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  1. Hmm well I am flattered but no I didn’t do any retexturing. I reckon you are confused for one of the following reasons: a) you haven’t tried the built-in texture-switching options available when you right click some of the parts in the VAB. You can select the tan fabric textures this way. b) you don’t have the latest version of Tantares, so your parts don’t look the same or don’t have the same appearance options. c) your eyes are being a little deceived by the graphics mods, high contrast shadows and whatnot. Or maybe the small decals on the sides (thanks to ConformalDecals). Whichever the case though I can assure you it is 95% Tantares parts and if you’d like some further help or advice you are welcome to PM me, since we should try to only talk about SOCK in this thread
  2. Progress M1-4 - November 16th, 2000 The first spacecraft to visit the Expedition 1 crew during their 4-month mission was an unmanned Progress. It brought extra food, water, supplies, and oxygen to the station, as well as equipment to begin the first science experiments aboard the ISS. Progress M1-4 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on the early morning of November 16th, 2000. Upon arrival to the ISS, the vehicle's automated docking system (KURS) failed and Expedition 1 crewmember Yuri Gidzenko had to assume manual remote control. 50 hours after launch from Baikonur, Progress M1-4 was successfully docked to the zenith port of Zarya. After docking, the Expedition 1 crew would begin unloading the Progress. It would remain at the station for two weeks, at which point it would need to be undocked and flown into a nearby parking orbit to make way for Space Shuttle Endeavour to utilize the nearby PMA-3, located on the bottom of Unity. Up next, STS-97!
  3. Hey sorry I missed your first post! As @JadeOfMaar said transfer window planner and MechJeb Advanced transfer mode helps a lot. When using FFT or other very high-isp vessels your transfer window looks very different and I do go through the basics in the “Departure” post. Ina nut shell wait for Kerbin to reach the spot in its orbit where KerbinPrograde is pointing nearly at Jool (just a little in front of it) then do a couple of periapsis kicks, and do a final burn to break orbit and get that straight line trajectory. Depending on the date and other variables, a 2-month trajectory will take 50-60km/s DeltaV. At the moons, going inbetween them is orbital mechanics 101, expect several hundred m/s to go from 1 moon to the next. Gravity breaking is your friend, your cheapest route is going from outer moons to inner moons. I don’t have the exact numbers but the bright side is that with FFT you can easily bring excess dV margins, I would allot at least 10,000m/s to be safe
  4. This is powerful. Achieving this goal took many nations working together. We’ll have to do the same thing if we want to achieve more.
  5. Awesome! I have seen a couple of interviews and post-mission reports. You begin to get an idea of just how deep these astronauts’ knowledge base goes when they talk about the mission highlights. They train for roughly a year for each mission they go on, during which time they become technical experts on every single system they could conceivably need to work with, sometimes down to each individual wire. I tend to think of astronauts as jack of all trades, masters of all.
  6. Slowly getting the hang of working the Canadarm on STS-92! Check out the rest of our progress in ISS Adventures.
  7. STS-92 - October 11th, 2000 This flight of Space Shuttle Discovery marked the historic 100th mission of the program, as well as the 4th Space Shuttle flight of the year 2000, and the 5th Shuttle flight in support of the ISS since its construction began. STS-92 served as a vital stepping stone to future expansion of the station. Its primary cargo was the "Z1 Truss" segment, which contained electrical power connections and the four main Control Moment Gyros for the station. The CMGs are reaction wheels responsible for controlling the attitude and stability of the ISS as it orbits Earth, ensuring that the station is always pointing in the right direction. The Z1 is considered a part of the combined truss structure, which forms the backbone of the station, even though it sits alone and does not physically connect to the subsequent pieces. Nevertheless, its design is loadbearing in nature, as it served as the temporary home for the P6 Solar Array during the early years of construction. Also carried onboard Discovery was PMA-3, a second docking assembly for use by visiting Shuttles. Attaching to Unity's nadir (bottom) port, this would allow future flights to add segments to parts of the station otherwise inaccessible due to the docking angle. PMA-3 was transported on a Spacelab Pallet, which also included the astronauts' tool kits and additional parts for the Z1 Truss. STS-92 launched around sunset from LC-39A with a crew of seven. A series of small orbit-raising maneuvers by Discovery led to a rendezvous and docking with the ISS on flight Day 3. Early on flight Day 4, before entering the ISS, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata operated the robotic arm to attach the Z1 Truss to Unity's zenith port. Permanent berthing was not accomplished until the next day as the Z1 needed to be further prepped and deployed. 