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Mar 26 2019

Deuce Science Flight 10 (Attempt 1)

Captain Jebediah & Commander Valentina had time off from their rigorous astronaut training schedule to attempt a science mission to Area ZN-223 however they were denied by bad weather enroute

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Feb 26 2019

C7 Effectively Shut Down by Government Investigation

Earlier today a raid by government authorities at the company headquarters in Kravass rounded up the entire executive division of C7 Aerospace, leaving the company without leadership. The entirety of the company’s financial assets have also been secured and frozen. All employees have been furloughed without pay and told they must remain available for investigators. This was all revealed at a press conference held just recently outside the C7 corporate headquarters. What wasn’t mentioned is why the government is taking such a strong-armed approach against a privately-owned company, which sets a potentially disturbing precedent. We are pleased at least that the top executives weren’t spirited away in the midst of the night or something equally as sinister, but are still left slightly worried given the fact that we are also a privately-owned company and we are close working partners with C7 Aerospace. As of yet, no mention has been made of the KSA and no government agents showed up at KSC today – C7 employees here at the Cape simply received notification of their status shortly after the press conference concluded.

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Jan 07 2019

Ascension Postpones Orbit for Capsule Technology Testing

Over the past week since returning from holiday break program teams have been working on how they want to approach operations in 2019. For the most part everyone stuck to what they had going when 2018 drew to a close, but the Ascension team is continuing to move forward with a big change they began to plan late last year which is to forego further attempts at making orbit with just the Mk1 lifter and instead focus on preparing for sub-orbital capsule flights.

The main reason behind this decision was due to successive failures at modeling an ascent profile that would reach a decaying orbit using the new Launch Vehicle Designer that comes with the Trajectory Optimization Tool from ArrowstarTech*, one of our external partners. Even when the test payload mass was reduced as much as possible, 278kg down from 1t, the rocket was still unable to reach a final state at MECO that would carry it around the planet at least once. The main problem is that the rocket uses control surfaces for guidance, which means it can only control its pitch for about half of the ascent – past 37km the air grows too thin for the control surfaces to have effect on the rocket’s orientation. Although the natural force of gravity can continue to lower the nose past that point, it will do so only based on how fast the rocket was pitching before then. In the modeling, if it pitches over fast enough to end the burn with a positive perikee, it stays within the atmosphere. If it pitches over less aggressively to prevent this, past the point of aerodynamic control its nose doesn’t drop fast enough to push the orbit perikee out from under the surface while still making it to space before MECO.

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Aug 03 2018

Operations Summary – Week of 7/30/18

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May 31 2018

Deuce Science Flight 7

Captain Jebediah and Commander Valentina head far west to survey Sector SH-4D0W, which could be a location for a future science outpost that would serve the region’s exploration needs

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May 24 2018

Deuce Science Flight 6

Captain Jebediah and Commander Valentina take a loop around the region of KSC to test out a new radial mystery goo containment unit slung underneath the aircraft

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May 21 2018

Deuce Science Flight 5

Commander Valentina and Captain Jebediah perform an aerial survey of a mountainous region dubbed Area B-1F while also testing out a new camera for the Ascension program

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May 10 2018

Deuce Science Flight 4

Captain Jebediah and Commander Valentina make another attempt to reach Area KV-001 and also fully explore the region of potentially hazardous radiation over the northern ice caps

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Apr 30 2018

Civvie Science Flight 34

Commander Valentina is tasked with flying out over the western Grasslands to Sector M16CX in order to gather atmospheric samples for the Field Research Team to keep track of pollen levels

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Apr 27 2018

Deuce Science Flight 3

Commander Valentina and Captain Jebediah head back home with the newly-built Deuce on its first cross-country flight, swinging past Zone 64K-9M to conduct an aerial survey along the way

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