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  • Location Lithobraking on Jool. Yes, I don't know how that works either.
  • Interests Writing, drawing, reading, and alternate history. Oh, and '50s/'60s era Soviet rockets.

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  1. Reminds me of something... ...After all, you only live twice.
  2. Currently modifying my B-52 by replacing some fuel tanks with passenger cabins. Will probably post my entry tomorrow. Though the B-52 is a pig of a thing to fly, with a stall speed of 40m/s, and a top speed of... somewhere over 500m/s. I haven't fully tested the speeds it can reach. It uses eight 'Panther' afterburning turbofans, and two small 'Junos' on the ends of the wings. Playing in career, so I don't have the 'Whiplash' engines yet, but if I use them instead of the 'Panthers,' I could probably get to orbital velocity.
  3. Dot?
  4. @Butterbar any news?
  5. I got my Internet back after three days! Yay! 

  6. Gimme a second. My game takes 8 minutes to load and it crashed when I tried to go back to the space centre after completing a tourist mission. EDIT: Here's a picture. I'm using the Ven's Stock Revamp 'Clamp-O-Tron' docking port on top of the LEM, as my CSM capsule is modified to use a different pod and docking port: On another version, I tried to clip a 'Science-Junior' inside the top of the LEM, but the engine bell clipped in even farther.
  7. Yes, I am. I'm doing so because if I attach it to the bottom of the CSM's engine, the rocket wobbles around like crazy.
  8. Does anybody mind getting me some reference images of the Apollo CSM on top of the adapter that the LEM is in? Because whenever I try to build it, the engine nozzle of the CSM clips through the LEM.
  9. I like this one because of its simplistic colours. It's a bit... cute, even. (Is that the right word?)
  10. A couple of days ago, in my career game, the USSR launched the 'Salyut-1' space station atop a 'Proton-K' rocket: The, the USSR also launched 'Soyuz-1,' which ended in failure after I mixed up a monopropellant engine and an LF/O engine on the upper stage! However, 'Soyuz-1' successfully docked to 'Salyut-1' after a minor redesign: The, not to be outdone by the Russians, the USA launched 'Skylab-2,' which was an extension of the new 'Skylab' space station, which was, in fact, the 'Artemis-1' spacecraft that Jeb was launched into LKO with to test some safety equipment and come down after a week or two. After the 'Skylab-2' mission added the Experiment Logistics module to the station, Jeb undocked and de-orbited, while Wehrus and Jenlyn stayed aboard to conduct scientific research onboard 'Skylab.' More here.
  11. Post #4 - April 19th, 2017 - Part 2 Year 1, Day 18. (August 18th, 1962) As the United States were moving forward with their new 'Jool' series of heavy lifters and 'Artemis' spacecraft program, the USSR was taking quite a different approach. After the failure of the first N-1 launch on Year 1, Day 12 (April 16th, 1961), the Russian government weren't taking any chances with their newly-rebuilt launch site, so they decided to postpone the second N-1 test launch until further notice, and launch other projects in case of another explosion at Baikerbanur. As Sergei Kerbolyov and Vladimir Khelomey were in fierce competition for their respective programs to be pursued at the time, they were both prone to a bit of plagiarism. Khelomey had proposed a series of manned space stations using his OPS (Orbital Piloted Station) cores, designated 'Almaz,' to perform top-secret military reconnaissance over certain areas of Kerbin. However, while Khelomey had caught the attention of the Russian government, Kerbolyov immediately found the blueprints to the OPS station cores, equipped them with technology and systems from his in-development 'Soyuz' spacecraft, and dubbed the station DOS (Durable Orbital Station). The Soviet space program reviewed both proposals, and deduced that both stations were viable programs to be pursued in the near future. Both Kerbolyov's and Khelomey's design bureau set to work, manufacturing the necessary components to construct the stations. Kerbolyov's DOS station was completed first, and, after development of the 'Soyuz' spacecraft, the Soviet Union's answer to the American 'Daedalus' spacecraft, capable of orbital rendezvous and docking, was complete, the station, named 'Salyut-1,' was mounted atop its 'Proton-K' lifter rocket and rolled out onto Launchpad-P at Baikerbanur Cosmodrome. The launch of 'Salyut-1' wasn't as popular