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Phantom rumbles again...

Posted 12-09-2011 at 10:34 AM by PhantomCruiser
Updated 12-09-2011 at 01:36 PM by PhantomCruiser

After a relatively quiet year, the wheels at Phantom Manufacturing are finally beginning to turn again. The repeated failures of Phantom’s Banshee rocket had begun to call into question their ability to deliver on this key military contract, but the successful launch (and planned destruction) of the block-I Banshee has all of Phantom Mfg celebrating today. We were able to talk with a few senior company representatives just after the launch, during a hot-dog-fest, high atop the Vehicle Assembly...
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Setback at Phantom Mfg.

Posted 11-01-2010 at 03:16 PM by PhantomCruiser

Phantom Manufacturing has suffered a setback with their launcher development. As dawn greeted the Overton Island launch complex, the Phantom team watched as their small rocket veered off course shortly after launch.

Two British cruisers, a Russian destroyer, an Australian frigate and an Italian 747 airborne laser platform were holding station west of the island with the intention of tracking the rocket as it moved along its trajectory. At T+85 the rocket began a slow roll that...
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Phantom Mfg's Copernicus Mission 5

Posted 09-27-2010 at 12:58 AM by PhantomCruiser

The final touches are underway for the fifth in Phantom Manufacturing's series of launches for it's new lunar outpost . The unmanned cargo ship Nancy Ward will carry to Copernicus Base three expansion modules, nestled among those are various spare parts and supplies.




“We’ve been quite busy using the rover as a backhoe digging holes and trenches for the Stirling engine and reactor that...
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Interview with Phantom Mfg's owner

Posted 08-25-2010 at 02:18 PM by PhantomCruiser

Alongside one of the piers of WideAwake International lies Phantom Manufacturing’s CEO, John L. Kirby’s private yacht, The Phantom Cruiser, in which two weeks ago was used for what might well be the world’s most posh recovery vessel. When the Nightingale performed her de-orbit burn and begin a fiery descent through the atmosphere, a company helicopter picked up the Nightingale crew and deposit them aboard the yacht. As luck would have it, we were invited along for the ride. Prior to the recovery...
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Phantom's Copernicus base continues...

Posted 07-27-2010 at 07:58 PM by PhantomCruiser
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The first pictures available from Phantom Manufacturing's manned cargo ship Nightingale are finally available. The Nightingale is commanded by Cleveland Davis, a longtime friend of Phantom's CEO/CFO. Planned for this mission is a crew augmentation, cargo delivery and a rendezvous with the cargo ship Sally Oakley.


There was some drama involved with this flight; after the second stage was jettisoned, the solar panels failed to deploy when commanded. “We were watching the remote...
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