CatastrophicFailure

ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

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9 hours ago, JadeOfMaar said:

@CatastrophicFailure Care to share your last output_log? Maybe something in it will make sense to me.

Here's the last one where it did "it." I can't see any rhyme or reason to it, every time I've checked the log before, it just seems to have... stopped. Always at the same place on any one incident but in different places between them, if that makes any sense. The only thing I've been able to tie it to for sure is too many active vessels. *I think.* I'm about to go try it again and see if it's still working.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrt61pyyakwbxzs/KSP.log?dl=0

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1 hour ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

it just seems to have... stopped.

You're absolutely right. It just stops....... Well now I know the soviet kerbals are gonna develop flying cars. :ph34r: 

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I have kind of given up on kerbalism for the time being. Too many moving pieces, and issues currently. 

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On 8/1/2017 at 1:43 AM, Galileo said:

I have kind of given up on kerbalism for the time being. Too many moving pieces, and issues currently. 

You've got a point. I might be tempted if I weren't so heavily invested into it already. It's such a lovely level of challenge for me, tho. :/

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@CatastrophicFailure Aside from the radiation stuff which is unique to Kerbalism and is the best part, you can use USI LS and

  • Turn off the habitation stuff off if you don't like it
  • Crank its difficulty up beyond TAC and Kerbalism
  • Never touch the Fertilizer tanks and greenhouses

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Posted (edited)

Year 6, day 189...

Hey, remember this old thing?

Spoiler

 

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I'm not even sure what we called this launcher, the box was pretty faded when we found it shoved in the back of the VAB beneath a pile of Vlad's "supplies."

On another note, bathing in a 50% bleach solution to decontaminate isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Anyway...

 

Our ongoing power problems at the UpLab have finally led the engineers to sit around and contemplate, "what could possibly be more unstable and dangerous than Vlad's 'proclivities' while packing the same energy potential?"

They came up with NUCLEAR FLARPING POWER.

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The solution turned out to be surprisingly lightweight, so we stuck a bunch of other stuff into the package like a node for future expansion, and still couldn't get the mass up enough to justify a Mallard launch.

 

Here, the new power module prepares to settle into place. Soon, those big solar panels will be nothing more than window dressing.

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That conical baby nuke at the tip produces a whopping 50kw/60ec/s, way more than enough to keep the station fully supplied even in orbital darkness. So what's a little more radiation to the crew, they're already getting a daily chest X-ray in low orbit...

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Now to do something about those malfunctioning RCS ports.

 

A NewShip follows shortly. Peter, Gilfrey and Jencine pull the ticket for this one. Peter. That's a rather unusual name. Something about him seems... off...

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Well, it's probably nothing. On to space!

 

This particular NewShip has been slightly modified to assess its potential as an orbital tug, here bringing a fresh hab module to the station.

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It works, but not real well. Something about cosine losses and exposing painted aluminum to engine exhaust.

 

Their first order of business is to rendezvous with the derelict Mallard upper stage from a few months ago.

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However, not only is it now out of fuel and power, but irreparably broken. Jencine slaps some explosives on and the crew makes haste slowly to somewhere else.

 

Finally meeting up with the UpLap. Pete earns himself a swift smack to the face when he keeps making a "beep... beep... beep..." noise while Gilfrey is trying to back that thing up.

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Jencine is up again. This is an experiment into the utility of new "welding" docking ports, whcih would allow true permanent construction in space with only a slight chance of the whole mess simply exploding.

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First, she maneuvers one port onto the unused structural adapter. Glad we held on to that thing.

 

Then, a straightforward docking maneuver...

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Then everyone holds their breath and pushes the button...

 

Well, something exploded.

 

But the station seems to be perfectly fine, and more importantly, the parts are now successfully welded!

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Jencine quickly sets about repairing or removing the finicky RCS ports.

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That's good, Hopefully the after-mission discussion will keep the crew distracted from the fact that they only have 18 days of supplies left...

 

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you ask what sears is? They sell stuff like washing machines and dishwashers and vacuums and stuff, lots of stuff

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Posted (edited)

Year 6, Day 212...

