The Gemini spacecraft was a versatile and innovative fighter jet styled step towards a manned moon landing. The original Direct Ascent designs and Earth Orbit Rendezvous missions used variants of the Gemini spacecraft, and was later considered to perform space-taxi missions to space stations.
Stock or Mod entries welcome.
This is a challenge to explore the NASA Gemini Lunar program. There is a base of +20 points for performing the primary mission objective with bonus points awarded for executing the mission in various configurations. Points are balanced with consideration to:
- Mission complexity
- Accurate Gemini details
- Accurate lifter details
- Spacecraft complexity
- Rescue readiness
- Crazy 60's details
Primary mission objective (+20):
- Stock or Mod parts*. Separate leaderboard for each.
- Using a mission profile of 1-2 launches and a two-Kerbal crew, orbit both Kerbals around the Mun and return the crew to Kerbin.
- Up to three missions (up to two if using Direct Ascent as primary mission) may be launched if a Munar rescue mission is launched.
Possible Launch Profiles:
- EOR: 2 Launches of two spacecraft which rendezvous and dock in LKO then proceed to Munar orbit. A third, direct-ascent mission for an emergency craft may be launched.
- LOR: 2 Launches of two spacecraft which rendezvous and dock in Munar orbit and perform a Mun landing. A third, direct-ascent mission for an emergency craft may be launched.
- Direct ascent: Launch one spacecraft and establish a Munar orbit. A second, direct-ascent mission for an emergency craft may be launched.
- Direct Ascent (+4): Using a single launch, establish a crewed Munar orbit.
- Earth Orbit Rendezvous (+5): Using two launches to low Kerbin orbit, dock two spacecraft. Once docked, send the docked spacecraft to Munar orbit.
- Munar Orbit Rendezvous (+6): Using two launches to low Kerbin orbit, separately send two spacecraft to Munar orbit. Once there, dock them together and complete a landing mission.
- Landing prestige: One Kerbal on the Mun (+7). Second Kerbal on the Mun (+4).
- Faster, better, cheaper - Rover bonus (+0): You can't afford a rover on the Gemini budget.
- Happy together (+3): Both crew members are never separated by more than 10km
- We're done with that (+3): Detachable support module (Jettison from command module before Kerbin landing at least three of:RCS cells, electrical systems, lighting, legs, retro package)
- Just in case (+3): Launch Escape System present
- Is that a Titan II? (+2): At least one of the rockets uses a two-engine cluster first stage and a single engine cluster second stage.
- Wow, A Titan III!(+3): At least one of the rockets earns 'Is that a Titan II?' and has two strap on SRB's on the first stage.
- That looks like Saturn 1B! (+4): At least one of the rockets uses a first stage cluster with 8 engines
- Saturn S-3? That's your full-size (+5): At least one rocket uses a 3 engine first stage and a 4 engine second stage.
- Won't Apollo miss that Saturn 5? (+6): At least one rocket uses a 5 engine first stage and a 5 engine second stage.
- That's no bull (+2): Trans Munar injection booster is a two-engine cluster, like the Centaur kicker stage.
- On your space bike (+4): At least one open cockpit lander
- Dropping some weight (+3): At least one of the primary or backup Munar surface return vessels leaves behind its Munar descent stage.
- Making it count (+2): Earn 'Dropping some weight' and have a powered probe core on the discarded descent stage. Must remain powered at least until the crew lands on Kerbin.
- Since we're there (+2): If used, the backup Munar surface return vehicle earns 'Dropping some weight' and 'Making it count'.
- Welcome home (+10): Both crew return to Kerbin
- We can take it (+3): Be able to safely return to Kerbin on water or land without damage.
- Landing gear down (+5): Perform a parachute assisted landing on deployable wheels or skids
Crazy 60's details
- We are outta here (+3): The Launch Escape System ejects both crew in their own separate crafts. The Gemini had fighter jet style ejection seats.
- Easy Rider (+3): Using open cockpit landers ('On your space bike'), land both Kerbal crew members on the Mun independently.
- Got your back (+6): Another two-crew capable empty Gemini return vehicle can be launched and landed within 10km of the primary mission as an emergency return vehicle. Must completely perform Munar ascent to Kerbin landing, or dock with a return-capable vessel in Mun orbit.
- We have a reservation (+7): Land a crew on the Mun within 10km of a previously landed empty spacecraft. Must completely perform Munar ascent to Kerbin landing, or dock with a return-capable vessel in Mun orbit.
*I don't know that the use of Mod parts makes the challenge any easier or harder, so no bonus or handicap. Input is welcome.
Stock Parts Leaderboard:
- CatastrophicFailure - 106 pts *
- borisperrons - 105 pts
- capi3101 - 101pts
- FacticiusVir - 86 pts
- CalculusWarrior - 83 pts *
- HueHue - 76 pts
- Death Engineering - 69 pts
- Franzie360 - 63 pts
- Xeldrak - 62 pts
* Parts mod entry