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  1. ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

    Year 7, Day 220... Just a bit of housekeeping, while the engineering team continues to scratch their heads over how to get four people now off the surface of Rald. How are even going get something that massive to the surface in the first place? On the surface, that is, as opposed to under it. Or all over it. Well, as they mull this over, they realized that our maps of the place are extremely lacking, with the focus on the outer and far easier to get to moons. The castaways are secure for the moment, so it's time for some reconnoitering. A rare half-expendable Mallard D lifts off... With an expendable upper stage, it's able to deliver this high-resolution scanning probe directly to a polar Rald orbit. RaldScan II will finally complete our map of the planetary biomes, as well as returning altimetry data in unprecedented detail. It's primary mission now complete, the Mallard US burns the rest of its fuel to return some very basic info on Rald's massive shield volcano... Like the fact that the crater floor is over 30km high(!). We certainly won't be landing anything with parachutes there any time soon. However, if some of the scientist's theories about a possible moon of an outer planet are correct, this feature might just be useful. And while our focus remains on returning the crew from Rald (to the point that all of our previously active contracts have mysteriously disappeared, hmm), the space program moves on. Here, NOVA Gratian performs a small correction maneuver. It's now on target for an encounter with the distant rocky planet in around 200 days, and the gravitational models of its orbit are looking promising indeed... Meanwhile, back home, the final UpLab crew of Gemchell, Gilfrey, and Leelenna prepare for their return to Gael. Once again, it's radiation chasing them home. And the fact that they'll run out of breathable air in another week or so anyway. The next mission to the UpLab will be strictly one-way. Sort of. After the de-orbit burn, Gemchell cuts these two camera loose. With all the fuss about Rald, the crew forgot to install them. It's an uneventful return, culminated by the traditional one-flarping-engine-exploding, this time on landing. Simulations of a possible Rald return lander are, well, ongoing... We better start loading up another round of snacks...
  2. Revelations of the Kraken (Chapter 9: Pride)

    Indeed, it's never truly dark at the pole of a place with zero inclination. But neither is it truly light.
  3. ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

    I'm just going to put that one back in the fridge and back away slowly...
  4. The first Electron has arrived at the launch site

    Good question, have any links? Pretty unlikely the Electron is gonna be moon-worthy in time. But I thought the F9 team already had a launch contract?
  5. The first Electron has arrived at the launch site

    This: Also, this: And finally, this: (re:WHEN?!?!?!?!?) C'mon, guys, "couple of months??" We're rapidly running out of 2017 at that rate!
  6. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Sigh. Once again my Monday starts with "just keep it together till Friday, man." SMH.
  7. Say Hello to The Rep Grand Group! [07/19/16 UPDATE!]

    It appears I've just crossed the 6k mark myself, thanks in no small part to @Geschosskopf.
  8. ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

    P... pokemon? Oh, that's actual Cyrillic... Asking the real questions. He probably just owes her money.
  9. Eh, figures. Looks way better than reality.
  10. Wait, stop the presses, what's that wavy fuel line from??
  11. Don't Click This

    Wingardium clickiosa.
  12. What did you do in KSP today?

    I feel like a caveman looking at the space shuttle trying to comprehend this.
  13. ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

    I'm just glad the trip to Rald is only a couple of hours. Can't timewarp on a ladder, so it was let go... drift away on warp... jet back... hop in... jump out... let go... wash, rinse, repeat. And Triti gets all the glory. Well, you'd have to get with @Just Jim on that . Also... (actual spoiler)
  14. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Like @sevenperforce said, possible but I'm wondering what they can possibly do for the "experimental" recovery on the maiden FH launch. If that's even still on the table.