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  1. Mostly profit. Thinking about the SES-9 mission and the idea of having a propellant depot in space with a tug to pull satellites into their desired orbit. Having an active propellant depot in orbit would be fantastic in terms of generally expanding our access to space, but unless it would be profitable, no one would ever do it. So...under what circumstances would an immediate-term (e.g., within the next five years) propellant depot and space tug system be profitable? Let's assume that the project would be undertaken by an independent private company rather than NASA. Let's assum
  2. So, this is the start of the saga of my first Duna rover. And it hasn't been going well. I began with using my standard booster, the Heavy Orbital Booster Mk2. I developed the rover and IP transfer stage, and attached them, then built the fairing. I should have known that things would not go well when the main engines did not start when I first pressed space, which they usually do in this particular design. I staged again, and the rocket lifted off as normal, but with a slight wobble, which was unusual as this design had a quad-SAS core segment to keep it stable and maneuverable. At 6900m, I b
  3. In the vein of "beat Sputnik" and "1900s Space Race"... We all know it is much easier to get to orbit from Kerbin than it is from Earth. Kerbin has roughly the same surface gravity as Earth, but is apparently far denser and thus less massive, so the escape velocity is a lot lower. But is there any way you could get a planet or planetary system even more conducive to early space access than Kerbin? Rules: The planet has to be habitable by humans: comparable surface gravity, comparable atmospheric pressure and temperature at the typical habitation regions, comparable oxygen part
  4. Hey, I was wondering if there is a mod that allows for Kerbals to gein xp and level up by being or working in a space station. If there currently isnt a mod. I think it could improve the dynamics of stations by making them a bit more useful. Thanks for any help!
  5. I know that Atlas rocket that launched Mercury spacecraft was 1 1/2 stage but what that means?
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utJv-gc4NwI This is from my favorite HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon
  7. I have an average skill on general ksp matters, and an improved, after so much failures, skill in flying, stalling and landing. Also, a decent knowledge of CoM, CoL, etc. Besides all that, I can't build a heavy space plane that gets into orbit with two extra fuel tanks, use them, dump them, refuel a space station and come back to Kerbin, Space-Shuttle-style. This is the only way in career to refuel a space station with minimal cost, I think (apart from the SSTOs, but don't get me started on building heavy SSTO) And when I say heavy, I don't mean the mass in tons, but I'm referring to the
  8. Hi all this course started today! come join me and learn about space, its Free! https://www.edx.org/course/conquest-space-space-exploration-rocket-uc3mx-bia-1x About this course Space exploration plays a major role in the history of humankind. The cultural, political and sociological repercussions are extraordinary, and the amount of resources dedicated to space exploration is enormous. This aerospace course is a first step for those interested in learning more about the history of the space and the impact of space exploration on our daily lives.
  9. Hi everyone. I'm just wondering now that both KSO and SSP don't work anymore, if anyone is currently making or planning a Space Shuttle mod for 1.0.5? Thanks -Banana
  10. Hi, I'm new to the forum, so I figured I'd ask you guys for some advice! I currenly have my space station at a 100km orbit of kerbin. And though I'm able to refuel it, I can't seem to make the process both cheap or fast (fewer trips).. Do you guys have any advice/designs that would make refueling my space station an easy task? Picture of my space station:
  11. This story uses both fictional and Real History! ------------------------------------- Chapter 1: A New Player Joins The Race? Its the Year 1956 when 1 kerbal created the Khinese Rocket and Defense Program Which would later be named The CNKA (Khinese Space Program), under the heavy pressure of the Koviet Union and the United Kerbal States the Kerbal's Party of Khina decided they could not be left behind so they assigned Khua Kerman to Set up the Khinese Rocket and Defense Program or KRDP shortend. Khua decided he needed and highly ranked party to develop Rockets, so het t
  12. I was looking at Scott Kelly's pictures of the recent snow storm to hit the east coast. While looking at it I was trying to understand the orientation of the picture and to see which cities were visible. After some time with Google Earth and Microsoft Paint I labeled what I could distinguish in the photo. Just wanted to share and maybe see if anyone can see if something is mislabeled. Scott Kelly's - https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly/status/690865242327351296/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Labeled - http://i.imgur.com/6O7Kfv4.jpg
  13. DMSP

    Space Daily!

