The Space Race Continues (part II )


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

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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