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  1. Part 20: Thinking with Portals

    Today's update starts with some M700 SCANsats.

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    SCAN wanted ore scans for the Mun and Minmus, so the respective bases constructed the probes. Above is the Minmus one.

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    A few hours later and the Mun one was ready.

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    Cryogenic engines such as the one on the lower stage have seen a lot more use due to their high DeltaV and Isp.

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    At the ASC, the staff were busy planning a Sarnus kolonization mission.

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    The plan consisted of SCANsats at Ovok and Encethys, with an orbital station at Ovok and surface base on Encethys.

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    Ovok Orbital Outpost (OOO) in the SPH.

    The first part of the plan was the two SCANsats.

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    "This rocket looks like a Delta 4 Heavy."

    "What's that?"

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    It will take about a Rote for the optimal transfer window to open, so we'll get back to this later.

    RING RING RING!

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    Tylo rovers want attention.

    A contract appeared for a SENTINEL telescope to scan asteroids passing near Jool. It was pretty much free money, so the contract was accepted.

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    The telescope was built at Minmus.

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    While thinking of ways to get the station to Sarnus, the Extra-Kerbin Space Technology Research Agency's Superluminal Logicstics Division magically started existing and created warp beacons, which the ASC took interest in, and bought several. The new plan was to only launch the already-launched SCANsats and a warp beacon to Sarnus, and teleport the rest from Kerbin orbit. The only problem was the beacons ran on Karborundum, a very expensive and rare resource.

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    The first beacon is going to Bop. The more powerful beacons require low gravity to work, so Bop was the ideal spot.

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    Welcome to the space potato.

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    The beacon is set up, all it needs is Karborundum.

    After careful SCANsat analysis, it was found that Pol has significant enough amounts of Karborundum to allow mining.

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    First, a beacon was sent to Pol so the Karborundum could be shipped to other beacons.

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    While waiting for the transfer window, the drill vehicle was launched on a Delta 4 Heavy.

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    While waiting for the Pol transfer window, a janitor got a brilliant idea of building a craft with a lot of RTGs at one of the bases and sending it to Kerbin to sell the RTGs to make millions. A senior scientist in RnD heard the idea and stole all the credit.

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    The craft was fittingly named "stonks".

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    As is usual with Minmus, escape velocity was extremely easy.

    RING RING RING!

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    The Karbo miner reached its maneuver.

    Maybe now we can go to Ke- RING RING RING!

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    And the beacon.

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    Kerbin orbit looks very cluttered from all the satellites in crazy orbits.

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    But it doesn't look like that in normal view.

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    The RTGs were very tightly packed, which means lots of money.

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    Final profit: 4 million funds!

    Kerbal Alarm Clock is a life saver when you have a lot of maneuvers and craft.

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    First: Sarnus SCANsats.

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    Next: Sarnus Beacon.

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    Next: Karborundum miner arriving at Pol.
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    Finally: Beacon corrections.

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    Oh wait, still have to the Sarnus beacon escape burn.

    Now we're done- RING RING RING!

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    Even the Tylo SCANsats had to get some attention.

    Now that that's done, we can start mining Karborundum.

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    It isn't that much, but it's Karborundum.

    After several hours of mining, the drill took off, but not before investigating a nearby anomaly.

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    Navigating in low gravity on a steep slope is extremely annoying.

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    At least we got a tech node out of it.

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    A Randolith, similar to the one discovered on Bop several updates ago.

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    After that, the miner went to orbit and filled the beacon's tanks, but leaving some in the miner to fill the tanks at the Bop beacon.

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    Oh, we're at Bop now.

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    Bop tanks filled, it was time to head back and get more Karbo.

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    The extreme spacetime distortions caused by the beacon travel was captured on camera.

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    Back at Pol.

    Next time, time will start moving much faster to get to the interesting stuff, like TPA shenanigans and Sarnus launches.


  2. 1. To pick up stones, stand next to them and right-click on the kerbal. There should be a button that says something along the lines of Pick up Mun Stone.

    2. A RoveMate probe core, modular girders, or structural plates are good for rover bodies. The RoveMate is in the pods category, and the structural plates are in the structural category.

    3. In the bottom left, look for the small icon that has a circle around a point. Click it so the circles changes to a hexagon, which will make parts snap to angles.

