Archive for March 28th, 2003




IBAP, 28 March, 2003 (7 Germinal, CCXI)
Paris-sur-Mizouri, Osage, Louisianne

In a press conference at the headquarters of the National Space Committee of Louisianne (CNEL) Chief Jean-Louis Cattin announced that a second artificial satellite will soon take its place in the heavens.

Unlike the proposed European launch systems, which are based on German models launching from a ground level cosmodrome, the Lousiannese rockets are launched from an airship flying at 150.000 feet. Flying a pressurized airship, the two man crew, consisting of Captain Jacques Colnet and Lieutenant Sebastien Fallon, piloted the government vessel ‘le Cygne’ to an altitude of 150,000 feet in preparation for launching Louisianne’s first rocket. “The view was fascinating,” declared Cpt. Colnet. “The Earth curved away beneath us as a great ball.”

Lt. Fallon was also awed. “I wonder what great feelings of wonderment the first man or woman to leave the atmosphere will feel as they see the wonder of the planet that gave them birth.”

Today’s launch was unsuccessful due to rocket failure. Three seconds into the flight of the rocket, the reactants of liquid hydrogen and oxygen were mixed in abnormal proportions when a valve failed. The resulting flush of fuels caused the demise of the rocket, spreading debris in a cone from Nouvelle Navarre up north into Les Plaines province and the Unincorporated Territories of the NAL. First President Young extended an apology to the NAL as well as aid in cleaning up the mess.

A spokesman for CNEL assured the public at large that there would be no environmental contamination due to the nature of the reactants. The Dalmation Development Team, (EDD) assured all involved that it was in fact only a minor defect that was easily repairable, to which the Board of Oversight, composed of Kemrese, German and Louisiannan scientists concurred.

A second launch is planned for twenty days hence (two republican weeks time) after modifications are tested and completed. This next launch will proceed as today’s launch was supposed to. An ascent of the carrier ‘le Cygne’ to 150.000 feet will be followed by releasing the rocket into the empty sky. After falling a safe distance from the airship, the rocket will then ignite and it will be guided on its way into space from ground based radio stations. The theory behind this launch strategy is to reduce the distance required to get the rocket into space, thus reducing its fuel requirements and project cost. Also, a dedicated cosmodrome is not required, as the rockets can be launched from any airship taking off in the Republic and can be ferried to a location with favourable winds and weather conditions.

Marc le Noir, IBAP [DleF]