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    Tselinoyarsk, URSS
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    Airsoft, Physics and Science, Gaming and... is that a Metal Gear?!

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  1. While I'm working on the next update (actually quite a few of them at the same time), I've also been learning how to use a drawing tablet (for completely different purposes), and have put my brother's Adobe subscription to good (citation needed) use. A poorly drawn sketch of Isaac Perry's Aquarius Block 1A Spacesuit, as used during the Aquarius 4 flight. Obviously based on the (famous) photograph of Gordon Cooper wearing his own Mark 4 spacesuit. Notice the mission patch on the right shoulder, and the IASRDA patch on the left side of the chest. I chose Perry purely because I already
  2. I actually performed Pathfinder 2's course correction; I rolled a dice and decided for the probe to be still working, but incapable of communicating to Earth, which is a terrible fate, even more so than abruptly suffering the robotic equivalent of a heart attack. It probably (Kraken willingly) encountered Mars after all, I didn't check. I did not mention that because the updates are in-universe, so the IASRDA wouldn't know about that. Now that I think about it I should include it in the ending note. Thank you for giving me a new idea!
  3. XXXIII: The Way to Progress, Part 2 The Seat with the Clearest View While the world celebrated the successful flight of Commander Isaac Perry aboard Aquarius 4, the IASRDA was still managing another, almost as important, but less flashy, mission. The two probes that had been sent to Mars in September of the previous year, Pathfinder 2 and 3, were still on their way to the red planet. Of course, in the eye of the public a manned spaceflight was of far greater importance compared to sending what essentially was a glorified calculator to a red rock floating somewhere in space. It
  4. @fulgur should have been clearer; I’m in Southern Italy — Naples to be precise.
  5. Hello everyone! I'm really sorry I haven't been able to post anything in over a month but, as you may have heard from the news, a lot of things have happened in the past few days. But first let me reassure you; I'm in perfect health, apart from a couple of paper cuts on my fingers. Luckily, I'm not in one of the areas that have been affected the most by the Coronavirus outbreak here in Italy. That being said, I've not been able to write much in the way of Beyond Earth for a couple reasons; - First of all, up to a few days ago I was working assiduously on my exam session (now ob
  6. @nepphhh Eh, don't have Spotify, but my David Bowie playlist on iTunes clocks in at just over 7 hours. Not to mention the 80+ days of music on the Cloud. Yes, that's a lot of music. Still, there's four people on the account adding songs and albums every other day, so...
  7. Aw, thank you! Too kind as always. Bit of trivia: The first quote is a reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E15 ("Yesterday's Enterprise"); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1L3URogjWI amazing episode, should've been an entire movie imho. Oh, and expect a starship's worth of Star Trek references in the future. The second quote is instead a reference to (part of) the opening scene to Bioshock: Infinite; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob31N78K-Rg That tune (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHXc6IHeOG4) is pure gold (as is the rest of the OST, tbh), and I flew the ascent whi
  8. XXXII: Reaching for the Stars, Part 4 Stairway to Heaven June 17, 1961 – vicinity of Cape Canaveral AFB, Florida – 23:01 ET The small clock on the wall indicated 23:01. Perry could definitely imagine the contraption urging him to go and get some sleep. And yet, that night of all nights, he was restless. He was alone in the room that had been rented for him: he wanted nobody near him that night – not even his beloved wife and kids; although he was starting to admit that it probably would have helped him relax. A couple of minutes later Perry finally decided that it was tim
  9. What?! I absolutely need more images, not less! Oh, and congratulations on the TOTM! Plainly brilliant work you've got here.
  10. Work on the next part is proceeding as planned (and as there is very little planning regarding my KSP schedule, I don't know if that's a good thing), and hopefully I'll be able to release it by the end of next week, or sooner. BUT. It's not my style to leave you people empty handed. So... Here's a subtle tease of things to come: Say hello to my "little" friend. And now, there's a certain show on Prime about an Admiral (retired, mind you) that awaits me...
  11. Uh, are you referring to the Tonkas? Otherwise I've probably never heard of the stuff (or have forgotten about it). Still, there's that lovely Pentaborane/N2O4 combo the Soviets were planning on using with the RD-270M. Or that Liquid Fluorine/Hydrazine mix that the US wanted to use for the Agena replacement...
  12. Well, still better than that time someone decided either Dimethylmercury or Hydrofluoric acid would make perfect rocket propellants, for some twisted reason. Sounds like something I'd do if I had a Cessna powered by a 1,700hp engine. You know what they say; If it works...
  13. XXXI: Reaching for the Stars, Part 3 The Undiscovered Country There was much debate in the days following the successful Aquarius 2 mission; the question being, “To launch, or not to launch?”. The IASRDA leadership wanted to launch a man into space as soon as possible, but the engineering teams argued that the failure of the first suborbital test flight warranted another dummy run at the very least; according to them taking the chance to launch someone in flesh and blood into space at that point would have been extremely perilous at best. Time, however, was a commodity the IASRDA cou
  14. XXX: Reaching for the Stars, Part 2 Absolute Beginners The Aquarius Abort Tests, also known as Aquarius Phase I, had been an almost complete success, save for the failure of one of the motors on the AT-3 flight. Nonetheless, the three flights had demonstrated that the abort system worked and, most importantly, it worked well. The IASRDA was therefore ready to move into the second phase of the program. Aquarius Phase II would involve suborbital flights, which would verify the structural integrity of the spacecraft during the most hideous parts of flight; i.e. during atmosp
  15. @Cavscout74 well, you joined us at probably the best time possible, at least for the near future of the series. The next 3-4 updates will be quite something, at least when I'll find the time to sit at my computer and actually write them. So if you need to do some catching up, you should have all the time in the world. Well, hopefully not too much time. Anyways, as always, thank you all very much for the support!
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