among the media as the previous launches, and attendance was mediocre at best. The huge 'Proton-K' rocket blasted off the pad, the smoke and flame from its six LVT-270 engines was directed through enormous ducts, away from the launch site, billowing from huge openings in the concrete structure that Baikerbanur cosmodrome was based on. After an uneventful launch, with the first stage cutting-off at 45 kilometres, re-igniting at 75 kilometres altitude to begin the orbital injection. The second stage completes the orbital injection and is jettisoned, with the 'Salyut-1' space station now in an 80 kilometres by 79 kilometres stable orbit. Almost immediately, on Launchpad-K, a new rocket was being prepped for launch. It was a modification of the trusty 'R-7 Semyorka' that had launched the first Kerbals into space during the 'Vostok' program. This modification was simple; it replaced the four MGU27A strap-on LRBs with four LVT-45 engines, four FLT-800 fuel tanks, and four ANC-Type B nose cones - named the FVA-B LRBs - other than the change to the boosters, the engine of the first core stage, a BPT-180 engine, was also replaced by an LVT-45 - other than that, the rocket remained unchanged. Its crew, Valentina and Erillian Kerman, strapped themselves into the brand-new 'Soyuz' ascent and descent module, and the rocket was rolled out onto the pad on the crawler platform. The rocket lifted-off as the 'Salyut-1 space station passed overhead, as the mission planners for 'Soyuz-1' were confident that their craft could launch directly into a rendezvous. The new rocket, christened the 'Soyuz-FG,' shot upwards on a pillar of flame and smoke as the five LVT-45 engines burned away. The four strap-on FVA-B LRBs were jettisoned at 40 kilometres, and the first core stage cut-off at 47 kilometres, with the rocket coasting to Apoapsis. The fairings and LES were staged away at 60 kilometres, and the first core stage re-ignited at 75 kilometres, with thirty seconds to Apoapsis, and was separated when it ran out of fuel, with half of the orbital injection complete. However, when Valentina attempted to ignite the second stage... it didn't ignite. Transcript from the 'Soyuz-1' mission during orbital injection: Background(Outside): Thunk! CMDR(Valentina Kerman): We have stage separation! Readying second stage ignition... igniting second stage... Background(Outside): Fzzz... PLT(Erillian Kerman): Uh, Val, I'm only a rookie, but I'm fairly sure that when you flip the 'ignition' switch, the engine is supposed to ignite! CMDR: [Unclear] CAPCOM: Soyuz-1, we detect no upper stage ignition, can you confirm, over? CMDR: We can [Unclear] confirm that, damnit. This engine won't start! PLT: Yep, engine shall not ignite, we have passed Apoapsis, altitude at 75 kilometres. We need suggestions, over. Background(Radio): [Indistinct muttering] "Can we do an RTLS?" "No, can't do that, we'll need a trajectory flip." "Could we ATO?" CAPCOM: Soyuz-1, check DeltaV levels, over. CMDR: Copy that, CAPCOM, spacecraft DeltaV minus the upper stage is about 400 metres per second, over. Background(Radio): "Damn. [Unclear]" "AOA?" "Could we do -- wait, no. we need to do an ATO if we want to AOA." [Indistinct muttering and whispering] CMDR: Do we have an abort option!? Background(Radio): "Wait... could we do a TAL?" "Hang on -- yeah, yeah, we could do a TAL abort." CAPCOM: Soyuz-1, abort TAL, repeat, abort TAL! PLT: Copy that, CAPCOM, hitting the atmosphere now, we're jettisoning the orbital and service modules. Background(Outside): Thunk! Thunk! CMDR: We have orbital and service module separation, over! PLT: I can confirm that, orienting along the Retrograde vector now! CAPCOM: Copy that, Soyuz-1. The Soyuz-1 mission ended in a failure, with the second stage engine failing to ignite. The PR department did get a good photo out of it, though: After the failure of the 'Soyuz-1' mission, the design and engineering teams were baffled. However, the problem was soon solved, the appropriate people sacked, modifications made, and the second soyuz mission, 'Soyuz-2,' was ready for launch only one week later, on Year 1, Day 19 (August 25th, 1962). This new rocket replaced the BPT-180 engine with an LV-900 engine, complete with a small toroidal fuel tank for increased DeltaV. The new 'Soyuz-FG2' rocket blasted off into the sky, the smoke and flame engulfing the launch site as it ascended into thinner and thinner atmosphere, where the engines would have increased Isp. The crew, once again Valentina and Erillian Kerman, were confident that this