|Formed||July 5, 2019|
The Aenopian Aerospace Administration (AAA; //) is an independent agency of the Aenopian Government responsible for the civilian space program, focusing specifically on aeronautics and space research. AAA was established in 2019, following the first launch of the Nova I rocket. The primary goal of the Aenopian Aerospace Administration is to further advance scientific and aeronautic research in the interest of the Empire of Aenopia. The AAA focuses primarily on the development of its flagship projects the Helliwell Awyren 5 fighter aircraft and Starless IV rocket program. Previous projects included the Nova project and E-11a rocket-plane concept.
Internationally, the AAA is represented by its parent nation in the International Aerospace Community as a founding member.
AAA was first founded by Logan Ross on 5 July 2019 with the intention of setting up a space and aeronautics research corporation for Aenopia. The first rocket was launched on the same day under the Nova I series of rockets, designated as Nova I-001. The launch was, however, a failure following the rocket blowing up after takeoff. During a post-incident investigation, it was announced that the fault was caused by the low quality tinfoil bursting from the high pressure built up inside (something which is intended with the design of rocket).
Following inactivity within the agency, it was decided following the revitalisation of Awyren 5 Project to design an Experimental High Speed Rocket-Aircraft for scientific purposes. It was also announced that Nova I would be retired in December 2019 with only 2 completed launches under its name, however it has been reported that at least 1 more flight has been booked before the date.
Following increasing competition from nations such as the Commonwealth of Essexia and the Republic of Yu-Xia involving the development of launchers, development of a light launcher was declared in January 2021 with the project under the name of Starless IV being formally unveiled on 21 January 2021. This would later lead to the formation of the International Aerospace Community on the same day as a joint venture between the Empire of Aenopia and Commonwealth of Essexia.
Since its foundation in 2019, AAA's strategic goals have been:
- Extend and sustain Aenopian activities in space
- Expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe
- Advance Aenopian aeronautics research
- Share AAA with the public and foreign governments to provide opportunities to participate
- Fostering national interest in aerospace
Projects and missions
As part of its focus on spaceflight, the Aenopian Aerospace Administration also focuses on the development and testing of aircraft technologies and concepts. The AAA has been a key partner on the Helliwell Awyren 5 since its formation on 5 July 2019, alongside branches of the Aenopian Defence League, primarily the Aenopian Air Force and Aenopian Navy, and Helliwell Systems. Historically, the AAA operated aircraft owned by the Aenopian Air Force.
Launch vehicle fleet
AAA formerly had or will have a fleet of different launch vehicles in service with which it will compete in all sectors of the micronational launch market. Rockets are developed by a consortium of Helliwell Systems and the AAA, with Helliwell Systems dedicated to the production. Rocket launches will take place at New Llandudno Spaceport, having previously taken place with Nova I launches in the Aenopian territory of Greater New Aberdare.
The first Aenopian-produced rocket to fly was the Nova I, which first launched on 5 July 2019. The rocket would fly only twice, with the project being concluded in December 2019. Following the conclusion of the Nova I program, development of rockets mostly stalled until January 2021, when in response to recent rocket launches from other nations development on the Starless IV began.
The Nova I was a small rocket produced and flown by the Aenopian Aerospace Administration in July 2019. Based on a simple 'Matchstick rocket' design, the Nova I unsuccessfully flew twice during its production run in July 2019. The first flight, conducted by Nova I-001, flew on 5 July 2019 and marked the formal foundation of the Aenopian Aerospace Administration. However, the launch failed when the rocket exploded immediately after ignition. The problem was identified as poor quality Aluminium foil. A second launch was conducted on the same day by Nova I-002 which also failed.
Following the 2 failures, the project was unofficially shelved, with plans to revitalise the project for a final flight in December 2019 cancelled. Following this failed attempt to revitalise the Nova I, the project was unofficially cancelled in December 2019. In early January 2021, a Nova I rocket presumed to be Nova I-002 was discovered at New Aberdare.
Out of the presumed 2 Nova I rockets produced, only 1 example has been preserved at the New Aberdare National Museum.
Starless IV is a reusable single stage rocket currently under development designed and manufactured by a consortium of Aenopian Aerospace Administration and Helliwell Systems. The first stage is intended to be powered by a D12-7 solid rocket motor produced by Estes Industries, producing 29.7N of thrust. Development of the Starless IV, named after the song “Starless and Bible Black” by English progressive rock band King Crimson, began in mid-January 2021 with the AAA officially unveiling the Starless IV on 21 January 2021, measuring approximately 38cm long. Production is scheduled to begin at an undetermined date, presumably mid-2021.
- Aenopian Hour. "AAA unveils "Starless IV" rocket; set to launch in 2021". Archived from the original on 21 January 2021.
- International Aerospace Community. "AAA unveils "Starless IV" rocket; set to launch in 2021". Archived from the original on 21 January 2021.
- Essexian Post. "Essexia, Aenopia form IAC for space programs". Archived from the original on 21 January 2021.