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THE LUNEX CHALLENGE Before Apollo, there was another U.S. program to land on the moon: the Lunex project. It would involve an expendable launch vehicle and recoverable, lifting body crew module with direct-to-orbit return from the moon. The challenge? Develop a reusable, crewed, and winged orbiter that lands on another celestial body using an expendable launcher, landing stage, and return stage. Heavily inspired by the wonderful Shuttle Challenge, from which most missions were inspired. @sturmhauke has provided some amazing badges. Thanks a ton to him. THE RULES
THE MULLETEX MISSIONS A MISSION REPORT THREAD FOR THE LUNEX CHALLENGE THREAD I haven't played KSP since August 2019. My last mission was an Elcano of Duna, along with a Von Braun of Duna and fly by return to Kerbin via Eve. Given I hadn't booted up KSP in anger in well over a year (and its been a rough year or two) I trawled the forums and happened across the Lunex Challenge thread. Its something very familiar to me as a one time (Self considered) Shuttle connoisseur and I thought it'd give me a nice easy route back into playing the game again that wouldn't put me off, a
I've just spotted Doing it LUNEX Style! in challenges and wonder, could that ever have worked? Specifically reentry -- am I right to assume that shuttle-style tiles are totally out of the question? Would ablative material still work?