NASA announced this morning that the upgraded USS Enterprise successfully launched from Edwards AFB, mounting a new retrofitted main engine system.
USS Enterprise OV-101b coming in for landing from its surprise morning mission.
The Enterprise has been secretly refurbished with a new main engine system, and Cpt A. Stern, who recently stepped down from NASA’s SMD took her for a first test drive – they picked up the New Horizons probe on the way and dropped it off at its intended destination, “I didn’t want to have to wait any longer” Cpt Stern cryptically commented.
Hubble images of the refurbished Enterprise on its first test flight
The new engine system provides significant performance improvement and lower fuel costs.
Mission Scientist, Dr J. Mather, said “Hah! Yahoooo!”. He was also heard saying something about “lets see HQ claim we still need that budget margin for L2 launch costs”.
USS Enterprise having its new main engine installed.
Cpt Stern expressed hope that a first science operations flight would be scheduled later this week, and was quoted as saying “I think we’ll check alfa-sen first, so those bloomin’ Californians will stop bugging us, maybe we can drop them off”.
There are rumours that HQ prefers two-a-day sorties to Mars for the first few weeks, although rumours that Halliburton drill rigs were seen arriving at Edwards are unconfirmed
There are further unconfirmed reports of a successor vehicle based on the Enterprise prototype, possibly two classes – a small crewed light vehicle, and a larger cargo craft.
Rumours that the
new Enterprise class starships under development are military vessels are clearly false: “We come in peace” said a senior administrative spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous.