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  1. Part 7: Onwards and Upwards

    Where we build a network of science siphoning satellites around the moon and our astronauts finally see action.

    Spoiler

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    CommSat 4 and 5 were build from the same template, despite the lack of a suitable contract we want the network to look pretty

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    Some upgrades to the kickstage design

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    The XLR11 is really reliable and throttle! perhaps it makes a nice moon lander engine

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    Probes away!

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    And number 5. By now the AJ10 is getting very reliable

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    Another insertion

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    Done! lets move on!

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    Luna 7 has 2 contracts: 1 impact and an orbit

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    We struggled during the ascent with one of the AJ10's giving up, but we made orbit and the TLI stage has to work a bit harder.

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    Luna 7 ends up in low orbit around the moon and in polar orbit, meaning we get visuals of all biomes. To everyones surprise Luna 6 is still sending data and will do for another month or so.

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    Luna 8 follows. The Aries-1E is getting to see some action

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    Those two LR105's have quite the kick

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    Luna 8 is high low orbit at 42 deg incl. The probes now use each other as relay, passing on the data faster.

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    Today is the great day. A regular Aries-1C booster is rolled on the pad. Its LR79 is nearly perfect. On top is the Sirius 1 crewed by Eva Larsen. The first woman to reach 100km, pass out and recover just in time to save the plane.

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    Good burn and lift off

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    The interior is sparse

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    Good acceleration. Ground control asks for gforce data

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    Rising steadly, aming for 250 km Apo

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    Trajectory is good, preparing to ditch the LAS

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    LAS jetissoned

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    APO reached, MECO and detach so that the drag will pull the booster down

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    Space.. the final thingy.

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    Look at those curves

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    Eve has 15 minutes to test thrusters, systems, control etc

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    Most important, the reentry engine. We will need it when we go for orbit.

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    When hitting 10G Eva passes out, but will recover

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    Chute deployed!

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    First woman to space!

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    Already parked on the other pad is Sirius 2.

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    Using the Aries 1D. This will be the 12th flight of that lifter. 2 0E and 4 1C share most components. We know this will work

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    Good trajectory, estimating 1000 m/s surplus

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    Boosters spent

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    The two AJ10 kick the craft in orbit

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    Deployement

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    Cloe Frimaut is the first woman in orbit. She will spent 12 hours doing experiments

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    Gliding to the dark side

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    Reorienting for rentry

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    Engines deploy

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    Getting hot

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    Really hot

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    Airbag deployed too early, trying to get the craft upright

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    Success! Sirus 3 is in the works and there is talk of a more powerfull version as well

     

  2. Part 6: successful orbits, one far, one closer to home

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    Luna 6 Circulum is on the pad, wait: on the newest pad. Because of the Aries-0E. With a targeted payload of 4t to LEO it will lift the spacecraft with ease. At least on paper.

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    Note that we now have 4 LR79 boosters and 2 LR105 on the core stage. The core diameter has grown to 3 meters but all of the other components are equal to the Aries-0C and 0D saving on tooling cost and upping reliability

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    TWR is drastically more

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    This has to be the most beautiful thing in rocket design, apart from perhaps the two boosters of the falcon heavy landing simultaneously.

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    The red stripe indicates an increased payload control capacity on the avionics. By dumping the RCS we had enough space.

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    Luna 6 uses a new TLI stage using a single AJ10, with own power and battery. The reserves on the probe are locked. We try to make it hit the moon but fail.

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    Probe shutdown and floating. Reactivate in 4 days

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    We have arrived, LI burn set slightly past Pe so we should have radio contact.

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    After a failure and a juggle with the RCS (we don't have a lot of fuel) we have a good burn. 2 more will drop the Pe to 52km

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    Orbit! shutting down avionics and setting a script for juggling science capture and transmission in case power gets low. It will take a week or so to capture all science and relay it at 4 bps

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    Speculum 3 launches in polar orbit on an excessively large launcher but this time we are not taking risks.

