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  1. Pegasus first flight - 10th October 1997Giving wings to the Artemis program Pegasus ECUS The ECUS (Exploration Cryogenic Upper Stage) is an essential part of the Artemis program, being the stage which sends all the mission components from LEO to the moon. During it's development, bidding took place between McDonell Douglass, planning for a 6.6m diameter stage, similar to the S-IVB, and Northrop, who recently acquired General Dynamics and was planning on upscaling their Centaur. McDonell's bid was more expensive, as it required advanced tooling and extra dry mass to produce their inverted bulkhead. Despite it yielding a higher preforming stage, NASA eventually chose Northrop's bid, a 5.5m stage, which was named Pegusas as it gave wings to the Artemis program. Now, almost half a decade later, Pegasus is preparing to fly, launching partially fuelled on a Saturn M02 and inserting itself into a Heliocentric orbit. Launch commit and liftoff! Pegasus pressurisation nominal We have J-2 chilldown, 43 seconds to sep We have good indication of Stage Separation Pegasus is exposed to the vacuum of space Nominal orbit achieved, commencing Pegasus separation After testing systems in LEO, the RL10's ignite to send Pegasus into a Heliocentric orbit Cuttoff With it's tanks fully drained, Pegasus cruises into deep space
  2. Great thanks man. I'm an academic person really, so it wasn't too big of a fuss. The real impact was mentally tho, I really didn't expect how stressful and stuff it'd be. I'm good now tho
  3. Robotic arm is HabTech sorry I’m not publishing a mod list, it’s too much effort because I have probably over 100 for version, I use 1.11.2, it’s the most stable for me
  4. Wow, been looking forward to this for a long time. Great job man. Screenshots coming soon!
  5. Hey everyone, just thought I’d give you an update. As it stands, I have like a week and a half left of exams, then I’m free. Once that’s over, I’ll be waiting for Rogerwang86’s new Altair to come out, as he’s making an ETS version. After, that, missions should start again
  6. Ah thanks. British exams are much different though ha, they’re many times harder than the American equivalent, and they’re taken 2 years earlier. We also don’t get retakes either. I’ll be fine though, I’m get good grades and I’ve been preparing all year for this. I’m just exited to return to Artemis after
  7. Hi guys, I should probably have said last week, but Artemis is stopping for the near future. I’ve got important exams for the next 7 weeks basically I haven’t had much time to play amongst all the revision. So posts will stop until the end of June, after which, I’ll try and do this whole thing over the summer. Cool? Awesome!
  8. Tweakscale, and It's closer to like 4.2m. Challenger was essentially Skylab - It was close to it's size but instead of being a reused stage, It's an actual station module
  9. Freedom Expedition 32 - 30th September 1996 It's a test...still a test! Crewed Block V After the successful launch of Artemis 1 back in March, the Apollo block V system has been fully fully crew rated and verified. Before crewed flights for the Artemis program begin, a full manned test of the block V must be done. Expedition 32 will carry the new Apollo spacecraft to Freedom, along with a block IV mission module for a 2 week test flight. The crew chosen to fly on the new spacecraft are: - Commander, Michael Lawson - A veteran of the Freedom program, and his last spaceflight - Pilot, Natalie Duncan - The first woman to graduate NASA's pilot training scheme The crew will use their two weeks aboard Freedom to film the movie ''The dream is alive'' using an IMAX camera system brought up aboard the Crew module The crew board their Saturn M02, ready to launch in a matter of hours Liftoff! Passing through Max-Q ''Expedition 32, you are go for staging!'' ''Copy that Houston'' Successful staging Nominal orbital insertion, prepare for spacecraft separation Block V spreads it's wings Mission module extraction After 15 hours, Block V approaches Freedom Docking confirmed After 14 days, the crew wrap-up filming and depart from the Station Mission module jettison Apollo preforms it's deorbit burn and prepares for SM separation Gasses begin to compress around the CM and generate heat Drogue chute deployment Mains drawn The crew splashdown safely only 2 kilometres from the target zone, close to the coast of Hawaii Apollo Block V is now certified for Crewed flight, a major step in the Artemis program. Block V spacecraft will soon replace Block IV spacecraft, transporting crew to both Freedom and the moon!
  10. Honestly, I love the design of Kratos, it’s really cool, one of the best custom vehicles I’ve seen in KSP - seriously!
  11. Well Lagrange points don’t work in KSP without Principia, but I’m just gonna park Apollo in a high lunar orbit to simulate the high orbit of L2 . I’ve tested it out and it works, and I managed to get a rendezvous almost immediately so it’s good
  12. Thanks! ETS never actually showed a Mars mission, however part of Artemis was almost like Artemis In our timeline, the unofficial goal was preparing for Mars
  13. Btw, I just thought I’d say, it’s better to view on desktop, the structure is a bit messed up on mobile I think, or is it alright?
  14. Artemis 1 - 5th March 1996 All great things have to start somewhere Apollo Block V Back in 1973, engineers at North American Rockwell worked hard to remove everything an Apollo CSM would need for lunar flights, creating the perfect LEO taxi, the Block III. Now, for Artemis, NAR once again has to reequip Apollo for Lunar flights. The block V CSM, as it is known, replaces the heavy batteries for lighter solar arrays, ensuring the CSM can spend long times in orbit powered. It's antenna system has been upgraded, and It's heatshield beefed up to it's former glory. Finally, the Block IV pressure vessel has been optimised to use space more efficiently and free up room for more propellant. The Block V will wait for Astronauts at the L2 Lagrange point, far out in a high lunar orbit, enabling an 'anytime return' for it's crew launching from the lunar surface. Because of this, it will have to spend long amounts of time uncrewed waiting patiently for it's crew's return. By the mid 1990's Artemis hardware had left design and began production and testing, and by March 1996, the first flightworthy block V was ready for testing. The mission plan will be similar to Apollo 4 - The block V will launch uncrewed on a Saturn M02 rocket into orbit. Since the mission isn't carrying a mission module, the leftover performance in the S-IVB will be used to boost the spacecraft into an eccentric orbit. Once the spacecraft has separated and it's systems verified, it will fire it's main engine until depletion so it's orbit crosses and exceeds the moon's orbit, which will mirror the lunar return it will have to make crewed. March 5th 1996 - Artemis 1 prepares for liftoff at 10:55am local time. Camera technology has improved very noticeably since the first launches of the Freedom program Engine ignition Liftoff of Artemis 1! T+30s performance is nominal Approaching separation Onboard cameras capture the departing S-IVB J-2S cutoff - the stack now cruises for nearly 2 orbits whilst systems are checked for the departure burn Ignition! Engine cutoff Block V separation Apollo spreads it's wings once again SPS ignition Apollo cruises further away from Earth than it has been in almost 30 years Cameras on the outside and in the windows of Block V capture views of itself in the dark of space NASA opts to land the CM in the middle of the night, reassuring fears about a worst case scenario landing, and reassuring that a return in the night is possible A new skip reentry profile will be used, in which two passes will be used - one to slow the initial velocity, and 'bounce' the CM up, and a second and final reenrty further downrange Drogue chute deploy Main chutes deployed Splashdown! This is just the first step of many, the first of the steps that will return humanity to the moon, to stay!
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