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  1. Launch 121: Nimbus 2 / Super Jupiter SLV2G 1-45-Agena D 26 Location: Woomerang Space Center Mission: Meteorological weather satellite to medium Kerbin orbit. Orbital Information: 494km x 468km, 99.9 deg inclination. Payload: Nimbus 2 - SNAP-19 RTG, Nimbus Satellite Infrared Scanner, and two Hi-Resolution IR Radiometers. Manufacture coordinated by ARPA. In the wake of excitement following the Apollo 3 Mun landing, ARPA tried to slow its cadence of military launches to allow for more commercial access to space. The first of these flights would be the Nimbus 2 satellite. The sec
  2. Thanks for the notice, @Pipcard. Looks like I have some KASDA reading to do without spoiling too much of OPM to myself. Related to my inspirations, I must say HASDA and your Hatsunia wiki exist on a higher plane of existence from America Rising, or most Mission Reports in general.
  3. A Message from the Author Kerbin Orbital Tracking View - Day 120, Year 3 I've always liked the idea of a Mission Report series that would go from the beginnings of rocketry to interplanetary travel and maybe even beyond. Sure, Scott Manley's Re-usable Space Program is a classic and holds a special place in my heart, but the stories that inspired me the most were @Brotoro and his Mission Reports. When I started America Rising, I had no idea it would take 120 launches, over a half dozen Dyna-Soar test/Seahawk recovery flights, and I don't want to know how many game hours (40
  4. Launch 116: Gemini 15 (Pegasus 6) / Titan IIGLV 22 Location: GSPG Launch Pad Mission: Manned ferry mission to Pegasus station in low Kerbin orbit. Orbital Information: Highest orbit was 202km. Docked at Pegasus on Day 33, Year 3. Departed Day 94. Landed 1km west of Woomerang. Payload: Gemini 15 "Falcon" - Crew: Cross Kerman, Evans Kerman, Bridge Kerman Gemini 15 was the last planned mission to Pegasus station. It was the first Block IV Gemini to carry three kerbonauts and the first to utilize the recently developed Gemini Launch Escape System. KASA Lead Test Pilot Cross Kerman com
  5. Launch 111: Hitchhiker 1 / Atlas LV3C 4-41-Centaur D 4 Mission: First encounter and landing on a solar orbiting asteroid. Scientific experiment probe to grapple onto asteroid JQL-401. Orbital Information: Grappled to JQL-401 on Day 424, Year 2. 15.7Gm x 13.2Gm at 0.5 deg inclination solar orbit. Payload: Hitchhiker 1 - Advanced Grabbing Unit (Jr), UV Spectrometer, Micrometeoroid Detector, Geiger Counter, Thermometer, Seismic Accelerometer, Micro Goo Radiometer, Hemispherical Ion Trap, and Surface Hydrometer. Manufacture coordinated by ARPA. The powerful Atlas-Centaur launch vehicle
  6. Launch 106: Corona KH-7-9016 / Atlas SLV3-39-Agena D 22 Location: Woomerang Space Center Mission: Classified primary mission. Orbital Information: 81km x 80km, 93.8 deg inclination. SRV-1 splashed down 115km east of KSC in Booster Bay. SRV-2 landed 5km south of GSPG. Payload: Corona 9016 - KH-7 Gambit camera system and two SRVs. The sixth and final KH-7 Gambit reconnaissance satellite was launched from Woomerang Space Center into very low circular orbit at a high inclination. It's classified primary mission involved obtaining high quality photos of foreign installations on the Wes
  7. Launch 101: Saturn SA5 (Apollo 0) - Saturn IB-2-5 Mission: Unmanned test launch to Kerbin orbit and return. Orbital Information: Highest orbit achieved was 550km. Landed 5km west of KSC. Payload: Apollo 0 - Manufactured by North American for ARPA. The fifth Saturn booster was the first mission that was not destined for Pegasus station. SA5 was an unmanned proving flight of the Apollo Command and Service modules as well as the petal-arranged adapter the spacecraft rested upon. For this flight the adapter was empty, but with the power of the Saturn V rocket the Landing Excursion Modul
  8. As an aside, but very relevant to this story, I can see that a lot of work and planning has gone into your HASDA playthrough. I especially am jealous of the markings and colors featured on your rockets. I'm often annoyed that I can't do the same in my own playthroughs. Real scale is not my "thing", but I can appreciate the work it takes to make realistic progression in a harsh and vast solar system. The 1970s begin a dead zone, where the Americans will basically stop until the coming of the Space Shuttle in the 80s. I hope the Hatsunese can use this time to catch up in the space race and
  9. Launch 96: Saturn SA4 (MOL 5) / Saturn IB-1-4 Mission: Deliver Lifeboat and Habitation module to Pegasus station in low Kerbin orbit. Orbital Information: Highest orbit was 202km. Payload: MOL Lifeboat II and Habitation II module, and two small-scale Recyclers. Manufacture coordinated by ARPA. Saturn SA4 was the first flight of the Saturn IVB second stage. Unlike the hastily designed S-IV, this model was engineered for heavy payload transit duty. IVB was intended to be the third stage of the Apollo Mun rocket, but Von Kerman also proposed other applications for the design as a frame
  10. 1974 has been quite a year for HASDA. I like the Usagi design with the petal arranged solar panels. Hopefully Hatsunese engineers have an exciting "Gemini" program in the works.
