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Highlights from around the system - Now with career game wrap up

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This isn't a full mission write up, but instead a brief description of some of the more recent events in my 1.2 career game.

 

Tourists to Mun Minmus and Duna

A group of five tourists wanted to see the sights of these three bodies, including atmospheric flight over Duna. After filling up their tanks in Minmus orbit, courtesy of the orbital filling station there, the trip went smoothly.

 

Leaving Minmus surface

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In Duna orbit

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Return vehicle sent into Kerbin orbit to being them back home for that sweet tourist cash.

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Getting toasty in the return.

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Mission to Moho

This started out well enough with another vehicle stopping off at Minmus to fill up before heading out into the system.

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A resource scanning satellite was put into Moho orbit to find a good source of ore to refine.

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However a miscalculation meant that the manned vehicle only had enough fuel to get into Moho orbit and not to take it down to the surface, so it will remain there until a refueling vessel is sent out to put something in its tanks to allow a descent to the surface.

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Trip to Dres

A mission to everyone's favourite stopping off point, Dres.

Oribital insertion

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Detaching the resource scanner.

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On the surface at last, after running out of fuel a few metres above the surface, which made for a slightly bumpy landing.

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The return to Kerbin started out as planned, but there was too little fuel to make the insertion burn into Kerbin orbit and velocity was too high to burn some of it off by passing through the atmosphere, so a tanker vehicle was dispatched from Minmus to catch up with the speeding vehicle and give it sufficient fuel.

 

High speed interception (the Dres vehicle was moving at over 4km/s).

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Caught up at last with just enough fuel to pass on to the Dres vehicle to allow it to adjust its trajectory for an intercept with Kerbin about 300 days later.

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Finally the Dress lander made it back into Kerbin orbit, for a later rendezvous with a surface return vehicle.

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Out to the Moons of Jool

A complex mission to the Joolian system with a total of five vehcles (interplanetary transfer, lander, 2x probes and a resource scanning satellite)

 

Like the other missions above, this one started with a stop off at Minmus to top up with fuel, this time from the vehicle used to transfer it from the surface mining base to orbit.

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Again fuel was to be an issue, but this time on entry to the Joolian system...

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... which necessitated a slingshot around Tylo to reduce fuel consumption.

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One of the crew stretching their legs with a trip around the vehicle on the way to Pol.

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Another landing site, another resource scanner, this time in Pol orbit.

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To support the two probes on board a large communications relay was dispatched from Kerbin separately from the Manned vehicle.

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Touching down on Pol

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Next up for the crew was Laythe, with the valuable science to be picked up in orbit as well as from a probe to be sent to the surface. Here Verxy is seen resetting the instruments.

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Dispatching the probe for the surface.

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Unfortunately the parachutes were not sufficient to slow the probe down for a landing and even with the engine being burned the vehicle hit the water at about 60m/s but fortunately it wasn't a complete loss as science was gathered both in low orbit and in the atmosphere.

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Having left Laythe for Vall, Verxy reset the science parts again.

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Vall approaches

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After a straightforward landing the crew took to the surface for more science and the obligatory flag raising.

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After considerable time in the system the crew headed home with their pockets full of science.

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No problems with fuel this time for a returning crew, just had to park the vehicle and wait for a return vehicle to bring them home.

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But as this vehicle was now coated in tasty science morsels, it was decided to being it back to the surface as well as its crew.

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Unfortunately the return vehicle didn't have any parachutes, so had to rely on the deceleration given by the inflatable heat shield and then to use the tried and tested method of cross your fingers and waiting for the impact.

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Back in one piece (well one of the engines fell off), but the head shield took the brunt of the 65km/s "landing" leaving the crew and the science smeared vehicle available for recovery.

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In other news

A pair of comms birds were sent to the inner system to give crystal clear communications in the environs of Moho.

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We pick up junk for cash... another hunk of space junk retrieved under contract.

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An asteroid snagged and placed in Kerbin orbit.

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Another comms bird adding to the great net, this time in orbit of Duna.

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Last but not least, the Minmus rescue vehicle, which has been going strong as a one kerbal transfer vehicle between Kerbin, Mun and Minmus, since being sent to the great mint gobstopper in the sky, following its use in a rescue contract to Minmus early in this career game.

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Edited by purpleivan

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With the mission to Jool completed and its sciency goodness allowing the tech tree to be completed, it was time to wrap things up and bring everyone home, but not before a final landing, this time on Moho.

A lander had been in orbit of the sunniest real estate in the system for some time, but was unable to make a landing due to insufficient fuel. To remedy this an unmanned refueling vehicle was sent to Moho...

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to top up the tanks enough (only just enough as it turned out) to get down to the surface...

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plant a flag...

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and grab some final extra science before heading back into orbit to wait for the return home (probably should have detached from the mining rig before liftoff though).

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Around Duna a contract station was next to start the journey home, but first it detached from its lander...

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before burning for Kerbin

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Around Mun the effort to collect everyone together started, fortunately there was a contract fuel storage facility with lots of fuel (no surprise) and plenty of accommodation.

This first rendezvoused with the a science lab that had been on the Mun surface for many years.

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No docking port on the fuel store so crew transfer was done the old fashioned way.

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Next up was a meeting with an orbital Mun science lab.

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At Minmus fuel mining base and its lonely engineer left the surface and headed to the science station in orbit.

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Following this the science section of the station was detached and rendezvoused with the local bus driver.

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One last contract to complete was the rescue of a kerbal from low Minmus orbit, which started by sending the vehicle that normally transfer fuel between the surface and the station in orbit, to go pick them up and bring them back to the station.

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With the crew of the various craft from Mun and Minmus moved into two vehicles (Minmus station and Mun fuel store) a vehicle was launched from Kerbin to bring everyone home.

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This vehicle "The Great return" first met up with the Mun fuel store around Kerbin and transferred off both its crew and fuel...

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then the same was done after a rendezvous with the Minmus station after it was transferred to Kerbin orbit.

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After these two vehicles had completed their transfers, the only remaining Kerbals to collect were those heading back from Moho and Duna.

First up was the crew of the ship from Moho.

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Followed by the Duna station.

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View of the station just before grabbing hold of it and transferring the crew.

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Everyone now safely on board The Great Return

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Approaching the KSC.

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De-orbiting

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On to the chutes... hmmm... thought I had that balanced to land flatter than that, oh well.

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Any landing he can walk away from on your hands is a good one.

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In all 27 kerbals made this rather unconventional landing, bringing this career game to a close.

 

 

 

 

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