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  1. Took me a lot longer to answer. Went for Duna. As a rover lover, Duna is one of the best planet/moon to operate on. It's relatively forgiving, and relatively mild for terrain height changes. Close contender was Mun, Laythe, Pol and Vall. Minmus is cool too, but it's up to a point where I'm kinda sick of it, you know? If you design a good solar boatplane (with sturdy/stable landing wheels for ground landing), Eve is one hell of a place too. Nothing like flying 100-300 meters above the surface at 50-70m/s and being able to land everywhere... Throw in some RTGs for night refueling
  2. Too bad there's no multiplayer, I could drive back to your base and we could throw a party. Good job !
  3. Well I never was one to build colonies in KSP1, I'm more of a Rover guy. However with KSP2 Multi-player, I wouldn't mind docking with other players facilities on my way to Proxyma Centauri... for a small fee, of course ! Mission reports in KSP2 are going to be so sweet !
  4. Hey all, long time w/o updates, but RL is busy these days... So where were we ? Ah yes, Team 1 had just finished landing on Ike (and almost crashing). While that was happening, Team 2 started maneuvers to get into a 25x245km polar orbit of Minmus. The Cadets don't want to lose more points on their mission score, and are going by the book this time. The first of two maneuvers... this one to bring the low orbit to 25.5k The Second to bring the high orbit around 245km, and orbit achieved. Textbook stuff. Now they're getting a good night's rest before landing on the morro
  5. That's one hell of a launch site. I just have 2 issues with it. #1- It makes getting the KSC's biomes a bit... precarious. #2- You better pray your planes/VTOL crafts NEVER have engine failures.... Looks like a long way down :p I Love this... this is awesome, lol. How does it move forwards or backwards? I don't see any propellers or engines (Assuming you have electric wheels, but they dont appear to be mini-paddlewheels.
  6. Today was strong in emotions and in happenings. It began much like the other Duna mornings. After Bob finished his experiments and got back on board, the team studied the map and started their 484km trip to Valentina's landing site. Rolling . . . . . . Rolling . . . . . . Rolling ! Now that was quite a high peak. Jeb wanted to get to the top to check if it was high enough for our secondary mission objective, which was to try simulations to confirm the rover would be able to fly to Ike. Quite a nice mission prolongation for our intrepid team ! Obvi
  7. The best look of Laythe (IMHO) was without a doubt the 1.1.3 version with EVE and other mods that went along with it. It gave it an aquamarine look from orbit and absolutely gorgeous colors from the surface. If you can find my Jool-5 mission report from then, it includes all the nice pictures. I had tried to commission the author of the mod to redo the look for further versions, but his wife just had a Baby and he declined my offer, sadly. [ EDIT ] Found the thread in question, it was buried very deep in the mission reports forum and search function did not work, thank you google
  8. Today we only have a very small update. The Duna team headed westward as instructed . . . . . . and after about 48km, reached their new destination, Duna's Southern Bassin... Bob takes in a hard, long view as this is perhaps his last morning Duna science EVA of his life ! Which now means that all the important biomes have been reached, investigated, scienced the s**t of, and catalogued. Also what could be transmitted to KSC was diligently performed during the lenghty trip. So now there's two possibilities, either the team rendez-vous with Valentina's extract
  9. Today we continued our roving expedition on Duna. Having just departed from the Western Canyon, we set course South... . . . and we drove. And drove south some more... Jeb at the wheel by now since night had fallen... Are we there yet ? . . . Oh. I guess we are. Scientific instruments did register us entering a new biome, but we already have a "poles" sample? Let's wait until the morning to figure it out. After everyone had a good night's rest, KSC was contacted and we pinpointed exactly where we actually stopped at. We are
  10. Hello folks, As it's often the case when you rove around a Planet or Moon... You play a lot and not a lot happens I do have enough to file the next mission report ! So last time we had just reached Duna's Northern Bassin on the morning of Day 5, and after finding out it had over 20% ore concentration, we decided to top off the tanks. That did not take very long, and we promptly headed southward into what probably was a huge river billions of years ago... Right side of picture: the Northern Bassin. Center of the picture in the canyon: Where we are. Left side of picture: a
  11. After a few sessions of Roving around, we're now ready for the next mission report ! As you know, we were heading Northwest of the Midland Canyon, heading to a Crater... . . . Duna's Craters reached after a 123km trip west of the Canyon. It was... a painful driving session, many hills and dangers reduced our average speed a lot, but we made it. As usual, Bob did his things and reported a 7.1% concentration of Ore. Everyone was tired, so we set the rover for automatic night drilling (one drill only, having the generator make the electricity. Not efficient, but sin
  12. Umm... I think it's split in two. There where 2 firsts that really "hit the sweet spot" The first one was to land the first rover on the Mün, it was huge and kinda prone to crashing (or rather, splitting in half the moment we hit the ground at more than 5m/s downward motion... which happens all the time on Mün :p ) The second rover was a race car. It did Mün and Duna and could relatively safely cruise at speeds of 50m/s. At the time the rugged wheels did not burst or if they did we did not need spares. So those 2 rovers on the Mün are my first favorite. "Münar I" -- Heav
  13. Today we reached the next milestone in our exploration of Duna : Just taking a small break, a few kilometers away from our destination. Apparently it is called the 'Midland Canyon'. So Jeb released the brakes, and punched the back engines to full using the terrain as a ramp to send us flying. Then switched to VTOL 4-engine mode to get us even more speed. Then as we where flying, Bill triggered the parachutes for a 14m/s gentle drop down. Jeb still kept the back engine burning to get us closer to "the spot" we want to land in. Final approach at ab
  14. For the last 2 days, we continued the roving mission on Duna. Since it's nothing but (pretty) Duna pictures with not much going on, I didn't report yesterday. But gonna do one today, with a surprise I promised you all. We finally reached the poles after about 72km from the Midlands, again night driving but that's how it goes with solar panels to mine the surface. Here we are, cruising along to the next leg of the trip... Still in darkness, but the ice is definitely visible. We reached the Polar Highlands after a whooping 118km. Tho it only took an hour thanks to flat terr
  15. Today we didn't get much done... But let's recap the last 2 KSP days ! First, the Duna team. Apparently from Morning until Dusk is not enough to completely refuel this beast of a rover. However, getting to 3/4 full load is actually pretty good. KSC weighted the options, and decided to tell the team to get as much fuel as they can, and proceed again with an all nighter of driving. Jeb was happy about it... The others? Not so much, the memory of yesterday's brush with disaster was still too fresh. Agawise got creative in maximizing the amount of solar influx on the solar pannel
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