RocketBlam Posted May 21, 2016 Share Posted May 21, 2016 (edited) OK, try to follow all of this. I had missions to land on both Laythe and Tylo. This is the story of those missions. Names have been changed to protect the stupid. Chapter 1: The Lander I sent the Laythe mission first, with a pilot. He's the only pilot that's important here. So this ship included two main elements: 1 - the Laythe Lander. The only ship involved that can land back on Kerbin with The Pilot, because it's the only one with parachutes. Let's call her "The Eagle", because she's a lander, and a plane. 2 - the Laythe Transfer Stage - the nuclear-engined vehicle to move the Laythe Lander to Laythe, and back. I'll call him "Skimpy", because as it turns out, he had nowhere near enough fuel to get The Eagle back to Kerbin. This happens to me a lot with Laythe. So we have, basically, two vessels involved here. I get to Laythe, land, do the science, everything is fine. I return to orbit and redock with Skimpy, the transfer stage with basically no fuel left. What do I do? I send an ISRU unit to Jool space, so I can make some new fuel, refuel Skimpy, and get The Eagle back to Kerbin. Chapter 2: The Refueler I send an ISRU unit, capable of extracting and refining fuels, to Vall. I like to use Vall as an ISRU base. Pretty low gravity, and pretty close to the middle of the Jool system. This ISRU mission, again, has two main vessels. 3 - The ISRU Lander. Capable of landing, extracting, converting, and re-orbiting, with extra fuel and ore. It works great. 4 - The ISRU Transfer Stage. I'll call this "The Beater." It's a fuel truck, and a transfer stage! It gets the ISRU to Vall in fine fashion, and should be useful after that as a fuel truck, to drive fuel around the system. But it's not really good for that, you see, because the bonehead that designed it forgot a critical element: A standard docking port. See, Skimpy the Transfer Stage only has a regular-sized docking port, but sadly, The Beater only has a big Senior docking port. Kerbals can be stupid, you see, but not nearly so stupid as human players of Kerbal Space Program, who forget docking ports. Luckily, I'm in a good position to send the Tylo lander to Jool space. "Aha!" I think. "I'll create a new fuel truck, with a standard docking port, and all will be fine." I mean, I already meant to send a separate Tylo lander (Tylo is challenging, and requires a specialized lander). Also, I neglected to send a scanning orbiter with the ISRU unit, because I'm kind of goofy like that (you'll notice a pattern by now). So I'll send the Tylo lander, a scanner to detect the ore, and a new, fancy Transfter Stage/Fuel Truck. On to Launch #3! Chapter 3: The Tylo Lander and the New Fuel Truck So, I send this THIRD MISSION to Jool Space, having recovered nothing yet from the Laythe landing (The Eagle is still stuck in Laythe orbit, with Skimpy, the empty transfer stage). Again, having learned my lesson, this third mission also gets to Jool Space with fuel to spare. This mission includes: 5 - Stubby, the Tylo Lander. It has no pilot - I intend to transfer The Pilot from The Eagle and put him back when I'm done. 6 - The Swiss Army Fuel Truck ("Swiss Army", for short), which has so many docking ports on it that I can dock with things that haven't even been invented yet. These extra docking ports are stuck on the side of the vessel. But you know, I actually thought ahead for this one. I didn't want The Beater to be useless, so I also included another, small vehicle, which I call "The Converter." This is simply a senior docking port on one end and a standard docking port on the other. It's an adapter, so I can convert The Beater into a transfer stage for The Eagle, or dock with a standard docking port. Are you confused yet? I don't blame you. I have 6 (almost 7) vehicles in Jool space now, and The Pilot is still floating around Laythe like a goofball, wondering what the heck is going on. I may post pictures later. I'll continue this in another post, because I'm just about to go get The Pilot from The Eagle and land on Tylo. But it's not that simple, as you may have figured out. Also, this is your chance to bail on this whole thread if you're bored. Edited May 21, 2016 by RocketBlam Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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