Introducing Kerbal Space ProgramÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second official mod: Asteroid Day! WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve partnered with the B612 Foundation to bring you this mod which will give you four new parts, a new experiment, and a unique contract.
The Sentinel Infrared Telescope mimics the real world Sentinel mission being planned by the B612 Foundation, which plans to map 90% of the larger asteroids threatening Earth's orbit sometime between 2018 and 2024. Due to sun glare it is difficult for telescopes on Earth to observe objects passing on the planet's day side. Deploying a telescope into a solar orbit near Venus and facing it away from the Sun, back towards Earth's orbit, would cover that blind spot.
Your mission will be to recreate this mission profile in Kerbal Space Program, deploying a telescope around EveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s orbit. When deployed with an antenna and a power source between Eve and Kerbin, aligned to face away from the Sun, and activated, the telescope will begin to map the orbit of the outer planet in a 200Ã‚Â° vision cone for passing asteroids.
Other than the telescope itself, you will have three new parts to make your unmanned missions more enjoyable:
- The HECS-2 Probe Core comes with integrated batteries and SAS, to make building a compact Sentinel probe much easier.
- The OX-STAT-XL Photovoltaic Panels are a much larger version of the stock solar panels, for larger probes.
- The HG-55 High Gain Antenna can transmit larger amounts of data than any of the existing antennae in the game.
This pack also includes a long-term contract to map asteroids around Kerbin as well as other planets that match various specifications. It differs from other contracts in that it encourages the use of existing infrastructure. It does not require a new vessel for each contract, and each scan is faster with more telescopes deployed.
Get it now at Curse!