1958: A Space Odyssey

1958, January 10, Illyrien Space Center

Press Release

The famous Illyrien Author Arthur C. Kerman once wrote about the exploration of the King of the nine planets of the solar system, Jupiter. These days, we started the process. We started our journey outwards.

After months upon months of research and construction this year, we are finally ready to announce, and launch, several probes of the new Fharlanghn* class deep space probes. Each carries a full science package and state of the art communications systems, and sit on top of a large rocket capable of imparting 20.000 dV to the Probe.


First launch worked perfectly, and Jupiter One, as it was renamed, quickly got on an intercept course with Jupiter. A trivial task, given the massive gravity of the planet.

The second launch, with the added goal of attempting a flyby of on the Jovian moons, unfortunately disintegrated at 10km. The probe and launcher where completely lost. Fortunately a spare probe was quickly altered and rolled out to take its place.

Despite the easy of launch and navigation, the fickle nature of orbital mechanics, has resulted in rendezvous dates at about 650and 1114 days from now.

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It has been an unexpected success, and the ISP has therefore undertaken further missions to send a flyby mission further out, to Saturn.

After that, we should turn our eyes to closer planets, and continue the effort towards exploring Mars.

Any questions?


Meanwhile at Gene’s Office.

Gene: Okay Werner, we can finally put those launches behind us. Have you figured out what the frag happened with the second launch, and why the third was so close to failure as well?

Werner: Not really Gene, the problem is apparently, that the rocket turns too much at about 10km, while also going fast. This means that air resistance tips it over, and it suddenly slams side first into the air. Its not a technical failure as such, but somehow a bad combination factors conspiring to crash the probe.

Gene: But we tested the Fharlanghn 1c, and the same with the Kepler 7 Duo. We testet extensively Why these sudden failures?

Werner: Unknown, but apparently both probes are a razors edge away from sudden failures. Its frustrating.

Gene: Sigh, at-least the Fharlanghn 1d version performed perfectly, and we only have a single c version left. We are going to be even more accurate in our future simulations though.

Werner: I have a few ideas for a e version..

Gene: Remember to test those! And don’t spend too much time one it. The Mars window is rapidly approaching and we need to send a few missions there as well.


*Fharlanghn, the Dweller on the Horizon, is the Oeridian god of Horizons, Distance, Travel, and Roads.



  1. So, you have encountered the point of rockets not being as stable as they usually are as well πŸ˜›

    And damn, this is early – I’m held back by power issues – what with me not wanting to count on my current solar panels that far out and holding anything beyond Mars until I have a solution (which turned out to not be fuel cells :-/)


    • Yeah, its pretty annoying :/

      Once the fuel study was done, I realised that deep space probes had become viable. Fuelwise atleast.

      As for power… well, why not do it the original way? Nuclear?

      My deep space probes carry “Multi-Hundred Watt RTG”, same ones, as found on Voyager.


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