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    The thing is a giant battery covered in solar panels

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    Victory! in 2 years we will recover the science.

     

    That brings us to 21 launches. Will we get the first human in orbit before the 25th?

  3. Part 5: In the satellite business

    Grinding my way through the satellite contracts we make some great strides forward. With the upgraded VAB we are finally significantly faster in churning our rockets.

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    CommSat 2B launches to an altitude of 3.2 Mm (hopefully)

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    No problems other than being too close to CommSat 2. We will need 2 more sats to complete the constellation.

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    This one had an engine failure in the last second of the AJ10 stage. Fortunately the kickstage had fuel to spare but RCS is very limited.

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    Engineers have given up on Speculum 2 and start juggeling the systems to power the descent stage.

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    We have a bit of data but it is not much.

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    At least the recovery procedure checks out. Design on Speculum 3 has started

     

    Next up is Luna 6C where the C stands for "Circulum". It looks okay in the tests, lets see what it brings. At the very least we should see the first launch of the Aries E class 

  4. Part 4: beep beep can you hear me? of course not, my antenna level is 1!

    Spoiler

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    We decided to build a comm network, because we have some contracts that say so and we have spotty reception in LEO

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    First one is a technology demonstrator. It uses a two staged approach. A science core as usual, but with a manoevering unit that can trim the orbit and then be disposed of.

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    Testing the trim function. Radios checkout. 

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    In 700x700 km orbit it wont do us much good, but the internal antenna can relay to earth and the communitron up to 12Mm

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    Next up is Luna 4 for another lunar flyby

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    Good TLI

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    Now use RCS to trim the orbit (apply what we learned from the commsat program)

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    Oh. 15 km

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    Power problems but capturing lots of science

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    It will get kicked out of Earths orbit and struggle to transmit, but we get some science from low moon and high solar orbit before we loose contact

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    CommSat 2 (stupid naming) goes for 3.2 Mm

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    Using a restartable XLR stage. I had forgotten about this engine, but due to the many plane flights it has become highly reliavble and has 4 ignitions

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    Achieving orbit. Period is 156 min and the launch takes roughly 8 minutes to pe, then it is a bit faster to reach apo for circularisation, so for 4 satelites I recon we should launch 52 minutes  after it passes overhead.

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    Luna 5 goes for flyby + impact! it zips past the surface at 5km altitude but due to the staging the TLI stage is dropped on the surface for lots of money. Collected science is disapointing. We need orbit around the moon to get some more.

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    There is a contract to test re-entry shields, so we run another dog up and go for Laika 2. hoping it will bring science.

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    Safe return, no science.

  5. @Carnasa's videos have been a great help. I had to slow some down to 1/8th to dissect his build process. Manned flight has been delayed in favor of moon impacters (I need the cash)

    To the Moon! for Science, all of mankind, and boatloads of money

    Running low on cash I picked up another moon contract, and delaying the manned flights we try to keep our astronauts happy with another flight.

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    Still far far away in the research queue is a manned capsule. But we can dream in the sim.

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    Meanwhile Luna 02 has another moon encounter. I think this will happen every 3d orbit until gravity assists have slowed her down too much. Still, it is great science.

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    Which is relayed once close to earth. Luna 3 will have an upgraded comms system if I figure out how real antenna works

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    Speculum 2 launces on a Aries 0C. Going for 61 deg inc and 145km Apo/pe will tax the rocket to the max, leaving 45 m/s in the tanks.

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    Good burn

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    Yes! no engine failure (okay I reloaded once)

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    Orbit achieved, but what happens now? draining electricity? again the panels are too small and Speculum 2 will collect science at a much slower rate than expected. The engineering team is sent to the Jungle for a "team building" exercise.

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    Meanwhile should be able to reach 140 km. First test is a little over 100.

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    Very little control, need the RCS to lift the nose

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    Up up and up. Engines burn out at 110km

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    enjoying the view

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    Ehm this is really fast

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    Trying to break as much as possible and then FAR rips another plane in pieces. 

