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  1. The Aquarius Program - Space Shuttle to the Moon This is a project I am doing in KSP that I'm currently posting in Space Shuttle Adventures, but I thought it might deserve its own thread, so I'll put the posts here. This Alternate History of the Space Shuttle is where I try to send a Shuttle to the Moon in 2.5x KSRSS. The main goal of this timeline is to set up some sort of crewed station in Low Lunar Orbit, and potentially find water on the poles of the Moon. The rest will be explained in later posts in this thread. I hope you enjoy this Alt-Space Shuttle History, and make sure to nitpick this timeline if you want to, so I can improve it in the future. I already made the first post of this timeline in the Space Shuttle Adventures thread, so I'll just repost it here. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ STS-200 - A New Beginning - January 14, 1985 The Aquarius Program: Part 1 In the late 1970's, NASA officials realize the Space Shuttle's potential to return humans to the Moon after the Apollo Program, and devise a program to do so, the Aquarius Program. The main goals of this program are to return people to the Moon permanently, and second and most important, to discover ice at the Lunar Poles, to possibly use for drinking water at a Lunar Base, or to make rocket fuel for refueling depots in orbit. The way that NASA has planned to send a shuttle to the Moon is to launch a External Tank Refueler on one of the last remaining Saturn V's, and to slowly fill up the empty tank with modified Centaur-G's launched by Shuttles or Titan III launch vehicles, then dock with a Space Shuttle's ET that the shuttle carries with it to orbit. The shuttle will then ignite its modified Block III RS-25's and burn for the Moon. Workers immediately begin on modifying an unused External Tank for use a refueler, and paired it up to the two stages of the SA-514 Saturn V, slated for launch in the beginning of 1985. The External Tank Refueler will be reusable, so hopefully the last remaining Saturn V will not have to be sacrificed for the sake of human exploration. With the beginning of the explanation of the Aquarius Program out of the way, let's fast forward to the launch of the modified External Tank on the Saturn V. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ January 14, 1985, Launch Day of STS-200 The Saturn V with the ET Refueler sits out on Pad 39A, waiting to launch to a 28.5 degree inclination orbit. We have F-1 Main Engine Start. Liftoff! We have a Liftoff! We have cleared the tower! Beginning to pitch downrange of the launch site. We have confirmed shutdown of the 5 F-1 engines; S-II Stage Separation. J-2 Engine Ignition. We have confirmation that the S-II Skirt has been jettisoned. The S-II Stage continues to orbit with the empty External Tank Refueler. Beautiful views of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean. Pitching down to insert into Low Earth Orbit in only one continuous burn. Nominal Insertion into orbit; shutdown of the J-2 engines. The Refueler has been deployed into orbit! The mission is looking good so far. The Solar Panels under the ET are beginning to hinge outwards for deployment. The hinge outward maneuver has been completed. The Solar Panels have successfully deployed! The ET Refueler will now wait in LEO for Centaur-G's to refill it so it can refuel the Shuttle's External Tank for the Moon.
  2. Everytime i try to install it mod doesn't work. Why?
  3. So I accept a simple RT-10 test on the Launch Pad, then I clicked the "run test" button (I set the thrust limit to 0 and the solid fuel to 100, so it won't fly away). When I clicked the contract bar, it displays: Test RT-10 hammer SRB:❌, Launch Pad: ✅, Kerbin: ✅, but why it's not complete yet?
  4. Q: Why did you do this? - A: I don't know. Feeding a mild OCD maybe. I like the look and simplicity of segment displays and wanted to see if I could make a font in this style. Fortunately in the KSP world I'm not constrained by actual segment limitations, but I did self-impose some rules. -Keep part count low -Make sure it's readable -Keep all angles at 45/90 degrees -Snap all the things -Add a little style Here's what I came up with Each letter has a perch so I can move and adjust a whole character at a time. How do we manage a project? Well, I open the alphabet craft, make a new starting mount beside it. I give each line a start point, and each word a point on the line. Then I copy each character on to a line. So each line, word, and letter has it's own point so I can shift items efficiently and consistantly. Then at the end I delete the alphabet I used for copying, center the whole paragraph on a probe, and save as a new file. Lots of copying and adjusting. Well I needed something to write. How about the Star Wars crawl? I didn't mean to jump on this bandwagon, but I wanted text that was space-related and this is what I thought of. The Star Wars text is now a probe that can orbit! @Castille7 took it to space for me (since my computer was having problems with the part count) to get some gnarly screenshots. I did the 2010 Space Odyssey screen (possible movie spoiler?). Wasn't too bad since the spacing was even. No one double-checked these so I'm hoping for no typos. Anyways, just wanted to show yall.
  5. Yesterday, i launched a scientific unmanned mission to Gilly. The mission was a sucess, and i transmitted to Kerbin science of the space over Gilly and of all of the (only) 3 biomes of that small moon. After the end of the mission, i started to think one thing: I started to think if Gilly was made propositally by the devs to make a perfect contrast with Eve. I started to think that after i see the caracteristics of Eve and Gilly. Eve is really big (is the biggest rocky planet of the game). And Gilly is really small (is the smallest body of the game, with the exception of the asteroids). Eve is the planet with the biggest gravity in the game (1.7 G). And Gilly is the body with the smallest gravity in the game (0.005 G) The SOI of Eve is big (85,109 km), but the SOI of Gilly is very very small (126 km). And the last thing: Eve have a big and thick atmosphere, and Gilly dont have nothing (obviously because of his size). So, Gilly was made to make a contrast with Eve? Let your opinion here.
  6. Hard: Get off the ground with only ion engines Insane: Suborbital, or orbital with only ions Impossible: Kerbin to Eve and back with only ions (Don't even try) You must only use ions for propulsion so that means you can't fly a jet plane up on a mountain and launch it from there, but you can use an ion plane, but at that point... Good luck -Devan -Edit Ions can be the only propulsion, so any other parts will be allowed (No powered wheels) -EDIT 2 only infinite fuel and electricity cheats allowed (Clipping is acceptable).
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