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  1. I don't have enough time to post a full report tonight, but here's a little preview to hopefully satisfy a certain person who frequents this thread. Scipio 8 in orbit around Minmus, performing the first crewed orbital survey of the dwarf moon.
  2. Yep, that’s it! With a bit of luck and perseverance I’ll be an aerospace engineer four to six years from now. What’s wrong with Madison?
  3. Well, I actually moved to Huntsville for school a few months ago, I actually come from a town in south Alabama, near where the army has its helicopter flight school. If I hadn’t realized how fascinating space can be I would probably be on my way to earning my wings as a Blackhawk pilot right now...
  4. *laughs in Huntsvillian* God I love living here...
  5. Thanks to the new power station and pipelines, Aurelian 2 manages to last through its second cold lunar night without a hitch. In the morning the crew egresses once more and boards the rover. As part of the emergency maintenance, the rover's roof was removed to allow easier access to the interior. This will be the only rover excursion on this flight, due to the damages sustained by the vehicle. The planned traverse follows the plain east, in search of a flat and level area free of debris in which a base could be assembled. Because of the inevitability that the base will hav
  6. I’ve got more content coming soon (maybe tomorrow or Tuesday), but I’ve been having more computer issues, as well as more real-life concerns, so progress has been a bit slow and frustrating.
  7. Do you mean the pipes and gantries that wrap around the MLP like in this picture? I'm not really sure what their purpose is or why they were added to the shuttle MLPs and not Apollo (mostly because I've never been able to find any good sources about the MLPs and launch infrastructure in general), but I really think they help make a launch pad look distinctly shuttle-era.
  8. I’m not referring to the mobile launcher platform, I actually use Modular Launch Pads myself. I meant the actual launch pad building, is it just me or does it look different than the usual model we have in stock KSP?
  9. So I know I'm ten days late, but where did you get the model for those launch pads? They look different from the standard KSC launch pad in-game. Also, is there a particular mod you used to place multiple pads or did you do that yourself?
  10. Aurelian actually has several fuel tanks partially clipped inside each other and attached to the engines via fuel lines, so it has more capacity than one might originally think. I couldn’t tell you exactly how much DeltaV it has or how much it weighs without consulting my computer (I’m not at it right now), but I would say that it weighs a bit more than your average lunar lander. I think the biggest way I optimize my deltaV usage simply has to do with the descent profile. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the best way to land that I’ve found involves simply lowering your orbit’s peri
  11. After a rest period, Jeb and Bill exit the lander once again and make their way to the overturned rover in an attempt to repair it. Bob remains inside to monitor the drilling systems in case of an emergency. After initial attempts to knock the rover over using Jeb's backpack were unsuccessful, Bill began removing excess and unneeded parts from the rover to lighten it. The excess parts are then used to construct a lever of sorts on top of the rover. Jeb then backs up and attempts to ram the lever, taking advantage of the leverage to turn the vehicle upright.
  12. So, last time I played, my computer experienced a BSOD, right after I lost Bill Kerman. However, upon rebooting the computer and reloading the save, I realized that it had been retained in a state where all three crewmembers were still alive. Although it felt like cheating, I took advantage of this second chance and quickly returned the kerbals to the lander. Once back inside, the crew activated the drilling rig and began filling the ore tank with material for refining and inspection. The landing site after the end of EVA 1. An attempt will be made to flip the rover up
  13. I'll upload the craft I use in this save at some point, just not sure when.
  14. If you haven't seen it before, you may be interested in checking out an old Gato submarine I built about two years ago: Probably won't work in the latest version of KSP (not that it ever worked well, but maybe you can gain some inspiration from the pictures I have on the thread.
  15. At the incessant urging of one @The Minmus Derp, I've fast-tracked an already-planned Minmus probe and moved its launch date up by several days. This is Velite 1, The first of a series of unmanned spacecraft intended to explore the inner planets and their moons. It will orbit Minmus and deploy a small impact probe to acquire close-up photographs and measurements of the icy moon's surface. For historical context, Velites were a type of Roman soldier, most commonly seen in the mid-Republican militia-army. Their ranks were made up of the poorest, youngest, and most inexperienced m
  16. The OP reserves the right to post whatever and whenever he wishes. Don't worry, I'm going soon Jeb, Bill, and Bob descend the ladder to begin work on the surface of the plains. After collecting contingency samples, they proceed to the cargo lander and deploy Nerva 2, their rover for this mission. They then unpack the cargo boxes and load the SEP and drilling components into the rover's cargo locker. The first piece to go up is the power station, which uses two RTGs to provide electricity to both Aurelian 2 and the drilling stand. During the day
  17. Aurelian 2 undocks from Marius to begin its second mission to the surface. This expedition is crewed by Jebediah, Bill, and Bob, the same crew who also rode the first Scipio spacecraft into orbit. PDI is initiated over the landing site, at an altitude of approximately 5,000m AGL. Once pitchover is complete, Jeb takes partial-manual control of the spacecraft, trusting the flight computer to control orientation while controlling the throttle himself, while making occasional corrections to the computer's heading. Only a few minutes after PDI, Aurelian 2's contact probes scrape
  18. I don't think that it would be all that useful to use Marius as a refueling stop for interplanetary ships instead of simply launching directly from Kerbin. The fuel I save would be negligible, considering that I would first need to travel to the Mun and rendezvous with Marius which costs more fuel. Additionally, I would then have to perform my planetary ejection burn from the Mun's SOI rather than Kerbin's, which means I could not make as much use of the Oberth effect to propel me along, should I choose to do so. In addition, the fact that I'm orbiting a body which itself is orbiting Kerbin, w
  19. Surface Expedition 3's cargo lander has finally launched, following repeated delays concerning the final payload. The changes made include the addition of a small refinery to allow resource sampling, as well as the replacement of the solar arrays originally intended for this mission with RTGs, to facilitate operations in the lunar night. The launch was pretty normal, nothing new or interesting to show. Unlike Surface Expedition 2, I have no pinpoint target in mind, but rather a large swath of land containing a bountiful resource pocket, just north of the Mun's equator on th
  20. I don't know, I don't particularly mind crashing ships on the far side of the Mun, it's not hard to do.
  21. Finally back into the swing of things after my move to Huntsville, and I'm still managing to find chances here and there to play KSP The fuel tanker has been emptied and discarded, it will be deorbited on the far side of the Mun, just like every other unmanned supply ship sent to Marius. Meanwhile, the next landing crew has launched from KSC, aboard Scipio 6. Unlike the previous mission, this crew has launched before their cargo lander, due to last-minute payload changes. Scipio 6 will dock to Marius and its crew will help man the station for the next few weeks while w
  22. I decided to give your shuttle a test flight tonight, here's a photo that was taken during the underwing inspection with the Canadarm: I think I'd like to try to reverse-engineer parts of your shuttle to build one of my own. I've never finished a working STS, but this example has a lot of techniques that have really piqued my interest and given me ideas...
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