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  1. Ah thanks for the concern, but it’s alright. It’s bound to happen at some point. I think I just need to get on with it and try and stay positive (as in happy lol)
  2. Hi everyone, it’s been a while lol. After I posted the last mission, I did another and was gonna publish it, but I held off for a few days because I was exhausted and I’ve had mock exams to revise heavily for. Then ksp stopped loading for like a week and I couldn’t do anything. And I’ve ordered my new computer, which will arrive in about 6 days. Them it all changed as yesterday I tested positive for Corona. So basically while I’m at home, I’m gonna try and work on Freedom as much as I can, as we are so close to finishing, so I’m hoping to post the last few maybe every few days. Sorry for the long wait lol PS: if I have time, I might post Expedition 8 today or tomorrow
  3. P-2 Outboard Truss segment August 1990 Virtually a full year after Freedom reached Initial Operational Capacity, and major expansions ceased, Freedom is preparing again to expand to its Full Operational Capacity (FOC). In order to do this, an Expansion to the solar arrays are required to support the extra modules and any future expansions. It was planned from the start for the truss to be assembled over 4 flights: The two inner segments with the main truss body and the first set of solar arrays, and the two outer segments, with only a small truss and the second set of arrays. Being a lighter payload compared to the P1 and S1 segments, the P2 segment only requires a Saturn M02 for flight, however if requires an extended fairing instead of a cargo SLA due to the length of the segment plus it’s AADRVark bus. The M02 prepares for launch at early dawn - the sky is murky with a dull morning light Engine Ignition Liftoff and Tower Cleared Engine Performance Nominal, proceed with pitch program T+ 30 seconds, the Saturn is approaching Max-Q, and it is gradually being exposed into the daylight. T+175s, Vehicle had passed Max-Q Initiate J-2S Chilldown S-1F burnout, commence shutdown Stage Separation Successful J-2S ignition Prepare for PLF separation Fairing Separation confirmed Thrust is go at T+5m P2 communications have been received by TDRS Prepare for Burnout - T+6.5 minutes Engine shutdown…prepare for payload jettison The P2 outboard truss now prepares for its journey to Freedom. It must perform multiple phasing burns as part of its Hohmann transfer to the Station Burn 1 - Apogee raise Burn 2 - Perigee Raise P2 is now fully Planar with Freedom, and is only a few Km away. After preforming it’s approach burns, the P2 Truss prepares to meet Freedom. Only about 3km away, Freedom locks it’s Arrays Secondary axis so they don’t follow the Sun, and possibly cause damage during docking …hello there! As the P2 Truss approaches Freedom, it lines itself up with Docking point 1, directly ahed of the Fore port on Harmony… P2 now parks itself ~150m from Freedom, and it proceeds to gradually manoeuvre itself to face the port attachment system on the end on P1 It now begins the Approach Very close now, moving at >1m/s Truss Capture, and after a quick inspection over 2 orbits, the AARDVark backs away Now backed away from Freedom, the AARDVark prepares for disposal Deorbit Burn Reentry After Multiple EVA’s to attach wires, secure connections and check the integrity of the arrays, it’s finally time to deploy them. Once again, the right side is locked, but the left isn’t Confirmed Extension Successful rotation and Orientation Freedom - August 1990 - 2 years after launch
  4. Hey! The next mission should be coming tomorrow. It’s been ready for a few days, but I’ve been prioritising things like sleep instead of writing it Also posts may be a bit more periodic until mid December because I have mock exams to revise and prepare for, and that’s where most of my time is going. I’m hoping to do at least one a week, I think that fits good for me.
  5. Expedition 5’s return to Earth 4 days after the docking of Expedition 7, the crew of Expedition 5 make their way aboard their CSM, Nova, and prepare to depart to earth. Confirmed Undocking Retreat completed, prepare for attitude change After a two day coast, Kuiper Kerman is scheduled to perform a CSM EVA to inspect the heat tiles to make sure they are in a condition not to damage Nova during reentry. However, to do this, everyone but the Pilot Calvin Kerman, must move into the Mission module and suit up in case of depressurisation. On the other hand, Kuiper and Calvin Kerman must suit up for a full EVA in their A9 suits, with Nova staying open to the vacuum of space for the duration of the EVA. Commander Kuiper Kerman exits the hatch The Silica tiles are intact and in good shape, the crew can prepare to deorbit. Confirmed Mission module separation Nova prepares to deorbit SPS ignition Nominal Nova Proceeds to Orient itself for SM jettison Clean Separation Nova begins to scrape the atmosphere Live telemetry from the SM and it’s sensors seem to show the Tiles withstanding heat. Despite what the Telemetry showed, there was a weakness in a few tiles resulting in large cracks down the centre. The reduced heat protection led to it succumbing to reentry faster than expected Meanwhile, Nova’s heat shield protects it perfectly from the atmospheric plasma building up on it Prepare for Drogue deployment Drogues confirmed Drogues fully drawn, standby for mains Confirmed main chute deployment https://i.imgur.com/5sFQWJP.png Mains fully drawn Confirmed Touchdown Welcome home Nova! Thanks for reading everyone. I’m looking for more crew members for Expeditions 8-11, so if you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to and have your custom kerbal sent to Freedom!
