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  1. Procedural Parts (I made a custom texture for the Negi rockets) and NEBULA decals.
  2. There will be human landings on the Moon, space stations, and reusable rockets, but that's decades from now. Remember that the point of this is to emulate a slower, smaller space program than NASA or the Soviet space program.
  3. I have retconned the first launch of Negi-2. Since HASDA is based on the Japanese space program, there will be a rocket similar to the N-I (a license-built version of the Delta rocket, but in Hatsunia there would be less licensing and associated restrictions due to it having ). The first test satellite of N-I was called "Kiku," or chrysanthemum, after Japan's national flower. I was planning to name the Hatsunese equivalent "Neginohana" (葱の花, green onion flower), until I realized that it should also be the name of test satellites launched on the Negi rockets. Thus, I had to redesign the satellite and its appearance. Also, the name of the liquid rocket engine on the third stage is LE-S1 for "Liquid Engine with Storable propellant"
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    1965-03-09 - The first launch of the Negi-2 rocket (maximum capacity of 300 kg to a 250-km LEO) with the "Tanryoku" test satellite
  5. 1965-03-09 - The first flight of the Negi-2 launch vehicle, with a maximum capacity of 300 kg to a low Earth orbit of 250 km. Almost all of its four stages used solid propellant, but the third stage used liquid propellants: UDMH (unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine) as the fuel, and IRFNA (inhibited red fuming nitric acid) as the oxidizer. Its first satellite was called "Tanryoku" (淡緑, pale green), a technology testing satellite developed by students at the University of Miraito (pale green being the school's official color, although the satellite itself wasn't that color). Tanryoku had a mass of 125 kg and was the first Hatsunese satellite to use solar panels. (Launch vehicle comparisons from now on will include a sample payload with "gold foil"-like insulation.) Total wet mass: 52729 kg (assuming no payload) Height: 22.9 m 1st stage diameter: 1.58 m 1st stage wet mass: 33634 kg 1st stage dry mass: 5451 kg 1st stage thrust: 1339 kN 1st stage burn time: 51.6 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 250 s 2nd stage diameter: 1.58 m 2nd stage wet mass: 14550 kg 2nd stage dry mass: 2844 kg 2nd stage thrust: 539 kN 2nd stage burn time: 56 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 263 s 3rd stage diameter: 1.58 m 3rd stage wet mass: 4329 kg 3rd stage dry mass: 542 kg 3rd stage thrust: 33.9 kN 3rd stage burn time: 4 m 58.5 s Propellant: IRFNA/UDMH Specific impulse: 272.5 s (note: 3rd stage engine config is slightly modified from the AJ10-118-D) 4th stage diameter: 0.439 m 4th stage wet mass: 165 kg 4th stage dry mass: 81 kg 4th stage thrust: 13.9 kN 4th stage burn time: 15.6 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 263 s Fairing mass: 51 kg Launch images (retconned, the pictures below did not happen):
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    [RSS/RO] 1964-08-31 - Launch of the Negi-1 rocket carrying the first satellite of the Hatsunia Aerospace Science and Development Agency The satellite was called "HATSUNE" (High Altitude Test Satellite Utilizing New Experiments). It had a dry mass of 42 kg and carried instruments to detect micrometeorites and gravitational perturbations, along with telemetry equipment and a thermometer.
  7. 1964-08-31 - The first satellite of HASDA was launched on the Negi-1 rocket. It was called "HATSUNE" (High Altitude Test Satellite Utilizing New Experiments) and acted as the fourth stage of Negi-1. (Hatsune Miku now added to the comparisons) The satellite carried a micrometeorite and gravitational perturbation detectors, telemetry equipment, and a thermometer. [the probe core itself is a custom mesh] [Note that there is a bug in which the procedural SRBs keep playing the burning sound when loading in from the tracking station, but they don't produce thrust. Also, the nozzle disappears because the solid stage has no fuel.] Total wet mass: 22849 kg Height: 19.4 m 1st stage diameter: 1039 mm 1st stage wet mass: 14560 kg 1st stage dry mass: 2373 kg 1st stage thrust: 539 kN 1st stage burn time: 48.8 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s 2nd stage diameter: 1039 mm 2nd stage wet mass: 6065 kg 2nd stage dry mass: 1001 kg 2nd stage thrust: 239 kN 2nd stage burn time: 47.9 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s 3rd stage diameter: 1039 mm 3rd stage wet mass: 2019 kg 3rd stage dry mass: 535 kg 3rd stage thrust: 83.9 kN 3rd stage burn time: 40.0 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s 4th stage (HATSUNE) diameter: 350 mm 4th stage (HATSUNE) height: 1580 mm 4th stage (HATSUNE) wet mass: 193 kg 4th stage (HATSUNE) dry mass: 42 kg 4th stage (HATSUNE) thrust: 13.9 kN 4th stage (HATSUNE) burn time: 24.6 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s Fairing mass: 12 kg Launch images:
  8. The Negi-G sounding rocket had a third stage. The second flight and onwards used a guided avionics package. Although this only increased the maximum altitude by 25% (without avionics), this rocket would be the final step before the launch of HASDA's first satellite. Total wet mass: 22646 kg (with avionics and no payload) Height: 21.5 m 1st stage diameter: 1039 mm 1st stage wet mass: 14560 kg 1st stage dry mass: 2373 kg 1st stage thrust: 539 kN 1st stage burn time: 48.8 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s 2nd stage diameter: 1039 mm 2nd stage wet mass: 6065 kg 2nd stage dry mass: 1001 kg 2nd stage thrust: 239 kN 2nd stage burn time: 47.9 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s 3rd stage diameter: 1039 mm 3rd stage wet mass: 2021 kg 3rd stage dry mass: 539 kg 3rd stage thrust: 83.9 kN 3rd stage burn time: 40.0 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s List of Negi-G launches from 1963-06-10 to 1964-05-23 SRP = Sounding Rocket Payload units Notable launches:
  9. On 1962-10-01, the Hatsunia Aerospace Science and Development Agency was established, being spun off from the Hatsunia Science and Technology Agency. An orbital launch was planned to occur in less than two years. The Negi-F sounding rocket added a second stage to the Negi-E. The maximum achievable altitude was approximately doubled. Total wet mass: 20725 kg (with no payload) Height: 19.4 m 1st stage diameter: 1039 mm 1st stage wet mass: 14560 kg 1st stage dry mass: 2373 kg 1st stage thrust: 539 kN 1st stage burn time: 48.8 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s 2nd stage diameter: 1039 mm 2nd stage wet mass: 6165 kg 2nd stage dry mass: 1102 kg 2nd stage thrust: 239 kN 2nd stage burn time: 47.9 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s List of Negi-F launches from 1962-07-17 to 1963-03-20 SRP = Sounding Rocket Payload units Notable launches:
  10. The Negi-E sounding rocket had almost twice the diameter of the Negi-B, C, or D. This would eventually become the first stage of an orbital launch vehicle. A dedicated space agency was planned to be established in late 1962. Diameter: 1039 mm Height: 14.6 m Wet mass: 14661 kg (with no payload) Dry mass: 2474 kg Thrust: 539 kN Burn time: 48.8 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s List of Negi-E launches from 1961-08-17 to 1962-04-26 SRP = Sounding Rocket Payload units, Cam = Film Camera (pretend that there are other scientific instruments because this is 1961, not 1951), (R) = Payload recovered with parachutes Notable launches:
  11. The Negi-D sounding rocket had a new upper stage with the same diameter as the lower stage. (stats assume no payload and the configuration shown in the image) Total wet mass: 4905 kg Height: 14.5 m 1st stage diameter: 539 mm 1st stage wet mass: 3141 kg 1st stage dry mass: 560 kg 1st stage thrust: 93.9 kN 1st stage burn time: 59.3 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s 2nd stage diameter: 539 mm 2nd stage wet mass: 1764 kg 2nd stage dry mass: 402 kg 2nd stage thrust: 53.9 kN 2nd stage burn time: 57.2 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 231 s List of Negi-D launches from 1960-01-13 to 1961-05-25 SRP = Sounding Rocket Payload units Notable launches:
  12. The Negi-C sounding rocket was simply a Negi-A stacked on top of a Negi-B. (stats assume no payload and the configuration shown in the image) Total wet mass: 4137 kg Height: 16.2 m 1st stage diameter: 539 mm 1st stage wet mass: 3141 kg 1st stage dry mass: 560 kg 1st stage thrust: 93.9 kN 1st stage burn time: 59.3 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s 2nd stage diameter: 339 mm 2nd stage wet mass: 996 kg 2nd stage dry mass: 251 kg 2nd stage thrust: 28.2 kN 2nd stage burn time: 57.0 s Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s List of Negi-C launches from 1958-05-17 to 1959-12-10 SRP = Sounding Rocket Payload units, GMC = Geiger-Müller Counter Notable launches:
  13. Negi-B comparison to Negi-A (stats assume no payload or recovery equipment) Diameter: 539 mm Height: 9.7 m Wet mass: 3191 kg Dry mass: 609 kg Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s Thrust: 93.9 kN Burn time: 59.3 s List of Negi-B launches from 1957-08-31 to 1958-04-11 SRP = Sounding Rocket Payload units, IMS = Ion Mass Spectrometer, Bio = Biological payload, (R) = Payload recovered with parachutes Notable launches: (edit: moved captions above images)
  14. List of Negi-A launches from 1956-08-31 to 1957-07-09: SRP (Sounding Rocket Payload) expressed in liters; each SRP is 0.5 kilograms. All Negi-A rockets carried a thermometer, barometer, and telemetry equipment. [With Kerbal Construction Time at the minimum build rate, each rocket takes only 8-9 days to build, but Japan did not launch sounding rockets over 40 times a year, so I assumed 39 days between launches. Also, range safety (self-destruct) is activated after the rocket reaches its target altitude for contract gameplay purposes; the apogee is the altitude above Earth it would have reached.] Notable launches: (edit: moved captions above images)
  15. Hatsunia is a country that exists in a parallel universe in the place of Japan. It became a democratic constitutional monarchy in 1868. In the late 19th century, the Micronesian islands were purchased from Spain, being called Mikuroneshia (pronounced with a mee-, not my-) in Hatsunese. This would be the only territorial acquisition by Hatsunia; no annexation of Korea, Taiwan, or anything else. Instead of becoming a militarist and ultranationalist empire, Hatsunia stayed a democracy and joined the Allies during WWII. (edit: moved captions above images) In the early 1950s, a facility for testing sounding rockets and missiles was built on the island of Negishima (3.9°N, 139°E) in the autonomous prefecture of Parao. It was coincidentally shaped like a green onion. (imaginary island made by editing EarthHeight.dds and EarthSurface.dds) This location was selected because a proposal for the site on the mainland brought concerns from the fishing industry that rocket launches could disrupt harvests, resulting in a limited period for launching rockets (190 days a year). It was also selected for the potential of orbital launches due to the faster rotation of the Earth near the equator. Sounding rockets would be tested by the Rocket Development Promotion Headquarters of the Hatsunia Science and Technology Agency in cooperation with the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Miraito. In 1962, this division would eventually become the Hatsunia Aerospace Science and Development Agency, or HASDA. Hidemi Utagawa was a key figure in the development of Hatsunese rocketry. 1956-08-31 01:39:00 UTC (10:39:00 Hatsunia Standard Time) Lift-off of Negi-A, the first sounding rocket of Hatsunia Diameter: 339 mm Height: 7.1 m Wet mass: 958 kg Dry mass: 213 kg Propellant: Solid Specific impulse: 220 s Thrust: 28.2 kN Burn time: 57 s Used Procedural Parts, B9 Procedural Wings, and NEBULA Decals captions provided by Historian Expanded with a custom config