Elektra was our first rocket. She’s a petite, slim, highly agile and reliable little thing and Huber Pom is her custodian. On our launch fest around aSpIrM-2, we fired her up four times which makes her our most-flown rocket by far. So she deserves more credit than she is usually given. The first two occasions… Read More aSpIrM-2 launch fest: Elektra
After the highly successful aSpIrM-2 main mission flown by Starmam, tension was climaxing. The following test launch was the riskiest and boldest one we had done so far. Boltonov had spent months in preparation of equipment and software. As custodian of OS 1, he first had to refurbish the rocket after the bruises it acquired… Read More Launch fest: Not Without My Handbag
Today saw another great milestone of awesomeness achieved: Our very own genius CTO, Boltonov, successfully performed the first fairing opening test. As you may be aware from our earlier fairing tales, we were not too happy with the “fairing” provided by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket model. It’s actually more of a thimble housing the… Read More Boltonov hacks the F9 fairing!
Guys, with this laughable test launch performance we have really earned the title of Parody Space Agency. Great footage of our booster gone mental:… Read More Too cold to rock’n’roll
Here’s the deal: In an as-if SpaceX Iridium Mission, weather has to be factored in: Our Falcon 9s cannot perform as-if … they were in California. And neither can their humans. Here’s how it all went down: … Read More California Dreaming
Watch a slideshow of how our Falcon 9 OS2 was hacked so that it can carry payload in the parachute bay.… Read More Falcon 9 model hack
While yesterday’s test launches were about testing the extremes (running on A- and C-type motors), today’s marching order by Aleks Vansky (you know the drill: CEO and Chief Mastermind at OxidanSky) goes for “normal”. Choosing the appropriate motor that allows for good attitude and trajectory considering the weight of Elektra. Remember, it’s now equipped with… Read More All nominal, sort of …
Update on today’s test launches – there were actually two: The first one flew our petite Elektra rocket with an A-type motor again to test the effect of the extra weight. The rocket had been equipped with an electronics package and quite a clunky nose cone. This, of course, changed the center of gravity. Elektra… Read More Stop wining!