So.... 18 days to cobble together a rocket before the crew on the UpLab is reduced to eating each other and drinking their own life fluids.

No sweat, right?

Well, as it turns out, it wasn't that hard. Water and oxygen are recycled, so we didn't need that much of those, but we were getting nervous about the food situation until Vlad suggested simply changing the label on the "Not Food" bin to "Food." Problem solved!

Spoiler

 

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Consuming several kilos of hull sealant over the course of a few months shouldn't cause any long-term problems, right?

 

Building the rocket wasn't a problem. Getting the whole mess into space, was. Seems it juuuuust over the limit for what a Mallard can handle.

Enter: MOAR boosters!

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We tried BOAR boosters first, but just wound up with a bunch of angry wild pigs running around the place, and from that we wound up with, well, wounds.

 

Anyways, with supplies en-route, first the crew had to relocate the old docking adapter.

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We made sure to remotely disable the engines first, in case they got any bright ideas about sneaking back early.

 

The pluck the adapter off the central node, then back off a safe distance.

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Meanwhile, once more we use the Mallard upper stage as a big, ungainly tug.

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And the cargo pod full of 20 tonnes of oxygen, water, and absolutely not a homogeneous mass of adhesive and rubber derivatives is safely delivered!

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The crew then completes relocating the docking adapter to the aft port, and sets about tearing into their new supplies before they go all "starving zombie" on each other.

Zombies in space, now that's just a silly idea!

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Along for the ride: Mood lighting

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Oddly enough, it seems the new menu encourages the the three to redouble their efforts in the greenhouse, leading to their first harvest in space!

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So what if the crop was all fuzzy and wiggling, right? Strange things happen in space.

Now well supplied, the crew can kick back and take bets on who's going to start glowing in the dark first from the radiation.

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It would seem the mush is back. Edgas would be proud.

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1 hour ago, IncongruousGoat said:

It would seem the mush is back. Edgas would be proud.

Convergent evolution, I swear!

On 8/6/2017 at 7:33 PM, RoadRunnerAerospace said:

you ask what sears is? They sell stuff like washing machines and dishwashers and vacuums and stuff, lots of stuff

Yeah, but like, what's it doing on Niven? And how much extra is the shipping gonna cost?!?

Perhaps I should send a crew to investigate... :ph34r:

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hey! niven needs washing machines too!

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Posted (edited)

Year 6, Day 260...

IOTA-UNNAMED HUGE ROCKET 2

          LODVIN - NEGY - HADALD PETE

So, with the crew of the space station fat & happy, we're going to sneak some more poor suckers brave souls right past them for our first landing on Iota!

Getting more comfortable messing with ridiculously huge rockets, and gaining confidence that doing won't kill us all in an enormous fireball, the engineering team has put together a proper heavy-lift vehicle.

Spoiler

 

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They even painted this one. That show they're serious.

 

Three RD-180's shove the huge mass skyward. We skipped right through 5-meter class to a 6.625-meter diameter main stack. Because wider is better.

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...but don't say that out loud around Triti.

 

We still don't know what to call it yet, since that whole "not killing us all in an enormous fireball" thing remained mostly theoretical until the thing got far enough away from the launchpad that we could all relax again.

We decided to launch at night, too, so hopefully no one's watching.

And here, silhouetted by Rald, we have the successful burnout and separation of the first stage!

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No attempts at recovery yet, in case that "fireball" thing is delayed.

 

The second stage ignites a couple of seconds later, then the interstage and ullage motors are discarded.

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Two RS-25's drive the hydrolox second stage to the brink of orbital speed.

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Second stage burnout and separation. A quick blip from the quad of RL-10's pushes the Gael departure stage into orbit. Here, we have our main reason for going big or going home. The Mallard upperstage we used on previous cis-munar flights just didn't have enough delta-V for the full package, making the "going home" part a bit... uncertain. But we simply couldn't make the integrated upper stage any bigger, so the Mallard-based architecture has been scrapped altogether for a new-from-the-ground-up long-duration cryogenic transfer stage, which will eventually allow for much heavier payloads.