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    As Stephen bails out he knows this is the end of the X15 program. There are no more funds for this hobby.

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    At least he is safe

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    Luna 3 launches on the 11th Aries. This time in the 1D configuration. meaning it is slimmed down. Smaller avionics, trimmed down antenna and batteries in the lower stages, even some separators are gone.

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    Look at that sunset

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    Orbit achieved. 30 mins to TLI

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    Using time control the spinstabilized final stage was cut off at a very precise moment.

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    The new comm system will allow the satelite to remain in contact even near the moon (at 1bps)

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    Getting closer

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    Hmm that is very close

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    Sending those last data packets about low space

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    And another crater. The comm implementation is a great succes, perhaps we can pick up a comm sat  contract and build a relay network around Earth.

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    Luna 2 makes another flyby

     

     

  6. Part III: Product Line Launchers

    After the discovery of balloon tanks we came up with Aries-0C, less than half the weight and 30% more payload. Expected to lift 300-350kg to orbit under 60t. Hurray!

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    Luna 01 launches on Aries-0C-09. A single LR89 powers the first stage.

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    Two AJ10 power the second stage boosting a 300kg probe into orbit

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    Though brilliant designed, the engine is a vector engine, locked in gimbal  but still very wobbly. It won't make the moon but at least we can run all experiments from an higher altitude.

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    And then the power ran out. We will need a better design here.

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    Luna 02 launches on the Aries 1D A new design that was rolled back and forth many times. The LR89 on the core was replaced with an LR105 and two boosters carry the LR89. Sharing the design with the C class saves on tooling. We think it pushes 1.2-1.7t to orbit.

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    Booster seperation

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    Core stage burns out, kicking off second stage

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    This time a AJ10 spin stablised stage kicks the probe off

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    En route to the moon

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    getting "close"

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    We are out of radio contact but the instruments are running

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    Once we get closer to home 60 data is sent!!! yes the way to manned flight is open.

     

  7. Round 2: Orbital

    After reaching orbit the next objective is a reliable launcher. Which means controlled delivery of a payload in orbit.

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    The aries series (I will use constellations for rockets) will be production versions of our previous tech that we hope to scale up to a "real" lifter.

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    Aries 1 launches Ignus 1: a science probe.

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    Aries 2 launches a simple probe in polar orbit.

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    A new version of the Razor (A1) seats two, and is used for long range experiments (Peru I am looking at you)

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    Great range

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    Meanwhile Eva learns how many G's are too many and recovers barely before hitting the ground

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    Shaken but not stirred

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    New experiments means new launches

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    We are getting the hang of these uncontrolled spin stages (but what a pain)

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    Small test of a new engine

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    More flights to keep the astronauts happy

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    Aries 4 launches Ignus 4 the first solar (under) powered satelite.

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    Testing new engine configs

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    The last of the hammers is used for an hop contract.

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    Safe return of dogs or monkeys

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    Aries 05 launches in the 0B configuration, better performance on all engines. Payload is still very low due to cost and weight.

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    Ignis 5 is a new design satelite, where its predecessors were meant for short experiments this one will be an ode the the Bee Gee;s (staying alive)

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    Codenamed Sputnik (later renamed to Ignis) this one will check in every now and then, based on exposure of panels (dammit)

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    Another flight keeps the pension away

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    Engine failure and explosions, but still a save landing Cloe Frimaut saves the day. and earns a ribbon.

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    The new B1 config weights over 120t but has a controllable upper stage (finally) this means our KOS scripts can finally run all the way and we dont need to guess work the final stage.

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    First stage are 2 LR89 followed by a LR105 as second stage

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    Finally an AJ10 kicks us into orbit.

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    A final kick stage creates an eccentric orbit for our micrometeorite experiment

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    With some adjustments to the guidance the B2 variant is rolled out. Still horrifically expensive

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    Delivering the first spy eh observation system. Someone forgot to add a return capsule for the film however and the solar panels are again not powerful enough.