launch would be flawless, thanks to the new engine and improved fuel systems. And, to the relief of mission control and the (New) engineering and design teams, it did. The 'Soyuz-FG2' rocket on Launchpad-P at Baikerbanur Cosmodrome: The 'Soyuz' spacecraft successfully reached orbit, once again launching into a rendezvous, with an encounter with only a 9 kilometre separation to be reached within thirteen minutes Mission Elapsed Time (MET).The 'Soyuz' spacecraft itself was simple - the 'Zond' spacecraft that took the first Kerbals on a Munar flyby - Bob and Valentina Kerman - was of course derived from the 'Soyuz 7K-LOK' vehicle that was being developed by Sergei Kerbolyov for the Soviet Munar landing program, which was in turn a modification of Sergei's simple 'Soyuz' spacecraft, which was designed for LKO operations such as space station rendezvous and docking, and rescue missions, and all manner of other things that could be done in LKO with a reasonable amount of DeltaV. The capsule that the crew would sit in, the T-N7R capsule, would house the two crew members during launch and re-entry. (The T-N7R capsule itself was capable of holding three, but the Soviet space program decided it best to have one vacancy, in case of an emergency) On top of that stood a decoupler-parachute hybrid, the T-V2K, which connected the ascent/descent module to the T-KY1 orbital module, which housed the supplies, living space, and, most importantly, toilet facilities. On top of the T-KY1 orbital module was a T-4GZ docking active probe, which was a non-androgynous docking port. Back underneath the T-N7R crew capsule was an LP-71H stack decoupler, which separated the ascent/descent module from the service/propulsion module. The service module itself consisted of a T-47Z orbital maneuvering engine, which came equipped with four TR-C monopropellant RCS thrusters and two radial T-RYD solar panels, which had built-in antennae. The 'Soyuz-2' spacecraft rendezvoused with the 'Salyut-1' space station shortly after launch, achieving soft-docking (When the active docking probe of the T-4GZ port slides into the indentation of the passive T-PR9 docking port, but hasn't latched together) at MET twenty-one minutes, and hard-docking (When the two docking ports have latched together) was achieved at MET twenty-four minutes. A photograph of the station, with the 'Soyuz-2' spacecraft docked to the station in the middle-left area of the image, and the station in the middle-right area: After the success of the 'Salyut-1' launch and the 'Soyuz-2' mission, the Soviet Union was ploughing ahead in the world of space exploration, with multiple jewels in their crown. They had put the first Kerbal in space, performed the first Munar flyby, launched the first artificial objects to Munar and Minmus orbits, and had now launched the world's first space station. The crew of the station had already set a space endurance record of two weeks when the United States decided they should do something about this new Soviet triumph - and that something was also launching a space station. The development of the 'Skylab' space station was rushed since the beginning, with Congress and the Kermanndy Administration yearning for a station to be launched as soon as possible - and, while all the professional designers and rocket scientists were arguing amongst themselves, a bright intern at the R&D department at KSC suggested: "We already have Jeb up there in LKO, testing out the safety equipment for the 'Artemis' program - why not just keep his ship up there and expand it? You know, replace the Mission Module full of supplies with a lab or a habitat module, and boom - you can stay up there for weeks, maybe even months!" The intern in question was promoted, and the concept was pursued. The idea came to fruition on Year 1, Day 21 (January 3rd, 1963), with the launch of 'Skylab-2' - the original 'Artemis' mission that had launched Jebediah Kerman into LKO to test equipment had been renamed 'Skylab-1.' The MM that was housed inside the SLA Spacecraft Adapter was replaced by a new module, the Experiment Logistics Module (ELM), which was a fully-equipped laboratory, with an androgynous docking port at each end, nicknamed 'Clamp-O-Tron' docking ports. However, the docking port's real name was the COT-125M. But everybody just called it the 'Clamp-O-Tron.' The 'Jool-1' rocket sat on Launchpad-1A, with the umbilical clamps feeding the bipropellant fuels into the 'J-11' first stage and cryogenic fuels into the 'J-111' upper stage. At T-minus zero seconds