    4. To make rendezvous easy, make sure the target's orbit is noticeably higher or lower than your orbit. Make a maneuver to transfer to the target like you would to get to the Mun. To slow down, I recommend installing BetterBurnTime, it has an indicator telling you when to burn to slow down.


  3. Part 19: It's Back Again

    Welcome back to Alternis Space Program, home of the most inconsistent update schedule ever! except i just received news that this is NOT the most inconsistent mission report, although it is still inconsistent

    Today's update starts with the Tylo Probe Army.

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    The first of two TPA launches, containing three SCANsats. The public did not respond well to the fact that it was only two launches when they were promised an "army".

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    Despite the negative feedback, the launch still went well.

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    Heading to Tylo.

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    The second launch contained two rovers.

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    With the Tylo Probe "Army" heading to... well... Tylo, the second DSR was thrown into deep space.

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    Jeb grabbed a stopwatch while watching the launch to see how fast it can get on an escape trajectory.

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    Final time: 6 minutes 57 seconds.

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    DSR 2's trajectory reached all the way up to Plock.

    With nothing to do, Gene activated time warp until he had something to do.

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    Tech has advanced a lot since EE1's launch. The tweakscaled Cheetah is completely overshadowed by better engines.

    The next interesting thing was the crew on KSS Resort finishing training.

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    Another happy landing.

    After a few rotes of drifting in space, EE1 is arriving at Eve.

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    A few reentry attempts later and EE1 captured into an elliptical Eve orbit.

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    The SCANsat detached at AP and circularized in a polar orbit.

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    A few hours later, the helicopter went back into Eve's atmosphere.

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    Eve's large plateau can be seen in the above two pictures.

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    There were a lot of clouds, making it hard to see anything.

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    However, EE1 still landed safely.

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    The terrain was surprisingly green for a planet this toxic. Does Eve have grass?

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    The helicopter went up onto the plateau. It reaches so high that it's above the clouds.

    Next time, Werhner will reveal a project "that will actually be an army." Updates will also be more consistent.


  4. Part 18: Minmus 4 Journey

    Today's update starts with tourists.

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    A lot of them.

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    Walt, the head of PR, invited several journalists to watch the StarShuttle launch. There was mixed feedback about the design. (I posted the picture of the launch on r/KerbalSpaceProgram)

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    "...SLS, Starship launch system?" -Anonymous Journalist 1

    "Delete this RIGHT NOW" -Anonymous Journalist 2

    Angelo Kerman, CEO of Wild Blue Industries, was also on the mission.

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    By the time the StarShuttle exited the atmosphere, it was almost in orbit because of the flatter gravity turn on this mission.

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    Going to KSS Resort.

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    Docked.

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    That's a lot of money!

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    When it was time for the tourists to return, Kerbal Space Tourism saw the extra tourists from the LKO and space station visit contracts as hotel guests, meaning extra money.

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    Kerbin's largest cities can be seen as StarShuttle deorbits.

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    Safely landed.

    Even more tourists wanted to visit, so StarShuttle was immediately launched again. About half of the passengers were aspiring astronauts who will be trained on the station.

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    Arriving at Resort. StarShuttle also got upgraded with an antenna and solar panel.

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    This mission will be longer than most other StarShuttle missions because of the training.

    A contract appeared on Gene's desk for the "Minmus 4 Journey". The contract was accepted because it paid nearly a million funds.

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    "Minmus, Bop, Mun, and Laythe? Easy."

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    Pilot Valentina Kerman, scientist Bob Kerman, and engineer Mitcott Kerman were selected for the grand tour.

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    Their first stop on the journey is Bop.

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    Here, on J1 R19 24:06, Valentina, Bob, and Mitcott Kerman landed on Bop as part of the Minmus 4 Journey.

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    Next stop: The Mun.

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    The pod will use a Laythe assist to reach the Mun. While that's happening, ASC engineers started work on the Laythe lander.

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    The first stage uses a Lynx engine, and the second uses a Wolfhound.

    The lander will be constructed at Minmus, and the pod will transfer onto the new rocket. It'll take about 1 Rote to build, which should be enough time for the pod to arrive.

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    Mi4 using Laythe to gravity assist to the Mun.

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    Welcome to the Mun!

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    Landing at MSB The Engineer. DeltaV was tight.

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    Landed. Bill was standing outside to greet them, and light up the landing site.