    Well, I decided to make a space blog. It's not too scientific, and I feel like it's a better way of spreading info then writing on a whiteboard. http://dmsp.blog.com/ Enjoy, and hope to see some of you guys there!
  14. Chapter 1: Jeb his Check As an fighter pilot in the Kerbal 1st air company, jeb had much experience in aircraft so he was elected as one of the 4 test pilots of the biggest project the kerbal government ever planned to do... Their own space agency.. Jebediah Kerman, Bob Kerman and Valentina Kerman were the first 3 kerbals to be elected when the KSA ceo decided 3 was enough for that moment.. They underwent many special tests to see if they were up to the high standards, as seen with the last 5 sattelite launches Gee Forces can rip stuff apart.. First the health check was conducted! J
  15. I've heard that mission controllers, the ill-fated STS-107 space shuttle Columbia, knew that the ferry has damaged thermal coating, but they did not tell the astronauts because they were not able to help them, so decided that since the space shuttle probably burned up in the atmosphere during re-entry so better if astronaut die unexpectedly, not knowing their fate. I think it's a little annoying, for whom mission controllers they think they are? For gods? Astronauts need to know these things at least be able to say goodbye to loved ones. I know that even the Soviets during the
  16. http://leadpeople.blogspot.com/2009/09/albedo-anthropomorphics-spacecraft.html An old comic that spawned a passable RPG, Albedo is as hard a scifi as the author could make it with the exception of an FTL jump drive. Weapons primarally consist of ACVs, basically expendable drones that can either mount weapons and submunitions or simply be kinetic kill vehicals. Thoughts?
  17. know that the first mission control center at Cape Canaveral was, but was later moved to Houston, I wonder why NASA has done so, is not it better to have everything in one place?
  18. The State of Ohio i counted the most American astronauts comes from Ohio, which BTW was also State where Wright Brothers ware born? I do not know why this is such a big coincidence, maybe it's just my Asperger
  19. http://www.voanews.com/content/analysts-russian-space-agency-restructure-unlikely-to-fix-problems/3124917.html The renationalisation of Russian Space is unlikely to fix anything, analysts say. And this is coming at a time when SpaceX is reducing profit margins for commercial launches, and CCDev is finally going into full force thanks to Congress. This is a little off topic, but might Rocosmos be able to make a profitable business by using commercial astronaut rides into space, or something similar to DragonLab with their Soyuz, while competing with Dragon and CST-10
  20. I read interesting story about Apollo 7, apparently the astronauts not listened to controllers from houston and thus they not flown into space again But the astronaut are more important than mission controllers, they are in space alone and controllers are far far away, and in future mission to Mars independent thinking would be even more important given the fact that lag in communication would be 10-15 minutes.
  21. HI all, Wanted to share with you all an article that outlines the potential impact of SpaceX's recent achievement in re-usability, and how it could enable fast internet everywhere due to much lower costs of rocketry into LEO. http://www.degeneratestalk.com/posts/2015/12/22/fast-internet-everywhere-is-now-possible-thanks-to-spacex
  22. http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=38959.msg1454018#new http://news.yahoo.com/russian-government-already-paying-space-195035280.html?nf=1 http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/27/news/economy/russia-space-crisis-cosmodrome/index.html Oh noes. "On Monday, Igor Komarov, the director of Roscosmos — Russia's version of NASA — announced that the space agency will receive a total of $22.5 billion dollars in government funding over the next 10 years. That might sound like a lot, but it's close to how much NASA gets from the federal government each year. In 2015, alone, NAS
  23. Scenario: NASA gets 1 Billion Dollars of money every five years (or $200 Million per year)to spend on any of the 3 planetary exploration programs (it might be realistic). NASA currently has 3 of these programs: Discovery ($450 Million cost cap), New Frontiers ($1 Billion Dollar cost cap), and Flagship (generally $2 Billion per mission). Which one would you fund? (Or would you make a new planetary exploration program, with a specific goal? [Remember that such new program would need approval by the gov't, and would need a specific goal, like test technologies (New Millemium), or exp
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