07-05-2001, 09:26 AM
Today we will be launching a Delta rocket at 9:30 a.m., EST. Anyone wishing to join in just go to multiplayer and my IP is 126.96.36.199 . This was an unplanned launch, untill now, because our sattelite may be gonna crash because we dtected some problems and we need to put up a replacement right away.
07-05-2001, 10:11 AM
Unfortunately, by time we launched the rocket, the sattelite was already burning up in the atmosphere. The flight termination system was activated, destroying the rocket. We scrubbed the mission. The Weather sattelite, flown up on UR-S-1 began decaying from Geo orbit last night around 1 am. Abraham Worthington, who is in charge of the satelite immediately contacted me via phone, while he tried to sort out the problem. Unfortunately, the sattelite fired. What is left of it fell in the nevada dessert. We have teams heading our to the area to find the remains, and to try to find out why it lost altitude. The sattelite dropped from 800,000 feet to 120,000 feet in just a few hours. Possible reason was that Abraham W's joystick malfunctioned (the sattelite is always going on 1 of abrahams 3 PC's, the joystick is used for fine adjustments) causing it to sense full throttle, which has happened to some of our members before. This would have cause the sattelite to crash. Once we confirmed the crash, the rocket mission was cancelled. This all happended between 1 am and 9:45 am. The rocket was supposed to be used for a mid july launch, however it was destroyed after the mission was scrubbed. Construction of a new rocket is already underway. Here are some of what we heard this morning:
Phone conversation between Me and Abraham:
Him- Yo its me abraham.
Me- Its 1 am.
Him- I know. UR-S-1's orbit is really decaying. We need something up there before 10:00 or its going to crash.
Him- Between california and Nevada somewhere.
Me- Oh crap. Were screwed.
Him-Launch the UR-S-2 rocket. Its on the pad right.
Me- Absolutely. Ill have it up before 10:00.
him- Sorry for the nusiance. bye
Radio conversation heard on x-plane.
-Flight (me): 5 4 3 2 1... Liftoff of Delta II on a short notice mission.
-Radar Tracking station, Vandenberg AFb, CA: Forget it. Its falling way to fast.
-Flight: Rocket is already off.
-Tracking station: ABort the launch. We have re-entry.
-Abraham: Im trying to get it back up into orbit, but it wont budge.
-Abraham: Its burning.
-Flight: Where is it gonna crash?
-Tracking Station: Outside Ely Nevada.
-Safety: FTS activated. Rocket destroyed.
-Flight: Mission scrapped.
-Safety: Debris will land in the ocean 12 miles downrange from the cape.
-Abraham: Sattalite is in earth atmosphere...
-Abraham: oh no. this is very bad. -sigh-
-Tracking: Altitude ow 20,000 feet, mach 2. It will miss Ely by about 5 miles west. In the sand.
-Flight: Scramble from Nellis AFB. I want someone to go ut there.
-Tracking: Roger. Nellis come in...
-Nellis Tower: Read you Vandenberg.
-Tracking: please scramble some UH-60's or somethin to 5 miles west of Ely. We have a sattelite down.
-Nellis: Oh SH**. Roger im on it.
-Nellis: Swithblade 1-1, 1-2 clear takeoff. Winds calm. Cleared direct to Ely.
-Swithblade 1-1: Roger.
-Swithblade 1-1: (15 min. later) I see it. ALotta fire. Some junk. Missed the town by about 3.5 miles.
-FLight: is it sevicable?
-Swithcblade 1-2: Maybe. Its mad busted though.
-Flight: Roger. We will send out a land team around 11 to check into it.
-Tracking: DA^$ we F*&^ing failed. -laughing-
-Flight: Hey things happen.
-Swithbalde 1-1: RTB. Roger that SH!& happens.
-Abraham- Im sorry i blew it. -angry voice-
-Flight: No prob.
-Flight: It wasnt good anyways. UR-S_2's sat is better. -sigh-
-Flight: Lets wrap it up. Bye all.
-Tracking: Peace out. Oh and flight get me up again at 6 and i will kill you and put you on call block.
-Flight: Funny -laughs-
As you can see we were pretty mad. Information regarding the incident will be released onto our webite later.
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