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  1. STS - 61-E, September 20th - September 30th, 1984 For Sale Recovery: STS-61-E is the Space Shuttle program's most ambitious mission yet, setting out to deploy two commsats and then moving onto recover two more for return to Earth. Voyager will deliver WCom 15 and Huwako 9 (KSA) to orbit. After this mission goal is met, Voyager will then rendezvous with Huwako 5 for recovery and then move onto AZIC-9. These two satellites will be refurbished and reflown on later missions, though they will not be launched aboard the space shuttle. The MMU will see extensive use on this flight, being instrumental to assisting the recovery of the two satellites. This launch marks the last one prior to the maiden flight of OV-98 "Destiny." The odd numbering of Destiny is due to it being a converted structural test article, rebuilt using spare parts from Intrepid and Voyager. Crew: Commander: Neil Kerman Pilot: Deke Kerman Mission Specialist: Huey Kerman Mission Specialist: Mike Kerman Mission Specialist: John Kerman Orbiter: OV-104 "Voyager" "..All systems look green. Coming up on GOX arm retract here shortly, t-minus 3 minutes and 58 seconds..." "GOX arm now moving back.." "T-minus 15, 14, 13, 12, 10...Excess hydrogen burn off systems online.." "T-minus 8, 7, go for main engine start.." "We have main engine start.." "Liftoff! Liftoff of the 26th space shuttle mission." "Coming up on SRB separation." After recovery, excessive burn through on the O-Rings of the SRBs was noted. This event nearly lead to the total loss of vehicle and crew. OMS-1 OMS-2 "Voyagers payload bay doors now open, proceeding with primary mission objectives." First objective is the deployment of Huwako 8, a commsat for the KSA built by Western Communications. "Spin-up started, deployment proceeding nominally, Houston..." "We've got nominal deployment." Huwako 8 burning it's apogee kick motor. "Everything with Huwako 8 went smoothly. WCom 12 deployment is still on-schedule for deployment in the coming days." "Alright Houston, we're still go for deployment of WCom. How are things looking down there?" "We read you Neil and we don't have any issues on our side. Go for deployment of WCom." "Rog." "Make sure you get it on the IMAX, Huey!" "I got it." WCom 12 deployment. WCom at GEO. "Voyager - Houston, we're good to move onto recovering AZIC and Huwako. Plugging in the burn now." "Houston, we have visual of Huwako. She looks good." "Huey and Deke in the airlock now, should be stepping out any second now." Deke making his way to the MMU with the TPAD attachment. Huey will standby waiting in the secondary MMU for potential rescue operations. "Alright, I'm moving outside the bay. I have a good vis. on Huwako. Making my way out there now." "Uh Houston.." "Go ahead." "I'm seeing a problem here..." "And that would be, Deke?" "Huwako is spinning, faster than expected." "...." "Is it manageable?" "I think I can get it. I'll try to match it's spin." "Alright, here we go.." "Houston, we have a satellite!" "Good going, Deke! We'll see you back here soon!" "Good show." Huey now moves to assist Deke, installing a grapple fixture to the front of Huwako. There was an issue with the grapples in the orbiters payload bay. I had to relaunch so thats why the pallets look a bit different. AZIC-9 rendezvous burn. Similar setup to before instead Huey will be the one recovering the satellite instead of Deke. Huey leaving the orbiter's bay. "Alright Huey, let's wrap this up and get on inside. I'm getting hungry." Recovered satellites photographed by Mission Specialist John Time to return to Earth Welcome back, Voyager, Huwako and AZIC!