4 EVAs were conducted by two teams of astronauts. EVAs 1 and 3 were carried out by William McArthur and Leroy Chiao, who deployed the integrated Ku-band antenna on top of Z1. Also referred to as the "SGANT" (Space to Ground Antenna), this allowed the ISS to remain in constant independent communication with mission control by tracking the TDRS satellite array in geosynchronous orbit. Later in the flight, Peter Wisoff and Michael Lopez-Alegria conducted EVAs to assist in the docking of PMA-3. They also tested the new "SAFER" system, an EVA backpack with emergency thrusters for free-flight in the event of accidental untethering. After completing the EVA tasks, the crew finished unloading Progress M1-3 and configuring Zvezda. The ISS was now ready to host the first long-duration crew scheduled to arrive in just a couple of short weeks. Discovery separated from the ISS on October 20th after 7 days of docked operations. At this time the Z1 Truss remained mostly powered down, since it initially required full integration with the Destiny Lab to function. In addition, the CMGs needed more electrical power than what was currently available. Originally scheduled for landing on October 20th at Cape Canaveral, poor weather conditions eventually delayed the landing and diverted to Edwards Air Force Base on October 24th, 2000 after almost 13 days on-mission. Up next, the historic arrival of Expedition 1 on Soyuz Tm-31!
  8. Because the potatoes are all we have anymore, don’t you get it? We’ve had to endure so many great hardships since this all started, out leaders have failed us, but these potatoes... these potatoes have stuck by our side to the very end. Anyways, why do my Spaghetti-Os keep making lightning?
  9. Thank you very much mate! Like Kuiper said we have put a lot of effort into this and are trying to go for a level of detail that really does the ISS justice. For me this has turned into a thoroughly engrossing research project - I have learned a lot already and there’s still tons more! If anything I hope this inspires a few people to do the same. I feel like if you are a spaceflight enthusiast, learning about the ISS is tremendously worthwhile.
  10. Progress M1-3 - August 6th, 2000 "Progress" vehicles are a type of unmanned spacecraft designed to deliver supplies to crewed space stations. The design dates back to 1977 when the Soviet Union first began long-duration stays aboard the Salyut 6 station, which required periodic resupply. It is heavily influenced by the venerable Soyuz spacecraft and uses much of the same hardware, as well as the same launch vehicle. The Progress "M" variant was the 1989-modernized resupply vehicle, used extensively during the Mir program. The "M1" derivative came about in early 2000, which included modifications to hold less cargo in exchange for more fuel. Using the enhanced Soyuz docking port, Progress M1s were able to transfer fuel into the Zvezda module for later use, or directly use the fuel to provide complimentary reboosts while docked. Progress M1-3 was the first of its kind to visit the ISS. Besides fuel, it also carried several pieces of equipment which crews would later use to properly outfit the newly-attached Zvezda module (Zvezda was purposely launched with a portion of its internal components missing in order to make weight requirements). It launched less than 1 month after Zvezda, at sunset from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. M1-3 would remain docked to the aft port of Zvezda for nearly 3 months. During this time it would be unloaded by the crews of STS-106 and STS-92. Up Next, STS-106!
  11. Trying to figure out what this monstrosity might be good for, if anything... I thought it might be enough to put the shuttle on a Trans-Lunar injection, but not quite! It CAN easily send the Shuttle to GTO. Then potentially deploy a large payload with its own circularization motor. But the prospect of reentry afterwards would be a little... uncertain.
  12. Pizza Hut Proton will rise again...! I wonder which party was more thrilled about that: the Russian Space Agency for the $1million they got out of the deal, or Pizza Hut for getting to have their company logo painted on the side of an orbital rocket. I'll bet the latter. I get the sense "space tourism" seemed like a real growth opportunity to a lot of companies back then.
  13. It’s a good ole kitbash of some parts, I won’t go too far into detail but I started by taking the “sunshade” from Cormorant Aeronology and flipping it upside down lol. A few custom decals and handrails later and viola, Spacehab!
  14. You saying I’m the type of dude that makes custom decals for my Spacehab and doesn’t put my ISS on a 51.6 inclination??
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