Archive for February 27th, 2005

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The Space Race Continues (part II )

2005/02/27

ATOE Successfully Returns to Flight with S2 Rocket
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2005, (Gacudai Gannen ??, 7 Ventôse CCXIII)
IBAP

The newest iteration of the Sarutahico rocket, the S2 returned to the skies and space today with the long-pending mission of orbiting a Bethinaut around the Earth, a feat only completed by the TSRC. This critical step in the efforts of Louisianne and Japan marked a great stride forward. While Louisianne has continued launches of satellites, the Japanese have also begun launching their own satellites, rapidly applying aero-stat technologies to space based platforms.

The S2 is not a re-design of the original Sarutahico, but rather a second step that was already planned and in testing but which had not yet been prepared for roll-out.

Soaring into the skies from the Tanegaxima Space Center at 6:31 p.m. local time, or 0931 PMT (3:31 a.m. LST) from the Yoxinobu launch complex after a 76-minute delay prompted by a communications glitch between the rocket and ground systems. After a short ascent of undisclosed time, an as yet unnamed Bethinaut was delivered into Orbit, circling the globe 5 times before returning to Earth, landing in the Carribean Ocean near the Empire of Saint-Domingue where waiting Louisiannan Navy vessels recuperated the module and allowed the Bethinaut to transfer to a containment unit where they will remain for the near future for testing by Kemrese scientists.

“We must be sure of what the ethers of space have done to the Bethinaut’s body. We cannot, at present, conscience the possible contamination of our persons with biological entities of unknown origin.”

Today’s flight was only the second time a human had left the confines of the atmosphere, and the Bethinaut was the first of the ATOE program and third human to go to space. It is expected that this launch program will continue, and that there will be missions to begin work on Cuxima station in a matter of years, preparatory for the Motxi missions.

President Jean-François Young said of today’s launch, “We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own.

“Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if Louisianne and Japan occupy a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new, terrifying theater of competition and war.”

Her Majesty was not available for comment at the time of press. The next scheduled launch of the S2 carrying ATOE personnel is tentatively planned for 3 months hence. The next satellite launch is expected to be the

Japan’s next H-2A launch is planned for this summer when the Satellite Avançé D’Observation De Terre (SOAT) to carry out remote sensing missions, and will launch in mid-April.

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LTT Captured: Terror Ends

2005/02/27

Ouatchita, Dordogne, Nouvelle Cournouaille, Louisianne
8 Ventôse, CCXIII
IBAP

The infamous LTT serial killings are reputedly brought to rest with the arrest of Denis Louis Rader. Normand Williams, Chef-des-Gendarmes in Ouatchita said today, “The bottom line: LTT is arrested.” Following questioning of an involved party, the gendarmes descended on the home of Rader and arrested him.

At this time officials are waiting for the results of tests to prove the DNA connection to the crimes. Calling himself LTT, or “Liez, torturez, et tuez-les,” the pattern of most of his crimes, police are hopeful that a 30 year investigation is at last at an end.

This case has long been suspected of involvement with Tejan government, as the upswings in activity occured mostly under the junta regimes. With the discovery of Rader, it seems less and less likely that there is Tejan affiliation.

The shock of neighbors was strong. “This is as normal a neighborhood as there is! Kids play in the quiet streets, people walk their dogs, no one’s afraid of anything…to realize there was this cold-blooded killer in our midst is shocking.”

Richard Lamunyon, the former Ouatchita police chief who pledged to find the killer when the string of murders began told IBAP that the Police National and the Gendarmes were cooperatively verifying all indicators of Rader to verify that he is, indeed the killer. “When we focus on a single individual we must be very careful and extremely cautious with what we release to the public.”

“You want to make sure — 100 percent — that if you are, in fact, focusing on an individual, he is the individual that you want.”

It is expected that Louisiannan officials will offer their apologies to Tejas for their false accuations over the years. “We are truly embarassed, and will make a formal apology,” a top official said anonymously.

When questioned, Tejan officials said “We understand the blame coming across the border. We are relieved to see that this terror is over.

In an exclusive interview with IBAP Nicolas Beaudelair, he revealed the joy he felt. “At last I will have closure. My heart is leaping from my chest!” Beaudelair’s parents and siblings were the first killed by LTT “Yet the questions remain. Why my mother and siblings? Why my father? What reasons did he have for killing them? I want answers.”

Louisianne, as most countries these days, does not have a death penalty, however with the Tejan penchant for swift justice the Dordogne Sub-Prefect may allow extradition to Tejas to bring sure and swift end to the miscreant.