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EXCITING NEWS from Australia! Today at the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) in Adelaide, our government announced the creation of our very own space agency (different sites have named it different things) Maybe it isn't that exciting but it is for someone who is currently wrapping up Uni Apps and looking at future job prospects. Plus we already have a long history of collaboration in space. So come on down, pledge allegence to the outback, stay safe in our urban quarenteen centres and crack open a cold one. Let the SPACE Boom begin! (Also in slightly less exciting news, that same government also announced two hours later that Aus was going to have a gas shortage of 1300 PETRAJOULES heading into 2018 :-( )
In much the same spirit of @Bottle Rocketeer 500's rather-popular "Doing It Orion Style" challenge, I decided to put together a similar challenge featuring sequential missions, building up from the launch of the Falcon 1 through the present and beyond. But, since Elon also owns Tesla, some steps in the challenge will include building all-electric vehicles to match the Model X, the Model S, and the Model 3. To add variety to the challenge, I'm also going to include planned-but-never-flown configurations like Falcon 1e and Falcon 5. For each mission, I'll do my best to provide a set of mission requirements which are specific enough to make it interesting and challenging but not so specific as to make it arbitrary or time-consuming. Missions are optional; you can choose a single one, skip around, or do them all one by one in sequence. Possible missions (I won't do all these but it's a sampling of possibilities based on demand): Falcon 1 Falcon 1e Tesla Roadster Falcon 5 Falcon 5R Falcon Air Tesla Model S Falcon 9v1.0 Dragon 1 Falcon 9v1.0 Dragon 1 + comsat, engine-out Falcon 9v1.1 Cargo (polar, soft splashdown) Falcon 9v1.1 Cargo to KTO Falcon 9R Dragon (soft splashdown) Falcon 9R Cargo to Kerbin Escape (soft splashdown) Tesla Model X Dragon 2 launch abort test Falcon 9R Dragon (ASDS attempt) Falcon 9 FT Cargo (RTLS landing) Falcon 9 FT Cargo GTO (ASDS attempt) Falcon 9 FT Dragon (ASDS landing) Falcon 9 FT expendable (fairing recovery) Falcon 9 FT with X-47B Tesla Model 3 Falcon Heavy Demo Falcon 9 Block 5 with Dragon 2 Dragon 2 max-Q abort Falcon Heavy Constellation Falcon 9 Crew Falcon Heavy: Grey Dragon Falcon Heavy: Red Dragon If there's some interest, I'll get started on the requirements for the first few missions! General rules: Tweakscale is allowed Readout mods are allowed Piloting mods are not allowed Unbreakable Joints and No Crash Damage are allowed for propulsive landing attempts Part mods which alter tankage ratios or engine performance are not allowed No reaction control wheels are allowed You must use the same engine for all first stages, so plan accordingly. The engine you choose will start with low thrust and be uprated over time. Scoring is based on lowest LV dry mass. EDIT: Missions below!
Ever wonder how the Kerbal Space Program began? How it's gotten to what it is today? Well here you go, The KSP Story The Hornet Program: Part 1 Year 1: Day 1 Wernher Von Kerman was overlooking the production of the Hornet Mk1 suborbital rocket. The last bolt was being tightened on the nosecone of the tall rocket. It had no stability or parachutes so whatever happened to it would be revealed during the actual flight. The engineer Mark Kerman tightened the bolt. Wernher smiled to himself as the rest of the building cheered. The rocket still had yet to be put on the transporter and carried to the launchpad. A crane lowered down from the high ceiling of the VAB. A claw clamped around the top of the rocket and hoisted it skywards. Two huge doors opened up on the south side of the building. A giant crawler transporter drove slowly forward until it reached the rocket. It positioned itself under the Hornet Mk1 as the crane lowered itself down onto the crawler. A swarm of engineers started to raise launch clamps to keep the Hornet Mk1 steady before launch. Later The crawler transporter positioned itself on the launchpad. A crane on the transporter lowered the Hornet Mk1 and the clamps right in the center of the launchpad. The rocket was ready for launch! Gene Kerman and the rest of the launch crew observed from Mission control. Tentions rose all throughout the KSC. Gene Kerman began the countdown, "10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... liftoff!"