to launch, the four, huge launch clamps that were holding the massive rocket down during the ignition sequence released their grip, folding up into their cowlings so as to be protected from the fiery exhaust from the massive H-1A first stage engine. The massive 'Jool-1' rocket blasted off the pad in a cloud of smoke and flame, the roar of its single H-1A engine heard for miles around. The first stage cut-off at 35 kilometres, with the LES tower being jettisoned at 60 kilometres, and the orbital injection beginning with the first 'J-11' stage at 83 kilometres altitude. The first stage was separated with more than half of the injection burn complete, and the single H-2S cryogenic engine of the 'J-111' upper stage completed the maneuver. With the launch complete, the SLA Spacecraft Adapter slowly opened, revealing the ELM within it, the 'Artemis' CSM decoupling from the adapter and spinning around to face the ELM's frontal docking port using its monopropellant RCS thrusters. With another short burst from the thrusters, the CSM connected to the ELM's docking port, and both the spacecraft decouled from the adapter, and with the help of the CSM's RCS thrusters, slid silently away from the derelict 'J-111' cryogenic upper stage. The two crew members of 'Skylab-2' were Wehrus and Jenlyn, who would dock with 'Skylab' and spend over one month there, testing the endurance levels of Kerbals in space. Jeb, on the other hand, after completing the tests of the safety equipment, which would last another twelve hours, would de-orbit in his 'Artemis' CSM, while the 'Skylab-2' CSM would stay behind at the station. The rendezvous was completed perfectly, with the new navigation equipment performing nominally. When the spacecraft came around to dock, however, a problem arose. The RCS thrusters were not responding to the controls. (I had run out of monopropellant during the rendezvous) And so, instead of aborting, as would be normal procedure in this kind of situation, Jebediah Kerman was confident that this fancy new autopilot feature called 'Target' and 'Anti-Target' could orient the two craft so that their docking ports could face each other, requiring only a short burst from the 'Skylab-2' CSM's main engine to propel the crafts toward each other. And so, with this daring maneuver completed, the two crew of 'Skylab-2' powered down the Artemis CSM Main Engine (ACME) and entered the 'Skylab' space station. While there, the two would conduct scientific research inside the ELM, and observe the stars, Mun, Minmus, and Kerbin, scribbling down reports and taking photographs of places that were interesting to the United States Air Force... Only thirteen hours later, Jeb was relieved of his duty on the station, mostly because his work with the safety equipment was done, but also because the station could not support three Kerbals for the two months the 'Skylab-2' mission was scheduled to last. So, Jebediah climbed back into his 'Artemis-1' CSM, undocked from the station, de-orbited, and splashed down just east of the KSC. He laft the MM attached to the station, as it housed enough pressurized cargo space for over half a year's worth of supplies! The 'Skylab' space station, after Jebediah Kerman undocked and landed: (Not much to look at now, but sooner or later it'll get a lot bigger) Summary: USSR successfully launched 'Salyut-1' space station - first Kerbin space station - Year 1, Day 18 (August 18th, 1962) USSR failed to launch 'Soyuz-1' LKO spacecraft - Year 1, Day 18 (August 18th, 1962) USSR successfully launched 'Soyuz-2' LKO spacecraft - docked to 'Salyut-1' space station + first crew transfer in LKO - Year 1, Day 19 (August 25th, 1962) USA successfully launched 'Skylab-2' LKO spacecraft - docked to 'Skylab' space station + first US space station - Year 1, Day 21 (January 3rd, 1963)
  12. I know you said that you only take requests on Fridays... but you also said you are open for requests today... so here it is:


    This rocket (Not very detailed, just so that the shape is recognizable) on top of Kerbin, with the Mun perched atop the LES tower. No text, just the image.

                   Many thanks,


    1. cratercracker


      (use personal messenger pls)

      But i will take the request!



      Oh, oops! Sorry about that, didn't read the text inside the thing where I commented! :blush:

  13. Okay... a Mun landing... wait, what!? With a shuttle!? Hell yeah!
  14. Urgh, out of likes!
  15. This... is... AMAZING! Just... just wanted to get that out there... EDIT: I'm still out of likes!