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Phantom's Moon Base Delayed

Posted 07-06-2010 at 11:37 PM by PhantomCruiser

Due to some scheduling conflicts, Phantom Mfg’s window to for its 4th lunar launch had to slip, “There are only so many launch pads in the world that can handle a fully loaded Ariane6,” stated Phantom’s Public Affairs office, “We knew this going into the project, that’s why we’ve got a DeltaGlider on standby for ‘emergency’ supply runs.”

The overdue launch is critical to the success of the fledgling base, the most critical component being the lander. “The lander will really open up some serious opportunities here at Copernicus” said Gustav Schlouch, the Copernicus ‘administrator’. “We’re also going to have to say goodbye to Doc, he’s been a great service to us up here.”

Dr. Franklin Carson will be returning to Earth in order to be alongside his wife of 14 years, for the birth of their 2nd child. “Unless the baby is in a big hurry, I should make it home on time, even with the slip in the schedule,” joked the Doctor.

In order to facilitate just that, Phantom Mfg. is making special arrangements for the future recovery operation. John Kirby, the enigmatic owner of Phantom Mfg. has had Dr. Karen Carson (PhD) brought to Ascension Island via private yacht, once the schedule setback had been confirmed. When asked about this, Kirby replied “Yeah, it was kind of a pain; I told Doc that I wouldn’t do this for just anybody”.

The employees of Phantom though have a different story. “He would too,” replied Kirby’s longtime secretary, “John is fanatically loyal to his employees; he sees them as part of his family. As soon as he found out that the launch was going to be late, he had me start making arrangements to get Karen here. He also set aside a good bit of floor space in the offices here as a nursery just in case. AIA has a wonderful medical staff, but he went out and hired a neonatal physician and two nurses, he also had video conference equipment installed in the office of Karen’s own OB, and has a plane standing by to fetch him should any emergency arise. I swear he’s as excited about this baby as anyone I’ve ever seen.”

When asked about her sudden change in surroundings, Karen replied, “Everyone here has gone out of their way to welcome me into the fold. The nursery looks fantastic! And I’ve even got an office here to continue my research.” She is currently working on her 3rd PhD, this one involving the uses of nanotechnology.

Replacing the good doctor will be Dr. Kelly Simms. “I’m really excited to be part of the team. All of us have worked hard to get to this point, we’re ready to go.” Joining Dr. Simms will be the first of Spectre Mining Corporation’s crew members, Martin Santos and Kevin Hartly. Both echo Simm’s desire and are also “ready to go.”

Phantom's fourth launch to our celestial neighbor is slated for the morning of July 16th. “All signs look good for the launch, the range is reserved and there are no other launches or flights that will conflict with us.”
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  1. Old Comment
    IronRain's Avatar
    man what a story.. Nice!
    Posted 07-07-2010 at 08:24 AM by IronRain IronRain is offline
  2. Old Comment
    PhantomCruiser's Avatar
    Thanks! The delay was actually due to my wife wanting me to tile the bathroom floor, but I figured this would make for a better story.
    Posted 07-07-2010 at 11:13 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Samuel Edwards's Avatar
    Wow, you write well!! Nice story, and good luck with the next launch.
    Posted 07-07-2010 at 03:01 PM by Samuel Edwards Samuel Edwards is offline

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