Tag Archive: Extremis

Jan 12 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 1/8/18

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Jan 11 2018

Ascension Debuts Lifter Engine, Updated Orbital Roadmap

After months of competition between C7, Bluedog Design Bureau, Armstrong Siddeley & Royce Engineering, Archtagon Aerospace and more comprising a total of 12 designs, the Ascension program has awarded its1.25m lifter engine contract to NovaPunch and its K2-X!

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Jan 10 2018

Extremis Program Enters Phase Two Planning

Since it was first announced back in June of last year, Extremis has been hard at work determining how best to fly past every planet in the Kerbol system with three missions. When it became apparent that our initial 2018 launch date was looking very likely to slip into 2019 the decision was made to just toss the original routes and start anew, but with a much, much more detailed exploration of what was possible within a given time frame. Program directors decided to break the process of planning the three missions down into three phases. initially Phase One was expected to be completed sometime around October but the calculations turned out to be more complex and required additional time. The first milestone was finally achieved late last month when Phase One wrapped. So what was it all about?

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Dec 01 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 11/27/17

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Oct 13 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 10/9/17

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Sep 29 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 9/25/17

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Aug 25 2017

Operations Summary – Week of 8/21/17

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Jun 30 2017

Interplanetary Probe Program Formed

We are excited to finally announce the formal creation of the Extremis program! We have been teasing this program for several months now, and numerous setbacks in the Progenitor program have continually delayed us from focusing on the endeavor. With the earliest launch window fast approaching at the end of 2018 we have decided we need to really start dedicating time & effort towards finalizing our plans for this ambitious undertaking. The goal of the Extremis program is to explore the entire Kerbol system – and beyond! All of the currently planned missions will fly by several of the planets in a series of gravity assist maneuvers that will ultimately fling the probes out of the Kerbol system entirely and into the void of interstellar space. You can see the route each probe will take on the program patch to the right. The colors of the lines are a mix of all the colors represented by the planets visited on their trip. So yes, they don’t look very pretty but that’s functional design for you 🙂

The patch design may be subject to change in the future however; although our original flight plans are represented in the current patch, our astrodynamicists have made great improvements to their software since late last year & we will be running some more simulations over the coming months to see if there are better fly by possibilities. As things stand now however, our current departure times are:

Extremis 1: 11/29/18 | Extremis 2: 9/2/19 | Extremis 3: 8/31/20

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