Block I was chosen to carry student-built experiments up into space two at a time. This will be the first time we are collaborating so directly with the various higher educational institutions around Kerbin and participation levels indicate the next generation of kerbs is eager to make their mark in space exploration! This mission was delayed from its original Dec 5th launch date due to the deadly attack on KSC in October, but all went well in the lead-up to launch with the rocket rolling out to the North Field launch site the day prior and tanked for a wet dress rehearsal. It was then left fueled for a condensed countdown on launch day. Structural panels are now attached underneath the launch base to prevent it from sinking into the softer ground and the launch base was also relocated a few meters as the entire surface around it was starting to be compressed since the first two launches.

The Flight

The command to ignite the lower 0.625m solid rocket motor and begin the ascent was triggered by the AFCS and sent the rocket flying upwards at precisely 13:20:00.08 local time after an issue-less preflight. The rocket flew a standard ascent, dropping the first stage at L+35s and coasting to second stage ignition after the nose dropped 1.5° by L+41s. The second stage was detached cleanly to allow the 3rd stage to complete the burn up into space, reaching it just under 2 seconds after main engine cut-off @ L+1m28s.

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Dec 13 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 12/9/19

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Dec 10 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 14 (Kerbal Sounding Project 3)

The third of 4 launches carrying 2 experiments designed and built by students with mentoring from industry professionals to further study properties of the ionosphere, radiation belts, sun, zero-G, and more

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Dec 06 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 12/2/19

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Nov 29 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 11/25/19

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Nov 28 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 13 Analysis

Announced back in August, the Progeny Mk6 Block I was chosen to carry student-built experiments up into space two at a time. This will be the first time we are collaborating so directly with the various higher educational institutions around Kerbin and participation levels indicate the next generation of kerbs is eager to make their mark in space exploration! This mission was delayed from its original Nov 14th launch date due to the deadly attack on KSC last month, but all went well in the lead-up to launch with the rocket rolling out to the North Field launch site the day prior and tanked for a wet dress rehearsal. It was then left fueled for a condensed countdown on launch day. Structural panels are now attached underneath the launch base to prevent it from sinking off-kilter into the softer ground.

The Flight

The command to ignite the lower 0.625m solid rocket motor and begin the ascent was triggered by the AFCS and sent the rocket flying upwards at precisely 12:15:00.08 local time after an issue-less preflight. The rocket flew a standard ascent, dropping the first stage at L+35s and coasting to second stage ignition after the nose dropped 1.5° by L+40s. The second stage was detached cleanly to allow the 3rd stage to complete the burn up into space, reaching it just over 3 seconds after main engine cut-off.

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Nov 22 2019

Operations Summary – Week of 11/18/19

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Nov 22 2019

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 13 (Kerbal Sounding Project 2)

The second of 4 launches carrying 2 experiments designed and built by students with mentoring from industry professionals to further study properties of the ionosphere, radiation belts, sun, zero-G, and more

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