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"I believe that this save file should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the next version is out (or before a new version breaks the save, anyway), of landing a Kerman on every planet and moon in the stock system and returning them safely to Kerbin."

 

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Progress:

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Flight log so far.

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Flight log (Kermanned missions)

 

* = kerbonaut’s first flight

 

Mission            Rocket               Objective              Crew                        Result

 

 

Audacity 1          Uffish I            Test flight            P0 Burmin*                  Success

 

Audacity 2          Uffish II           Space!                 P0 Melxie*                  Success—first Kerman in space!

 

Audacity 3          Manxome I           Orbit!                 P0 Kerzer*                  Success-first Kerman in orbit!

 

Audacity 4          Manxome I           Science!               P1 Burmin                   Success

 

Audacity 5          Uffish I            Suborbital science     S0 Lasselle*                Success

 

Audacity 6          Manxome I           Orbital science        P1 Melxie                   Success

 

Audacity D-1        Manxome IB          Station Patience 1     P1 Kerzer                   Launch abort

 

Audacity D-2        Manxome IIB         “                      P1 Burmin                   Success—first space station visit

 

Valor 4             Manxome IIIB        Orbital test flight    P1 Melxie                   Success

 

Audacity D-3        Manxome IIB         Patience 1             P1 Kerzer                   Success

 

Valor 5             Manxome IIIB        “                      P1 Burmin                   Success—first full station crew

                                                                 S0 Laselle

                                                                 E0 Chris*

 

Audacity D-4        Manxome IIB         De-orbit Patience 1    P1 Melxie                   Success

 

Audacity DS-1       Manxome IIB         Test flight            P1 Kerzer                   Success

 

Audacity DS-2       Manxome IIIC        Munar orbit            P1 Burmin                   Success—first Mun orbit

 

Audacity DS-3       Manxome IIIC        Minmus orbit           P1 Melxie                   Success—first Minmus orbit

 

Intrepidity 1       Frumious I          Test flight            P1 Kerzer                   Abort

                                                                 E0 Lizdrien*

 

Intrepidity 2       Frumious II         Munar orbit            P1 Burmin                   Success

                                                                 E1 Chris

 

Audacity D-5        Manxome IIB         Patience 2 assembly    P1 Melxie                   Success

 

Audacity D-6        Manxome IIB         “                      P1 Kerzer                   Success

 

Valor 6             Manxome IIIB        Patience 2             P1 Burmin                   Abort

                                                                 E1 Lizdrien

                                                                 S0 Tangel*

 

Valor 6B            Manxome IIIB        “                      “                           Success—first mission to Patience 2

 

Intrepidity 3       Frumious III        Mun!                   P1 Melxie                   Success—first Kermen on the Mun!

                                                                 E1 Chris

                                                                 S1 Laselle

 

Intrepidity 4       Frumious IIIB       Mun! Again!            P1 Kerzer                   Success

                                                                 S0 Thomptrey*

                                                                 E0 Mitrie*

 

Intrepidity S-1     Frumious IB         Patience 2             P2 Melxie                   Success

                                                                 S1 Tangel

                                                                 P0 Lodald*

 

Intrepidity 5       Frumious IIIB       Minmus                 P1 Burmin                   Success—first Kermen on Minmus!

                                                                 E0 Carena*

                                                                 S0 Eririne*

 

Intrepidity 6       Frumious II         Endurance 1            P1 Kerzer                   Success-first mission to Endurance 1

                                                                 P0 Geneming*

                                                                 S1 Thomptrey

 

Intrepidity 7       Frumious IIIB       Mun again…             P2 Burmin                   Success

                                                                 E2 Lizdrien

                                                                 E1 Carena

 

Intrepidity S-2     Frumious IB         Patience 2             P2 Burmin                   Success

                                                                 S1 Laselle

                                                                 E1 Mitrie

 

Intrepidity 8       Frumious II         Endurance 1           P1 Lodald                    Success

                                                                 E2 Chris

                                                                 S1 Tangel

 

Intrepidity S-3     Frumious IB         Patience 2             P2 Melxie                   Success

                                                                 E1 Lizdrien

                                                                 S2 Eririne

 

Intrepidity 9       Frumious IIIB       Minmus (anomaly)       P1 Geneming                 Success--Prudence 2 anomaly identified

                                                                 S1 Laselle

                                                                 E1 Mitrie

 

Intrepidity 10      Frumious II         Endurance 1            P2 Kerzer                   Abort

                                                                 S2 Thomptrey

                                                                 E2 Mitrie

 

Intrepidity 10B     Frumious II         Endurance 1             "                          Success

 

Intrepidity 11      Frumious IIIB       Mun                    P2 Burmin                   Success

                                                                 P1 Lodald

                                                                 S1 Tangel

 

Intrepidity S-4     Frumious IV         Patience 2             P2 Geneming                 Success

                                                                 E0 Alvis*

                                                                 S0 Phoberta*

 

Intrepidity 12      Frumious VI         Mun                    P2 Lodald                   Success

                                                                 E0 Deblian*

                                                                 S0 Johndo*

 

Intrepidity 13      Frumious VI         Mun                    P2 Melxie                   Success--anomaly identified

                                                                 E0 Jochelle*

                                                                 S0 Ziggy

 

Intrepidity 14      Frumious V          Endurance 1            P2 Burmin                   Success

                                                                 P0 Hayberta*

                                                                 S0 Agalinne*

 

Intrepidity S-5     Frumious IV         Patience 2             P2 Lodald                   Success

                                                                 P0 Lemlock*

                                                                 S1 Johndo

 

Intrepidity 15      Frumious VI         Mun                    P2 Geneming                 Success

                                                                 E1 Phoberta

                                                                 S1 Alvis

 

Intrepidity 16      Frumious VI         Mun                    P2 Kerzer                   Success

                                                                 P0 Gemliana*

                                                                 S2 Eririne

 

Intrepidity S-6     Frumious IV         Patience 2             P2 Kerzer                   Success

                                                                 E2 Chris

                                                                 S2 Tangel

 

Bravado 1           Frumious VI         Eve flyby              P2 Geneming                 Success--first Kermen in interplanetary space!

                                                                 E1 Lizdrien

                                                                 S2 Laselle

 

Intrepidity 17      Frumious V          Endurance 1            P2 Melxie                   Success

                                                                 E1 Phoberta

                                                                 S1 Ziggy

 

Intrepidity S-8     Frumious IV         Patience 2             P2 Burmin                   Success

                                                                 E2 Mitrie

                                                                 S2 Eririne

 

Intrepidity 18      Frumious V          Endurance 1            P2 Lodald                   Success

                                                                 E2 Deblian

                                                                 S2 Alvis

 

Intrepidity S-9     Frumious IV         Patience 2             P2 Hayberta                 Success

                                                                 E2 Carena

                                                                 S2 Thomptrey

 

Intrepidity S-10    Frumious IV         Bravado 1 DPM          P2 Kerzer                   Success (returned on Defiance 6B)

                                                                 S2 Johndo

                                                                 S2 Tangel

 

Intrepidity 19      Frumious V          Endurance 1            P3 Geneming                 Success

                                                                 E2 Gemliana

                                                                 S2 Agalinne

 

Intrepidity S-11    Frumious IV         Patience 2             P2 Melxie                   Success

                                                                 P0 Virlina*

                                                                 S0 Addan*

 

Intrepidity 20      Frumious VI         Mun (anomaly)          P2 Burmin                   Landing successful; crew stranded after lander tipped over

                                                                 P1 Lemlock

                                                                 S0 Valcee

 

Intrepidity 20B     Frumious VI         Rescue Int. 20         "                           Success

 

 

Intrepidity 21      Frumious V          Endurance 1            P1 Lemlock                  Success

                                                                 E0 Rotine

                                                                 S0 Kathelyn

 

Defiance 3          Frumious VB         Persistence            P2 Lodald                   Success

                                                                 P0 Eiliel*

                                                                 S3 Laselle

                                                                 S2 Alvis

                                                                 S2 Eririne

                                                                 E0 Traissa*

 

Bravado 2           Frumious VI         Duna!                  P2 Burmin                   Success--first Kermen on Duna!

                                                                 S2 Ziggy

                                                                 E0 Paty*

 

SSTO-1              H-202               LKO test flight        P0 Janbe                    Success--first SSTO!

