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  1. Orion 13, and Altair 2, 2020 - Crewed Landing on the Mun

    With all preparations that have taken place, it's finally time to land on the Mun

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    The Altair does most of the legwork for the injection burn followed by Orion finishing it off

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    The crew departs for the surface

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    For the first time in decades crew have finally touched down on the surface of their nearest celestial neighbor 

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    The crew take a step out on the surface for the first time and probably say something poetic

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    The rest of the crew join him to put up the flag

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    After spending a couple days on the surface the crew return home

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    On the way home, a deep space EVA is conducted

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    It feels good to finally reach this place in the timeline, thank you to everyone who has stuck with this several month long project. Stay tuned there's a lot more to come!

  2. Orion 11 and Altair 1, 2020

    Mission objective is to test the Altair in low orbit akin to how Apollo 9 tested the LM.

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    New RS-68B engines from Bluedog Design Bureau to help alleviate the problems with having ablative nozzles alongside SRB's
    Also sporting new 5 segment SRB's from @DylanSemrau's Photon Corp

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    Orion meets up with the Altair in low orbit

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    Docking successful

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    Relight of the J-2X while pushing the Altair and Orion like how it will on a trip beyond low orbit

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    Now testing free flight of both craft where crew will enter the lander and test its capabilities. 

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    Freeflight of the lander

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    After its freeflight test, Altair's ascent stage meets back up with the Orion

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    The Altair is subsequently discarded to prevent build up of space debris

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    Orion returns home and preparations begin for a flight to the Mun.

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    I'm glad to get this going again and next mission will be for landing on the Mun.
    Thanks to @Zorg for the new RS-68B model thats in the BDB.

  3. 2 hours ago, NateDaBeast said:

    Is there any reason the main engines on the shuttle are not receiving any fuel? Or do I need to put a line myself?

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    As benjee said, make sure to see if you’re using the right engines as the shuttle runs on LH2/Oxidizer. I’d also add to double check the decoupler and see if crossfeed is enabled as well, I think i ran into that myself when first building out my shuttle stack.

  4. 1 hour ago, tony48 said:

    Can you try with the new PlanetShine? 

     The version you linked is the one I've been using, but just to make sure I reinstalled it but unfortunatley I still have the same results. Not sure if this is just on my end but I don't seem to encounter this in stock Kerbin at 2.5x scale, but I do encounter this issue in normal RSS.

  5. 9 hours ago, theJesuit said:

    I hate to say it but the high inclination is making my head hurt :).  Guess I'll have to get used to it right?

    Yea personally from my experience in regular RSS you just gotta get used to it and you'll become a better player as a result.

    Also ran into bit of lighting issues that I also get with regular RSS + Planetshine, idk if these can be fixed here but if so that'd be awesome.
    Chanding ambient light values while in atmosphere seems to have no affect regardless of its setting
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    Ground and atmosphere ambient light doesnt seem to work either for brightening up the scene.

  6. 10 hours ago, moguy16 said:

    what mod are you using for the lander? it isn't included in redirect

    I'm using Making Alternate History by @bcink (also try and cut the images out of the quotes so the thread isnt cluttered with repeat images)

    Update: I haven't forgotten about this project, I'll return to it as soon as I find the time/motivation, college and recent world events has been totally draining up my time and energy. I have the screenshots of the next mission so I'll upload those when I can.

  7. Howdy y'all, this planet pack looks hella rad and decided to try it out. I did run into an issue in the 2.5x rescale regarding the KK statics, some appear uhh a little out of place.

    LC-39A and B appear to be inside a hill
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    Just reporting these here hoping to see if these can be fixed by next release, that'd be rad

  8. Ares V-Y, 2019

    After years of development, the Ares V prototype vehicle sits on LC-39A. The largest rocket ever developed beating out the Sarnus V (Saturn V).
    Core stage 6.25m diameter also making it the widest tankage ever used.

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    Kerbin Departure Stage

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    The Ares carries a dummy descent stage as a test payload.

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    With the succesful launch, final preparations begin with one final test flight taking place before the return to Kerbin's Moon.

  9. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  10. 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.

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    After Orion 5's arrival at the station, the crew of Orion 4 is relieved from their duties and is able to return home

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    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

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    Along side this, testing of what will become the descent portion for the lander goes on as well

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    Both components are just small pieces in an otherwise bigger part of the puzzle that will be needed to return to the Mun.

  11. 13 hours ago, PeteKonrad said:

    Sorry to double post, but I was just reading through this fantastic thread again this morning and had a question regarding the Orion 1 mission. Do you think it is perhaps a bit risky for NASA to allow the first flight of a new engine (J2-X) on a rocket with 4 crew members aboard? Especially given the increased safety culture after Columbia, I wonder if they would perhaps go for an unmanned flight of the whole Ares I stack before allowing it to be flown with crew. 

    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.

  12. 3 hours ago, moguy16 said:

    any idea how constellation was supposed to get to mars?

     

    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

     

  13. On 2/6/2020 at 12:07 PM, DylanSemrau said:

    ehh... it's ok :p seriously tho what the hecc man this is too good

    On 2/6/2020 at 2:56 PM, Kuiper_Belt said:

    This is one of the most wonderful threads ever! The time and care you are putting in to those images are astounding! I really appreciate it!

    5 hours ago, Ash Hightail said:

    Those shots look stunning! Awesome camera work

    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.

     

     

  14. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    After a couple of days together on orbit the crew of Orion 3 departs from the station and safetly returns to Kerbin

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    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.

  15. 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.

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    After a couple of weeks, the crew departs the ISS and returns home.

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    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.

  16. 13 hours ago, Heliotrope said:

    Made an account to show my appreciation of this! I bookmarked it, very excited for more!!

     

    2 hours ago, Fenisse said:

    What?! I absolutely need more images, not less! :)

    Oh, and congratulations on the TOTM! Plainly brilliant work you've got here.

    Haha, thank you both! Still got plenty more coming down the road till we get to Duna. @Heliotrope Welcome to the forums :sticktongue:

  17. 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.

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    Always love having the VAB in the background :D

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    First flight of the new J-2X engine

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    Orbit Achieved

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    Approach to the ISS

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    After spending a couple days at the ISS, the crew departs having fully tested the new crew vehicle for low orbit operations.

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    Successful splashdown!

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    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.

  18. 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.

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    After successfully not having the parachutes disintigrate from SRB exhaust, the program is ready for a crewed flight to the International Space Station.

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