Baikonur Kosmodrone, April 20th, 1951.
Boomer 3 is ready, although the photographer was a bit late at the launchpad (or someone launched too early?), in any case, they only snagged a shot of Boomer 3, just after it had launched.
As seen, it didn’t even have a protective fairing for the second stage and the few instruments – although given the heating while in flight it would probably have been a good idea…
In any case, since we need to learn as much as we can about about shooting up rockets, we had Werner make a small program to send back a few bits of information during every second of the flight. Werner is all too pleased about the result though.
All in all, we are all happy that we were able to accurately predict the final outcome of the launch: Boomer 3 did indeed not survive hitting the atmosphere on the way back.
It went surprisingly high though, twice as high as planned, just passing 1000 km above the surface – an impressive feat. We do need to have a look at the spinny-thing we do to stabilize the unguided rockets though; since once the air gets thinner, it does not seem to work much more – it just ends up just spinning and spinning, around the going-up direction.
Werner showed a simulation of a controlled rocket, but there doesn’t seem to be much point, as it barely got halfway of what Boomer 3 did. Perhaps we need to start considering multiple engines for the first stage, although that will make the rockets rather big – I don’t even dare think what it’ll take to get a kerbal into space.
I haven’t seen Valentina around for the rocket launches, nor Jebediah. I’m slightly nervous not having seen them around for some reason though.