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  1. 1. Pegasus doesn’t wait long, only a day or so. It’s not too much boiloff. 2. You’ll see in a few posts time the full stack. As we stand, Artemis II will maybe be up tomorrow, Artemis III soon after, and then Artemis IV will be the first landing. 3. Yes, the crews sit “eyes out” like in Apollo Venus or Constellation. It actually isn’t bad for the crew, the G force isn’t too much
  2. No, it’s nothing like irl Artemis actually. If you want to read it in detail, check the ETS page here, but since that’s spread over many posts and chapters, I’ll summarise it here. Launch 1 - Cargo lander + Pegasus, 6 months before main mission Launch 2 - Pegasus Launch 3 - Apollo & Lander, rendezvous with Pegasus and go to the moon Apollo doesn’t wait in NRHO, like irl with Orion, but at L2, where JWST is currently.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Wow, been looking forward to this for a long time. Great job man. Screenshots coming soon!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. Honestly, I love the design of Kratos, it’s really cool, one of the best custom vehicles I’ve seen in KSP - seriously!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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?
  16. 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!
  17. Here’s a little teaser of what I’ve been working on I meant to post the first mission today, but I’ve been quite busy, so hopefully we can start tomorrow
  18. Hi everyone. Freedom is now complete, there is nothing else to add. Thanks for supporting this thread and enjoying the missions, this will be my last post here. I’ve migrated over to my new project, recreating ETS Artemis. If you would like to check that out, look no further than here Ad Astra!
  19. "...In 1961 it took a crisis--the space race--to speed things up. Today we don't have a crisis; we have an opportunity. To seize this opportunity, I'm not proposing a 10-year plan like Apollo; I'm proposing a long-range, continuing commitment. First, for the coming decade, for the 1990s: Space Station Freedom, our critical next step in all our space endeavours. And next, for the new century: Back to the Moon; back to the future. And this time, back to stay. And then a journey into tomorrow, a journey to another planet: a manned mission to Mars...." --George H.W. Bush, 1989 The year is 1992 America has just completed the assembly of Space Station Freedom 3 years have passed since the announcement of 'Project Constellation'. The Constellation program detailed a multi-step program, which involved completing Space Station Freedom, Developing a crewed Lunar vehicle and lander, finally returning Astronauts to the moon, and eventually settling on a location for a Lunar base, a permanent crewed outpost, keeping humanities foothold firmly beyond earth, with an eventual build-up of Mars hardware, ready to land humans on the red planet twenty years down the line. Out of the mess of competing programs, hardware and timeframes, Artemis emerged, a program similar to the early stages of Constellation, consisting of three major components: - Apollo block V, an upgrade to the block IV and the crew return vehicle for Artemis - The Lunar lander, one Hab lander to carry supplies and a living space for the crew, and the other to be a glorified taxi to the surface -A large 5.5m wide TLI stage to send the crew out to the moon, named Pegasus as it gave the Artemis program wings These components would be launched on three separate Saturn Heavy H03 rockets, NASA's biggest and most powerful launcher since the Saturn V My plan with this thread is to recreate the entire Artemis program, along with Orion, and it's Lunar 'Soonbase' The mission list is as follows March 1996 - Artemis 1 September 1996 - Freedom Expedition 32 October 1997 - Pegasus first flight February 1998 - Artemis 2 June 1998 - Artemis 3 November 1998 - Artemis 4A , March 1999 - Artemis 4B & 4C November 1999 - Artemis 5A, July 2000 - Artemis 5B & 5C January 2001 - Artemis 6A, Summer 2001 - Artemis 6B & 6C January 2002 - Artemis 7A, Summer 2002 - Artemis 7B & 7C January 2003 - Artemis 8A, Summer 2003 - Artemis 8B & 8C January 2004 - Artemis 9A, Summer 2004 - Artemis 9B & 9C January 2005 - Artemis 10A, September 2005 - Artemis 10B & 10C January 2006 - Unmanned Saturn M22 explosion July 2006 - Artemis 11A, February 2007 - Artemis 11B & 11C Late 2007 - Orion assembly mission 1 Late 2007 - Orion assembly mission 2 June 2008 - Orion expedition 1 March 2009 - Orion expedition 2 2010 - Orion expedition 3 I hope you all come to enjoy this project as much as I will making it Ad Astra!
  20. Thanks man, really appreciate that I’d also appreciate it if you could all add your input on this, about the future of this thread and my recreations Here
  21. Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), June 1991 'Kibo' Launch It's the final countdown! The Japanese Experiment Module, 'Kibo' is JAXA's latest contribution to Freedom. They already built and launched the Centrifuge Gravity Lab (CGL) which, as the name suggests, is a centrifuge module for Freedom. Contrasting this 'Kibo' is a simple Japanese Laboratory, with an exposed platform for external experiments. 'Kibo' will be the last module launched to Freedom, signifying Freedom reaching Full Operational Capacity (FOC), and the ability to house 15 crew members The Saturn M02 fuels up on the pad hours before launch Liftoff! Launching at dawn, the M02 begins to see the sun as it rises over the horizon Stage Separation Kibo Jettison Kibo approaches Freedom, it will dock to the starboard port on Node-2, 'Harmony' Successful docking confirmed, 'Kibo' is secured After 32 months of assembly, Freedom is finally complete - Let's have a quick recap shall we? 1988 November 1988 - The core module 'Challenger' is launched, along with Expedition 1 and Node-1 'Unity' January 1989 - P1 Truss 1989 April 1989 - Expedition 2 May 1989 - US lab module 'Discovery' June 1989 - S1 Truss July 1989 - ESA lab module 'Columbus' - Freedom at IOC August 1989 - Expedition 3 October 1989 - Expedition 4 1990 January 1990 - Expedition 5 March 1990 - Node-1 'Harmony' April 1990 - Expedition 6 July 1990 - Expedition 7 August 1990 - P2 Truss October 1990 - Expedition 8 November 1990 - Centrifuge Gravity Lab 1991 January 1991 - Expedition 9 February 1991 - S2 Truss April 1991 - Expedition 10 June 1991 - JEM 'Kibo' - Freedom at FOC I hope you all enjoyed this journey of sorts...however there's one mission I have left for y'all, so stay tuned...maybe even more
  22. Expedition 10, April 1991 Quarterly crew rotation One in, one out! Freedom, nearing completion, is ready for it's next quarterly crew rotation. The crew of Expedition 10 have the job of preparing for, and docking it's final module, the Japanese lab 'Kibo'. This will mark the end of Freedom's construction period, and will allow for much more research to take place as this time of dynamic change comes to an end. The crew consists of: Commander: Jingle Kerman CSM Pilot: Kuiper Kerman Mission Specialist: Volvical Kerman - EVA specialist Mission Specialist: Heinrich Kerman - Flight scientist Mission Specialist: Rhode Kerman - Flight scientist …Abord their spacecraft, 'Hubble' Media and live broadcasts of Freedom expeditions are a common sight, it seems Regan's station has captured the minds and imaginations of America! Liftoff! "Hubble, you are go at T+1 minute'' Despite the ''terrible'' camera quality at the time, relative to today, broadcasts such as this would inspire an entire generation of new astronauts to join the core, the Artemis generation! Successful stage separation Mission module extraction After an 18 hour coast, Hubble rendezvouses with Freedom, targeting Harmony's fore docking node Soft capture confirmed Another great docking!
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