Space Development Consortium
The Aeris Missions
First Aeris Mission
Aeris-1 was designed to be resuable, it will likely be
News: More on Aeris-1 Malfunction
With the latest
report from Mission Control here at the Mazrim Space Center,things
look grim for the Aeris-1 mission. Detailed inspections have revealed
that a micrometiorite passed through the reactor room of the ship,
penetrated the reactor sheilding, and sprayed molten debris inside
the main reactor. Luckily, emergency shutdown procedures kicked
in, but not before radiation from the reactor damaged computers
and electronics in the aft section of the ship.
Experts are working on ways to repair the damage and rescue the crew. The crew still have several months of supplies on the surface, and it is likely that a second automated supply ship will be sent to aid them.
News: Aeris-1 Malfunction
Report from Andrea
At 06:47 (Andrea Time Zone),
September 5th 1512, the Aeris-1 space
At 14:12 the landing module,
the "Sparrow" detached from the transit
After donning their EVA
Suits, the crew made preparations to exit the
The six person crew is:
Dr. Hiro Ikari
Dr. Shouzu Li
Dr. Jessica Monroe
Dr. Wildflower Running
Dr. Khazar Ihto
Ascendant Mazrim has been even more interested in Aeris than his father. Not satisfied with the robotic missions sent to Aeris in the 1480 and 90s, the Ascendant made a manned mission to Aeris one of the primary goals of the SDC when he established it. To that end, the SDC has engaged in international space efforts to acquire the needed expertise in manned spacefight, environmental systems, and planetary landings.
The mission will be composed of two parts. The first part, the supply mission, will be sent first to set up the base for the Astronauts who will arrive six months later. The supply ship, the SS. Aeris 2, was launched on two NR-5 nuclear rockets from the Windmark launch facility, and assembled in orbit by astronauts stationed at Mazrim Station.
It uses three small solid-core nuclear rockets to propel it to Aeris. Once in orbit, it will deploy it's cargo via parachute, to a predetermined location. The supplies will automatically set themselves up to await the arrival of the astronauts. The nuclear power plant of the ship will form the core power plant of the base, allowing the astronauts to have a ready supply of energy when they arrive. The components left in orbit will serve to provide communication with Scandia, and to survey the planet and study its weather.
The manned crew transport, the SS Aeris-1, will be powered by four new high powered gas core nuclear rockets. These engines will provide the highest sustained thrust yet achieved in a space craft, providing a constant .05g for the crew. The constant thrust will allow a direct voyage to Aeris in under two months, rather than the more traditional approach involving gravitational assists and launch windows used by the cargo ship. The GCNR will use hydrogen as it's main propellant, superheated and expelled by the rocket. The hydrogen will be created in flight from water that doubles as radiation shielding for the crew. The production of oxygen will be a useful byproduct of the reaction, as will a great deal of electricity.
The ship itself will carry a crew of six, as well as all of the supplies they will need for their five month round trip in space. The cargo lander will contain all the supplies needed for their two months on the planet. The ship will also be equipped with several small rockets, probes, and satellites.
Once reaching the planet, the crew will descend in a lander, leaving the Aeris-1 in orbit for the return trip. The crew will spend the two months on Aeris surface conducting experiments searching for signs of life, as well as further understanding the planet's weather and and geology. They will also establish the basis for a more permanent outpost on the planet. Most excitingly, they will perform experiments on scandiaforming, or the process of turning a barren planet into one more like Scandia. This may be a century long process, but it the first step in one day establishing an Ascendancy of Aeris.
The Aeris-1 will return to Scandia and orbit the planet near Mazrim Station. The ship is designed to be reusable, but will undergo many inspections and studies to further our knowledge of interplanetary travel. It is hopped that the success of the Aeris-1 will spur the construction of several more ships and many more missions!