  6. Freedom Expedition 7 July 1990 (Note: This mission was made a few days ago, so it doesn’t have the new mission modules and the new Freedom, but the next one will.) 3 Months after the Arrival of Expedition 6, the crew of Expedition 5 are ready to leave the Station. With it, they will bring back valuable experiments and research done on the Crews 6 month stay, but it will also allow the HRSI tiles mounted on the service module to be tested as it Reenters. Before this happens though, Expedition 7’s CSM , Liberation, is readied on the pad along with its M02 booster to prepare for its launch to Space Station Freedom. The Crew of Expedition 7 consists of: -Commander Springsteen Kerman -CSM Pilot Onion Kerman -Mission Specialist Steven Kerman (ESA) -Mission Specialist Borb Kerman -Mission Specialist Zere Kerman The mission objectives of Expedition 7 are much more interesting since Freedom reached Initial Operational capacity Almost a year before as the construction of Freedom is to now continue, Starting with the docking of the P2 Truss segment the next month, and the Centrifuge gravity Lab, later in the year. “Liberation, we have confirmed crew service arm retraction, Comms check, over” “Houston, this is Liberation, Over, we hear you loud and clear” T- 67s, initiate F-1A Chilldown sequence “Engine Ignition…Hold-downs released, We have a liftoff” Tower Cleared! “Confirmed roll program…engine output nominal” “Approaching F-1A throttle regime” “Liberation, this is Houston, approaching Max-Q” “70 seconds until core burnout” “50 Seconds, Initiate J-2S Chilldown sequence” “25 seconds, begin G-limiting” Confirmed Stage Separation J-2S Ignition “LES jettison confirmed, burn is nominal” “Liberation, S-IVB burn is nominal so far, switch to Abort mode D” “160 seconds remaining until burnout” “55 seconds remaining” “Confirmed Orbital Insertion, begin engine shutdown sequence” “SLA Separation” Liberation beings Transposition and docking to the mission module Docking confirmed Liberation then Extracts it’s mission module Liberation proceeds to gradually phase its orbit in order to rendezvous with Freedom 2 days later. Approaching Freedom… Liberation targets Harmony’s Zenith docking node, and approaches from above Liberation cruses at less than 1m/s for its final Approach CADS soft attachment confirmed…prepare to retract the active docking ring… Hard Capture Confirmed…Welcome to Freedom Expedition 7! Thanks for reading everyone, I’ll post Expedition 5’s return some time tomorrow, because it’s currently nearly 1am and I’m really tied lol
  7. Yeah exactly. Zorg Just released the CADS yesterday too, and Freedom had been updated to reduce the parts again and to convert all the ports to CADS
  8. Freedom Expedition 6 April 1990 It's crew rotation time again, a common trend here on Freedom, with two cycles of crew's each spending 6 months on the Station. This time, It's Expedition 4's turn to return to Earth, with Expedition 6 replacing it on the Station. Block IV CSM Frontier Sits atop it's Saturn M02 booster, awaiting launch in a few hours The Crew of Expedition 6 consists of: -Commander Cobalt Kerman -CSM Pilot Rhode Kerman -Mission Specialist Toast Kerman -Mission Specialist Joseph Kerman -Mission Specialist DG Kerman (ESA) Toast Kerman also plays an Important part in the Future of Freedom, as he is one of the Engineers trained to ready the P1 Truss for the docking of the next section, the P2 Truss. Launch Complex 39A, Late afternoon Fuelling Finishes on the Saturn, and the crew are readied to board Frontier. Also hitching a ride on this launch are two old Apollo Lunar Subsatellites, retrofitted to monitor earth's magnetic field. Crew arm retraction F1-A Ignition and Launch Commit Liftoff! Roll program Initiated on the Vehicle Approaching Max-Q, Initiate F1-A throttle program ''Frontier, you are go with Throttle up'' Approaching Burnout, begin Throttledown, Initiate J-2S Chilldown Prepare for Staging Confirmed S-IVB Separation LES Jettison J-2S Thrust is Nominal Frontier, you are looking good at 3 Minutes In, Thrust is go. Prepare for Cutoff Nominal Orbital Insertion SLA Jettison Frontier, you are go for docking Confirmed Capture - The Stack now cruises until they reach the light side of Earth as the crew has to verify Subsatellite deployment Extraction Confirmed S-IVB rotating to deployment position Deployment #1 Frontier Retreats from the Booster After a 2 day coast, It begins It's final Approach to Freedom Frontier begins the Flyaround Final Approach and Soft Capture Hard Capture Confirmed - Welcome to Freedom! Expedition 4's Return to earth The Crew aboard Ares depart Freedom after their 6 month stay at the Station After a short Coast away From Freedom, Ares prepares to deorbit Mission Module Pyrotechnic separation Approaching Reentry, Ares prepares its attitude for SM Jettison Confirmed SM Jettison Unfortunately... ...During Reentry, Ares had a major tumble, setting it off course for it's landing site The only option left was an emergency water landing, something Apollo block III and onwards were engineered not to do Drogue deploy Main chutes have been pulled Approaching Splashdown Contact Thanks for reading!!