 

Defiance 4          Frumious VB         Exp. Patience 11       P2 Gemliana                 Success (returned empty)

                                                                 E3 Lizdrien

                                                                 S2 Thomptrey

                                                                 E2 Mitrie

                                                                 E2 Carena

                                                                 S1 Valcee

 

Defiance 5          Brillig II          Endurance 1            P2 Melxie                   Abort

                                                                 P2 Chris

                                                                 E1 Jochelle

                                                                 E2 Phoberta

                                                                 S1 Addan

                                                                 S1 Agalinne

 

Defiance 5C        Brillig IIIB         Exp. Endurance 9       "                           Success (returned empty)

 

 

Defiance 6         Brillig IIIB         Retrieve Brv. 1 DPM   P1 Virlina                   Abort

                                                                 E1 Rotine

 

Defiance 6B        Brillig IIIB         Retrieve Brv. 1 DPM   "                            Success

 

Defiance 7         Brillig III          Exp. Persistence 2    P2 Hayberta                  Success (returned empty)

                                                                 P1 Virlina

                                                                 E1 Rotine

                                                                 E0 Statha*

                                                                 S0 Wenmy*

                                                                 S0 Erigee*

 

HSL Flt. 1         Brillig III          Tourism                P1 Janbe                    Success--Minmus orbit & Mun flyby--first space tourists

                                                                 E0 Joelin

                                                                 Passengers:

                                                                    Bartry

                                                                    Gicella

                                                                    Gering

                                                                    Jebgas

 

Bravado 3         Frumious VI           Duna again.            P2 Lodald                    Success

                                                                 E2 Deblian
                                                                 S1 Kathelyn

 

Bravado 4         Frumious VI           Ike!                   P2 Kerzer                    Success--first kermen on Ike!

                                                                 E1 Traissa
                                                                 S1 Johndo

 

Defiance 8        Brillig III           Exp. Brevity 1         P1 Eiliel                    Success

                                                                 P0 Vasya*

                                                                 Brevity crew

 

Brevity 1         N/A                   Mun rover              P1 Janbe                     Partial success--rover abandoned

                                                                 E1 Joelin

                                                                 S0 Darina*

 

Defiance 9        Brillig III           Exp. Brevity 1 return  P1 Vasya                     Success

                                                                 E0 Erithis*

                                                                 Brevity crew

 

Defiance 10       Brillig III           Exp. Constancy 1       P3 Geneming                  Success (returned empty)

                                                                 P1 Vasya

                                                                 E3 Paty

                                                                 S2 Eririne

                                                                 S1 Darina

                                                                 S0 Gledia

 

Defiance 11       Brillig III           Exp. Patience 12       P2 Janbe                     Success (returned with Exp. Patience 11)

                                                                 P0 Chadgan*

                                                                 P0 Jate*

                                                                 E0 Corrick*

                                                                 S2 Tangel

                                                                 S2 Alvis

 

Defiance 12       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Endurance 10      P2 Lemlock                   Success (returned with Exp. Endurance 9)

                                                                 P0 Gilbree*

                                                                 E3 Lizdrien

                                                                 E2 Joelin

                                                                 S4 Ziggy

                                                                 S1 Valcee

 

HSL Flt. 2        Brillig III           Tourism                P2 Gemliana                  Success--Minmus landing & Mun flyby

                                                                 P1 Eiliel

                                                                 Passengers:

                                                                    Elvis

                                                                    Gerula

                                                                    Leechelle

                                                                    Halgel

 

Defiance 13       Brillig III           SS Valerie test        P2 Melxie                    Success

                                                                 E1 Erithis

 

Bravado 5         Frumious VI           Gilly!                 P2 Melxie                    Success

                                                                 E1 Erithis
                                                                 S2 Agalinne

 

Bravado 6         Frumious VI           Jool/Tylo flyby        P4 Burmin                    Success

                                                                 E2 Carena
                                                                 S3 Laselle

 

Defiance 14       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Persistence 3     P2 Gemliana                  Success (returned with Exp. Persistence 2)

                                                                 E2 Chris

                                                                 E2 Phoberta

                                                                 E2 Mitrie

                                                                 S2 Thomptrey

                                                                 S2 Addan

 

Defiance 15       Brillig IIIB          Asteroid Ordrin        P2 Eiliel                    Success--first asteroid encounter

                                                                 E1 Statha

                                                                 S1 Wenmy

                                                                 S1 Erigee

 

HSL Flt. 3        Brillig IIIB          Tourism                P1 Virlina                   Success--connected with SS Valerie service to Mun and Minmus surface

                                                                 E1 Statha

                                                                 Passengers:

                                                                    Urxy

                                                                    Jangy

                                                                    Fredrigh

                                                                    Cordan

 

HSL Flt. 4        Brillig IIIB          Tourism                P2 Hayberta                   "

                                                                 E2 Rotine

                                                                 P2 Eiliel

                                                                 Passengers:

                                                                    Lelina

                                                                    Wehrzon

 

Defiance 16       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Permanence 1      P2 Eiliel                    Success (returned with flight crew only)

                                                                 P1 Virlina

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Hayberta

                                                                    E2 Jochelle

                                                                    S1 Wenmy

                                                                    S0 Tambe*

 

Defiance 17       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Constancy 2       P3 Lodald                    Success (returned with Exp. Constancy 1)

                                                                 E3 Deblian

                                                                 S3 Kathelyn

                                                                 S0 Jenra*

 

Defiance 18       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Patience 13       P2 Eiliel                    Success (returned with Exp. Patience 12)

                                                                 E0 Barsen*

                                                                 S1 Darina

                                                                 S0 Leeuna*

 

Defiance 19       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Endurance 11      P4 Kerzer                    Success (returned with Exp. Endurance 10)

                                                                 E3 Paty

                                                                 S2 Tangel

                                                                 S0 Ribnard*

 

Daring 3          Vorpal II             Dres!                  P3 Geneming                  Success -- first kermen on Dres!

                                                                 P2 Janbe

                                                                 E3 Lizdrien

                                                                 E0 Daphthy*

                                                                 S4 Ziggy

                                                                 S2 Alvis

                                                                 S1 Gledia

 

Defiance 20       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Persistence 4    P4 Melxie                     Success (returned with Exp. Persistence 3)

                                                                 E1 Corrick

                                                                 S4 Agalinne

                                                                 S2 Eririne

 

Defiance 21       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Immutability 1   P2 Gemliana                   Success (returned with flight crew only)

                                                                 P0 Asene*

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Lemlock

                                                                    E0 Gergun*

                                                                    S2 Valcee

                                                                    S2 Addan


 

HSL Flt. 5        Vorpal I              Tourism               P2 Gemliana                   Success--connected with SS Valerie service to Mun and Minmus surface

                                                                 E1 Statha

                                                                 P0 Madette*

                                                                 Passengers:

                                                                    Luding

                                                                    Rogas

                                                                    Lanlong

                                                                    Jorrie

                                                                    Helxy

                                                                    Tomuki

                                                                    Lemfen

                                                                    Jatha

 

Defiance 22       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Permanence 2     P1 Virlina                    Success (returned with flight crew only)

                                                                 P0 Gregger*

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Gemliana

                                                                    E2 Phoberta

                                                                    S2 Thomptrey

                                                                    S1 Erigee

 

Defiance 23       Brillig IIIB          Retrieve Exp.         P1 Jate                       Success

                                          Permanence 1           E1 Statha

 

Defiance 24       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Constancy 3      P1 Vasya                      Success (returned with Exp. Constancy 2)

                                                                 P1 Gregger

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P3 Hayberta

                                                                    E2 Joelin

                                                                    S3 Wenmy

                                                                    S3 Tambe

 

Defiance 25       Brillig IIIB          Retrieve Exp.         P3 Lodald                     Success (Patience II decommissioned)

                                          Patience 13            P1 Madette

 

Defiance 26       Brillig IIIB          Retrieve Exp.         P1 Virlina                    Success (Endurance I decommissioned)

                                          Endurance 11           P1 Jate

 

Defiance 27       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Persistence 5    P1 Asene                      Success (returned with Exp. Persistence 4)

                                                                 E1 Barsen

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Eiliel

                                                                    E2 Rotine

                                                                    S4 Laselle

                                                                    S2 Ribnard

 

Defiance 28       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Immutability 2   P2 Virlina                     Success (returned with Exp. Immutability 1)

                                                                 E1 Corrick

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Gilbree

                                                                    E1 Barsen

                                                                    S4 Agalinne

                                                                    S1 Darina

 

Daring 4          Vorpal III            Eeloo!                P4 Kerzer                      Success--first Kermen on Eeloo!

