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United States Space Administration

FO76 publicteam xpd.pngFor similar organization, see NASA.

The United States Space Administration or USSA was the agency of the United States responsible for the administration of the nation's space program.[1][2][3]

Background

Captain Carl Bell was credited as the first human in space onboard the space capsule Defiance 7, making a full revolution around the Earth in twelve minutes and seven seconds.[2] Bell died on May 5, 1961 when the capsule crashed on its return.[2]

On July 16, 1969, the Virgo II lunar lander "Valiant 11," piloted by Captains Richard Wade, Mark Garris, and Michael Hagen, became the first manned space vehicle to touch down on the moon.[4] The astronauts became the first humans to walk on a celestial body other than Earth.[4] On November 14, 1969, the Virgo III "Valiant 12" also landed on the moon, leaving behind its flag.[5] Constructed with special materials to withstand the harsh environment, the flag survived on the surface until it was found in 2052 by the crew of the last manned flight to the moon's surface.[5]

In 2020, the USSA commissioned Delta IX rocket, one of the most successful rockets in the nation's history with over 77 successful launches.[6] The spacecraft was developed entirely by USSA scientists and could hold two astronauts, sustaining them for up to 24 days.[6] The longest recorded spaceflight in a Delta IX rocket was the 17-day Zeus 12 mission to the moon.[6] The spacecraft was the last of the manned rockets to the moon, converted afterward for military use, removing the crew and instrument sections in order to hold a nuclear warhead.[5][6]

The USSA sponsored the Museum of Technology's spaceflight gallery, which included an exhibit featuring a replica Virgo II lunar lander, G-force simulator, Copernicus Planetarium, and Delta IX rocket, supported by a grant from the United States Department of Antiquities.[3][7]

Research projects

The USSA Research and Development Department division worked on the Deep Sleep project, which launched in 2070.[1][8] The project's aim was to test the viability of hibernation pods in outer space, with the project comprising four individuals, including Commander Sofia Daguerre.[9][10] Dr. Emerson Hale accepted the government contract with Arktos Pharma to develop Project-Z.[11] The project aimed to develop a serum derivation of Formula K, modified for Zero G efficiency in human subjects.[11]

Sugar Grove served as a USSA installation. A.T.H.E.N.A., the Deep Sleep project AI, was located in the facility's data center.[12] Miguel Caldera wrote the encryption algorithm for the Deep Sleep project's flight recorder as well as the Arachne killswitch program for ATHENA.[13] A U.S.S.A. console is a craftable workshop object used by Sofia.

Colonel Hartigan, his space capsule Clarabella 7, and Holly Barrisford, USSA linguistics specialist, had been abducted by aliens and held in captivity aboard their mothership.[14][15][Pub 1]

The USSA planned the Mars Shot Project to launch a manned mission to Mars by July 2078.[16] ArcJet Systems was contracted by USSA to produce the XMB booster engine and Deep Range Transmitter for the project.[17] In September 2077, the USSA raised concerns over rising political tensions, estimating that the Mars Shot Project may be delayed for a year or more.[18]

Spacecraft

Members

Ranks

Rank Members Ref
Captain Carl Bell •  Mark Garris •  Michael Hagen •  Richard Wade [19][20]
Commander Sofia Daguerre [21]
Doctor Emerson Hale  •  Dr. Lee  •  Dr. Bernard [22][23]
Specialist Nowak [24]

