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BigStar's KAL Kontrolled Rocketry Adventures!


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The Juniper-1, there it is sat on the pad, a small sounding rocket to test the abilities of such a mission, BigStar in the cockpit ready for launch! This would be the first rocket ever where he only had to press one button to make it work, here goes nothing! AND THERE IT WENT! off into the sky, SAS off for science reasons, no stability at all, it gains a heading of 273 degrees and continues heading west, the first stage decouples perfectly, and the launch escape system activates, due to drag the capsule starts flipping retrograde as the sepratrons are still running, the launch escape system decouples, and the capsule starts tumbling, slowly it reaches an apoapsis of 22,432 meters, still waiting for the parachute to deploy, it's been more than 30 seconds, BigStar might just have to save this one, 10 km in the sky and falling, in the background Bigstar hears the first stage hit the ground he gets scared and presses the staging button to deploy the parachute, falling still, chute ready to deploy, it deploys what feels a little late, and perfectly he touches the ground, seconds later the explosions from the launch escape system hitting the ground near by ring in his ears! WOW FOLKS! What a mission! And he only had to press two buttons! What a wonder! Stay tuned for more of BigStars KAL Kontrolled Rocketry Adventures!!!!! 

A comment from BigStar Kerman:
It was quite the flight, I've never had such ease flying, or well, not flying a rocket before. I just pretty much sat there and let it do its thing. Jeb was of course jealous that I was the one that got to save the day this time hehehe. Once I hit 10 kilometres I knew for sure that the KAL wasn't going to deploy the chute, but I waited until 3 kilometres to actually press the button in case there was a malfunction in the timing ore anything else. I'll be speaking to the engineers on ways that this could be improved, such as an auto-SAS function, which sounds repetitive, but it might just work, some way to keep the capsule headed safely towards the eastern seas. Have a great night everyone, and don't forget to fly with BigStar Aerospace, we've got nothing short of adventure!

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A SMALL REPORT: Juniper-2 is already in the works and BigStar Kerman is being readied for his second flight. There are rumors that Juniper-3 will feature a much larger SRB first stage with 6 smaller SRB radial boosters, each booster will have a different burn time as to make them all separate at different times in order to control the direction of the launch.

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Wow folks, three days later and Juniper-2 is ready for launch. This time the Juniper vehicles KAL-1000 will feature a redundant parachute arming system that ensures deployment. This vehicle will use a prograde SAS stability to maintain an eastward flight. And 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition and liftoff, stability clamps are released, the vehicle is headed skyward, the rocket gains a heading of 90 degrees perfectly and as planned, the SRBs are halfway done, 5 Km now, SRB burnout, 10 Km now, launch escape system activated, it deploys early to get away from the capsule, the capsule starts tumbling, this has gone much higher than the last mission already at 29 km, we've reached a peak here at 31,796 meters, now falling back towards the KSC, it looks like we're right over the VAB from here 100 m/s and 30.1 Km, still falling, 200 m/s at 28.5 Km, YES, parachute arming confined this flight will need no control, the parachute partially deploys and the capsule starts slowing down, 10 Km now, 7 Km and 220 m/s, we're a tad westward of the KSC by around 500 meters, PARACHUTE DEPLOY! and a soft touch down after 4 minutes 23 seconds of flight! That was exciting folks, don't forget to tune back in next time for BigStar's KAL Kontrolled Adventures!!!!

Sadly today we had no comment from BigStar Kerman, we were told he had passed out during the fall at around 10 Km, they said he had "Become incapacitated from hunger..." due to having "eaten all the snacks during pre-flight checks.". Well folks, that shows that even BigStar Kerman himself is hungry for adventure!!!!

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