  2. STS - 61-D, August 18th - August 29th, 1984 Power Tower Skylab 11: Expanding Skylab's power output has always been a priority of NASDA. Ever since it's near-disastrous launch in '73 the station has been operating minus one solar panel, a configuration that has severely hampered any plans for future expansion. The solution for this roadblock is the "Power Tower," a large module chock-full of batteries and topped with two massive solar panels. The added power generation will make it possible for the addition of more scientific modules, meeting NASDA's original goals for Skylab expansion. In order to actually assemble the tower, MMUs will be used due to the awkward location of its attachment point on top of the SDA. While this has been called risky by some, the Arcarm simply does not have the range to safely extract the tower and berth it. Crew: Commander: Gus Kerman Pilot: Trabas Kerman Mission Specialist: Conrad Kerman Mission Specialist: Walter Kerman Mission Specialist: Colby Kerman Mission Specialist: Layne Kerman Orbiter: OV-103 "Intrepid" "Liftoff of Space Shuttle Intrepid! Expanding Skylab and our horizons." "Houston - Intrepid, roll program." "Intrepid - Houston, nominal SRB separation. You're looking good and are right on the money." "Roger Houston." OMS -2 & Skylab rendezvous burn (OMS - 1 not photographed) Intrepid returns to Skylab once again Shortly after arrival the EVA team suits up and begins preparations for the EVA. This will be the first 3 Kerbal EVA on the Space Shuttle Program. First up is Walter Kerman who climbs into one of the MMUs with a docking probe. Layne Kerman follows after, hopping into the backup MMU. He quickly detaches from the payload bay and begins his way up to the two ATM panels. After some finicking, the two ATM panels are successfully stowed. Layne returns to the payload bay. Meanwhile, Colby is heading to dock with the power tower for extraction. Successfully extracted. Walter will dock with the other side and the pair will begin moving it up towards the SDA. Darkness soon falls on them but the pair decide to push on after briefly arguing with mission control. After a few orbits, Layne oversees the solar arrays extension. (Unfortunately I don't have an image of successfully berthing the power tower due to computer issues.) Successful rollout of both solar arrays, Skylab is now ready for expansion! Photo of Mission Specialist Gus Kerman, taken by Colby Kerman. The crew spend the next several days getting the kinks of the system and cataloging items in the on-going long duration exposure experiment. A second EVA is planned to leave a micrometeorite detector on top of the ATM. Walter Kerman to emerge from Skylab's airlock shortly. Walter would have to abort this EVA before being able to visually inspect the station for damage due to expected loss of suit pressure below his waist. No further EVAs were to be conducted until a reason could be determined on the ground. Finally, it's time for Interpid and her crew to return to Earth. Undocked. STS-61-D concluded, welcome home Intrepid!
  3. Hey all, my KSP is bugging out whenever I try to land the shuttle. If I cant fix it, Im going to upload a half post tonight and the rest tomorrow when I fix the issue.
  4. Hey all, bit of an update here. I'm taking a vacation from CD until the 18th, STS-61-D should be up then. In the mean time, have a tidbit of lore about the upcoming Akermian flag change. Wall of text so I'll spoiler it
  5. STS - 61-C, July 4th - July 11th, 1984Military Business DCSC-II: In order to further fulfill NASDA's obligations to the Department of War, STS-61-C will launch a pair of classified USAF/DOW communication satellites. The pair are a part of the Defense Communication Satellite Constellation - II, otherwise known as DCSC-II. This family of commsats seeks to improve Akermian military communication across the globe and are very advanced, lending to their classified nature. As this is a military mission, it again necessitates the presence of two USAF payload specialists. This flight also marks the last space flight of Munbro Kerman, a veteran of the Minerva, Athena and Shuttle programs. His contributions to each program undeniable, the agency wishes him a bright future in retirement. The debate about a potential dedicated USAF orbiter has seen increased interest lately, especially around the launch of STS-61-C. Even some in NASDA are supporting the Air Force's bid to acquire a shuttle, viewing it as the preferable option to the USAF using the more civilian orientated orbiters for military purposes. While president Dortmund has stated he has no intention of allowing the USAF to fly an independent shuttle, it may not matter. 1984 is an election year and with election day fast approaching, it's looking to be a blowout for conservative-militarist challenger Wilson Kerman. Wilson has stated his support for the military calling for more funds to be allocated for the expansion of each branch. While he has not explicitly said anything about the orbiter, it is believed this will be included in the Air Force's budget expansion if he were to win. Crew: Commander: Stevens Kerman Pilot: Poole Kerman Mission Specialist: Munbro Kerman USAF Payload Specialist: Cooper Kerman USAF Payload Specialist: Carter Kerman Orbiter: OV-101 "Freedom" Freedom - Ready for launch! "Roll program!" OMS-1 OMS-2 Freedom on-orbit. Crew will wait an orbit before opening up the payload bay. One orbit later, doors are opened. 