Ed Island Astronaut Corps
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|Ed Island Astronaut Corps|
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|Aeronautical Administration overview|
|Superseding agency||Ed Island Air Force|
|Jurisdiction||Ed Island aerospace possessions|
|Parent Aeronautical Administration||Ed Island Air Force|
The Ed Island Astronaut Corps is a subsidiary of the EIAF created for military and scientific operations in space. Often working with its equivalents in other nations such as PASA, UTOOSA, and others, the EIAC is one of the primary driving forces behind Antarctic spaceflight. Additionally, the EIAC preforms aeronautical research, often utilizing aircraft received from the EIAF.
|Designation||Name||Role||Years Active||National Origin|| More Info
|747SP||SOFIA||Aerial Observatory||Ed Island|
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is a converted Snowing 747SP carrying an infrared telescope in its body. Its main advantage over conventional infrared telescopes is its ability to fly higher than the majority of infrared-blocking water vapor in the atmosphere, preventing interference.
|FA-11||Striker||Research Aircraft||Ed Island|
The EIAC operates the F/A-11A and B variants as both chase aircraft and for operating research equipment. The F/A-11 HARV (High Alpha Research Vehicle) is a variant used to test thrust vectoring and movable strakes in order to achieve greater maneuverability.
|F-9||Grey Ghost||Research Aircraft||Ed Island|
Purchased from Shops Island after the discontinuation of the Frosian Islands' advanced fighter program, the PAF-15S/MTD aircraft were redesignated F-9B ACTIVE, and continued service as research aircraft with the EIAC.
|F-10||Vulcan||Research Aircraft||Ed Island|
Several F-10 Vulcans transferred from the EIAF, used for testing thrust-vectoring technology and prototype variants. The F-10 VISTA (Variable stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft) is an experimental variant of the F-10 with a thrust-vectoring engine nozzle and the capability to simulate the flight characteristics of other aircraft; for example, when configured as a heavy transport, the F-10 VISTA will handle as that transport and not as an F-10.
|B-194D||Research Aircraft||Ed Island|
A B-194 bomber affectionately known as "Sky High", used for in-air launching of test aircraft. It is the oldest B-194 in service, and the only B-194D still flying.
|Designation||Name||Role||Years Active||National Origin|| More Info
Vaguely resembling a flattened PASA Space Shuttle, the Stearwing D-45 is a spaceplane designed to launch personnel and cargo into space by utilizing a booster assembly. Unlike the PASA shuttles, however, EIAC shuttles' engines are not powerful enough to launch into orbit as with PASA's. Instead, a large Energy rocket is used along with two boosters to launch the shuttle into orbit. Block 2 shuttles feature a redesigned tail assembly and more powerful engines, along with a slightly larger payload bay.
Current Shuttle Names:
Explorer (Prototype used for atmospheric tests, not space-worthy) Inspiration Expedition Intrepid Ares Moonraker Kronos (Block 2) Daedalus (Block 2)Icarus (Block 2)
|SOV-48||Shuttle-C||Cargo Spaceplane||Ed Island|
A larger, unmanned variant of the shuttle used to transport greater payloads. Unlike the shuttle, it lacks wings and the cockpit is replaced with a conical nose. The Shuttle-C is partially reusable, with the shuttle landing in the ocean for recovery.
The WNE-211 is a large SSTO (single-stage-to-orbit) spaceplane designed to take passengers to the edge of space. Early versions utilized ceramic heat-shielding in order to withstand re-entry, but later spacecraft featured low-level energy shielding adapted from military vehicles.
The Arkbird is a massive spaceplane designed as a proof-of-concept SSTO craft. Possessing several laboratories and facilities on-board, the Arkbird also mounts a specialized laser on its dorsal side, intended as an anti-satellite weapon.
Rockets and Capsules
|Rockets and Capsules|
|Andromeda||Personnel transport||As needed||A medium-size pod that holds five penguins, designed for high Earth orbit.|
|Vanity||Personnel transport||As needed||A large capsule designed by the Stearwing corporation rather than the EIAC, able to transport up to seven penguins to the ISS.|
|Utility Shuttle||Maintenance||2||Small shuttles holding two crew members designed for short-range utility use. Unlike other shuttles, they are launched on top of conventional rockets and land on runways.|
|Energy||Heavy-lift rocket||As needed||A large heavy-lift rocket designed to be the primary booster for the D-45 shuttles. The standard configuration with two or four strap-on booster assemblies allows for large payloads to 'piggy-back' the rocket into orbit.|
|Strategic Orbital Linear Gun||Orbital weapons platform||1999||A large satellite containing an orbital kinetic bombardment system capable of dropping large metal rods onto any location in Antarctica. The SOLG also possesses a network of chemical lasers to defend the satellite from enemy sabotage.|
|Space Station Freedom||Research||1989||A large, modular space station initially designed for experiments regarding anti-gravity and its effects on science. It was active until 2006, when the station was de-orbited due to age. Several modules containing more advanced equipment were removed by Stearwing shuttles and will be reused for the Independence station.|
|International Space Station||Science||2001||Ed Island was one of the first countries to join the USA's international space cooperation program, and contributed the centrifuge and technology suite capsules to the ISS. Due to the larger docking adapters used on the ISS, Antarctica, Ed Island, and Rusca are currently the only nations able to launch personnel to the station.|
|Space Station Independence||Research||2018 (Planned)||Planned to be a replacement for the Freedom.|
|Pistols and Sidearms|
|M6G||Sidearm||12.7x40mm||The M6G is the standard-issue sidearm for the EIAC, firing 12.7mm rounds from an 8-round magazine. The M6G also possesses a holographic sight that is projected from the top of the handgun to aide in aiming. Many handguns are equipped with smart-link sights that display weapon and aiming information on a space suit's HUD.|
|MA5C||Assault Rifle||7.62x51mm||A specialized bullpup assault rifle capable of firing in a pure vacuum. MA5Cs fire specialized depleted uranium slugs that have self-contained atmospheric contents to preserve the effects of an explosions in a vacuum. While standard MA5Cs possess ammunition counters, specialized units can replace the entire electronic suite with sights or other mission-specific equipment. Margate produced a variant of the MA5C, the M99, under license for the Margate Armed Forces. The M99 is based on a more conventional firing system, and lacks the more advanced electronic equipment.|
|Left Collar Tab||Right Collar Tab||Shoulder strap||Sleeve|
Georg Seetaucher, the first Ed Islandian in space