Notes

Members of the USSA crews wore specific dog tags.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Patent Design: Deep Sleeper Pod
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fallout 3 message box transcriptions: "This is the actual skeleton of Captain Carl Bell who died on May 5, 1961 after his Space Capsule crash landed. Captain Bell is credited as being the first human in space on board the Space Capsule Defiance 7, but this has been constantly refuted by both the Soviet Union and China. Defiance 7's flight lasted for a total of 12 minutes and 7 seconds as it achieved one full revolution around the Earth. Donated by Edwina Bell."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Museum of Technology terminal entries; Museum information, Exhibit guide, Spaceflight Exhibits
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fallout 3 message box transcriptions; Virgo II Lunar Lander: "On July 16, 1969, the Virgo II Lunar Lander "Valiant 11" became the very first manned space vehicle to touch down on the moon. The Valiant 11's crew consisted of Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris and Captain Michael Hagen of the USSA. We salute these brave and noble men who took the very first steps on a planetary body other than our own."
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fallout 3 message box transcriptions; Valiant 12 flag: "This unusual flag was recovered from the surface of the moon by the very last manned flight to its surface in 2052. The flag is from the old "Valiant 12" Virgo III Lunar Lander that touched down November 14, 1969. Its remarkable condition can be attributed to its construction; the flag is actually made of special materials to withstand the harsh environment of space."
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Museum of Technology terminal entries; Delta IX Rocket
  7. Fallout 3 message box transcriptions; Delta IX rocket: "The Delta IX Rocket was donated by the United States Space Administration and by a grant from the United States Department of Antiquities."
  8. Deep Sleep Program: Phase II
  9. Vault Dweller: "Can I ask you about the Deep Sleep mission?"
    Sofia Daguerre: "Sure, of course. I guess this is all... ancient history now, I guess. Geez. Including me, we had a crew of four, all scientists and engineers. The plan was to use the Deep Sleep pods and record the biological data. We wanted to know if there were medical uses. You know. We had tried it out on Earth already with volunteers, but not in space. It wasn't that complicated. Honestly, I felt like we had the resources for a much more complex experiment. But, I guess they wanted to take it slow."
    (Sofia Daguerre/Dialogue)
  10. Sofia Daguerre: "Uh... I haven't been able to get in touch with the USSA ---"
    (Sofia Daguerre/Dialogue)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Government contract
  12. ATHENA/Dialogue: "Some of the old U.S.S.A. Robots served purposes. Planting signals, planting information."
  13. U.S.S.A. encryption key program
  14. Alien captive recorded log 8; Hartigan
  15. Alien captive recorded log 16; Holly Barrisford
  16. ArcJet Systems terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Mars Shot Project Notes 09-2075
  17. ArcJet Systems terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Mars Shot Project Notes 08-2075
  18. ArcJet Systems terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Mars Shot Project Notes 09-2077
  19. Fallout 3 message box transcriptions: "This is the actual skeleton of Captain Carl Bell who died on May 5, 1961 after his Space Capsule crash landed. Captain Bell is credited as being the first human in space on board the Space Capsule Defiance 7, but this has been constantly refuted by both the Soviet Union and China. Defiance 7's flight lasted for a total of 12 minutes and 7 seconds as it achieved one full revolution around the Earth. Donated by Edwina Bell."
  20. Fallout 3 message box transcriptions; Virgo II Lunar Lander: "On July 16, 1969, the Virgo II Lunar Lander "Valiant 11" became the very first manned space vehicle to touch down on the moon. The Valiant 11's crew consisted of Captain Richard Wade, Captain Mark Garris and Captain Michael Hagen of the USSA. We salute these brave and noble men who took the very first steps on a planetary body other than our own."
  21. Sofia Daguerre: "My name is Commander Sofia Daguerre. I'm an astronaut with the U.S.S.A. It's a pleasure to meet you."
    (Sofia Daguerre's dialogue)
  22. Deep Sleep Program: Phase II
  23. Government contract
  24. Vault Dweller:"Do you want to talk about your crew?"
    Sofia Daguerre: "Sure... maybe that will help with the pain. Dr. Bernard was our engineer, worked exclusively on the Sleeping Pods. Very by-the-books type guy. Specialist Nowak had been on a few missions before this one. Always seemed distracted. But, well, it was a stressful mission. Dr. Lee was our ship's engineer and a robotics expert. We all went out to celebrate the night before lift off."
Publications
  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition, p. 45: "Aliens: Once thought to be covered up by a government conspiracy and believed only by “crackpot” groups such as the Quaere Verum, evidence of extraterrestrial life can be traced back throughout human history, but became nationally recognized after the mysterious disappearance of the Clarabella 7 space pod during the 1960s Space Race. It is said that Alien technology was the basis of many of the Enclave’s more exotic and impressive weaponry and robotics, and even toy manufacturers such as Wilson Automatoys weren’t immune to these accusations. Recently, after the discovery of an Alien body in Fort Bannister, the shocking truth was revealed. The Aliens are not only real and alive, but they’re back. And they’re pissed."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide/Faction profiles)