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Shuttle Challenge v5 - The STS thread [Stock and Mod Friendly] - NEW MISSION 21.9.2018, NEW "TEST PILOT" MISSION 10.6.2018

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Well, I guess I'm done with the Mun challenges :)

Mun STS - 5 - 7

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It's not my best design but at least, it is different :D
I screwed up a bit during STS - 6 (PPE) but ended with a pretty proud moment (shown in the clip below). There  is also a little, hidden 'issue', if you can find it, you'll get a cookie :)
Since uploading and describing screenshots is my least favourit part of a challenge (especially when it contains mutliple flights), I'll just post some highlights here. Any details can be found in the imgur album as usual ;)

 

STS - 5 (Habitat Module + MMU)

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Album: https://imgur.com/a/Jpm9JYu

 

STS - 6 (PPE + Pilot)

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Tell me what's wrong in this picture and win a cookie :D
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Album: https://imgur.com/a/QXOIEsG

 

STS - 7 (Lab + Crew)

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Album: https://imgur.com/a/8wuH5K6
(I forgot to screenshot some maneuver setups...if they are required, I still have the record and can create as many screenshots as you want ;) )

 

LOP-G (maneuver)

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'Album': https://imgur.com/a/xi4V4Ep

 

My personal highlight during this mission:
While assembling the PPE, I've noticed that I forgot a second docking port I've decided to look for a more challenging way to dock parts together and ended with a pretty nice maneuver :)

 

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1 hour ago, 4x4cheesecake said:

I've decided to look for a more challenging way to dock parts together and ended with a pretty nice maneuver

Oh yeah! That is one sweet maneuver!

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Well, not going to spoil anything (just yet), but some of the guesses are... Interesting :D

13 hours ago, sturmhauke said:

Launching the shuttle from the back of an aircraft, while simultaneously launching its boosters from a submarine, and then docking them both together midflight and proceeding with the mission.

I like that idea, maybe for:

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:D

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23 hours ago, 4x4cheesecake said:

Well, I guess I'm done with the Mun challenges :)

Well, I guess you are :)

I like the uncommon design, and the fact it works pretty well - how much hassle was it to get the CoM just right? Also, the MMU is really cute :) 

For the cookie part - is it the SAS settings? Other that that, I can't see anything unusual....

I'm a bit surprised noone took the more difficult way of doing the transfers from and to Mun, meaning straight to polar orbit/straight to atmo and landing. But when the machines are so powerful and have so much fuel to spare, I guess there's no point in doing so. It might be just my RSS/rescale reflex to avoid burning any fuel whenever possible :) 

Good job commander, here's your badge:

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And I guess we're heading to Duna pretty soon? :) 

Michal.don

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4 hours ago, michal.don said:

I like the uncommon design, and the fact it works pretty well - how much hassle was it to get the CoM just right? Also, the MMU is really cute :) 

Thanks :)

Actually, adjusting the CoM was easy but the DCoM is a mess...I had to remove some fuel from the conic shaped parts to balance the CoM but if someone actually need some of the remaining fuel, bad things will happen :o At least theoretically, a docked ship may needs a some fuel for some reason. There are no LFO consuming parts on board of the LOP-G so to 'justify' the LFO tanks, I have to assume they are used at some point...

4 hours ago, michal.don said:

For the cookie part - is it the SAS settings? Other that that, I can't see anything unusual....

Nope, the SAS is set to radial out to stabilize the first few meters of the flight but you are close ;) If no one finds the solution, I'll solve the riddle along with my next mission report.