                                                                 P3 Lodald

                                                                 E3 Deblian

                                                                 E1 Statha

                                                                 S4 Johndo

                                                                 S3 Kathelyn

                                                                 S1 Leeuna

 

Defiance 29       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Permanence 3     P2 Virlina                     Success (returned with flight crew only)

                                                                 P2 Chadgan

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Lemlock

                                                                    E2 Mitrie

                                                                    S3 Gledia

                                                                    S2 Tangel

 

Defiance 30       Brillig IIIB          Retrieve Exp.         P4 Melxie                      Success

                                          Permanence 2           P1 Vasya

 

HSL Flt. 6        Vorpal IB             Tourism, Exp.         P3 Janbe                       Success--connected with SS Valerie service to Mun and Minmus surface,

                                          Constancy 4            P1 Madette                     returned with Exp. Constancy 3

                                                                 E3 Jochelle

                                                                 P1 Jate

                                                                 Base crew:

                                                                    P2 Virlina

                                                                    E1 Corrick

                                                                    S3 Alvis

                                                                    S1 Jenra

                                                                 Passengers:

                                                                    Madella

                                                                    Tribella

 

Defiance 31       Brillig IIIB          Minmus survey, Exp.   P2 Virlina                     Success (returned with Exp. Persistence 5)

                                           Persistence 6         P2 Chadgan

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P5 Burmin

                                                                    E4 Lizdrien

                                                                    S3 Thomptrey

                                                                    S3 Wenmy

 

Defiance 32       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Immutability 3   P4 Janbe                       Success (returned Exp. Immutability 2)

                                                                 P0 Mike

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Eiliel

                                                                    E0 Crisdia*

                                                                    S3 Tambe

                                                                    S0 Addon*

 

Daring 5          Vorpal III            Moho!                 P4 Melxie                      Success--first Kermen on Moho!

                                                                 P3 Hayberta

                                                                 E4 Erithis

                                                                 E2 Joelin

                                                                 S3 Erigee

                                                                 S2 Valcee

                                                                 S0 Rodnard*

 

Defiance 33       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Permanence 4     P4 Janbe                       Success (returned Exp. Permanence 3)

                                                                 E2 Rotine

                                                                 S4 Agalinne

                                                                 S0 Temy

 

Daring 6          Vorpal III            Vall!                 P4 Geneming                    Success--first Kermen on Vall, Bop, and Pol!

                                                                 P1 Vasya

                                                                 E4 Traissa

                                                                 E1 Barsen

                                                                 S4 Ziggy

                                                                 S2 Eririne

                                                                 S1 Darina

 

Valiance 2        Vorpal I              Retrieve Daring 5,    P1 Gregger                     Success (returned with Daring 5 crew)

                                            Daring 5 DPM         P0 Sigemy*

                                                                 E0 Gwenlanna*

                                                                 Daring 5 DPM crew:

                                                                    P2 Jate

                                                                    S4 Laselle

                                                                    S2 Addan

 

Defiance 34       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Constancy 5      P2 Gilbree                     Success (returned Exp. Constancy 4)

                                                                 P0 Mike

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Chadgan

                                                                    E3 Daphthy

                                                                    S3 Rodnard

                                                                    S0 Berelle*

 

Defiance 35       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Transience       P2 Gilbree                     Success (returned with flight crew only)

                                                                 E1 Gergun

                                                                 Rover crew:

                                                                    P4 Hayberta

                                                                    E4 Carena

                                                                    S0 Vertine*

 

Defiance 36       Brillig IIIB          Retrieve Daring 5 DPM P2 Virlina                     Success

                                                                 E1 Gergun

 

Defiance 37       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Persistence 7    P2 Virlina                     Success (returned Exp. Persistence 6)

                                                                 P1 Mike

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Gilbree

                                                                    E1 Gwenlanna

                                                                    S2 Ribnard

                                                                    S0 Harfen*

 

KS-2              Dauntless 2101        Exp. Permanence 5     P4 Melxie                      Success (returned Exp. Permanence 4)

                                                                 E2 Chris

                                                                 S4 Laselle

                                                                 S0 Debty*

 

Defiance 38       Brillig IIIB          Exp. Immutability 4   P5 Burmin                      Success (returned Exp. Immutability 3)

                                                                 E4 Lizdrien

                                                                 Station crew:

                                                                    P2 Virlina

                                                                    E1 Corrick

                                                                    S4 Valcee

                                                                    S0 Munvan*

 

KS-3              Dauntless 2101        Crew rotations        P5 Burmin                      Success--connected with SS Valerie service to Mun/Minmus

                                                                 Exp. Immutability 6:               Valerie lost in landing accident at Base Tenacity

                                                                    P3 Gemliana                     Crew recovered by SS Phoebe & returned as normal

                                                                    E3 Mitrie                       Returned with Exps. Immutability 4, Persistence 7,

                                                                    S3 Tangel                       Constancy 5, and Transience

                                                                    S3 Wenmy

                                                                 Exp. Persistence 8:

                                                                    P3 Lemlock

                                                                    E1 Gergun

                                                                    S2 Addan

                                                                    S1 Addon

                                                                 Exp. Constancy 6:

                                                                    P4 Janbe

                                                                    E3 Jochelle

                                                                    S4 Agalinne

                                                                    S2 Temy

                                                                 Exp. Perpetuity 1:

                                                                    P2 Eiliel

                                                                    E1 Crisdia

                                                                    S4 Gledia

                                                                    S1 Jenra

                                                                 Exp. Tenacity 1:

                                                                    P2 Jate

                                                                    E4 Erithis

                                                                    S3 Alvis

                                                                    S3 Erigee

 

KS-4              Dauntless 2101        Exp. Permanence 6     P2 Virlina                     Success (returned Exp. Permanence 5)

                                                                 E0 Jantrice*

                                                                 S4 Rodnard

                                                                 S0 Debina*

 

Daring 7          Vorpal III            Laythe!               P4 Hayberta                    In progress

                                                                 P2 Chadgan

                                                                 E4 Carena

                                                                 E1 Corrick

                                                                 S4 Kathelyn

                                                                 S2 Ribnard

                                                                 S1 Vertine

 

KS-5              Dauntless 2101        Crew rotations        P5 Melxie                      Success (returned Exps. Immutability 5, Persistence 8,

                                                                 Exp. Immutability 7:                 Constancy 6, Perpetuity 1 and Tenacity 1)

                                                                    P2 Gilbree

                                                                    E0 Grathy*

                                                                    S3 Leeuna

                                                                    S0 Kevin*

                                                                 Exp. Persistence 9:

                                                                    P1 Madette

                                                                    E2 Gwenlanna

                                                                    S4 Valcee

                                                                    S0 Milotte*

                                                                 Exp. Constancy 7:

                                                                    P1 Mike

                                                                    E0 Eriby*

                                                                    S3 Debty

                                                                    S1 Munvan

                                                                 Exp. Perpetuity 2:

                                                                    P1 Virella

                                                                    E3 Statha

                                                                    S3 Tambe

                                                                    S0 Urjorie*

                                                                 Exp. Tenacity 2:

                                                                    P1 Gregger

                                                                    E4 Deblian

                                                                    S4 Johndo

                                                                    S0 Heidi*

 

 

 

Spolier: Boring stuff.

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So I've been playing with the 1.2 prerelease for the past few weeks after a couple months away from KSP, and I'm having so much fun with it compared to the bugfest of 1.1.x and the slideshow of 1.0.x that I figured I'd finally try another serious career save. Yes, I really should wait for 1.2 to go final but whatever. Now is when I have time.

Anyway, I'm going for a completely stock career this time (with the exception of the new PorkJet rocket parts, which I think of as sort of "proto-stock"). I'll probably install some cosmetic mods once 1.2 is final, but no part mods or gameplay mods. Not trying to do anything fancy with the report thread either, at least not for the moment, I just figure it might be more fun this way than just posting in the "what did you do today" thread every day like I did with my old 1.0.2 career. 

Sub-spolier: Difficulty settings.