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    Here, on J1 R20 10:15, Valentina, Bob and Mitcott Kerman landed on the Mun as part of the Minmus 4 Journey. There, they met MSB crew Virfry, Bill, Natabin, and Admin Kerman.

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    Bill then installed a KAS port, with Mitcott's help, to refuel the craft.

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    The entire night was spent refueling the craft.

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    By the time daylight returned, Mi4 was full.

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    The crew said their goodbyes and took off.

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    Off to Minmus!

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    Welcome to Minmus.

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    Good timing, too.

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    The Wolfhound stage was detached.

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    Landed.

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    The crews came out to greet each other. Unlike at the Mun, there was light this time.

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    Here, on J1 R20 34:23, Valentina, Bob, and Mitcott Kerman landed on Minmus as part of the Minmus 4 Journey. There, they met MiSB crew Traory, Herzon, Tefen, and Thompden Kerman.

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    "Tefen, before you go in." -Val

    "Yes?" -Tefen

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    "Can I try the rocket scooter?" -Val

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    "Of course!" -Tefen

    The crew went inside the base to wait for construction to finish.

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    "Where's Val?" -Mitcott

    Meanwhile, outside...

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    "YAHOO!!!" -Val

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    "Wait a minute, something's down there."

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    "I remember this! This is from 7 parts ago when I landed on Minmus. Can't believe it's been so long."

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    "I'm running low on fuel, so I should head back."

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    Right after Val returned, the Laythe lander finished construction.

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    It took all night to fuel it.

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    Once it was day, the crew climbed back into their capsule and docked to the top of the spacecraft.

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    They left Minmus and plotted a maneuver for Laythe.

    While the first part of the Minmus 4 Journey was happening, the StarShuttle returned.

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    The landing was sorta successful. Nobody died, though.

    Werhner was looking through his telescope when he noticed some new things in the sky. He immediately started the more powerful telescopes and was shocked when he saw some new planets!

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    I tried to install OPM earlier, but the game would always refuse to load. After messing around, I figured out it was becuase of AKR's patch for Eeloo. It's supposed to rename OPM's Eeloo to Encethys and move AKR's Eeloo, but something went wrong, I guess. I manually changed OPM Eeloo's name and disabled the AKR patch, and it worked.

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    The new outer planets, with Eeloo and Ike for scale. Sarnus is yellow, Urlum is teal, Neidon is purple, and Plock is tan.

    Werhner immediately published the news of the new planets' discovery. Some contract providers got confused, though.

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    The Minmus 4 contract now wants landings on Vall and JOOL? Once the original mission goal is completed, Gene will clear up this misconception.

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    The contract for the Eve satellite now wanted it around Slate, one of Sarnus' moons? Gene decided to cancel this contract.

    Back to Minmus 4.

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    Burning to Laythe.

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    Attempt 1 tried re-entry at around 30km. However, the trajectory prediction showed that the craft would immediately go in to land, which Mission Control didn't want.

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    One quickload later, and the trajectory was altered to aerocapture instead.

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    One loop later and the craft is now going to a better spot.

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    An unexpected Kraken attack interrupted the mission, so some pictures are missing.

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    KSP crashed right after the above picture was taken. When I restarted KSP, all the parachutes broke, even though the shouldn't have. Because this was Kraken-caused, I used infinite fuel to land.

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    The crew members got out to stretch and breathe some fresh air after constantly breathing the internal life support air for over a Rote.

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    "Did we land on Kerbin?" -Val "Smells salty, like the beach." -Bob

    Here, on J1 R21 1:31, Valentina, Bob, and Mitcott Kerman landed on Laythe as part of the Minmus 4 Journey.

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    Before taking off again, Mitcott repacked the parachutes for use during Kerbin reentry.

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    Liftoff from Laythe.

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    It was finally time to head home.

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    Welcome back to Kerbin.

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    Safely landed.

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    And with a lot of science, too!

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    Gene cleared things up with Rokea, and they agreed to pay the ASC the promised amount.

    Next time, the Tylo Probe Army will take off.


  5. On 4/25/2020 at 8:38 PM, Mars-Bound Hokie said:

    Johnknee Kerman was a scientist exploring Laythe's Crater Island (15* 20' 30" N, 65* 22' 24" W), where several animals were photographed in a recon flight. One small dog-like animal in particular caught his attention, then he went over to pet it. Little did he know that it was not only a baby, but its vicious mother was nearby. Johnknee was mauled in seconds, dying after the mother's 20-centimeter claws pierced his heart through his EVA suit.