  9. Sorry for the large break from Missions everyone - I think I just needed some time off from Freedom. I’m back now, and we are gonna finish it soon. Freedom Expedition 6 is coming later today…
  10. Okay, let me answer question 2 first. In actual ETS, the S0 truss was on the top of Challenger anyway. When I started this recreation, I wasn’t very good and cut corners. The bad truss I was using at the time didn’t fit, so I stuck it on the top. The truss I use now would have fit horizontally like in ETS Then about the Kibo Exposed Facility. It fits in the fairing of an M02. It’s that simple lol
  11. Here's a few bits I've done over the last couple of days... Saturn 1D Launch Skirt Recovery Saturn-Atlas-Centaur We do a little trolling
  12. Nope Not really. The capsule is the part I need. The Capsule KNES has looks nothing like the Minotaur capsule. KNES has everything else Im sorry, but definitely not. I don’t enjoy things like Stock replicas that are made with fairings. They just don’t look good at all. I think the best option is probably just to skip it out. It’s not a major module to the station, or a crew flight, so I’m mission out like the AARDV’s. There are loads of AARDV flights, probably like 1 a month, but A- they aren’t documented on the mission list, B-There’s so many it’ll get boring. Same with Minotaur. When the AARDV block II parts come out in BDB, I’ll probably make an AARDV mission, and if the guy gets back to me with the Minotaur, I’ll make that too
  13. Yeah, I was gonna do Minotaur, but the parts don’t really exist. There was one guy who had a mod for it, but he hasn’t responded to my DM’s. Next up is Expedition 7, P2 Truss, Expedition 8 and then the Centrifuge Gravity Laboratory. I’m currently taking a short break to work on other things tho
  14. Expedition 3’s Return to Earth A few Days after the docking of Nova, the crew of Expedition 3 prepare to board their CSM, Pilgrim, and return to Earth. Undocking Confirmed The Crew of Pilgrim now coast In Orbit for a couple of days. To lower their orbit away from Freedom, they preform a few Phasing burns. After the coast, the crew prepare to ditch the mission module before they deorbit. Mission Module Separation Pilgrim Preforming it’s deorbit burn The Crew are strapped to their chairs and in their launch and entry suits, this one’s gonna be a wild ride! Plasma builds up on the blunt bottom of the CM, the crew begin to experience a communications blackout “Pilgrim, this is Houston, do you read me?” “Houston, Pilgrim, we copy you loud and clear!” Prepare for Drogue deployment Drogues Drawn Prepare for Main parachute deployment We have successful deployment of the mains Brace for Touchdown- We have Touchdown Welcome home Pilgrim!
  15. Ah Very Good! I’m pleased to hear Also, since everyone seems to be posting their interesting creations with the new Saturn parts, let me tease what I’m working on alongside Freedom right now: Space Station Independence - The S-II Wetlab I also believe this has some historical basis too, as before Skylab, Von Braun really wanted to make an S-II Wetlab, before that got Scrapped as they only had a certain amount of Saturn V’s in the first and only order I believe. (Ignore the missing engines, that was a design for having a rear docking port, where the J-2’s separate from the mount, but that doesn’t look too good) Also it’s gonna have a small Multinode module in the fairing that docks to the crew tunnel in the S-II conical Interstage. It’ll provide docking for the airlock, large crews and possibly a power module if needed. One last thing to the people who know lots about rockets here, was the Saturn 2 suppose to be cheaper than the Saturn 1B, as if it is, I’ll probably use it as the crew launcher for Independence when the parts come out
  16. Firstly, Amazing! I love what you did with the Altair. I might have to do something like that when I come to the ETS Artemis Missions as that lander isn’t particularly good looking also... Does it actually give performance benefits?! I’ve been playing this whole time with so much lag around Freedom because it was at the time around 400 parts. I have reduced the parts now, but is the performance significantly better?
  17. A compilation of best Screenshots from the ETS Saturn Multibody rockets (some of these are from a while ago, so don’t be bothered by the old parts) The Current state of Freedom in Orbit (It’s about halfway complete!)
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