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
Starmam launches five Iridia satellites and a reviously undisclosed hosted payload. Now we know what she had been carrying on board: … Read More aSpirM-2 main mission: Starmam
After our totally awesome and magical pre-launch evening, we kicked off the launch fest with the maiden flight of OS 3 aka Archie. … Read More aSpIrm-2 launch fest: Archie
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
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!
Whoa, what an exciting day! We jumped right into a high-density test series for our as-if SpaceX Iridium Mission #aSpIrM. Setting up shop Our first step was to set up some infrastructure. We had to do this very quickly, since the temperature was despicably cold and we were freezing our buttons off right from the… Read More It headed through the grapevine