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Now, on to Io--!

... what?

What do you mean, Hadald can't go to Iota?

Pete needs to go to Iota? That's the contract?

But Pete's on the...

Oh, for flarp's sake.

 

Anyways, some delta-V-wasting orbital shenanigans later, and the GDS sidles up alongside the UpLab for an impromptu crew transfer.

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Let's hope they're not too sore about their living conditions yet...

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A none-too-thrilled Hadalds jets over to his unexpected new home for the next... whenever...

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Stiff upper lip, Hadald, I hear the food up there is... out of this world.

 

Then Pete makes his way up to the NewShip pod.

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Ok, now, for sure, the crew fires up the GDS and heads for their target!

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Only it's Iota, not Ceti. I don't know why Ceti's up there.

 

A few days later, the GDS brakes into a polar Iota orbit. The contract calls for landing at a very specific location, so the crew will spend two weeks in orbit waiting for it to rotate under them.

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NewShip separation...

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Docking and extraction of the lander.

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The lander's engine is then fired up for some final orbital tweaks. Designed to land on Ceti, it's got far more delta-V on board than a descent to Iota will require.

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Despite some early complications, the mission is going exceedingly well. The maiden flight of our new lifter went off without a hitch, and everything seems to be working for once around Iota. All systems go for landing!

 

 

but I wonder why Lodvin's been so quiet this whole time...

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Still year 6, Day 260...

Moving on...

It's finally time for Negy and Hadald Pete to begin their decent to the surface.

Which they seemed to be looking forward to, until Lodvin looked at them with that... look... he gives people, and ominously chided, "There's something down there."

Before slamming the hatch shut.

But, we've come this far, be a shame to waste the fuel.

Spoiler

 

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Negy and Pete are able to make a nice, leisurely, on-target descent. The lander was designed for the considerably higher gravity of Ceti, so here on Iota it had loads of excess thrust and fuel available.

 

The pair make a successful touchdown on the surface!

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Then decide they don't like that hill at all, so they take off again and land up top on flatter ground.

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Still with a good chunk of fuel left in the descent stage, they gaze out upon the eerie, alien surface of the small moon.

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And promptly start screaming about their eyes, since they're staring directly into unfiltered sunlight.

 

So, after blundering about with their arms outstretched like a couple of zombies until the little splotches in their vision go away, Negy takes the first steps on Iota!

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And promptly blunders about with her arms outstretched in the minuscule gravity.

 

She's sure enjoying the view.

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Pete pops out and tell her to just go on enjoying the view and not look back at him at all. He's got... sciency things to do. Over there. A bit... aways.

 

Nothing at all strange about that, no sir. Just look at that view and absolutely do not look over there at Pete!

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You looked, didn't you?

 

The crew spends a solid twelve hours on the surface before packing up to leave with a bundle of... science. Should science squirm in the bag like that? With their last bit of fuel, they make an attempt for another biome about 50km away.

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But, it's a bit too much of a long shot, and neither one wants to get stranded on this strange place. So demonstrating a mid-flight abort, they jettison the ladder...

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...followed by the empty descent stage...

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...before meeting back up with Lodvin in the NewShip.

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That all went... surprisingly well... almost routine...

Well, except for Lodvin eating far more than his share of the snacks. So low on food, the three head for home.

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Lodvin and Pete spend alot of time giving each other blank stares.

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Not really their fault, turns out there's not a whole lot to do drifting home from cis-Iotar space.

 

They just miss Rald this time, using a bit more fuel to make the return to Gael and coming in at a much faster speed. The fuel-saving, velocity-shedding Rald flyby may have to be a routine part of future missions.

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I'm sure nothing bad could possibly come from swinging close by a nearly-unexplored pseudo-planet with an unpredictable atmosphere...

 

But, after an uneventful re-entry...

Well, uneventful except for the engines burning off. Again.

...the crew makes a safe splashdown back home!

