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Vikeslandic Space Program
 
We have made history by being the first micronation to send our flag into space.
We partnered with JP Aerospace to complete this historic mission. In August of 2008 the AWAY 35 was sent up with our national flag on it to the edge of the vacuum of space. We thank JP Aerospace and fully support thier program.

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Ground prep and launch of the AWAY 35 mission.

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A picture of our old Flag out on the edge of space aboard the AWAY 35 mission.

On August 16th, 2008 Micronational history was made when the launch of the AWAY 35 mission by JP AEROSPACE carried the Vikeslandic national flag to the edge of space.

This is Historical, as far as is known no other micronation has accomplished this feat to date.

The AWAY mission was launched from the desert floor by Black Rock Nevada. The launch vehicle is carried to the edge of the stratosphere by large balloons. The vehicle itself carries video cameras as well as still cameras and has various scientific instruments that collect data during the mission. As well small instruments known as PONGSATS are aboard and carry out a wide variety of functions when kissing the vacuum of space. 
The Vikeslandic Department of Aeronautics and Space helped sponsor the AWAY 35 mission and in turn had the flag taken up to the final frontier.

Prince Christopher I of Vikesland said, "Let the Micronational space race begin! I invite all other small nations to do the same or go beyond this historical accomplishment."

JP Aerospace is dubbed as "Americas other space program" and is indeed a great partner for those who are interested in becoming involved or sponsoring an AWAY mission. The whole mission was documented on video and our national flag is clearly seen on the craft as it is prepared for launch on the desert floor.
Please visit the JP Aerospace website to learn more about their space program.
www.jpaerospace.com




The Molossia-Vikesland Joint Rocket Project
 
A joint project between Molossia and our nation will go underway in late April. We are both launching camera rockets on the same day at approx. the same time.
This is a show of international friendship and ability to co-ordinate our resources both scientific and military. The video of this project will be posted shortly after the project has gone underway.
UPDATE - This project has yet to be completed due to untimely weather in both countries.

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Propellor and Jet propulsion aircraft

The D.A.S. has acquired a remote controlled UAV. The purpose of this is to excersize security recon over the Royal Ranch lands and other territories as well as Security force use.
 
 

Rocketry

On August 12th, 2007 the department of Aeronautics and Space conducted a test launch of a small version of the proposed Vikeslandic Star camera rocket.
This half scale test rocket was launched to determine if the rocket was stable in regular wind conditions and if the parachute recovery system was working.
 
As well we launched an off the shelf payloader rocket that may be modified in the future to sit atop the R.A.V.R.U rocket. R.A.V.R.U will become the multi-use workhorse rocket that can be used for many future projects.
 
 
 

The Vikeslandic Star project is now entering the construction phase. Engineering and design has been completed and with the test launches completed will be operational in a few months.
The design flaw in the parachute rigging has been corrected with stronger materials.

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The D.A.S. has a current fleet of seven rockets, five of which are in working order and 2 that are under construction. We will post more pictures and details in the near future.

Pictures of the XL1 experimental launch
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This rocket can be used to deploy emergency radio transmitting pods.

In the near future a mid powered rocket may be utilized to send up a camera and transmitter to video tape the geography below. As well a low earth orbit project is in the works.

By permission of HRH King Christopher I.

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