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Syracuse; Mission 1 (Victor's point of view)

Posted 10-28-2013 at 09:12 AM by PhantomCruiser
Updated 10-28-2013 at 12:01 PM by PhantomCruiser

It was with great relief that Victor (Hugo) Patel watched the massive rocket riding on a column of flame and exhaust as it cleared the launch pad. The Energia stack looked somewhat ungainly and graceful at once as the stack began to pirouette towards the launch heading as directed by the flight computer. Eight minutes, Victor reminded himself, if I can make it eight minutes Iíll be OK. Behind him there was a team of people enjoying a mix of hamburgers, fries, hot dogs and bratwursts, as the Phantom...
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Long Story Short . . .

Posted 10-20-2013 at 04:24 AM by LTrotsky
Updated 10-20-2013 at 04:34 AM by LTrotsky

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The short story is . . . I (or should I say "we?") made it to Mars. Perhaps I shouldn't say anything. In fact, I think I am breaking a law by doing so. It is a secret law for a secret program. So saying something might be okay. Until I died a secret death by a secret agent. The dead tell no tales.

I don't regret where I am or what I am doing. I just don't know what I'm doing. It's a bit difficult to run a secret program, things have to be done quick...
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NASA-STP002x - Mission Blog (A FNG Learns Orbiter)

Posted 10-18-2013 at 05:00 AM by LTrotsky
Updated 10-20-2013 at 04:36 AM by LTrotsky

If you have been in the military, or watched movies about them, or are generally aware, you know what FNG means. When it comes to Orbiter, that's me.

NASA-STP002x is the Mission name I gave to my first real attempt to get somewhere outside of the Earth's SOI. Not counting the first couple of days when I ran the sim with the "unlimited fuel" and no damage options checked. (Note to self: I need to find out where those buttons are in real life and make sure they are checked)....
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T + 22 days Engineering Log

Posted 10-09-2013 at 10:28 PM by Dantassii
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All life support and hydroponics modules are now operational. The mechanical repair bays and laboratory modules have been activated and are being checked out. SSTV-01 has been orientated to cruise attitude with the main docking port pointing directly at the sun. All modules are running within normal temperature ranges and all engineering boards are green at this time.

The TJI burn was the longest burn ever performed by EHEs and they performed perfectly. Initial calculations show that...
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T+ 20 days Engineering Log

Posted 10-08-2013 at 02:03 AM by Dantassii
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All cargo is now locked in and tied down. Fuel is being trickle fed from 2 XR5s to the ISS and from there to SSTV-01. The 2 XR5s that will be going with us to Europa have launched and should dock within a few hours.

After these 2 XR5s have docked with us, one of the refueling XR5s will undock and do a fly around to take photos from various angles.

All boards are green at this time.

Mission timeline is as follows:
  • T+20 days 2 XR5s will dock with SSTV-01
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