The Delta Space Missions to the Moon and Mars were essentialy landing parties on the planets Residian III and Residian IV. The program was initiated by Federation's space forces, Wormfleet, and was the foundation for the worm's expansion into interplanetary colonization. The series had an unhappy history, all until Delta VII, which is currently on Residian IV and it's moons, gathering vital galactic information.
Delta I / 1 Edit
The Delta I was a probe carrying two worm astronauts in 2102. The Delta I was poorly designed and could not sustain a landing on the Residian IV. The probe was destroyed as it landed.
Delta II / 2 Edit
The Delta II was a small auxilary craft, the USS Yellowstone, and was launched from Wrom Shipyards in 2110. The USS Yellowstone was manned by 60 crewmembers, 14 astraunauts and 20 technicians, bringing the total crew to 94 members. Unfortunately, the heat shields were hastily constructed and rushed into service on the eve of the launch, without testing. The Yellowstone was destroyed when it burned up in Residian III's atmosphere.
Shield Malfunction Edit
The loss of the USS Yellowstone was mainly blamed upon the failure of the eight seperate heat shields that protected the vessel. Upon entering the atmosphere of Residian III, the deflector control was overloaded so quickly due to the intense temperature on the shields that the small backup units could not compensate. The malfunction in the system led to the destruction of Delta II and all its attached crew.
Afer the Delta II catastrophe, Wormfleet engaged in a scientific program to develop improved heat shielding technology to avert a similar disaster. Advances in the science age made the experiments a success, until the loss of Delta VI, which suffered a similar fate. Scientists are in the process of developing another deflector system which will hopefully be implemented into future space missions.
Delta III / 3 Edit
The Delta III was a complete failure, with the floundering loss of the space vessel USS Discovery and all hands, 150 crew on board, including the loss of the 1.2 million dollar cargo pallets the crew had taken on ther journey and the experimental warp drive system that had been installed. The Discovery attempted an unsuccesful docking at an Earth ground drydock as they returned.
Delta IV / 4Edit
- Main Article, Delta IV
The Delta IV was dubbed the "Experiment" by worm scientists, due to the new hyperdrive system that was refitted onto the craft, USS Exeter. Carrying a crew complement of 243, it achieved a speed of lightspeed factor 8.7, the fastest ever, descending safely into space around Residian III. However, a failure in the computer system caused a communication overload, cutting off the Exeter from transmissions from Earth. The Exeter has been officially been declared Missing in Action since 2143, when controllers were unable to contact the vessel.
Delta V / 5Edit
- Main Article, Delta V
The Delta V was Wormfleet's attempt at returning to the original Delta Space Mission concept of light and simple deep space exploration. The trek was situated onboard the SS Einstein, a civillian science vessel on loan from the Circle Men. As it dropped out of hyperlight, approaching Residian III, its weapons were disabled by an ion burst from an unknown vessel. The Einstein quickly sccaned the ship, and retreated into hyperlight. Wormfleet has gone over the data and confirmed that the ship belongs to a race called the Dredala, from the planet Dredala VII, roughly five parsecs from Residian V.