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  1. YOUUUUUUUUUU have another fooooooooooooolower!

  2. I guess I can't delay this any longer. I announce that I am stepping down from this thread. @kerbalstar is my successor, and I will congratulate him for the hard work he has done to planning out this thread. I will offer my sincere thanks to @doggonemess for designing these new medals, he really has been working hard behind the scenes, so it would be nice if you all gave him a big hand. I also thank @obney kerman, @VelocityPolaris, @Lucast0909 for continuing to help with the thread. I hope that this thread goes through a healthy phase of reorganization, and that it will not stop because I have resigned voluntarily. Finally, I thank all of the people who have been supporting this endeavor to give these Newbies chances to win medals, master the game and therefore have a great time playing KSP. Happy Explosions!
  3. My Tales of Woe..... Well, let me tell you my tale of woe. I found a class D asteroid and so I started the rendezvous protocols. After 30 minutes, I got to the asteroid. I slowed myself down to 0.4 m/s, I drifted towards the asteroid. Then I decided it would take too long to drift there, I was 100 meters away, and then I timewarped. And then I got closer and closer to the asteroid, so I decided to stop. Only that my finger pressed the greater than sign instead of the backwards slash(Which are right next to each other), and timewarped through the asteroid. I could have gone all the way through, but then in my haste it hit the correct button...at the wrong time. An explosion later and 6 hours of hard work disappeared. Well after I raged quit for the day, I came back to see the remains of the Endurance. To my surprise, I found the Cooper completely intact with its crew. I danced a jig, and then re-rendezvoused with the D-class asteroid and mined it. Then i decided to see if the Eve lander was intact. IT WAS. Except for the fact it was missing its docking port on the front. I had a claw + docking port attached to the rear, so I moved that to the front and clawed the cockpit, giving it a new docking port on the front. I then moved it back to the asteroid, and attempted to attach it's surface. After smashing a load of solar panels, which made me rage quit once more, I unleashed the Cooper from the asteroid and then docked to the claw + docking port, then headed back to the asteroid to fully fuel the Eve Lander, for I have decided to take a chance, and continue the challenge as if nothing had happened. That is all. Soon I will update from the orbit of Eve, if no more timewarping mishaps occur..... Happy Explosions!
  4. Asteroid Sighted! Well, after rendezvousing with the Endurance again, the Cooper docked with it. Then the asteroid in question was found. After timewarping and extensive maneuver plotting, the Endurance fired up its engines for the first maneuver! The rest of the narrative of the first asteroid rendezvous I have completed continues in the spoiler below. So I discovered yet another Asteroid. I knew this one to be a C-class, so I am happy about that. I will also leave Kerbin's SOI with the asteroid, meaning that it should be MUCH easier to find and catch asteroids. Also next time I will transform half into mono-propellant, and the other half into pure liquid fuel. Hopefully I'll be able to refuel most of the Endurance, if not all of it. That is all for right now. Finding and capturing the asteroid cost me at least two hours, and the added frustration of not being fully fueled cooled my fondness for the game. Happy Explosions!
  5. @Lo Var Lachland, sorry for the miscommunication. I meant that I had given you the option to post your challenge by joining the team. If you want to join the sub-author team, you'll probably be accepted, but IN ORDER TO POST A CHALLENGE....one HAS to be ON the TEAM. This goes out to all of the guys who would like to post a challenge. Happy Explosions!
  6. This would be extremely interesting if you suddenly changed the course of history and added in the plans for Mars, Venus and the outer solar system developed by Werhner Von Braun. But you have done a great job portraying the Apollo missions! Congratulations! Happy Explosions!
  7. There's a challenge for this already....the Ultimate Challenge which I am completing right now.
  8. Update: Landed on Minmus! Well, sorry for the delay. I have landed the Cooper on the Minmus Flats. The reapplied ladders makes things so much better, I'm really proud of the the ladder system I have developed. Pics are below! Just as a side note, I have discovered that I forgot to bring a refinery to use on Eve's surface. Luckily, its already fully-fueled which means that it should be easy enough to just drop it onto the surface without too much of a problem. I've been caught up with camp stuff, the reason for the delay. Probably by tomorrow I'll put up a post about the trip to the asteroid and then to Eve's SOI. Hopefully that'll all work out in the end though. Happy Explosions!
  9. Alright. I revised my plan and went to Minmus instead. The landing will occur shortly. The Endurance now has just a little less than 3,000 m/s left in the tanks. Hopefully more than enough to catch the asteroid proposed. The reason there's a time limit, is because this asteroid will hit Kerbin if we don't move it. Happy Explosions!
  10. Alpha 360

    Reckon what these are?-Share your Celestial-like pics!