     

    Dr. Kendall Kerman will die from koronavirus.

    Dr. Kendall discovered the first Koronavirus kase while working as a doctor in Khina, and died after catching it. The disease quickly started to spread.

    Mitcott Kerman - Koronavirus


  6. Unmanned missions are [Planet] Explorer #, and manned missions are [Planet] Expedition # For example, Mun Expedition 1 for the first crewed Mun mission.

    Stations are [First letter of planet name]SS, then a one-two word name, and bases are the same as stations but SB. For example, KSS Resort for a Kerbin station.


  7.  Part 17: Station Shenanigans Round 4

    Today's update starts with the launch of the KSS Resort Observation Deck. Tourists will be able to look down at Kerbin and enjoy snacks in this module.

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    The V4 rocket has become the standard for LKO launches, with 4 Vectors and 2 boosters on the lower stage, and a Rhino on the upper stage.

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    Approaching the station.

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    Docked. The next modules will be two centrifuges, but those will have to wait until PEx1 returns with science.

    While the ASC staff were building Resort, MSB The Engineer started work on new modules to boost production rates, starting with a drill module.

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    The Drill Module is identical to the one on Minmus.

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    Bill went on EVA the next morning to connect the drill.

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    After timewarping, the drill went flying into the sky. After reloading, the link mode was set to undocked to prevent future Kraken attacks.

    Speaking of Pol Expedition 1, it's about to return to Kerbin.

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    Over 3000 science! This will be enough for the centrifuges.

    With new parts unlocked, ASC management launched two almost identical centrifuge modules. One has a restaurant with a kale greenhouse, and the other has an interactive science module for tourists to experiment in microgravity, under the supervision of a scientist.

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    To save time, only pictures of the first launch were taken.

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    Centrifuge 1 arriving.

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    Fully docked.

    Resort was finished. Immediately after the docking, Walt, the chief of public relations, put up advertisements on TV and online for the station.

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    Come visit KSS Resort! Our new space hotel has everything you need! It features an observation deck complete with snack dispensers, an endless supply of kale, interactive science activities, and much, much, more! Contact Walt Kerman to buy your ticket today!

    Resort had one problem, though. There was no way to get the large amount of kerbals buying tickets up to the station! To fix this, work immediately started on a vehicle that could transport large numbers of kerbals.

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    Their first attempt was at a space shuttle, and it worked well in the tests. However, the shuttle experienced very unstable roll during ascent, so the flight was reverted and the idea was scrapped.

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    The next attempt was to make something similar to Starship. At first, they tried vertical landing, but Jeb found it very hard to pitch up during tests.

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    Some tweaks later, and it was changed to land horizontally, like a plane.

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    It landed somewhat successfully.

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    Somewhat successful was enough, so the first StarShuttle was created. It's named StarShuttle because it's a crazy combination of Starship and the Space Shuttle.

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    It was put on top of a brand new O4 rocket, which looks a lot like the SLS. This launch contains 4 kerbals, but nobody remembered to write down who was on it. The only kerbal that the writer remembers being on the ship is Mitcott.

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    There's a bug with the Orcas' (from Near Future Launch Vehicles V2) where the smoke from the engines flies off to the side for some reason. It doesn't affect the engine's performance, though.

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    The first attempt at launching this had no fins on the first stage, and tended to flip over if the gravity turn was done too soon.

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    The StarShuttle uses the tried and true Rhino engine for propulsion.

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    Arriving at the station.

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    Someone messed up when building the centrifuge and made the ports normal size, while the StarShuttle uses Sr. size ports. Thankfully, this issue was spotted before launch, so some replacement docking ports were included on the launch.

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    Mitcott went on EVA to replace the docking port.

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    Resort is now operational!

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    Mitcott again went on EVA to inspect the station.

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    "Kale? Out of all the things you could grow in space, you chose kale?"

    After the inspection, Mitcott installed a few more docking ports before leaving.

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    Undocking and moving to the other side.

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    Two more ports installed.

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    Reentry.

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    Coming in to land.

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    Landed! Fuel was pretty low, so the next StarShuttle launches will feature more fuel and less monopropellant.

    Next time, tourists will be launched to the new space station, and the ASP will have to buy several new wallets.