Comic 449 - Two Weeks of Training
26th Aug 2019, 12:00 AM in Cryptids in Space!
Two Weeks of Training
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
I feel like a bit of fitting music is in order!

Zero gravity is kinda hard to simulate down on Earth. One way for approximating this is the training underwater, the other one the parabolic flight.

And I suppose realistically Babette and Wildebees wouldn't wear their usual civilian outfits at this point anymore, but I haven't designed their space garments yet I'll save the reveal of their space garments for later.
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Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
Time for a montage sequence!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Hahahaha!! Yes, exactly! :-D

Here is another one with really catchy music!
Candralar edit delete reply
Candralar
Here's the astronaut training scene I thought of (good music included)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
And here is another famous astronaut training scene - less musical this time, but very funny! :-D
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Shown like this, spaceflight training looks like... torture.

Probably need a full physical exam in there, it's the undetected heart issues that usually attrite people in the pilot pipeline.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
The linked Wikipedia article says that reduced gravity aircrafts operated by NASA got the nickname "vomit comet".
So yeah, space training seems indeed not to be everybody's cup of tea.

And yes, one has to assume that a medical checkup also happened at some point in here. It's just off panel, due to lack of... space. (No pun intended.)

Incidentally, both characters have previously been established to actually have pilot know-how. Selene may even conceivably got those in a military context, even though I imagine her more as belonging to infantry.
Though I suppose the super high standards concerning physical fitness are more of a concern to pilots of jet fighters, as opposed to when you just need to fly e.g. run of the mill Cessnas or transport planes?
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
JammyTheBirb
I like how there's one thing each they seem to be more in their element... makes sense it would be those in particular!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Well, that's how a good team should be, with everyone having a different speciality!
(Ideally though with at least basic knowledge of what the other team members do, so that the mission doesn't immediately fall apart if one of the specialists happens to be unavailable.)