2 orbits pass before the satellite train is deployed. "Freedom, go for tilt-table rotation." "Roger Houston, go for tilt-table rotation." "Houston, there's an issue here.. uh.. we've got no movement from the tilt-table, doesn't appear to be responding to inputs." "...Roger. Give us a moment, we'll get back to you." "Freedom - Houston, we're getting strange readings from the left actuator motor in the ASE... We can't do anything down here about it but flight says EVA-1 could be moved up to tomorrow for inspection and possible repairs." "Rog." As time drags on, USAF Payload Spec. Carter & Cooper don their suits and prepare for EVA. Cooper Kerman expected to emerge shortly. Cooper steps out into the vacuum of space. Cooper makes his way to the faulty ASE. Cooper is joined by Carter The pair photographed by MS Munbro The two spend the next several orbits working on fixing the issue. Even working throughout the dark. Carter Kerman taking a short break to inspect the satellites. Cooper heading back to retrieve a tool left in the airlock. The pair were able to find the issue and are working on fixing it. A small hydraulic line had come loose and was leaking. Due to the location of the leak, it is luckily able to be fixed on-orbit. Carter saying hi to Poole. Eventually, after hours of strenuous work the issue is fixed and the IUS is able to be rotated. The pair return inside and the IUS is prepared for departure. "All right, second times a charm.." "Alright Houston, nominal rotation to 51.1 degrees. Lookin' good to cut it loose." "Good sep." The pair of DCSC-II satellites and their IUS. IUS ignition DCSC-II Satellite Freedom's mission is now complete. It will spend the next several days in orbit before returning home. Time to go home. Freedom in the HAC. An overzealous astronaut gives Freedom a low pass as the orbiter touches down. Freedom returns home after successfully deploying its payload, despite the issues faced in space.
  6. STS - 61-B, June 10th - June 17th, 1984 Expanding The Array GRCA - 2: As the shuttle program pushes forward, its needs expand. Flying a profile that will become more common in the coming years, STS-61-B will deliver another portion of the Geostationary Relay & Communications Array into orbit. This array is meant to provide constant non-interruptible communications to all future crewed flights. It's existence is instrumental to virtually all of NASDAs long term goals, such as returning to the Moon and traveling beyond. intrepid will carry another satellite alongside GRCA-2, the Shuttle X-ray Astronomy Satellite. It was constructed by the SXO company as part of NASDA's PHOENIX program. Future missions will carry similar satellites, though they will be flown in various different configurations. In other news, a final decision was made on the upcoming CEV of Skylab. The Space Exploration Advisory Council overruled President Dortmund, pushing for the block order of several Unity spacecrafts from the USFR. Like stated before, there are hopes this decision will help de-escalate current international tensions and open up more opportunities for joint cooperation between the two superpowers. Extensive modifications will have to be made to allow the vehicle to properly fit inside the orbiters payload bay but these changes are already well documented and NASDA is confident they can have it done by late 1984 to early 1985. Crew: Commander: Deke Kerman Pilot: Sally Kerman Mission Specialist: Mike Kerman Mission Specialist: Eugene Kerman Mission Specialist: Bruce Kerman Mission Specialist: Charlie Kerman "We have liftoff of Shuttle Intrepid." "Lookin' good on the roll, Houston!" STS-61-B also has the honor of having the first live broadcast during launch. This practice was extremely well received by the public and as such this would become a normal occurrence on future shuttle missions. "Intrepid - Houston, you are negative TAL. Abort mode ATO. "External tank is loose, preparing for OMS-1." OMS-1 OMS-2 Intrepid is now in orbit. After an orbit, the payload bay is opened. GRCA-2 & SXAS Several orbits pass due to technical difficulties with the Inertial Upper Stages' tilt-table, though the crew is able to resolve the problem. GRCA-2 is ready for deployment! "Houston, we've cut the uh, satellite lose.. It's drifting away, everything looks good." The crew of Intrepid waves goodbye to the departing satellite. Cutting through the dark. Next up - the deployment of SXAS. SXAS is released, lookin' good! SXAS fully deployed. It's cold up here. GRCA's IUS ignites it's first motor, burning for GEO. GRCA-2 fully deployed. Systems checks show it is fully functioning. Now, time for Intrepid to come home. The orbiter was origianlly intended to land at Edwards but the weather forced ground control to go for a Kennedy landing. Another one for the books, Intrepid returns once again.
  7. Okay I am back, had to get surgery to fix my broken ankle as I took a tumble down my stairs. I will try to get STS-61B out tomorrow, thanks for your patience.
  8. Hi all! I'm feeling a lot better and actually feel like doing KSP stuff again. I also have a lot more free time now so I'm going to try to churn out at least three of this a week! In the meantime, have a little teaser for the future.