    1. Jupiter 2. International Space Station transiting the Sun 3. Starry night sky? 4. More stars? 5. Crab Nebula. (Which is honestly much cooler in a different spectrum than visible light) Are those correct?
  11. To the Mun! (Step 1) And now! The Ultimate Challenge begins! The Endurance is now leaving for the Mun, as the title implies. This will take 870 m/s to reach the Mun, out of the reserves of roughly 3,000 m/s. This leaves us with now roughly 2,600 m/s. 300 m/s is expelled in gaining orbit of the Mun. Once in orbit, the landing site is planed. And beauty shots taken.. can't forget about those! The Cooper detaches and then burns away, leaving the Endurance far behind. The landing site, the Farside Crater! The Cooper has two modes. Efficiency mode, and Thrust mode. Efficiency mode uses the Terriers, while Thrust mode actives both the terriers and the four swivel engines. This is about the only use I can find for swivels other than in the early game, for largish landers. Anyway, landing takes 600 m/s. Since I used thrust mode, this left my reserves at something around 1,900 m/s. My kerbal got out and then planted the flag. I forgot ladders....drat. How will I recover my kerbals on Laythe? Land in the Ocean? Then... I guess I will cross that bridge when I cross it. And after the mandatory land has been planted, Jeb gets back into the Cooper, and the mining begins! After two Mun days, the lander is fully fueled. Also, our transfer window to the asteroid is fast approaching. Only four more days before heading out to grab it! A demonstration of thrust mode. Look at the exhaust, no wonder this thing can lift off of Tylo. Then... I'll just say it. I forgot to bring the utility parts from Kerbin. That was stupid of me. So, I launched the package to intercept and rendezvous with the Endurance. Its less than a ton, so it wouldn't have effected anything. All it is is extra mono-propellant tanks, klaws, and batteries. I docked it to the Endurance, and then I docked the Cooper to that. This is the fully completed design. Should I pull up a quicksave that I made back in Kerbin's SOI and send the package then, and redo the landing and entry into orbit? Please tell me, @IncongruousGoat. On that interesting note, I will end this post here. When this is figured out, then I'll head out to the asteroid and capture it. Then we will go to Eve! Happy Explosions!
  12. Luckily enough, that's not necessary. Happy Explosions!
  13. Thanks, @IncongruousGoat! The reason its not implemented in the vehicle, is the obvious fact that the heatshield and extra decoupler weigh at least a ton, probably more. That would kill the efficiency of the Cooper, or restrain the Excalibur from reaching orbit. Sorry for not starting the challenge yet, I will do so hopefully today or tomorrow. Happy Explosions!
  14. Let me call up @doggonemess to post the medals for challenge number 6! Everyone with their submissions better hurry up. Once the medals are posted the challenge is CLOSED Happy Explosions!
  15. In Orbit - Preparing for Departure! All the pieces are in place. The mothership, Endurance, waits in orbit of Kerbin. Tomorrow, it will set out for the Mun, and then the asteroid which will be captured! The three parts are all here. The transfer stage, the Shackleton with two thousand m/s in it when everything is fully fueled up and with the cargo. The cargo consists of the Cooper primary lander, with its ability to land on every single planetary body except Eve, with ISRU. The other cargo, placed underneath the transfer-stage, is the Eve Lander, Excalibur. The only reason I'm calling it that, is because I couldn't find another ship of some sort named Endurance with a captain to name it by. (If you know such a captain who commands a ship called, Endurance, please tell me ) The Excalibur is small for some Eve Landers. I still don't understand the use of 3.75 meter parts on Eve, especially if I can land all three crew members on Eve with a 2.5 meter stage. At least that is what I hope, because I haven't fully tested out the lander. I do know it has 3,500 m/s in the vector stage at 2 TWR to 3 TWR, and the second poodle stage with 1.5 TWR and 2,500 m/s. Will this work? Anyway, that is all! The only other news is that I will send up a utility rack before it heads off. Also, a brief introduction to the planned course. Step 1 would be the Mun. After that, the Endurance returned to Kerbin's SOI before kicking off into deep space to rendezvous with the asteroid. Step 2 would be Eve's orbit, and a quick landing on Gilly. Step 3 would be Eve's surface. Step 4 would be a gravity assist from Kerbin to reach Duna, and land briefly on Ike. After that, Stop 5 would be Duna itself. After Duna, the Endurance will discard the asteroid and then head to Dres. Step 6 would be Dres's surface after grabbing an asteroid from the Desteroids. Step 7 would be Jool orbit, and landings on Pol and Bop. The plan is to put the Endurance into Laythe's orbit, and explore using the lander until after Step 8, which would be landing on Laythe itself. Then the mothership would move to Tylo for step 9, and land the Cooper. Step 10 would be Eeloo. Step 11 will then be a series of gravity assists back down to Moho, as well as a swing by Kerbin to pick up a third asteroid and landing on Minmus. Step 12 would finally be Moho, and then the Endurance would leave for Kerbin. After reaching Kerbin, a crew transport would pick up the crew, Jeb, Val, and Bill, and head down to the planet for a hero's welcome. Happy Explosions!