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    The 2B is getting to a standard. We have live cargo this time. which might also solve the film issue

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    Laika 01 on a Aries 2B gets to orbit and will be the first living thing to return from it. Giving us the science we need to progress

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    Getting hot

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    Meanwhile the boys in the aviation department fixed their planes

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    Which will rip apart some minutes after this, (seriously how many planes am I going to trash)

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    Keep falling Valerie, you need to balance the time you are choking on CO2 with the time needed for decelaration.

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  8. Here's a graphical recording of my first RSS/RO/RP-1 play through,  mainly as a record of my mistakes so I won't repeat them.

    Phase one:  "I love the smell of RP-1 in the morning"

    Early sounding rockets. The Stratos Series was initially launched from Lelystad, the Netherlands until I discovered that it has no radio coverage. At Madrid it worked a bit better but only from 3km up. I decided to start over in Kourou.

    Spoiler

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    The third generation turned out to be successful and completed quite a few sounding contracts. Moving on to returning stuff from space.

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    The fifth generation was plagued with problems, tanks, thrust, avionics and later ulage of the second stage took several experiments to figure out. At the same time we were running out of science to unlock nodes. Let's go for some old-school science farming around KSC. (Which did not work either ;-)

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    After a semi successfull flight our pilot nearly died of a CO2 overdose whilst being on EVA. Something with the scrubbers in the suit that make no sense. This will be a problem if we need to parachute out of exploding craft. Make a note to open parachutes as late as possible to minimize time in atmo.

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    After another series of flights we mastered the sounding rockets and collected all the local science. Time to unlock some nodes and move on to bigger booms. Introducing the Hammer series. Designed to get that downrange contract and use the funds to work towards an orbital probe. 

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    With minimal success in the Hammer series we decide to see if we can gather some more telemetry and develop the Razor plane series (stolen from Discord)

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    Based on that (:yeah science) we moved forward with the design of our next rocket, combining Stratos and Hammer.

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    The C series have upgraded engines and great performance.

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    The A2 has been upgraded to rocket engines, going for supersonic. Perhaps we should replace the wings before we try that.

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    First success. and safe landing.

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    Two staged rockets, we are still getting a lot of vapor in the fuel lines and don't know why. (TWR first stage is too large and altitude too low)

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    Preventing early retirement means lots of small trips for the team.

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    Razor A2 ripped its wings off flying at Mach 2 but using the tail fins it kept the nose up and flew back to base. Landing was not a option though.

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    Smash another record on the way.

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    Bring out the old plane then.

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    The first photos of space, we can do this contract multiple times and figure out how RCS works

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    Another safe return and a bit of science

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    Flight analysis of the downrange attempt, this design might do the trick

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    While the new A2 craft is under construction the A1 got modified to run on yets and rocket engines using a drop tank

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    The B4 uses boosters and a spin stabilzed third stage

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    Success!

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    More suborbital hops for science.

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    New plane and high altitude attempt. The X15 is struggeling to create lift.

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    And rips totally apart

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    A scary decent since you can't bail out at high altitudes.

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    Valerie survived and gets rescued

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    We have achieved orbit!

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    Another hop contract

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    Higher and higher we go

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    The new A2 streaks up to 75km

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  9. I am having some problems with COPYPATH. Is there a way to debug this? 

    SET startupScript TO SHIP:NAME + ".ks".
    SET remoteCopy TO "0:/" + startupScript.
    SET localCopy TO "1:/" + startupScript.
    
    COPYPATH (remoteCopy, localCopy).
    RUNPATH (localCopy).

    As you can see I have a file "Hammer-D0-06.ks" on volume 0 that i want to copy to volume 1. The command does not result in an error, but no file gets copied. I've also checked the logfile and can't find a clue. Any idea? I am on KOS 1.2.1.0

     

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