The Issendrix Space Program is the official government space program of the NiiVan, and so far the only space program to send a manned mission into deep space.
The original idea for the Issendrix Space Program, first concieved by a visionary but anonymous author, was found in a book left behind after the man comitted suicide because he was scheduled to be executed. This execution was one of the last acts of the king of Baymor before he was assassinated, and the book was found much later. Eventually politicians and scientists decided that the knowledge of the universe was needed to ensure the advancement of NiiVan culture, and the money was there to fund a space program. After careful selection processes, if young NiiVan are determined suitable to be a pilot, an engineer, a crew member, or a scientist for this program, they are admitted. The ISAP has been generally successful so far, and is located on the same island as the city of Kinhotys, prompting large membership by citizens of this city.
Methods of Propulsion and Types of Ships
Most NiiVan ships utilize the burning of gas as a method of propulsion. Usually methane is used, but helium and argon have also worked. By emitting xenon gas through a small port, probes are able to have highly efficient but low-speed travel. The experimental cruiser Perijove was the first ship to exhibit a warp drive. A warp drive enables faster-than-light travel by shooting particles like neutrinos, which can go faster than light, out of the stern to provide reactionary thrust. Most interstellar ships now use jump drives, which use quantum leaps to go from place to place. Examples of both warp and jump drives can be found in Star Trek and the Steam game FTL: Faster Than Light respectively. NiiVan ships include frigates, cruisers, carriers, and scouting ships.
List of launches (chronological order)
Issen: NiiVan homeworld
Muris: Issen's Moon
Rigel I-VII, Rigel IX-XIII: Other planets in Rigel System
|Launch Name||Destination||Success?||Add'l Notes|
|Visoprobe I||Issen Orbit||Success||Camera probe.|
|Visoprobe II||Issen Orbit||Success|
|Radioprobe I||Issen Orbit||Failed after several days in orbit.||Radio probe.|
|Stargazer||Issen Sub-Orbit||Success||First manned.|
|Visoprobe III||Issen Orbit||Failure||
Launch error, Visoprobe project abandoned.
|Radioprobe II||Issen Orbit||Success||Still operating.|
|SPIRE||Issen Sub-Orbit||Success||3 NiiVan aboard.|
|Pyro I||Issen Orbit and Return||Success||Manned.|
|Manta I||Issen Orbital Station||Failure||First casualties (7).|
|Pyro II||Muris Intercept and Return||Sucess||Manned.|
|Radioprobe III||Issen Orbit||Failure|
|Manta II||Issen Orbital Station||Success, later scrapped.||Manned.|
|Radioprobe IV||Issen Orbit||Success||Last Radioprobe, still operating.|
|Pyro III||Muris Orbit||Failure||Launch failed, no casualties.|
|Pyro IV||Muris Intercept and Return||Success|
|Pyro V||Muris||Success||First exo-Issen EVA.|
|Oyster I||Dock to Manta II||Success|
|Y-12 (1)||Spaceplane||Success||First spaceplane.|
|Y-12 (3)||Spaceplane||Failed||Crashed in a field.|
|Cryo I||Rigel VII visit, Rigel VI||Success||First exit of Issen's SOI.|
|Oyster II||Dock to Manta II||Success|
|Manta III||Orbital Station||Success||Still operating.|
|Cryo II||Rigel V||Success||First manned exit of Issen's SOI.|
|Cryo III||Rigel V||Success||Manned.|
|Cryo IV||Rigel III-d||Failure||Disintegrated due to heat, 4 casualties.|
|Oyster III||All 3 Oysters dock to Manta III||Success|
|Oyster IV||Dock to Manta III||Success|
|Pyro VI||Eliminate Near-Issen Asteroid||Success|
|Pyro VII||Muris Base||Success||First base, last Pyro, still operating.|
|Cryo V||Rigel V Base||Success||Still operating.|
|Cryo VI||Rigel V Base||Failure||Destroyed due to decoupler error, 6 casualties.|
|Cryo VII||Rigel IV||Failure||Crashed, 2 casualties.|
|Cryo VIII||Rigel VI-a||Success||Had to cut mission short due to Rigel VI transit, last Cryo.|
|Deep Hunter I||Deep Space, visit Rigel IX, X, XIII||Success||First Rigel exit.|
|Deep Hunter II||Deep Space, visit Rigel XI, XIII||Success|
|Deep Hunter III||Deep Space, visit Rigel XI, XII||Success||Last Deep Hunter.|
|Oyster V||Dock to Manta III||Success||Last Oyster.|
|Dusk I||Rigel IX||Failure||Unknown cause of failure, 3 casualties.|
|Dusk II||Rigel IX||Failure||Launch error, no casualties.|
|Dusk III||Rigel IX||Success||Manned.|
|Dusk IV||Rigel X-c||Success||Manned.|
|Aeris||Moons of Rigel VII||Success||Still operating.|
|Dusk V||Rigel IX Base||Success||Still operating.|
|Dusk VI||Rigel X-g Base||Success||Still operating.|
|Dusk VII||Rigel XII-b||Failure||Exploded reentering atmosphere, 3 casualties, Dusk project abandoned.|
|Ascencion I||Altair IV||Success||First manned Rigel Exit, first warp drive.|
|Ascencion II||Pollux XI||Success|
|Perijove||Simia, Zirack||Success||See The Web/Roleplay.|
|SPIRE refit||Terra||Success||First mission to Terra.|
|Ascencion further missions||Terra, Zirack||80% success rate||Trading and tourism missions.|
Rigel I: Scorched ball, no moons.
Rigel II: Scorched ball, moon has deorbited and crashed into planet.
Rigel III: Gas giant, large and has rings, 8 small moons
Rigel IV: Scorched ball, no moons.
Rigel V: Barren wasteland, 2 small moons, 1 large moon.
Rigel VI: Thermoplanet, surrounded by asteroid field.
Rigel VII: Gas giant, large and has rings, 18 small moons, 5 large moons.
Issen (Rigel VIII): Homeworld of the NiiVan, cool mesoplanet, 1 large moon.
Rigel IX: Psychroplanet, has rings, 2 large moons.
Rigel X: Neptunian, 11 small moons, 1 large moon.
Rigel XI: Frozen ball, 4 small moons.
Rigel XII: Large gas giant, 34 small moons, 2 large moons.
Rigel XIII: Neptunian, 12 small moons, 3 large moons.