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  1. Launched another 'Dyna-Soar' mission, this time utilising the reusable 'Atlas RM' 1st stage as well as the reusable shuttle. The 3rdstage engine (Seen above ^) was underpowered for the orbital insertion burn (Normally it wouldn't even have a role in the orbital insertion, but because of the extra weight of the reusable hardware of the booster, it had to be used to complete it), as it had to do a 2 minute long burn (With a max thrust of 33 kilonewtons) after the 2nd stage ran out of fuel 3 quarters of the way through. I ended up in a 70x120 orbit because of it. So future missions will use the more powerful FG-90 engines, with 180 kilonewtons of thrust. Also, I ended up landing the booster and recovering it. Just 'cause, you know, it's supposed to be reusable and all that shebang. (I used FMRS) Oh, and this: To read the full mission report and newspaper article, see here:
  2. Post #14 - 24th June, 2017 Year 1, Day 63 (January 4th, 1965) After the successful test flight of the 'Atlas RM' booster on Year 1, Day 62 (September 13th, 1964), the Rockomax-FTP Corporation and NASA were eager to integrate the reusable booster into the 'Dyna-Soar' space shuttle system, which would allow for reusability of both the first stage and the shuttle orbiter, with only the cheap and expendable second stage being thrown away. Although the integration of the hardware and systems of the 'Atlas RM' booster to the upper stages of the 'Atlas MII-200 launch vehicle and 'X-20' glider vehicle was delayed by the attempted but unsuccessful assassination of President John F. Kermanndy, the project reached fruition on Year 1, Day 63 (January 4th, 1965), when NASA successfully launched the 'STS 12' mission, the second manned orbital flight of the 'Dyna-Soar' after the success of the first manned orbital flight of the shuttle the year before on Year 1, Day 62 (July 28th, 1964), and the first ever manned flight of the 'Atlas RM-200' reusable rocket launch system. The enormous and ever-so-slightly disproportionate rocket took flight majestically, rising atop a pillar of flame, with a cloud of smoke shrouding the rear of the vehicle as it broke the speed of sound and ascended into space. The first stage burned-out and was separated at an altitude of 25 kilometres, with an Apoapsis of 40 kilometres, and the second stage ignited mere seconds later, raising the Apoapsis to 90 kilometres before cutting-off and coasting to Apoapsis, the computers calculating the DeltaV and maneuvers required to place the vehicle into Low Kerbin Orbit. The second stage re-ignited with 40 seconds to Apoapsis, and was separated with a Periapsis still well within Kerbin, at an altitude of minus-280 kilometres! The third stage, which was designed to be the orbital propulsion stage of the 'Dyna-Soar' system, and was not designed to perform orbital injections burns, with a measly maximum thrust of 33 kilonewtons, was forced to perform a two-minute long burn to place the vehicle in a stable but highly elliptical orbit, with an Apoapsis of 120 and a Periapsis of 70. This was due to a slight miscalculation by the engineers while developing the system, and future third stages would be fitted with the much more powerful, twin-nozzle FG-90 engine, the same engine that was used on the upper stage of the 'Hercules' lifters, which, by comparision, could produce a staggering 180 kilonewtons of thrust! The 'Space Oddity' shuttle would perform two burns, one at Periapsis and the other at Apoapsis, to circularise into a 90x90 kilometre orbit. The shuttle would stay up there for one week, testing out the various long-term life-support and orbital systems aboard. However, while the 'Dyna-Soar' 'X-20' shuttle was performing its orbital insertion and course correction burns, down on the ground, the hundreds of spectators who had arrived to view the historic launch were observing as the 'Atlas RM' reusable booster made its flight down, landing approach, and landing. After the booster had separated, the fairing shrouding the aerodynamic nose-cone was jettisoned, and so was the decoupler that mated the booster to the upper stages. This decoupler would be the only component of the reusable first stage booster that would not be reused. The booster ignited its twin JX-4 turbo ramjet engines, where the atmosphere was thick enough to do so without the jets flaming-out, and began a flight down towards the runway. The booster then throttled down once it reached an altitude of 4 kilometres, and deployed its airbrakes, passing over the runway at a casula 180 metres-per-second speed, and banking around to face the runway once again. It then deployed both its landing gear and airbrakes, and slowed to a more reasonable speed of 100 metres per second. Due to the inability of the booster to slow down under 100 metres-per-second in time before the runway ended, it had to touch down at a speed which, for a normal aircraft, would shred the tires and rupture the hydraulics of the landing gear. But this was no normal aircraft. The booster deployed its two drogue parachutes, and slowed to a halt a mere hundreds of metres from the end of the runway, something which could most definitely be classified as "unsatisfactory," especially due to the the fact that the runway itself was over 3 kilometres long. It marked the first manned flight of the 'Atlas RM-200' reusable rocket system, and another highly successful business venture for the Rockomax-FTP corporation, and a historic moment for aerospace history as a whole. Summary: USA successfully launched 'STS 12' manned space shuttle - first manned orbital flight of any reusable rocket system - first successful manned flight of the 'Atlas RM' reusable rocket system - Year 1, Day 63 (January 4th, 1965)
  3. Great idea, done, thanks!
  4. "You are not allowed to give more than 25 likes per day." In other news, today I decided to draw a Mercury-Atlas launch. I'm much happier with this one than the Saturn V launch I drew earlier! t
  5. Today I decided to draw a Mercury-Atlas launch. I'm much happier with this one than the Saturn V launch in the OP!
  6. I was testing the reusable carrier aircraft for the Russian 'Spiral' spaceplane system from the '60s, which will be featured in my ETS-style mission reports series, when I realised that I could perform a test flight of the carrier aircraft while also accomplishing this challenge. The total mission flight time was 20 minutes.
  7. "You are only allowed to give 25 likes a day."
  8. Oooh, now what's this? A space shuttle on some form of reusable booster... I wonder... perhaps... Soon™.
  9. I decided to draw a shuttle, just 'cause I could:
  10. I decided to draw a shuttle, just 'cause I could:
  11. What I do if I want an effect of night is I get a pencil, usually a HB, and start shading - dark at one end, and slowly getting lighter as it approaches the other. Maybe you could print out the scan and try that?
  12. Updated the OP with a bunch of stuff like newspaper articles, just 'cause.
  13. You're... you're... you're dissapointed by it?! But it's beautiful!
  14. I use maneuver nodes because, as @ZeroG said, I also like to estimate the time it will take to complete the orbital insertion. Also, almost all of my LKO craft launch straight into a rendezvous with this or that space station, so using a maneuver node to plan out where the orbits will intersect after the orbital insertion is pretty key to my strategy.