Tag Archive: Progeny Mk6

Feb 16 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 2/12/18

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Feb 16 2018

Progeny Mk6 Block I Flight 1

The debut flight of the Mk6 Block I goes off without a hitch, setting new records for speed and height over Kerbin but the extra velocity has made recovery even more difficult despite extra preparations

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Feb 09 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 2/5/18

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Feb 02 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 1/29/18

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Feb 01 2018

Progenitor Transitions the Mk5 to the Mk6

The original plan for the Progeny series of rockets was to end with the Mk5 being the most-capable design of reaching space above Kerbin. This was almost the case, except for the visual design change of losing the upper-stage fins and the development of the Block I and Block II designs (the Block I offers up better performance over the original Mk5 design). With all these changes there was talk late last year about moving on to a Mk6 designation but the team wanted to wait to ensure no more major design changes were needed. The most recent flight last week is still undergoing analysis but the early consensus is that the overall design is ready to be locked in. The Mk6 will still see tweaks to performance but the overall look will remain the same. The Mk6 will only fly as a Block I or Block II, there is no “base model” like there was with the original Mk5. Since the Block I has proven it is capable of reaching both low and high space above Kerbin, this has called into question the purpose of the more powerful Block II design, which was originally meant to fly above 250km as it was assumed the Block I would not be able to reach or get any higher than that. Thanks to the radiation measurements taken on the Block I flights however there is currently at least one goal that the Block II can possibly satisfy – determining how far the region of high radiation around the planet extends.

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