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Announcing: The Hamstronaut Program!

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Announcing: The Hamstronaut Program!

    • In 2016 the T.S.O.S.D. will open up registrations for the first hamstronauts to go where no bunker-dweller has gone before! 

      After registration the aspiring hamstronauts will have to go through a difficult selection process, ranging from cuteness to speed to the amount of sunflower seeds that can be held in the cheeks. Once the hamster completes its training, they will receive a special T.S.O.S.D. ID card and hamstronaut certificate, stating their name, title, job and rank. 

      What this means is that if you own a hamster, you will be able to register it for hamstronaut training at! And once your hamster completes it’s training -missions you will receive from T.S.O.S.D. command, and complete with pictorial or video evidence-
      you will receive a special certificate for the little critter! Sounds fun right?

      Hamstronaut Registration has opened!

    • Lt. Sophie

      Love the idea, unfortunately we only have donkeys, geese and a goat…

    • Metal Oxide

      Sounds fun! My hamster is up for the challenge. :)

    • That’s great to hear Metal Oxide! 
      Expect more information in February about the training process and qualification rounds :P

    • @Lt. Sophie said:
      Love the idea, unfortunately we only have donkeys, geese and a goat…

      Hey, now don’t forget the Magikarps! :P 
      However other animals could one day be trained as ground crew or spaceport security :P

    • Silent Addle

      Magikarp will make it to space one day…


    • Metal Oxide

      Any new info on  The Hamstronaut Program yet? 

    • Sister Stitches

      Due to the nature of my research I’m using an alternative power source. One ferret to be exact >.> he seems to hold a decent amount of promise when it comes to his potential as a scout, and the energy output is more than sufficient.

      Coincidentally however, should the hamstronauts require uniforms I can volunteer my services provided the correct measurements.

    • I’m busy with setting everything up, making the stories, artwork and missions the applicants have to perform. I will let you know when the registration process will open, expecting within 2~3 weeks max.

    • The Toy Soldier Orbital Sciences Directorate would like to report an unfortunate accident during the first launch of Rocketship 1 with a hamstronaut on board. By either sheer luck or careful rescue no harm has befallen on the hamstronaut Scruffy. Investigation into the Rapid Unscheduled Disintegration will soon commence, once debris and data has been located and stored…
      Thank you for your time.

    • Geoff and Gonzo stared at each other, still in disbelief. They were standing in TSOSD hangar 2, where the debris of Rocketship 1 and the empty hamstronaut capsule were stalled out for investigation. How Scruffy managed to get out of his launch suit was still a bit of a mystery. Of course all hamstronaut suits, especially the bulky ones, are equipped with internal controls to allow the hamstronaut to escape, however Scruffy hadn’t used those. There were no markings on the in- or outside of the suit that would indicate tampering.

      “I’m happy that Scruffy ejected the capsule from the launchpad when he did, otherwise he would have been hamster roast…” Gonzo muttered, then continued; “But how did he get out of the damned suit and capsule without help? The doors were locked from the inside, except for the safety locks for recovery, again those had not been used. According to this log, the doors were opened from the closest console to the hamstronaut chair. This is what Scruffy could have done while in his launch suit, but then there are no further log entries or signs of opening and closing this turnip of a launch suit…”

      “Hmmm,” Geoff walked over to the debris that used to be Rocketship 1’s first stage and walked around it in a large circle before inspecting more closely. “It was definitely not the early uncoupling and ejection from the launch pad by Scruffy’s capsule that caused this RUD. But why, why would he go AWOL?”

      Gonzo said nothing, and started to walk slowly to the briefing room. Meanwhile TSOSD personnel had begun to work on the debris, cataloging and investigating while supported by robots for the heavy lifting.

      After arriving in the briefing room, Gonzo sat down in one of the comfortable chairs around the table and drifted away into thoughts about the accident and Scruffy’s whereabouts. He didn’t notice Geoff enter a little while later after he’d instructed the investigating crew. The directors sat in silence and deep thought for a good 10 minutes until Gonzo suddenly spoke: “Well, I guess we need a new hamstronaut then…”

      “Are you sure we should just get a hamstronaut? Why not recruit a bunch of them? We could use a lot more personnel for the program, maybe some back-up hamstronauts in case another one whimpers out as well…” Geoff replied.

      Gerald had snuck into the room a while back and was hiding under the table, listening intently. He had recently met a few new hamster friends in the bunker, some whom might be good candidates. He climbed up the table and squeaked his idea to the directors. “Excellent plan,” Geoff replied and continued: “We’ll set up the registration procedures and training schedules. We can assess their skills during the training, and see which jobs would be suitable for each of them.”
      “Sounds like a plan,” Gonzo said, “I’ll sort out the paperwork and registration forms, Geoff, could you look after the training schedules with Gerald?” “Woo, training class!” Geoff replied.

      With that it was decided to open Hamstronaut registrations to all hamsters of the bunker (and perhaps a few other bunker critters.)
      Does your hamster have what it takes?
      Sign it up to the Hamstronaut program right here!

      By: Engineer RAD
      [Artwork by: Engineer RAD]

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