  9. STS-61-A, February 9th - February 16th, 1984 Satellite Fixin' Solar Activity Observer: Launched in mid-1979, the Solar Activity Observer was intended to investigate Solar phenomena. Unfortunately, shortly into its mission, its attitude control system failed due to an electrical fault. This lead to the satellite being unable to perform virtually all of its scientific ventures due to it no longer being able to maintain its orientation to the Sun. In order to save it and prepare it for a potential future rescue mission, it was put into standby mode in early 1980. This extremely long time spent in standby mode has rendered several scientific experiments and instruments in-operable. STS-61-A will be SAO's saving grace. The mission will carry an entire replacement for the satellites failed avionics and control systems as well as replacements for the malfunctioning instruments. It's expected that this servicing mission will add nearly 6 additional years to the mission. Crew: Commander: Huey Kerman Pilot: Reed Kerman Mission Specialist: MacArthur Kerman Mission Specialist: Murray Kerman Mission Specialist: Merriman Kerman Orbiter: OV-104 "Voyager" Voyager on the pad. Liftoff! "Coming up on SRB burnout and separation.." "Ground indicates we have nominal SRB separation, Voyager continuing to burn for orbit." "External tank now being jettisoned. Voyager will ride its 2 smaller OMS engines into orbit." OMS - 1 (OMS-2 not photographed) Voyager on-orbit Voyager's payload bay has a layout similar to STS-9, with the addition of two MMUs. Rendezvous burn. Coasting. Crew gets its first look at the SAO from about 400-500m away. Voyager begins station keeping at 150m. MacAthur & Merriam don their EVA suits and head to the airlock. After sometime, MacArthur emerges and makes his way to the MMU 01. MMU 01 is fitted with a capture device similar to the one used on STS-51-A, though much improved. MacArthur in the MMU. He is joined by Merriam who takes his place in MMU 02. He will rescue MacArthur if his MMU is to fail. MacArthur's MMU is cut loose and he begins checking his systems. Everything appears nominal and he is given the go-ahead to begin the capture procedure. Departing Voyager "Houston, I'm approaching the satellite, about 50m out." "I am now station-keeping with the satellite. I'm gonna start moving closer here in a moment." "MacArthur, you are clear to move forward with capture." "Roger Houston, uh - Gonna go ahead and get on with it." "So close.." "Houston, we have a satellite." "We copy Mac, go ahead and make sure you can move properly with it." "Uhh, everything looks good on my end. I can't see infront of me but at least I can turn my head." Returning to safety. "We have capture inside the payload bay! How 'bout that, Houston?" MacArthur backs his MMU up and stows it. The next phase of the mission is the repair work which will be carried out in 4 EVAs over 5 days. Merriam approaching SAO on EVA-2. Merriam & Murray working with various systems on EVA-3. Merriam in the payload bay after wrapping up final checks on EVA-4. Photo by Cdr. Huey. The next few hours are spent running one last series of diagnostic checks and preparing for redeployment. Everything looks good in the end and SAO is redeployed. Time to go home! Welcome back to the KSC, Voyager!
  10. 61-A will be up tomorrow, having massive issues with KSP again
  11. STS-51-G, November 2nd - November 10th, 1983 Moving Forward Strengthening Bonds: Following in the footsteps of STS-8, STS-51-G will be carrying two more Huwako series probes into orbit for the Kalionian Republic. Huwako 3 & 4 will join Huwako 1 & 2 in geostationary orbit, providing more communication links for the fledging Kalionian Space Agency. Freedom will also be carrying the first "Shuttle Pallet Satellite," a scientific probe bus built around the frame of a shuttle payload bay truss. It will be deployed and left in orbit for approximately 2 years and will be recovered by a future mission. After its recovery, it will fly into space again and the process will be repeated. STS-51-G will also carry the first astronaut from the United Isles into orbit, Julry Kerman. STS-51-G was originally a routine Skylab mission, though this was scrubbed and the payload re-manifested due to to issues with the Skylab docking adapter and the move-up of the second ones launch. This flight now carries the original payload of STS-51-E. Crew: Commander: Lisdas Kerman Pilot: Neil Kerman Mission Specialist: Barry Kerman Mission Specialist: Langer Kerman Mission Specialist: Hancal Kerman Mission Specialist: Julry Kerman (VSFA) Orbiter: OV-101 "Freedom" Smile! "We're showing green across the board..uh - Freedom is still GO at t-minus 15..." "Confirmation that the excess hydrogen turnoff systems have activated... t-minus 7-" "We show main engine start..." "Freedom is up, uh, proceeding nominally. Expecting roll-maneuver shortly.." "Freedom - negative return." "We're coming up on..