CHAPTER 10: THE CHROME AGETime is: Fall 1969
Launch windows: Mercury, Venus, MarsMURCATEDDY SPACE CENTER
The astronauts were running about the tarmac, carrying their colleagues: Edward Ravensburg, Barn Est I and Mike Collins on their backs. They were shouting incoherently, their screams oh joy somewhat slurred thanks to copious amount of celebrating already performed.
It was a glorious couple of months at THE CAPE. Politicoes came and went. There were ticker tape parades throughout Murca, and the media couldn't have enough interviews with the new, great and tough and oiled up space heroes.
Even those verrdamnt stingy congresscritters were a bit more willing to look upon the space program favorably now, and director Von Braun was currently in Washingtoff, attempting to secure a massive funding increase for the spring. Not that his hangover helped much.
Fortunately, he had people to run the day-to-day affairs for him. Including but not limited to keeping the scotch reservoirs stocked up.
Current funds: 48 megabucks
Astronauts in XMS-2 program:
OLDS - CAP 3, LM 0, EVA 0, DOCK 3, END 3 ; MOOD: 47 (Pilot)
GORDON - CAP 0, LM 1, EVA 2, DOCK 2, END 3 ; MOOD: 75 (LM Pilot/EVA specialist)
WILLIAMS - CAP 1, LM 3, EVA 1, DOCK 2, END 1 ; MOOD: 80 (Docking specialist)
RAVENSBURG - CAP 3, LM 3, EVA 0, DOCK 0, END 4 ; MOOD: 49 (Pilot)
COLLINS - CAP 0, LM 3, EVA 4, DOCK 1, END 1 ; MOOD: 100 (LM Pilot/EVA specialist)
BARNESTI - CAP 2, LM 1, EVA 2, DOCK 2, END 4 ; MOOD: 56 (Docking specialist)
BROWN - CAP 4, LM 2, EVA 2, DOCK 1, END 2 ; MOOD: 26
CUNNINGHAM - CAP 1, LM 2, EVA 1, DOCK 0, END 4 ; MOOD: 80
MCCANDLESS - CAP 3, LM 0, EVA 0, DOCK 2, END 2 ; MOOD: 70
CONRAD - CAP 4, LM 1, EVA 1, DOCK 1, END 3 ; MOOD: 24
ROCKET - CAP 3, LM 0, EVA 2, DOCK 2, END 2 ; MOOD: 85
CHAFFEE - CAP 0, LM 1, EVA 2, DOCK 3, END 2 ; MOOD: 85
MAY - CAP 3, LM 2, EVA 2, DOCK 4, END 2 ; MOOD: 77
LOOPY - CAP 4, LM 1, EVA 2, DOCK 3, END 2 ; MOOD: 62
SUITCASE - CAP 3, LM 2, EVA 2, DOCK 4, END 3 ; MOOD: 77
HAISE - CAP 4, LM 3, EVA 0, DOCK 0, END 2 ; MOOD: 72
EISELE - CAP 0, LM 0, EVA 2, DOCK 1, END 3 ; MOOD: 72
SWIGERT - CAP 2, LM 0, EVA 0, DOCK 1, END 1 ; MOOD: 70
ANDERS - CAP 0, LM 2, EVA 2, DOCK 2, END 1 ; MOOD: 62
REXMODEM - retired fall 1968
BORMAN - retired fall 1968
KNIGHT - retired fall 1967
FLASHHEART - retired fall 1967
MODEMJR - retired spring 1965
CUNTSER - retired fall 1965
KELLY - retired spring 1965
MCCAIN - retired fall 1963
HARDBEEF - retired spring 1963
OHJESUS - DECEASED, MERCURY IX
JOHNSON - DECEASED, MERCURY XVI
Programs running: Explorer, Ranger, Mighty Strapons, Atlas, Titan, Mercury, XMS-2, EVA Suits
Launch pads: 3
Launch Pad A, DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION, 20MB TO FIX
Launch Pad B, Manned earth orbital Duration-D, Prim. Crew III, Bkp. Crew IV, Boosted Titan/XMS-2
Launch Pad C, none
"We are doomed! The Murcans have their space bomber force armed and operational, comrade! We must evacuate the cosmodrome immediately, da!"
"This is absurd. I will not break our important work because of PVO Strany paranoia!", Syrgy Pavylyvych had to yell at the man on the other side of the phone. The man was a general in the local air defence garrison, and like most military men around the Chief Designer, he was panicking.
"I have a duty to protect the greatest minds in the Onion! Helicopters are on their way to pick you up right now!"
"Comrade, I answer only to orders from Moosecow, and I received no orders to shut down the program. I would advise you to calm down, before the NKVDVDROM investigates you!", Syrgy yelled into the receiver, Like they did poor comrade cosmonaut Petrov
, he thought, careful not to speak out loud. He glanced at the comissar, who was angrily pacing outside the administrative building, smoking cigarette after cigarette, as if waiting for something to happen.