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Fund penalties are at 10% to keep Kerbal hiring costs civilized, since I've edited my contracts.cfg to completely disable rescues (mostly because they don't get along with the silly new weighting system) so I'll have to hire all my Kerbonauts with actual money. (This has the side effect of making building upgrades practically free, but whatever. They're mostly just a nuisance in the early game anyway. ) Rep penalties at 1,000% to sort of make up for it. 

In spite of quicksaves and reverts being enabled, I will follow a no-reverts rule, even including Kraken attacks. The only exception is F5/F9'ing to fix bugs (in particular the one with the landing legs) and reverting from the launch pad/runway. 

Related to the above I'm also starting without the "original four," partly because I like the variety of having unique Kerbals right from the start and partly because I'm kind of fond of Jeb, Bill, Bob, and Val, which makes sticking to the no-reloads rule that much harder if I should happen to kill one of them. I may try to edit the save file to make my originals "veterans" at some point (which might or might not give them orange suits, I haven't checked). 

One other personal rule for this save: adequate extra space on deep-space missions (at least 2 seats per Kerbal), and more generally sticking to sensible-sized missions (bare minimum crew of 2 but preferably 3+ for anything past Minmus, or long-term stations). No single Kerbals in Mk 1 lander cans on 20 year missions to Eeloo. 

 

Boring stuff TL;DR: Stock career, no reverts, no orange suits, no rescue contracts, sensible-sized missions. 

 

 

The first three Kerbonauts:

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Left to right: Kerzer, Burmin, and Melxie. (Appearances subject to change once Texture Replacer is updated for 1.2.) Texture Replacer installed, picture updated to one showing the original Kerbonauts' "correct" appearances. All three are pilots; the Space Program doesn't expect to have much use for anybody else until more advanced spacecraft are developed. 

 

 

Spoiler: Audacity program, first Kermanned missions (read: early game stuff we've all done a million times before which I'm trying to zip through quickly so this thread doesn't get too boring). 

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After Kerzer performed some initial ground tests and instrument calibrations which weren't interesting enough for anyone to bother taking pictures of, the Mk 1 capsule was ready for the first flight of Project Audacity. 

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Audacity I sent Burmin to an apoapsis of 39 kilometers on an Uffish I rocket (i. e. an RT-10 with some fins duct-taped to it). It landed safely after a 6 minute 20 second flight, returning observations and temperature data from the upper atmosphere. 

 

 

 

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Audacity II, with improved instrumentation (we've invented the barometer!), was launched on an Uffish II (same as I but with higher thrust and a Flea second stage). 

 

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Melxie: First Kerman in space! Audacity II reached an apoapsis of 97 kilometers and landed safely, returning the first scientific data and direct observations from beyond the atmosphere. 

 

 

 

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Audacity III, piloted by Kerzer and launched on a Manxome I rocket, was the first mission to Kerbin orbit. 

 

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Kerzer: First Kerman to achieve the First Cosmic Velocity! (After landing, he was criticized by the media for failing to get any pictures that included both his face and the spacecraft. He claims he was too busy trying to get his jetpack to fly straight.) Kerzer also completed the first spacewalk during the mission, and Audacity III was boosted by the Manxome second stage to an apoapsis of 400 kilometers, where it collected data and observations from high altitude. Kerzer and the spacecraft returned safely to Kerbin after a 4 hour, 49 minute flight. 

 

 

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Audacity IV was basically identical to III except that it also carried a materials bay and mystery goo units. Burmin performed an EVA to collect data from the bay before returning to Kerbin. 

 

After the success of Audacity III and IV, the Space Program recruited its first two scientist Kerbonauts, Laselle and Tangel. (No pictures of them cause let's face it: they all look the same anyway. I miss Texture Replacer.)

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An unguided Uffish I (we tilted it a bit on the launch clamp to send it out over the ocean) launched Laselle aboard Audacity V on a suborbital mission to collect data from the upper atmosphere. 

 

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Audacity VI (Melxie) was a scientific flight identical to IV, except that it was boosted to a 400 kilometer apoapsis to collect materials data from high space. 

 

 

Spoiler: Prudence program, early probes. (This is an unusually long post cause I'm trying to get through all the early game stuff in one go.)

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Another Manxome rocket launched Prudence 1, the Space Program's first unkermanned mission. Originally intended to fly by the Mun and into Kerbolar orbit, the payload fairing damaged both of its high-gain antennas, so it was redirected into Munar orbit. In spite of the antenna problem it successfully transmitted temperature, pressure, and materials data. 

(OOC: I'm a little concerned that just two of the low-gain antennas were able to reach the DSN from the Mun, I thought they were really just for Kerbin orbit. I may edit my save file to put the DSN multiplier back to 1.0.) 

 

 

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Prudence 2 was identical to except for some changes to the rocket's payload fairing. It only lost one of its two high-gain antennas, and so was able to complete its intended mission: fly by Minmus, then enter Kerbolar orbit, becoming in the process the first Kerman-made object to achieve the Second Cosmic Speed (i. e. Kerbin escape velocity) and returning the first scientific data from Minmus as well as from beyond Kerbin's sphere of influence. 

 

 

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Prudence 3 was a survey probe to polar Munar orbit, notable mainly for being the first of the series to have both its high-gain antennas survive launch. (Ironically, since it was only going as far as the Mun it didn't actually need them.) 

 

 

Spoiler (last one for this post, I promise): Patience 1, first space station. 

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The first space station of the Space Program, Patience 1, was launched unkermanned on a Manxome II rocket. 

 

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With two docking ports, an airlock, a full suite of science instruments and antennas, and room for five Kermen, Patience 1 is by far the largest thing yet put into orbit. The first crews will be delivered by in improved version of the Audacity spacecraft, while future missions may be flown on a three-Kerman vehicle still under development, tentatively named Project Valor

 

 

UPDATE: So I just checked the Texture Replacer thread and there's already a preliminary build for 1.2! No more cheesy vanilla skybox! No more identical Kerbals! No more helmets in atmo! I honestly didn't realize just how essential TR is to my KSP experience until I spent a couple weeks playing 1.2 pre without it. Seriously, if I could only have one mod, it'd probably be that one. 

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Really great screenshots, and one of the more entertaining "get the boring early stuff everyone's done out of the way" mission reports I've ever seen, especially since you actually said, "I'm going to get the boring early stuff everyone's done out of the way."

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yea, very nice. 

 

20 hours ago, Kuzzter said:

Really great screenshots, and one of the more entertaining "get the boring early stuff everyone's done out of the way" mission reports I've ever seen, especially since you actually said, "I'm going to get the boring early stuff everyone's done out of the way."

I'm starting to wish I had done that in my no revert Career playthrough too.

 

looking forward to what happens next!

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Starting to get past the boring early game into the slightly more interesting mid-game. Which means things are getting a little easy in terms of :science: and :funds:, see boring stuff for how I'm thinking of dealing with this. 

 

Spoiler: Boring stuff.

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Mod changes:

So it turns out a number of cosmetic mods have already been updated for 1.2, not just Texture Replacer. Still waiting on EVE, Real Plume, and Engine Lighting (the last two of which because of Module Manager), and I'm having trouble with Scatterer's atmo (can't get rid of the "halo" around the planet) but its sunflare is working fine so for now I've just disabled all the atmosphere configs so at least I can have custom sunflares and, hopefully, terrain shadows. The current mod list is as follows:

Chatterer
Distant Object Enhancement
PlanetShine
Scatterer (sorta)
--Galileo's Sun Flares
Texture Replacer
--Cetera's Suit Pack
--Hotaru's Female Kerbals
--Scart91's Texture Pack
--GreeningGalaxy's Diverse Kerbal Lasses
--necKros's Female Faces
--Diverse Kerbal Heads
--Vaporo's Blue Galaxy Skybox

 

Save file edits:

DSN has been reverted back to default 1.0 range (so far no noticeable gameplay effect). I've also given myself a 50% "budget cut" (FundsGainMultiplier = 0.5) because I've gotten to the point in the game where the early grind is over and I suddenly have more funds than I know what to do with (over 2 million at this point), compounded by the fact that I've basically disabled building upgrade costs.

My current clever plan is to save up science to buy the :science: -> :funds: strategy at 50% commitment, which will help make the tech tree last a bit longer. It's a bit of a hack to make up for poor gameplay balance, but it'll hopefully keep both the mid-game (Kerbin system) and the late game (interplanetary) at least marginally interesting. I may give myself another budget cut later on, but I don't want to go too crazy and force myself to use nothing but fully-reusable vehicles for anything. I did that in my last save, and while setting up the reusable systems was a fun challenge, actually using them in practice was pretty tedious (and that was with MechJeb automating everything). So I'd prefer to stick mostly to expendable systems this time around. 

