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Maian's Apollo 11 (Fully Stock - no DLC required)


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Alright, gents! (and ladies!)

I've finished my replica of the Apollo 11 mission and published it to KerbalX for release! It is a fully stock, fully vanilla-KSP replica of the Apollo 11, and I've taken heavy inspiration from the legendary Munbug series. I've included as many features of the Saturn V and Apollo 11 launch as I feel I reasonably can. The craft already sits on the pad at a sturdy 788 parts, standing 49.7m tall and weighing over 850 tons. I have a full mission album of its use at the link below, and some nifty facts and spiffy slides at the KerbalX page.

MISSION SCREENSHOT ALBUM
KERBALX CRAFT PAGE

 

Features

  • Fixed center engines on the S-IC and S-II Stages
  • Retrorockets on the engine shrouds of the S-IC stage
  • 8 ullage motors and 4 retrorockets on S-II
  • 2 ullage motors and 2 APS motors on S-IVB
  • Physical interstage fairing between S-IC and S-II
  • Deployable Launch Escape System that is staged during the course of a nominal launch (with the correct motors - not the LES itself)
  • Boost protective cover over the Command Module that is staged off with the LES
  • Nose fairing on the C/SM to protect the parachutes
  • Umbilical connection from Service Module to Command Module
  • Munar Module with basically all of the antennas as on the real thing
  • Descent Stage with 4 storage quadrants that mimic the real thing
  • Plume shields under the RCS thrusters of the ascent stage

 

Flight Instructions

Before launch, set control to precision mode (Caps Lock), and point straight up until 100m/s (2,000m). Turn off SAS and maintain small movements to begin pointing East. You want to be at 45° right around the end of the first stage (S-IC). Once you climb above 40,000m, you can be more aggressive with the turn. Ideally, the second stage (S-II) will be depleted while you’re still sub-orbital. Stage 3 (S-IVB) can circularize an orbit around Kerbin, and perform the Transmunar Injection burn (TMI). Apollo 11 and 12 put the S-IVB in a Solar orbit after the CSM and lander were decoupled, while Apollo 13-17 were steered into a collision course with the Moon.

The CSM can circularize an orbit around the Mun at any altitude you want. The Lander can make it safely to the surface and back to the CSM in orbit, tested so far up to 60,000m above the munar surface.

When transferring Kerbals to the lander, there is a Mk1 Lander Can and a Mk1 Command Pod as the two seats the Command Pod is sticking up through the top on the back part of the Lander for you to click on. At certain angles you can click on that hatch to transfer back to the CSM (or use the portraits if you can’t get it).

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