"Comrade! Comrade Chief Designer!", Syrgy's secretary burst into the room, "It's a teletype from Moosecow! The General Secretary is demanding your presence at an emergency Politburo meeting tomorrow morning!"
Syrgy glanced at the wall clock. It was late afternoon. He cursed under his breath...that Murcan spaceplane flight had a lot of people spooked. He was just about to turn and issue several quick orders before catching the first Gazik to the cosmodrome's airbase, when the young research assistant - Razumikhin, Syrgy remembered, the bright fellow responsible for catching problems with Voshkhod avionics a while ago - ran into the office as well, tripping over Syrgy's secretary and landing flat on his face, papers he held in hand scattering all over the office.
"Comrades! Calm down! As they say, hurry slowly!"
Syrgy helped the assistant get up. The young man was shaking, and almost immediately leapt at the scattered papers. He fished one out and shoved it at the Chief Designer. He seemed too upset to say even a single word.
Carefully, the Chief Designer went over the report and frowned. He was aware about problems with unmanned exploration...but this was something new.
"The navigational system?"
"Da!", the assistant finally managed to spit out, "The probe was stored improperly, the temperatures were allowed to get too high, you know how it gets here in Boratistan...and now one fifth of all capacitors are burst! We'll need replacements!", he was waving a huge cardboard card emblazoned with gigantic letters, "But there aren't any! If we want to fix the problem by the launch deadline, we'll need to buy from abroad! From the filthy capitalists!"
Slowly, very slowly, Syrgy reached into his pocket and took out his pills.
He couldn't escape the feeling this day was to be merely the start of a really horrid month...
Current funds: 46 megarubloidsGM Notes:
Cosmonauts in Lapot program:
KLIMUK - CAP 4, LM 0, EVA 2, DOCK 1, END 2 ; MOOD:89 (PILOT)
LEBEDEV - CAP 3, LM 1, EVA 2, DOCK 1, END 3 ; MOOD: 82 (LM PILOT/EVA SPECIALIST)
BRZECZYSZCZ - CAP 3, LM 2, EVA 0, DOCK 3, END 3 ; MOOD: 46 (DOCKING SPECIALIST)
KARZANOVSKI - CAP 4, LM 1, EVA 0, DOCK 0, END 3 ; MOOD: 47
ZHOLOBOV - CAP 1, LM 3, EVA 1, DOCK 1, END 3 ; MOOD: 67
SMIRNOFF - CAP 2, LM 0, EVA 1, DOCK 3, END 2 ; MOOD: 67
IVANCHENKOV - CAP 3, LM 1, EVA 1, DOCK 1, END 3 ; MOOD: 78
LAZAREV - CAP 1, LM 3, EVA 0, DOCK 0, END 2 ; MOOD: 68
RUKAVISHNIKOV - CAP 1, LM 2, EVA 1, DOCK 2, END 3 ; MOOD: 77
Cosmonauts not assigned to programs:
BORISOV - CAP 3, LM 0, EVA 2, DOCK 1, END 1 ; MOOD: 46
FILLYERESKI - CAP 1, LM 1, EVA 1, DOCK 3, END 1 ; MOOD: 73
NEFARTNYI - CAP 2, LM 2, EVA 1, DOCK 3, END 2 ; MOOD: 62
YEBANOVY - CAP 2, LM 3, EVA 0, DOCK 1, END 2 ; MOOD: 73
GRECHKO - CAP 2, LM 1, EVA 0, DOCK 3, END 1 ; MOOD: 85
KOVALYANOK - CAP 2, LM 1, EVA 3, DOCK 1, END 4 ; MOOD: 77
MAKAROV - CAP 0, LM 2, EVA 1, DOCK 3, END 2 ; MOOD: 67
MAMETOV - joined the Red Army in 1969.
PETROV - imprisoned for re-education in Spring 1969
FAAABIO - retired spring 1969
BEREGOVOY - retired spring 1969
YEBANOV - retired spring 1968
ALEXANDROV - washed out in training, fall 1967
DIGADITCH - left to join the Red Army, spring 1967
NIKOV - retired Fall 1966
DOSTAROVASKI - Forcibly retired, Fall 1964
TITOV - Retired Spring 1964
IVANOVICH - Grounded due to lung cancer
VLADIMIRENSKY - Deceased, training accident
IVANOV - Deceased, VOSTOK VII
Programs running: Sputnik, Cosmos satellite, Lunar Probe,A-Series, Proton, Booster stage, Voskhod, EVA Suits, Docking module, Lapot, Kicker-B
Launch pads: 3
Launch pad A, None
Launch pad B, None
Launch pad C, Lunar probe landing
What's there to say?
MURCA FUCK YEAH