For the record, my general rule on save file edits is they're OK as long as their either purely cosmetic (e. g. changing the flag on a vehicle) or make the game harder rather than easier. Budget cuts yes, budget increases no. 

Boring stuff TL;DR: Added some cosmetic mods, reduced DSN multiplier from 1.2 to 1.0, reduced fund rewards from 1.0 to 0.5. 

 

Spoiler: Rockomax 1 and Prudence 4, more probes. 

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The Space Program's first commercial satellite, Rockomax 1, was launched to high Kerbin orbit on a Manxome 1B. (OOC: No, I'm not going to post pictures of every contractsat, but I thought I'd at least put up one of the first one. Not least cause I get to show off the nifty new skybox.)

 

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Another Manxome launched Prudence 4 to Minmus orbit, where it completed a series of temperature surveys and searched, unsuccessfully, for an anomaly detected during the Prudence 3 flyby. 

 

Spoiler: Audacity D program, first visit to Patience 1

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Audacity D-1, piloted by Kerzer and launched on a Manxome IB, was intended to be the first mission to Patience 1

 

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Unfortunately, it turned out the Manxome I couldn't quite handle the extra mass of the Audacity D's service module. The spacecraft failed to achieve orbit, but the capsule separated from the rocket and service module and made a safe reentry and landing. 

 

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Audacity D-2 was launched on a more powerful Manxome IIB. 

 

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Burmin successfully piloted the ship to the first space rendezvous and docking with Patience 1. 

 

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Once the two ships had linked up, Burmin transferred to the space station to begin the Space Program's first long-duration mission. 

 

 

Spoiler: Project Valor test series, three-Kerman spaceplane. (Remember when I said three spoilers would be more than usual? Yeah, that was probably a lie.)

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Launched unkermanned on an Uffish IB rocket, Valor 1 was the first suborbital test flight of the new three-Kerman Valor spaceplane, designed to deliver passengers and crew to Patience 1 and future stations more efficiently than the Audacity series. 

 

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To the surprise of everyone, it worked perfectly, parachuting to a safe landing near the space center. 

 

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Valor 2, also unkermanned and launched on a Manxome IIIB, was meant to be the first orbital test of the vehicle. 

 

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Unfortunately, due to a manufacturing defect, the vehicle lost attitude control a few seconds after liftoff. The Valor spacecraft successfully separated from the rocket and parachuted to a landing. 

 

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Appropriate people were sacked, and Valor 3 lifted off on a properly-stiffened Manxome IIIB. 

 

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Unfortunately, the guidance system couldn't compensate for the unstable configuration and the vehicle went out of control about a minute into the flight. Once again the Valor spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle and returned to KSC

 

 

Spoiler: Valor 4, first kermanned mission. 

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The engineers at KSC were convinced that the problem was with the guidance system, not the actual Manxome-Valor spacecraft, so in spite of the failures of Valor 2 and 3Valor 4 was cleared for the first kermanned flight, piloted by Melxie. 

 

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Sure enough, with Melxie flying a true gravity turn, Valor 4 achieved orbit with no signs of instability. 

 

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Once the vehicle was checked out, Melxie piloted Valor 4 to a successful rendezvous and docking with Patience 1

 

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After about two days in orbit, Melxie boarded Valor 4 to return to Kerbin. The ship made a safe reentry in spite of some stability problems. 

 

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Because the previous two flights both suffered damage landing on land, Valor 4 targeted a water landing east of KSC instead. It was recovered safely. 

 

 

 

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Cutaway view of Patience 1 with Audacity D-2 and Valor 4 docked. Burmin is in the control room, Melxie is in the living area. 

 

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Love that cute little rocket space plane, neat basic and useful design. That Mk1 space station isn't bad either :)

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The beginnings of career mode are some of the most fun for me, and I like your solutions to the limited capabilities of early-career components - keep it up, I'm interested where this is going :)

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Thanks for the comments! I'm a little surprised anybody's showing much interest at this early stage, but then again I myself seem to be finding the mid-game more interesting than usual as well. I guess I'm focusing more on RP considerations and less on farming science to max out the tech tree. In fact I've been making a point of not unlocking new tech nodes until I absolutely have to; I want to see how far I can go with mid-game tech before I start unlocking late-game stuff. 

No mod or save-file changes this time, so no boring stuff and straight on to the actual missions:

 

Spoiler: Discretion series, first unkermanned landings on Minmus.

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Launched on a Manxome IB, Discretion 1 was the first attempt to put a probe on the surface of another celestial body. 

 

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The landing on the Greater Flats of Minmus was successful, although due to problems with the fabric of reality on-board cameras it did not return the expected spectacular images of the surrounding mountains. Also, due to difficulties with the laws of physics landing gear, the probe went berserk fell over after a few seconds on the surface. Mission controllers were only able to restore the probe's sanity stability by retracting its landing legs, so it ended up lying on its side. In spite of the Kraken attacks difficulties, Discretion 1 returned good temperature and pressure data from the surface. 

 

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After the engineers made some adjustments to the landing gear (and after Discretion 2 was destroyed when its payload fairing failed to deploy and it reentered Kerbin's atmosphere), Discretion 3 made a Kraken-free successful landing on the lowlands of Minmus. 

 

 

Spoiler: Patience 1 ops. 

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A Manxome IIB launched Kerzer to Patience 1 aboard Audacity D-3, the first mission to feature a launch escape system rather than just an abort procedure--from now on these will be required on all kermanned launches. 

 

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Burmin handed off "command" of the station to Kerzer before returning to Kerbin aboard Audacity D-2

 

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Practically as soon as he had landed, Burmin was on his way back to the station in command of Valor 5, the first operational flight of the Valor spacecraft and the first time multiple Kerbals were put in space on a single launch. Also aboard were scientist Laselle and engineer Chris. 

 

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Valor 5 successfully delivered the first full three-Kerman crew to Patience 1. Kerzer transferred command (no longer in quotation marks now that there's an actual crew to be in command of) back to Burmin and returned to Kerbin aboard Audacity D-3. This is his departing view of the station. 

 

 

Spoiler: Rationality 1, first interplanetary mission. 

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Rationality 1, the Space Program's first attempt to visit another planet, was launched to Duna aboard a Manxome IB rocket. 

 

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The probe is built around a more advanced core than the Prudence series, and features a newly-developed high-gain antenna. It's currently on course to make a close flyby of Ike before capturing into orbit of Duna. 

 

Also happened, but not interesting enough to post pictures of: 

Prudence 4 in Minmus orbit made another unsuccessful attempt to locate the anomaly detected during the Prudence 2 flyby. 

Prudence 3 completed a series of temperature surveys of the Mun. 

Rockomax 1 and Prudence 4 both had their orbits adjusted to satisfy contracts. 

 

 

Upcoming: 

Return of Valor 5 to Kerbin.

Audacity D-4 mission to attach an automated retro-rocket module to Patience 1 in preparation for station's retirement. The flight will test several technologies which will be needed for the construction of future space stations and deep-space operations. 

Deorbit and reentry of Patience 1

Arrival of Rationality 1 at Duna-Ike system. 

Audacity DS-1, first test flight of the Deep Space variant of the Audacity spacecraft. (Incidentally, the "D" in Audacity D stood for "Docking.")

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One thing I'm noticing is how hard it is to keep track of time without KAC, and how pointless it is without KCT or life support. I've decided Kerbals have only an order-of-magnitude sense of the passage of time: they can tell the difference between a mission lasting hours and one lasting months, but the difference between, say, a two-week mission and a six-week mission doesn't bother them.

 

Spoiler: Retirement of Patience 1.

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After a long stay aboard Patience 1, Burmin, Laselle, and Chris returned to Kerbin aboard Valor 5. This was Chris's view out the passenger window during reentry. 

 

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A Manxome IIB launched Audacity D-4 on the final mission to the space station. 

 

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Melxie performed the first transposition, docking, and extraction maneuver of the Space Program to remove the deorbit module from the spent Manxome second stage. 

 

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She then rendezvoused with Patience 1, attached the module, and undocked. This was her departing view of the station. 

