The von Evilstein plan for 1958 is proceeding; Syrgy Pavylyvych has some profound misgivings about the wisdom of recruiting cosmonauts for a program that won't be ready when they graduate from basic training, but the urgent need to achieve manned space successes is a factor, and he has retreated from his extremely forward position of denouncing von Evilstein in favor of a more passive-aggressive campaign of grumbling.
At the same time, he labors diligently to fix the inevitable bugs in his beautiful Semyorka- most of which he blames on von Evilstein, not without reason. He considers it a miracle that the rockets von Evilstein launched in 1957 didn't blow up on the pad and take the laboriously constructed launch sites with them.
Therefore, von Evilstein's Plan 1958 will be implemented without any substantial resistance from Syrgy. To recap:Von Evilstein Plan 1958Spring 1958
Recruit Cosmonaut Cadre I (20 MB)
Max Research on A-Series Rocket (10 MB)
Max Research on Sputnik Satellite (5 MB)
Schedule 2 A-Series/Sputnik Satellite Launch Attempts for Fall 1958
Total Cost: 35 MBFall 1958
Purchase 2 A-Series Rockets (6 MB)
Purchase 2 Sputnik Satellites (2 MB)
3 Teams Research on A-Series Rocket (6 MB)
1 Team Research on Sputnik Satellite (1 MB)
Schedule 2 A-Series/Sputnik Satellite Launch Attempts for Spring 1959
Launch 2 A-Series/Sputnik missions
Total Cost: 15 MB
If some event occurs which would drastically affect Fall 1958 policies, such as, I don't know, construction workers at the Cosmodrome suddenly striking oil and causing an unexpected boom in our budget, we may need to backtrack and revamp the plan for Fall 1958. I will try to react quickly in that case and come up with a revised plan before PeZook goes to bed, even if Doomy cannot.
The sole addendum which Syrgy insists on is that Comrade Badenov must
receive his Hero of the Zenobian Onion, First Class, for surely had the Murcans been able to purchase more Atlases this year, they would have beaten us into orbit.
Below is my first stab at a plan for the beginning of 1959. Unfortunately, I don't know how much money we'll have in hand, or what the satellite launch situation will look like. Very much a work in progress. This is just to get something out there so other people participating in the Zenobian space program can discuss.
To get such a plan right, I'd need to see the status flash-cards for the systems we've been developing in 1958, and know the budget for 1959, which is contingent on events, obviously.Pavylyvych Plan Preliminaries Spring 1959 (Work in Progress)
On the von Evilstein Plan 1958, we will have hopefully
launched a satellite by Fall 1958, and have two more launch attempts scheduled for Spring 1959.
We will have a class of cosmonauts in training, who will emerge from training in Fall 1959 (three seasons after being hired in Spring 1958) and be ready to fly missions in Spring 1960... but I find it difficult to imagine that we'll have a working capsule to fly them on by then at this rate.
Spring 1959 Priorities:
1) Buy hardware for two satellite launches (8 MB)
2) Unless reliability of A-Series rocket has nearly reached max R&D, press ahead with research into rocket reliability. Maximum R&D is 85%; if reliability of rocket is approaching this figure, fund research to the following levels, as a function of reliability figure X:
X ≥ 85% -> 0 teams, 0 MB
85% > X > 80% -> 1 team, 2 MB
80% ≥ X > 76% -> 2 teams, 4 MB
76% ≥ X > 72% -> 3 teams, 6 MB
72% ≥ X > 68% -> 4 teams, 8 MB
68% ≥ X -> 5 teams, 10MB
3) We must also perfect our satellite technology, both for defense of the Motherland and for future space missions which may include complex spaceborne hardware.
Unless reliability of Sputnik has nearly reached max R&D, press ahead with research into satellite reliability. Maximum R&D is 95%; if reliability of Sputnik is approaching this figure, fund research to the following levels, as a function of reliability figure X:
X ≥ 95% -> 0 teams, 0 MB
95% > X > 90% -> 1 team, 1 MB
90% ≥ X > 86% -> 2 teams, 2 MB
86% ≥ X > 82% -> 3 teams, 3 MB
82% ≥ X > 78% -> 4 teams, 4 MB
78% ≥ X -> 5 teams, 5 MB
So far, this addresses only the legacy von Evilstein policies.
3) Now we must decide what to do with the remaining funds, which depends very heavily on what funds we have to work with, which is in the hands of the Kremlin and Comrade Murphy, not me.
Logical priorities are to begin the Vostok program and to work on probe technology. I will be more able to make decisions on these matters when the 1959 budget is known.