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The first stage recovery challenge

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We have a small problem


The seas off of the Kerbal Space Center is getting quite cluttered with spent stages and solid rocket motors that have splashed down into the ocean. Lately some of the higher ups in the research and development offices have had a radical idea: "What if we recovered our first stages?" After so heated arguments with the engineers who said it just can't be done, they have turned to you!


The Challenge:

Recover the first stage of your rocket (this means SSTO's don't count).

You can do this however however you see fit, whether you want to land the first stage on a barge in the ocean, have it glide its way back onto the runway, or do something completely crazy! I want to see your ideas on how to recover a first stage, the Kerbal way.


Points for this challenge are awarded as such

one point: your craft is able to land its first stage safely

two points: your craft is able to land the first stage near the KSC'

three points: your craft is able to land the first stage on the runway/ launchpad

four points: your craft is able to make the first stage land on the island runway

five points: your craft is able to land the first stage on a barge/mobile landing pad you have put somwhere

BONUS POINTS you will be given an extra 3 points for each of the following

you are able to land your second/third/fourth ect stage/stages as well as your first

you land your first stage using only SRBs

you land your first stage using propellers

you refuel your first stage and have it meet back up with the second stage or whatever stage is in orbit

you recovered not only the first stage but any liquid/solid boosters that assisted it


Hope to see some cool designs


Leader Board


1: sevenperforce 11 points (two for landing near the KSC, 3 for recovering second stage, and considering how he refueled and rebuilt the ship I am giving him 6 points there)









Edited by AtomicSnails
added leaderboard, modified some rules

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While not the most unique (in terms of how it lands) I am impressed by your all in one system with refueling and everything really cool.

3 hours ago, sevenperforce said:

Or there's this:



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