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  1. Orion 6 to the ISS, Late 2017 Orion 6 launches without issues once again proving the capability of Orion and the Ares I. This is the first crew of 6 on the Orion. Orion 5 returns home as well after fufilling its duties and Orion 6, 7, and 8 all go off without a hitch. Ares V on the test stand, Late 2018. Meanwhile on the ground, the Ares V is undergoing testing of the core stage and usage of all KS-68 engines. After the test is successful final preparations for the first flight of the whole stack begin for a 2019 launch. Bit of a lighter post today, but I wanted to use the opportunity to skip ahead quite a bit and get to the cool stuff coming soon.
  2. Orion 5 to the ISS, Early 2017 Orion 5 lifting off from the KSC is starting to become a routine sight for the space program. After Orion 5's arrival at the station, the crew of Orion 4 is relieved from their duties and is able to return home Testing on the ground for future flights is going on as well. Starting off with the KS-68 which will power the Ares V rocket Along side this, testing of what will become the descent portion for the lander goes on as well Both components are just small pieces in an otherwise bigger part of the puzzle that will be needed to return to the Mun.
  3. You're probably right, but according to this mission list they didn't really call for an unmanned flight of the upper stage, only dummy versions of it.
  4. Kind of a complicated question, but through the use of several Ares V launches it's able to send a variety of payloads such as fuel tanks, nuclear transfer vehicles, crew cabins, a mars ascent vehicle, a mars habitat, and anything else they might need into orbit. @winged did an amazing demonstration of this in their video here in RO/RSS:
  5. Frick u Dylan >:P but thanks yall it means a lot, many hours go into this so it's nice to see people enjoy it. Also as an update, due to the fact that the next couple of missions are mostly the same as Ares 3 and 4, I'll probably dedicate a little more time to development of hardware on the ground such as Altair and Ares V in addition to the missions going on. In all honesty I highly doubt it'll be quite accurate as to what might've actually gone down due to the sort of unpredictable nature of NASA's R&D. (Example being James Webb and SLS) We don't quite know how certain things would've been developed or delayed as time went on so development of certain hardware I'm just going to guesstimate when and how it would've probably happened. For the missions though, I'll probably just continue with the loosely based Feb 2009 timeline plans I found on wikipedia lmfao.
  6. Orion 3 and 4 to the ISS, Early 2016 Starting off first official operational flight of the Orion, it now begins on it's third flight to the space station and is shooting for a multiple month long stay on the ISS. Some improvements have been made to the LV, you can see some of them up close here. Restock sepatrons and Near Future Launch Vehicle RCS. The crew of this flight is shooting for about 100 days on the station to continue to test long duration crewed flight for both the crew and the Orion. After their main goals on Orion 3 are complete, Orion 4 is prepared for the ISS to begin crew rotation. Orion 4 to the ISS, mid to late 2016 Starting off as the first night launch Orion, this is the first time the space program has had 2 separate crewed vehicles on orbit since the days of the Leo program (Gemini). After a couple of days together on orbit the crew of Orion 3 departs from the station and safetly returns to Kerbin Long duration flight will be critical to the continuation of the program and a lot is to be learned before the eventual flights to Duna.
  7. Ye thanks! I just uploaded Orion 2 today, still finishing up Orion 3 and 4 so could be either later today or tomorrow hopefully
  8. Orion 2 to the ISS, Late 2015 Following the events of the first mission, a second flight of the Orion and Ares takes off later that year. Among some of the upcoming improvements, I forgot that Tundra's launchpads have an option for the lightning masts and as such I've switched over to them for historical accuracy. After a couple of weeks, the crew departs the ISS and returns home. The flight proved the use of Orion for the second time and will now be considered an operational crew vehicle, continued flights will prove the further longevity of Orion for months at a time to keep a permenant crewed presence at the station. Once Orion is considered truly reliable, mission will take place to return Kerbals to the Mun.
  9. Haha, thank you both! Still got plenty more coming down the road till we get to Duna. @Heliotrope Welcome to the forums
  10. Aww hell yea that's awesome thank you Luckily I still have a lot more missions to do
  11. Orion 1, First Crewed Orion flight to the ISS, 2015 After years of testing, the program is confident in crew launch capability. A flight will be conducted to the international space station to test crew operations for low orbit. 4 Kerbals embark on the voyage to the station for the first time since the retirement of the shuttle program. Always love having the VAB in the background First flight of the new J-2X engine Orbit Achieved Approach to the ISS After spending a couple days at the ISS, the crew departs having fully tested the new crew vehicle for low orbit operations. Successful splashdown! With a successful test of the new crew vehicle, the goal still looms in the background to return to the Mun and beyond. Sorry for the image heavy post, the mission just looked really good! Future posts will have less images for more routine missions going forward. I'm also slowly developing the ships as I go so you might notice small details and changes in the crew and launch vehicles as I improve on them over time.
  12. Ares I-Y High Altitude Abort, 2012 3 years after the launch of Ares I-X and 1 year after the retirement of the space shuttle, the launch tower was revamped to make way for the next crew LV. Launching from Pad 39B, Ares I-Y sports the first use of a 5 segment shuttle SRB. Along with that, it also carries a boilerplate Orion crew capsule to test for a high altitude abort scenario. After successfully not having the parachutes disintigrate from SRB exhaust, the program is ready for a crewed flight to the International Space Station.
  13. Still a huge fan of the integrated program plan but constellation is def top 2 for me.