  11. Launch 91: LES-1 / Titan IIIA-1 (Titan LV14)-Transtage 4 Location: GSPG Launch Pad Mission: Communications satellite to high Kerbin orbit. Orbital Information: 6.4Mm x 1.2Mm, 32 deg inclination. Payload: Lincoln Experimental Satellite-1 - Manufactured by Lincoln Laboratory for ARPA. The launch of LES-1 marked the beginning of an ARPA initiative to create a global communications network. The Lincoln Experimental Satellite was a test bed for the proposed network's relay technology. It was also demonstrator for a large and dedicated military communications satellite. The mission
  12. Launch 86: Corona KH-7-9014 / Atlas SLV3 31-Agena D 15 Location: Woomerang Space Center Mission: Classified primary mission. Orbital Information: 116km x 80km, 90 deg inclination. SRV-1 landed 5.6km north of GSPG. SRV-2 landed 2km south of Woomerang. Payload: Corona-9014 - KH-7 Gambit camera system and two SRVs. Unlike any previous reconnaissance flight, Corona-9014 was launched into a polar orbit. From this position, the Gambit had several opportunities to gather intelligence from any location on Kerbin during its six-day mission. The camera was also used to provide detailed top
  13. Launch 81: Transit 3 - SOLRAD-2 / (Jupiter LV38) Delta B 7 Mission: First nuclear-powered satellite. Navigation satellite to low Kerbin orbit. Orbital Information: 435km x 385km, 66.8 deg inclination. Payload: Transit 3 - SNAP-3 RTG. Manufactured by APL for the Navy. SOLRAD-2 - X-ray Imaging scope, SIGINT receiver. Manufactured by NRL for ARPA. The third Transit satellite was designed to not only increase the Navy's global positioning network, but also act as a test bed for the SNAP-3 radioisotope generator. Transit 3's nuclear power source was a contained in a small globe
  14. Launch 76: Saturn SA2 (MOL 3) / Saturn I LV2 Mission: Space station module to Pegasus station in low Kerbin orbit. Orbital Information: Highest orbit was 201km. Payload: MOL Solar Power array, Battery section, and Recycling module. The second launch of the Saturn rocket was tasked with delivering the Solar Power and Recycling module to Pegasus station. Launched later the same day as Gemini 8, SA2 would go from a 92km parking orbit and boost to an altitude of 201km to create an encounter with the space station. The S-IV stage would perform an automated radar guided docking unde
  15. Launch 71: GATV 1 / Atlas SLV3 24-(Agena D 8) Location: GSPG Launch Pad Mission: Deliver GATV to low Kerbin orbit. Orbital transit stage for Gemini 7. Orbital Information: Highest orbit was 517km. De-orbited. Payload: Gemini Agena Target Vehicle 1 - Materials exposure bay, Micrometeoroid impact detector. Modified by McDonnell for ARPA. The Gemini Agena Target Vehicle (GATV) was developed in tandem with the ATDA used with Gemini 4. It could be said that GATV was an ATDA mounted onto the front of an Agena transit stage. The payload was intended to be used as an orbital maneuvering v
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