 

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Audacity DS-4 returned safely to Kerbin, splashing down east of KSC.

 

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The retro-rockets were fired remotely and Patience 1 reentered the atmosphere, impacting in the mountains on the crater rim.

 

 

Spoiler: Discretion 4 and Rationality 1, probes to the Mun and Duna.

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Discretion 4, launched on a Manxome IB, made the Space Program's first unkermanned landing on the Mun, transmitting science data from the Munar highlands.

 

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Rationality 1, the Space Program's first interplanetary misison, arrived at Duna. 

 

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The probe completed two close flybys of Ike before aerobraking into low Duna orbit. It transmitted science and pressure data from both bodies as well as the upper atmosphere of Duna.

 

 

Spoiler: Audacity DS-1, test flight. 

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A Manxome IIB launched Kerzer aboard Audacity DS-1, the first test flight of the Deep Space version of the Audacity spacecraft. 

 

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The spacecraft, which features new solar panels, a high-gain antenna, improved fuel capacity, and an orbital module for long-duration flight, performed well and Kerzer returned to Kerbin after a few weeks in orbit.

 

 

Also:

Prudence 1 and 3 vanished mysteriously lost contact with KSC from Munar orbit. The engineers believe they were eaten by space krakens impacted on the Mun due to orbital decay.

A bunch of contractsats were launched to various places including the Mun, Minmus, and retrograde Kerbin orbit.

 

Upcoming:

Audacity DS-2, first kermanned flight around the Mun.

Further Audacity DS missions to Munar and Minmus orbit.

Launch of Patience 2 space station.

Launch of Rationality 2 Eve orbiter.

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I'm enjoying the mid-game too. I specially like the approach of pushing the limits of current tech until it is absolutely necessary to unlock the next node. It makes us realize how efficient we can actually get, and how creative.

Unfortunately, it seems the pictures of every post but the first two are now broken. Is anyone else having this experience or it's on my end?

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12 minutes ago, chicobaptista said:

I'm enjoying the mid-game too. I specially like the approach of pushing the limits of current tech until it is absolutely necessary to unlock the next node. It makes us realize how efficient we can actually get, and how creative.

I'm kind of working at two conflicting goals here, one being to take the tech tree slow and the other to RP more reasonable missions than usual. I've easily got the tech to land a basic direct ascent mission with a Mk1 pod on the Mun at this point, and probably to go a lot further if I wanted too, but I'm also having fun making more "realistic" sized missions. 

 

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Unfortunately, it seems the pictures of every post but the first two are now broken. Is anyone else having this experience or its on my end?

They're still showing up OK for me. Are you on a phone? All but two of the pictures are inside spoilers, which helps make the page load better on computers but might cause problems on phones. (I asked the powers that be after the forum update to let us go back to 10 posts per page instead of 25, which would've made pic-heavy threads readable again without spoilers, but they ignored me.)

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Have I mentioned how much I like the name Manxome? Looking forward to the Frabjous series. 

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On 02/10/2016 at 7:42 PM, Hotaru said:

They're still showing up OK for me. Are you on a phone? All but two of the pictures are inside spoilers, which helps make the page load better on computers but might cause problems on phones. (I asked the powers that be after the forum update to let us go back to 10 posts per page instead of 25, which would've made pic-heavy threads readable again without spoilers, but they ignored me.)

Not on a phone no. But today it worked without a hitch. It was probably on my end, them interwebs have mysterious ways sometimes. Now that I could actually see them, I'm much impressed with the Prudence station and the Valor spaceplane. They are so cute! (One may prefer the most technical term "efficient", or "minimalist" but meh) Looking forward to your kerballed exploration of the Kerbin System.

23 hours ago, Kuzzter said:

Have I mentioned how much I like the name Manxome? Looking forward to the Frabjous series. 

After scratching my head for a while trying to figure that one out, I finally googled it. I've yet to read any of Carrol's works on english, sadly. There are just some works that translation attempts can't do them justice. I take it Manxome is a reference to the power of the lifter?

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I'm really loving this! Subbed!

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13 hours ago, chicobaptista said:

them interwebs have mysterious ways sometimes.

You can say that again. Glad you got to see the pictures in the end though.

13 hours ago, chicobaptista said:

One may prefer the most technical term "efficient", or "minimalist" but meh

No, no, "cute" is fine!

13 hours ago, chicobaptista said:

After scratching my head for a while trying to figure that one out, I finally googled it. I've yet to read any of Carrol's works on english, sadly. There are just some works that translation attempts can't do them justice. I take it Manxome is a reference to the power of the lifter?

Yeah, I can see where the joke/reference in the rocket names would be lost on a non-native English speaker (or just anybody who doesn't happen to be a fan of the same 19th century English writers as me, and apparently Kuzzter). "Manxome," "Uffish," and "Frumious" are completely and utterly made-up words. You can try to guess at their meaning from the context within the poem but the fact is they don't have actual definitions. Although a couple of Carroll's other made-up words ("galumph" and "chortle") have in fact made their way into common usage. 

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One other thing the rocket names bring up is another "personal rule" I didn't really plan on following, but have sort of ended up sticking with anyway: everything goes up on standardized launch vehicles, and new launch vehicles are developed only when absolutely necessary. Similarly, new engines, especially big ones, are only developed when absolutely necessary: I still haven't unlocked any of the 2.5m engines, and plan on at least trying to build the next generation of launch vehicles without them. I see no reason why the Mun and Minmus, and possibly even early missions to Duna and Eve, shouldn't be within reach of the T45. Well, of lots of T45s anyway. It's going to take five of them just to orbit the Mun.

I'm allowing myself to indulge in a little more detail than usual for this post since it concerns two "milestone" missions: the first kermanned orbits of the Mun and Minmus. I'll probably continue going into more and more detail as I get further out into the kerbolar system and the missions start to get more elaborate than just "went up, docked, stayed a bit, came back." 

 

Boring, but not long enough for a spoiler: installed Reentry Effects, removed Scatterer. Will probably move this save over to Windows since I think the Scatterer problems are OSX specific and I really miss that mod. Will also start thinking about installing Module Manager-dependent mods (like Real Plume and Engine Lighting) now that MM is updated for 1.2. 

 

 

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The Manxome IIIC rocket on the pad the night before the launch of Audacity DS-2

 

Spoiler: Audacity Deep Space 2: first kermanned Mun shot.

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Liftoff of Audacity DS-2, piloted by Burmin, on kermankind's first mission beyond Kerbin orbit.

 

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Once in orbit, the LV-909 engine of the Manxome second stage--the IIIC has a larger one then previous marks--reignites to send the Audacity spacecraft on its way to the Mun. 

 

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The second stage is set on a trajectory to impact the Mun, while Burmin adjusts the course of Audacity DS-2 to put it on a free-return trajectory around the Mun. While he will use the reentry capsule for launch and landing, Burmin will spend most of the mission piloting the ship from the more spacious orbital module. 

 

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After a day-long journey Audacity DS-2 approaches the Mun. This is Burmin's view from the orbital module as Kerbin and the Sun disappear behind the Munar horizon.

 

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The Audacity service module engine fires on the far side of the Mun to capture into Munar orbit. This is Burmin's view of "Kerbinrise" as the ship emerges from behind the Mun.

 

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Burmin: First Kerman to orbit the Mun!

 

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After several days circling the Mun, Burmin fires the service module engine again to return to Kerbin. 

 

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Audacity DS-2 arrived near the full Mun, when the far side was in darkness, but by the time he left the Mun was nearly new. Burmin had a clear view of the Munar far side as his ship departed Munar orbit.

 

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"Blue marble" view of the full Kerbin during Burmin's return voyage. (Yes I'm copying all the famous Apollo photos, shut up.)

 

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After the day-long trip back to Kerbin, Audacity DS-2 jettisoned its orbital and service modules and reentered the atmosphere. 

 

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Burmin landed safely in the grasslands of Kerbin, planting a flag to mark the spot where the first Kerman returned from another world. 

 

 

Spoiler: Audacity DS-3, first kermanned mission to Minmus. 

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A few weeks later and another Manxome IIIC launches Melxie and Audacity DS-3.

 

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Booster separation. The boosters and first stage carry the vehicle nearly to orbit; the second stage completes the circularization but is mainly used as a transfer stage. 