4 hours ago, michal.don said:

I'm a bit surprised noone took the more difficult way of doing the transfers from and to Mun, meaning straight to polar orbit/straight to atmo and landing. But when the machines are so powerful and have so much fuel to spare, I guess there's no point in doing so. It might be just my RSS/rescale reflex to avoid burning any fuel whenever possible :) 

Uhm...it is more efficent to perform a transfer into a equatorial Mun orbit and perform a second maneuver to set up a polar trajectory, isn't it? But yes, when I returned to Kerbin, I just took advantage from the powerful design :P

4 hours ago, michal.don said:

And I guess we're heading to Duna pretty soon? :) 

Almost on my way, just some more minor tweaks to the outpost design ;)

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10 minutes ago, 4x4cheesecake said:

Nope, the SAS is set to radial out to stabilize the first few meters of the flight but you are close ;) If no one finds the solution, I'll solve the riddle along with my next mission report

Only thing I could cone up with is the issue with RCS drift during your circularisation burn at the mün, but that was rather obvious I think

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1 minute ago, hoioh said:

Only thing I could cone up with is the issue with RCS drift during your circularisation burn at the mün, but that was rather obvious I think

That was an issue as well but there is one explicit in the picture which shows the launch and I fixed it until I had to separate the boosters ;)

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1 hour ago, 4x4cheesecake said:

That was an issue as well but there is one explicit in the picture which shows the launch and I fixed it until I had to separate the boosters ;)

On the small screen it may appear that you had a misfire on the right hand side booster for a bit, cuz it's still burning upon separation

Or it's just the totally wonked 2nd stage

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43 minutes ago, hoioh said:

On the small screen it may appear that you had a misfire on the right hand side booster for a bit, cuz it's still burning upon separation

Nope, the boosters burned perfectly fine and were empty on separation.

43 minutes ago, hoioh said:

Or it's just the totally wonked 2nd stage 

It is 'wonked' because KER is a bit 'wonked' as well and this staging setup will provide correct dV readouts ;) (Actually I'm curious why nobody noticed this one before :D )

I'll give you a little hint:

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Don't look at the shuttle, it's the UI which will brighten your mind ;)

 

edit: Duna STS - 1 is ready to go, just a few hours left to win a cookie^^

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2 hours ago, 4x4cheesecake said:

Don't look at the shuttle, it's the UI which will brighten your mind ;)

Ah, I get it now:

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1 thing has been clicked, but shouldn't have been at this stage of the flight. That one is only needed at the very end of the mission ;)

 

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5 hours ago, hoioh said:

Ah, I get it now:

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1 thing has been clicked, but shouldn't have been at this stage of the flight. That one is only needed at the very end of the mission ;)

 

You got it ;)
Here is your cookie:

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Meanwhile, I've finished the Duna STS - 1, so for everyone who still don't know what was wrong during the launch of my Mun STS - 6 mission: The landing gear was extended xD (You can see the illuminated button next to the altimeter)

Anyway, here is my next entry:

 

Duna STS - 1

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I enjoyed this mission very much :) A simple but good looking design for the outpost and a wonderful flight while asking myself if the orbiter will survive the aerobreak at Duna and Kerbin when arriving from interplanetary space...this really kept up the thrill^^

Some highlights of the flight:
 

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The outpost in the cargobay and without a shroud around the service module to show the (required) hidden probe core:
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Launch at sunrise:
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And transfer at sunset ;)
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Caught an eclipse while adjusting the trajectory:
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Aerobreak at Duna:
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Deploying the outpost and redock the cupola to the correct position:
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Transfering the crew:
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Let's get back home:
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After a flyby of Ike, it's time to say goodbye:
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Also a flyby of the Mun...
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Not even close to the max. temp.:
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I came in from a slightly inclined orbit, so I overshot the KSC to fly a curve:
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Safe landing at the KSC:
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Album: https://imgur.com/a/BIXWy6y
(Contains every maneuver and some really nice screens ;) )

I also used this mission to test, if the shuttle will need some additional fuel for STS - 2 so I saved as much fuel as possible (that's why I didn't changed the inclination before landing at the KSC) and it looks like, I have to use a support package or put some extra fuel into the cargo bay when I try to land on Duna during STS - 2. Are they any restrictions regarding the support package I should know about?

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