(garbled) separation." "Freedom - Houston, we're showing good SRB separation. No anomalies." "Houston - Freedom, uh, roger. Getting a bit shaky up here." "Freedom is now separated from it's external tank and should be proceeding with OMS -1... standby one." "Houston, this is Freedom, nominal OMS-1 burn and coasting to OMS-2." "Roger Freedom, have some fun up there!" OMS - 2 Crew wait one orbit before opening the doors. Freedom's payload bay is opened. The crew now begin on-orbit activities. First up, deployment of Huwako - 3. After a day in orbit, the spin-up mechanism meant to spin-stabilize the satellite after deployment is activated. Huwako - 3 sailing away from Freedom Next up is Huwako - 4, though this will come later. Freedom plunges into darkness once again. After another few orbits, the sunshade covering Huwako - 4 is opened. Huwako - 4 is then spun-up and deployed. Deployment proceeded nominally but was not visually documented due to issues with the IMAX camera onboard. (KSP died.) Moving onto the SPS, some systems onboard are showing minor issues and need to be fixed. This necessitates an EVA by Hancal and Julry Kerman. Hancal Kerman steps out and ventures over towards the malfunctioning satellite. Julry makes her way outside too. Hancal tries to chase down a dropped tool. The crew spend the next two and a half hours trouble-shooting the faulty systems. Hancal Kerman with the SPS. Finally, just after the 4 hour mark, everything appears green. The pair pack up their gear and return to the airlock, ready for a rest. After double-checking everything and re-affirming that everything is functioning properly, the SPS is prepared for deployment. Mission specialist Barry Kerman takes control of Freedom's Arcarm and begins the process. "Neil, does that look affixed to you..? It isn't lined up properly but it's showing a good connection." "I believe we may be fine, if sensors are showing a good connection it's gotta be right. Cut 'er loose. The satellite is removed from the orbiters cargo bay. Photo of the SPS, taken by Mission Specialist Langer Kerman. "Beautiful view! Goodjob Barry!" After successfully repositioning the SPS, it is detached and begins to float away from Freedom. The Shuttle Pallet Satellite Free-flying. Photo from Cdr. Lisdas With all primary mission goals achieved, it is time for Freedom to return home. Shutting the payload bay doors and beginning descent checklist. De-orbit burn. "Well, Freedom, it looks like you're well on your way now! Hopefully see you down in approx. 28 minutes." Munbro & Jeb Kerman seeing Freedom down in their T-38, gear down to match the relatively low speed of the orbiter. Footage from the chase plane. (Thank you @Kolbie5874!) "Touch! Okay we got nose coming down at 10 ft. 9ft. 8ft. Holding at 8ft. 6ft. 4ft. 2ft.-" "Nose down." Freedom ends another extremely successful mission, pushing the envelope and expanding Akermia's horizons. Post-Mission Briefing: First of all, I apologize for the week delay. For starters, I took a short break to focus on other stuff, then it turned into more than a few days, and then I got COVID which pretty much killed my motivation to do... really anything. I am still sick and feel awful, but I am glad I was able to get this one out to you. I also would like to use this to discuss the future of Chasing Dreams; In order to speed up the process of getting to the super fun missions, a few missions might get skipped over if I deem them too... boring? I guess? A majority of them would be simple satellite deployments similar to this one, as long as they aren't unique enough. You would not believe how many barrel-sats the early shuttle program launched IRL, and that's something I am fine with skipping over. For skipped missions, I will include a brief description of what they were, what orbiter flew, and the payload they delivered as to avoid confusion and maintain continuity. Catch you on the flippity-flip, as a regional manager of a mid-range Pennsylvanian paper-supply company would say.
  12. SRB plumes are from lemon cup, they're buried somewhere on the shuttle adventures thread I'll see if I can grab a link in a bit. Truthful was correct with the SSME plumes. As for the tilt-table, it's a kitbash of near future exploration stuff.
  13. I got COVID guys :^( I'll try to get STS-51-G up soon, just dealing with this whole sickness thing. Coughing like hell, tired, the works. EDIT: Scratch that, can barely keep my eyes open.
  14. Awesome to win, congratulations to the other winners!
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