 

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The LV-909 reignites to send Melxie on a four-day trajectory to Minmus. Unlike the previous mission, Audacity DS-3 takes a hyperbolic escape trajectory rather than a free-return. The spent rocket stage will go into Kerbolar orbit.

 

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Melxie: First Kerman to achieve the Second Cosmic Speed!

 

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Melxie takes the obligitory EVA selfie during the approach to Minmus.

 

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Because the ship is on an escape trajectory out of the Kerbin system, the insertion burn is a more critical maneuver. Fortunately, it goes smoothly, and Audacity DS-3 is safely in Minmus orbit.

 

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Melxie remains in orbit for several days, surveying the surface and once again failing to spot the anomaly detected by the Prudence 2 flyby misison. 

 

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Mission complete, Audacity DS-3 departs on a hyperbolic trajectory back to Kerbin. 

 

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Four days later the spacecraft makes the first reentry at interplanetary speed. 

 

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The heat shield withstands reentry without trouble, and Audacity DS-3 splashes down safely in the ocean. 

 

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Boring stuff: Moved the save over to my Windows install and got Scatterer working again. Removed Distant Object Enhancement (broken in latest builds). Still waiting for Engine Lighting (not sure about this one, it hasn't been updated in a while) and Real Plume. 

 

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Crew of Intrepidity 1 with prototype reentry vehicle: P1 Kerzer and E0 Lizdrien.

 

 

Spoiler: Patience 2, space station.

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A Manxome IIB rocket launched Patience 2, the second space station of the Space Program. 

 

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Unlike Patience 1Patience 2 has a large docking port that can be used to install additional modules on future missions. 

 

 

Spoiler: Rationality 2 and Circumspection 1, Eve probes.

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Another Manxome IIB launched Rationality 2, the Space Program's first unkermanned mission to Eve. 

 

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Yet another Manxome launched Circumspection 1, the Space Program's first attempt to land on another planet. Unfortunately its high-gain antennas turned out not to have the expected range to maintain communication with Kerbin via Rationality 2, but the engineers at KSC are optimistic they will regain contact with the probe once it arrive in the Eve system. 

 

Spoiler: Intrepidity 1, test flight.

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New rocket, new spacecraft: a Frumious I rocket, powered by five LV-T45 engines, launches pilot Kerzer and engineer Lizdrien aboard Intrepidity 1, the first test flight of the spacecraft that will eventually put Kermen on the Mun and Minmus. 

 

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"Eventually" because it turns out the engineers severely overestimated the power of the Frumious first stage, and the spacecraft reentered the atmosphere without acheiving orbit. It made a safe landing, and an improved launch vehicle is under development. 

 

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30 minutes ago, Andem said:

I made you a little cover if you're you interested:

http://imgur.com/gallery/cpYHy

:)

Extremely cool, thank you! Added to OP. It's just a shame that picture of Melxie is from before I installed Texture Replacer, so she still has her old generic female kerbal texture.

(I'm a little worried the tag under it might tag you every time I update the OP, if it does and it gets annoying let me know and I'll change it to just say "Banner by Andem" without the "@")

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I'm liking the title banner more each time I look at it. @Andem, what kind of filters/post processing effects/whatever do you use on your screenshots? I've been looking at the ones in your thread and they're, if anything, even nicer. 

 

No boring stuff this time, mainly because all this happened before 1.2 went final so the mod situation hadn't changed. Hoping for some new mods (SVE/SVT, anyone?) in the next update.

 

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Flight engineer Chris and mission commander Burmin after returning from Munar orbit aboard Intrepidity 2

 

 

Spoiler: Intrepidity 2, circummunar mission.

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The Frumious I rocket was an abject failure, having turned out to have a lifting capacity hardly better than the Manxome III. However, like most tricky space engineering problems, the solution to this one turned out to be the application of boosters. 

 

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With no time or budget to develop another completely new launch vehicle, the engineers at KSC simply doubled the length of the Frumious I fuel tanks and added four solid rocket boosters to compensate for the additional weight. The result was the Frumious II, which successfully orbited P1 Burmin (veteran of the first circummunar flight, Audacity DS-2) and E1 Chris aboard Intrepeidity 2. 

 

 

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Burmin and Chris checked out the ship in low Kerbin orbit and, finding no problems, were cleared by flight control to continue their mission around the Mun. 

 

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A nighttime departure burn with the LV-909 service module engine put Intrepidity 2 on a free-return trajectory around the Mun. 

 

 

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From the mission audio transcript:

 

CAPCOM (Melxie): Uh, Intrepditiy 2, you are 60 seconds from LOS, over.

CDR (Burmin): Copy 60 seconds from LOS.

CMP (Chris): [unclear], over.

CAPCOM: Uh, say again, Intrepidity.

CMP: [unclear]

CAPCOM: Say again, Intrepidity, we didn't quite copy that.

CDR: So Chris's mic's still shot, eh? Don't worry, he didn't say anything interesting.

CAPCOM: Uh, roger that, Intrepidity

...

CAPCOM: Intrepidity 2, all systems look good, apart from Chris's mic, and you are go for Munar Orbit Insertion, over.

CDR: Copy, go for MOI. 

...

CAPCOM: Intrepidity 2, you are 10 seconds from loss-of-signal. Good luck and godspeed, over.

CDR: Thank you, Mel, copy 10 seconds from LOS, see you on the other side. 

...

CAPCOM: OK, there goes LOS. I'm gonna go get some coffee.

[sound of chair being pushed back]

[background]: So, back in twenty minutes?

CDR: Right, that's that out of the way. Finally some @#$% peace and quiet.

...

[background]: Who said that?

[background]: Can you still hear them?

[background]: Uh…

CMP: [unclear] to the burn? [unclear]

CDR: When that goes off, start the engine.

CMP: It's [unclear] alarm clock.

CDR: So?

CMP: [unclear] precision engineering…

CDR: Eh, nobody gives a @#$% if our periapsis is off by a kilometer or two.

...

[background]: Yeah, I can still hear them.

[background]: Uh, Gene...

...

CMP: Am I [unclear] has a really pretty voice?

CDR: Eh, I guess so. 

...

CMP: Well, I think she's [unclear] cute. Even [unclear]

CDR: She's kinda cute, I guess. Never really noticed...

CMP: And [unclear] first Kerman on the Mun, [unclear] count for something.

...

[giggling]

[background]: Are they talking about me?

[giggling]

...

CDR: Well, ask her out if you like her so much. I think she's--

[sound of alarm clock going off]

CMP: @#$%!

CDR: Turn on the @#$% engine!

CMP: Hang on... [unclear]

...

CMP: [unclear] engine on. I told you [unclear] brilliant idea.

CDR: Eh, shut up. Just turn it off when our periapsis hits 50 kilometers.

...

[background]: [unclear] signal's bouncing off [ucnlear] comsat.

[background]: @#$%. So much for dramatic tension. 

...

[background]: Should we tell them?

[background]: I don't know, this is kind of entertaining...

[background]: At least wait till they finish the burn.

[background]: Now I want to know if Chris is gonna ask me out...

[giggling]

[background]: What would you say?

CMP: [unclear] hear something?

[background]: Shh!

[giggling]

CMP: Eh, what?

CMP: I said, [unclear] something?

CMP: Nope.

...

CMP: [unclear] and engine stop.

CDR: OK, still got a couple minutes of peace and quiet before AOS.

...

[giggling]

...

CMP: I think [unclear] ask her [unclear]

CDR: Eh, up to you. 

...

[giggling]

[sounds of scuffle]

[background]: No, don't tell them!

...

CMP: [unclear] heard something [unclear]

CDR: Huh.

...

[sounds of argument]

[background]: Fine, fine, I'll tell him! But if Chris doesn't ask me out it's totally your fault, Gene.

...

CAPCOM: Uh, Intrepidity 2, come in, over.

CDR: @#$%?!

CMP: [unclear]

CAPCOM: Uh, Intrepidity 2, we, uh, we think your signal is getting relayed off the FLOOYD 2 comsat. We can, uh, we can still hear you, over.

...

CDR: Eh, roger that, Flight. So much for dramatic tension, eh?

CMP: [unclear]

CDR: Eh, your mic's shot anyway. They can't hear you.

[giggling]

CMP: [unclear]

...

CAPCOM: So, uh, Intrepidity 2, uh, 5 minutes 30 seconds to, uh, AOS, over.

CDR: Roger that, Flight, 5 minutes 30 seconds to aquisition of, eh, more signal than we have already, over.

