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ORIN Space Consortium - Episode 1: AEGON 1 satellite

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After renting out a launch pad at the KSC, the ORIN Space Consortium are ready to test out their launch vehicle.

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This is the satellite that they will be launching, based on the AEGON satellite bus. It has batteries, solar panels, and some relay antennae so it can act as a CommSat.

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ORIN Space Consortium's initial launch vehicle, the Rhaegal booster (all of these are named after characters from A Song of Ice and Fire). The Rhaegal has two stages; the first is powered by six Mk-55 Thud engines, and the second by a Bobcat (the engine, not the feline).

Commencing countdown. 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

Launch!

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The rocket has launched and it seems to be doing well so far. No crashing into the launch clamps, no pinwheeling, and it has enough thrust to actually take off.

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Commencing gravity turn. The Thud engines have a very good gimbal range of 8 degrees. From now on, gravity will do the work as we fly into orbit.

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Breaking the sound barrier. The rocket is now going supersonic. Nothing bad has happened yet.

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And now it has gone hypersonic.

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The trajectory will now carry the rocket into space. Ejecting the fairing and cruising to apoapsis to commence the orbital insertion burn.

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Reigniting engines for the circularisation burn.

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The first stage has burned out. Separating the stages and igniting the second stage engines. Don't worry about the explosion, it's just the decoupler.

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And we have achieved Low Kerbin Orbit! (mass celebration at mission control.) The Rhaegal booster has been proven to be orbit-capable.

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The satellite is released from the second stage.

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The AEGON 1 satellite, in orbit, with all of the solar panels and antennae extended.

That's a wrap for episode 1, folks. Stay tuned for more launches from ORIN Space Consortium. Suggestions for missions are appreciated, but no spaceplanes!

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