Jack Redmen

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  1. Have a look at the link below. People send weather balloons up into the stratosphere with small payloads (cameras, tracking equipment, etc.) all the time. This guy sent a small R/C controlled plane up and piloted it back down after the balloon burst. http://rcexplorer.se/projects/2013/03/fpv-to-space-and-back/
  2. I woke up the other morning (after a few too many the night before) with a "Mun or Bust" tattoo . . . just kidding
  3. I usually don't do a direct rendezvous, I just wait to launch until the target is right over head or just a little before. It usually takes about 3-4 orbits to rendezvous. I use a similar method as plausse described above. -First set apoapsis to match your target -Then coast to the apoapsis and set your periapsis accordingly (make sure you have actually targeted your target first so you see intersections and inclination) * If you are behind your target set periapsis slightly lower than target * If you are ahead of target set periapsis a little above your target's -Then correct your inclination at the next inclination node (it helps to use a maneuver node here so you know which way to burn) -Warp time and orbit while monitoring your separation at each intersect (Seperation should be decreasing) -When you see your positions flip flop burn either prograde or retrograde (depending on if your periapsis is higher or lower than targets) until your intersect closes to less than 1 km -Approximatley 1/4 orbit before your intersect switch your navball over to target mode and burn towards your target until prograde indicator is inside your target indicator (you actually burn off to one side of the target node to do this) -Flip retrograde and burn to reduce your speed in relation to your target. -Repeat last two steps until prograde indicator is inside target indicator and you have an intersect of 0.0 km. -Inside of 1 km from target switch to RCS and begin thrusting retrograde to bring your speed down. By the time I'm 100 meters or so out I like to be under 5 m/s. Keep the prograde and target indicators lined up. That's about it. Then you just have to dock
  4. Fantastic!!! I couldn't stop reading this. I can't wait to see more.
  5. With the addition of the larger tanks and engines, the orange tank has moved up the ladder to an "upper stage" tank in terms of my Kerbin launching vehicle. It's still my standard for just about everything else. It's what I have stockpiled at my space station/refueling depot.
  6. I've seen it and think it's great (the soundtrack too). I always listen to the soundtrack from "Apollo 13" on missions to the Mun though
  7. Jack Redmen

    Hello

    Hello everyone. Just thought I'd introduce myself. I finally registered for the forum. I've been playing for a year or so now. Onward and upward