 

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Thanks to the enormous number of commercial comsats now buzzing around Kerbin, the Mun, and MInmus, Intrepidity 2 remained in continuous contact with Flight Control throughout the mission, including several orbits around the far side of the Mun. 

 

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Having arrived near the new Mun and with Scatterer finally working better telephoto lenses than previous missions, Chris and Burmin became the first Kermen to observe a total Kerbolar eclipse from Munar orbit. 

 

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After completing several orbits of the Mun, Intrepidity 2 returned safely to Kerbin. 

 

Spoiler: Audacity D-5 and D-6, space station assembly missions. 

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A Manxome IIB rocket launched a node module for space station Patience 2 along with Melxie and Audacity D-5.

 

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The spacecraft acheived orbit in spite of the ungainly fairing, and Melxie performed a transposition, docking, and extraction maneuver to retrieve the node from the spent Manxome second stage. She then rendezvoused with Patience 2, attached the node, and returned to Kerbin. 

 

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Audacity D-6, piloted by Kerzer, was a similar mission to attach an instrument module to the station. 

 

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Kerzer successfully retrieved the module, attached it to the node, and returned to Kerbin. Although not yet finished, the station is now ready to receive its first regular crew aboard Valor 6

 

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Very entertaining :)  Thoroughly enjoyed reading through your progress so far! 

 

Shame FinalFrontier (if you're aware of it) wasn't ready for 1.2 by the time you started the career - it's an awesome mod for keeping track of individual Kerbal achievements. 

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On October 13, 2016 at 3:14 AM, micha said:

Very entertaining :)  Thoroughly enjoyed reading through your progress so far! 

 

Shame FinalFrontier (if you're aware of it) wasn't ready for 1.2 by the time you started the career - it's an awesome mod for keeping track of individual Kerbal achievements. 

Thanks! I am aware of Final Frontier and have used it in the past, great mod. I'm not too worried about it for this career though, seeing as I'm keeping pretty detailed track of which Kerbals have done what anyway. (Besides, with no rescue contracts I don't anticipate ever having more than a couple dozen of them to keep track of.)

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Enjoing this series so far. I simply LOVE your Roleplay! Thanks for the good work!

Also, did he ask the kerblady off??

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Boring stuff:

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1.2 is final, which means a lot of mods are being updated! The main highlight of this update is SVE (I've been putting off the arrival of the Eve probes for this), but here's the complete list as of this update:

Chatterer
Distant Object Enhancement
Environmental Visual Enhancements (EVE)
PlanetShine
Scatterer
--Galileo's Sun Flares
Stock Visual Enhancements (SVE)
Texture Replacer
--Cetera's Suit Pack
--Hotaru's Female Kerbals
--Scart91's Texture Pack
--GreeningGalaxy's Diverse Kerbal Lasses
--necKros's Female Faces
--Diverse Kerbal Heads
--Vaporo's Blue Galaxy Skybox
Reentry Particle Effect

SVT is still waiting on Kopernicus at last check, but I've already added a bunch more for the next update--including Real Plume, so this should be the last update with the cheesy vanilla exhaust effects. 

Boring stuff TL;DR: SVE!

 

 

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The crew of the first kermanned mission to the surface of the Mun--flight engineer Chris, mission commander Melxie, scientist Laselle--with the prototype Intrepidity Block II lander. 

 

Spoiler: Valor 6B, first crew to Patience 2.

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Valor 6B delivered mission commander Burmin, flight engineer Lizdrien, and scientist Tangel on the first mission to space station Patience 2. (6B because Valor 6, the first attempt to launch the same crew, ended in an abort when the vehicle lost control during the gravity turn.)

 

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This was Tangel's view of Kerbin during the ascent. Lack of clouds in images from previous missions was obviously due to a glitch in the fabric of reality  the whole Space Program up to now being a hoax  a bizarrely persistent weather anomaly the photos being underexposed.

 

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Valor 6B successfully rendezvoused with Patience 2

 

Spoiler: Rationality 2 and Circumspection 1 at Eve, Circumspection 2 at the Mun.

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Rationality 2 successfully captured into an eccentric orbit of Eve, returning the first scientific data from Eve orbit and (after a very shallow pass that nonetheless nearly destroyed the solar arrays) the planet's upper atmosphere.

 

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Circumspection 1, on the other hand, did not regain contact with mission control after separation from its cruise stage; flight controllers believe it either burned up in the atmosphere or failed to deploy its antenna properly.

(OOC: It was the first one, although the probe was out of contact at the time so nobody on Kerbin knows that. I THINK the problem was the heat shield didn't occlude the back shell fairing properly, as that was the first part to overheat, but it might've been just too hot of a trajectory. I may do some testing on this in sandbox, seeing as this was my first attempt to land on Eve since 1.0.2 and the atmo was pretty different then.)

 

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Because we needed a few more science points so we could invent the ladder were interested in studying surface conditions on the Munar far side, Circumspection 2 was sent to the large Far Side Crater first imaged by the Prudence 1 orbiter, where it returned temperature and pressure data as well as the first seismic data from the surface of another body (because we've now invented the seismometer). 

 

Spoiler: Intrepidity 3, first kermanned Mun landing. (Needless to say, this will be a long one.)

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The Frumious III rocket awaits launch of Intrepidity 3, the first attempt to put Kermen on the surface of the Mun.

 

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The rocket lifts off the following dawn, powered by a total of fifteen T45 engines. It successfully puts mission commander Melxie, flight engineer Chris, and scientist Laselle in orbit, although the second stage uses more fuel than expected circularizing.

 

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The second stage, powered by a single T45, reignites to send Intrepidity 3 on its way to the Mun. Unfortunately, it runs out of fuel slightly short of the end of the burn, and although the LV-909 service module engine is used to put the spacecraft back on course, the spent rocket stage is left in a highly elliptical Kerbin orbit rather than the intended trajectory to impact the Mun.

 

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Melxie's view out the command module window during the departure burn.

 

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The Block II spacecraft features a basement orbital module aft of the heat shield, which provides extra living space during the trip as well as a secondary, downward-facing cockpit which Melxie will use during the final descent to the Munar surface. 

 

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Melxie's view of the crescent Kerbin from the orbital module as Intrepidity 3 passes behind the Mun. As with the previous mission, commerical comsats will provide near-continuous coverage even while the spacecraft is orbiting the far side of the Mun. 

 

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The ship successfully captures into orbit and begins its descent.

 

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Success! Intrepidity 3 makes a safe landing on the midlands of the Munar near side. 

 

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Mission commander Melxie gets out and descends the ladder to become the first Kerman ever to set foot on the surface of the Mun.

 

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"I was going to say 'that's one small step for a Kerman' but it's really more like a five-meter drop… I swear there was another ladder here on the prototype…"

 

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"Whoops…augh!" *bonk* "Ow. Bugger." And with these immortal words, the first Kerman sets foot er, helmet on the surface of another world.


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So much for dramatic tension. Anyway--Melxie: First Kerman on the Mun!

 

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Laselle and Chris join Mel on the surface for a group shot with the flag. They radio reports back to mission control and collect samples for return to Kerbin before boarding their spacecraft for the journey home. 

 

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Intrepidity 3 lifts off, and, once in orbit, performs one final burn of its LV-909 service module engine to put it on a trajectory back to Kerbin. 

 

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Except for the small problem that it doesn't have enough fuel. The crew transfer to the command module and jettison the service/orbital module, but the ship is still 57 meters per second short of a trajectory that will intersect Kerbin's atmosphere. Rescue mission time. 

 

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Or is it? Although 57 m/s is too far for the crew to push the four-tonne spacecraft with their EVA jetpacks, flight control works out a trajectory that will take the spacecraft past the Mun again after two orbits--for a correction of only 5.8 m/s. 

 

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So Chris gets out and gives the command module a carefully measured 5.8 meter-per-second nudge. The ship coasts away from the Mun, passing 2,000 kilometers above Kerbin…

 

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…passing the Mun again…

 

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…and finally, on the ninth day of its three-day mission to the Mun, reenters Kerbin's atmosphere.

 

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Parachutes deploy, heat shield is jettisoned, and Intrepidity 3 descends to a safe landing in the grasslands of Kerbin.

 

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Laselle, Melxie, Chris--first Kermen to return from the Mun!

 

And, of course, one last thing:

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