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But oddly enough, it seems Pete's gone missing, now. Come to think of it, I'm not sure where he came from in the first place. I thought he was one of the random orbital pickups, but going back through the paperwork (we actually have someone here who does paperwork?), there's no record of him anywhere.

That's... odd...

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On ‎10‎/‎08‎/‎2017 at 1:08 AM, CatastrophicFailure said:

We tried BOAR boosters first, but just wound up with a bunch of angry wild pigs running around the place, and from that we wound up with, well, wounds.

Thank you for making me laugh.

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There always a few good quips in here that make me laugh 

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3 hours ago, NotAgain said:

Thank you for making me laugh.

Don'tcha just love the vagarities of the English language? :D

I've got one more long intermoonar mission to post, then a couple short ones before I'm caught up and can actually start launching stuff again.

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3 hours ago, Galileo said:

There always a few good quips in here that make me laugh

Agreed... I still get a good chuckle thinking about the chicken and the goat.... lmao.... Oh, wait... wrong series... :rolleyes:

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7 hours ago, Just Jim said:

Agreed... I still get a good chuckle thinking about the chicken and the goat.... lmao.... Oh, wait... wrong series... :rolleyes:

I was scratching my head, "wait, where'd I write the chicken & goat into this one...?" :confused:

tho that does give me an idea...

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Year 6, Day 337...

CETI-OTHO 2

NO ONE - NO ONE - NO ONE

The investigation into Pete's abrupt disappearance... and arrival, for that matter... is on going.

Which basically means I sent a couple of guys blundering through the facility at night with cheap flashlights. They're probably in the cafe pilfering snacks right now.

What's more, that stupid "RESCUE" alarm started going off again. Even though the box was unplugged. And sealed in concrete. And dropped in the sea a year ago.

Maybe. Time is strange, here.

And apparently these new distressed damsels are on Ceti. Which we've only been to once. And I'm mostly sure we didn't leave anyone behind.

Mostly.

But, it's provided a convenient way to test our newest launcher evolution without having to thump and gag any volunteers down here.

So I bring you, the new Otho-class heavy-lift launcher!

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It's really hard to grasp the scale of this thing.

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Just shy of 1200 tonnes on the pad, 88.5 meters tall, and we haven't even come close to squeezing all the performance possible out of the design, yet!

Since everyone's afraid to go near it.

 

Building on the lessons from the last installment, the booster stage has been upgraded from three to five RD-180's, as well as stretched a few more meters.

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Successful booster separation! See that ginormous parachute in the middle? This thing's recoverable!

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Once you scrape the seaweed and crabs out of it. They've taken up residence in the corners of the VAB. We still haven't gotten use to the singing.

 

Second stage sep. This thing is far too big to try to recover without a huge payload penalty. The mission package continues into orbit with a blip of the engines.

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Shalalalalala gender roles, and really big plot holes you gotta-- *crunch!*

 

No, it's not going to Grannus. Not yet. 

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Though we've started running the numbers. Big things are in the works. If we can build an even bigger rocket, we might be able to get there before we all turn to dust.
But I digress...

 

A safe arrival over Ceti, and the payload is deployed. With no crew aboard, there's no need to dock...

...with our new, improved, much bigger lander!

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This new design runs on light, efficient hyrdolox engines, giving it both the thrust for a pinpoint landing and enough descent endurance to loiter.

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Though with our new, improved transfer stage carried over from the previous launch, we'll even save most of the descent fuel. There's enough delta-V left in the transfer stage to nearly land the whole mess on Ceti outright, as long as it doesn't...

 

...smack right into the surface during a moment's inattention.

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I guess that's the downside to not having a crew screaming over the radio "Oh Kerm Oh Kerm we're all gonna die!" to keep one's focus.

 

But, the engineering team built this one to last! Just need to pop off what's left of the payload adapter...

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...power up the on-board nuclear reactor, and it's ready to go!

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Don't laugh, it's cold in space. Really cold.

 

With the lander up and running, it's time to go rescue some Kerbals!

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And try not to squish them.

 

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