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The Ultimate Challenge Continued (originally by Just Jim)


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Next Grand Tour attempt is underway. 

(Lots of clipping involved, so might not be eligible. )

Nevertheless:
- 46t takeoff mass on the runway,
- 2 Kerbals
- 1 base SSTA with ISRU
- 1 Eve lander with 11.5t fully fueled, 6.5t empty. (https://kerbalx.com/Mephisto/XE-02-Stingray-Eve-Lander-115t)

We will see, if this one succeeds...

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To orbit!


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Almost 2000 m/s dV left in low Kerbin orbit.


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First stop: Minmus. Refueling, flag planting, jetpack shenanigans.

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2 hours ago, Mephisto81 said:

Next Grand Tour attempt is underway. 

(Lots of clipping involved, so might not be eligible. )

Welcome back! I'm excited to see how your submission plays out. Don't worry about the part clipping; it isn't against the rules.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Wow...either way..i'm on a bigger scale Grand Tour than the last one rn...Screenshots later...

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Initial Launch

Name : Sheep v4

Overall Mass : Roughly 3700 Tons

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Sheep v4 Grand Tour set is on the left.

Current progress :

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Landings nailed : 50 Landings

A present seems to be cleverly hid...

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Oh...i forgot some early concept...lets go with it...

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Small Mothership.

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Mothesheep (Pun intended).

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Bullet Tylo Lander.

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RTG Megawatt with Twin Ion engine, it can act as the center of an attachment.

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Prototype of the Godspeed Badurra lander, made because why not do it when i can ?

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Sheep v4 Grand Tour set.

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Status update : 62nd Landing, the only one that has to be done in the Midnight.

(Yeah, i flexed too much, i planned 65 Landings)

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@IncongruousGoat

Just to make sure...will a separation in Interplanetary space violate some rules ? The Mothersheep left Kerbin SOI as one, it is planned to release the Small Mothership in Sub Moho space.

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Name : Sheep v4

Delta V : Up to 100 000 m/s

Kerbal count : 5

Landing count : 51+14

Mass : around 3700 Tons

Length : 21k Years

@IncongruousGoat

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Same version as before.

Packs :

-All Packs from previous Grand Tour.

-Plod

-Vulkan

-Distant Darkness

-Dres Moons

Other Mods :

KER and Trajectories

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https://imgur.com/a/Hh7bXiE

I guess here's my submission. Single launch, no ISRU, no ions

Ship contents: Eve lander, mothership, x3 of nuclear tug with mini lander, Laythe/Tylo lander, Tylo fuel reserve, 2 extra rocket fuel tanks, 2 extra nuclear fuel tanks

Mission summary, chronological order:
Launch
A mini lander takes an extra rocket fuel tank for Mun and Minmus landing
Detach one nuclear tug and mini lander
Mothership transfers to Eve
Nuclear tug transfers to Duna
Detach a tug/lander and the Eve lander
Lander aerobrakes at Eve, mothership gets an Eve assist
Eve landing
Gilly landing
Nuclear tug arrives at Duna
Moho transfer
Mothership gets a Kerbin assist
Moho landing
Duna transfer
Duna landing
Ike landing
Mothership gets second Kerbin assist
Dres transfer
Mothership aerobrakes around Laythe
Dres landing
Jool transfer
Nuclear tug aerobrakes around Laythe
Laythe landing
Tylo landing
Return to mothership to get more fuel
Vall, Pol, Bop landing
Return to mothership to get more fuel
Eeloo transfer
Eeloo landing
Kerbin transfer
Kerbin assist
Aerobraking
Landed at Kerbin








 

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Impressive...that's quite a lot of Part clipping though...but you can still ask @JacobJHC (sorry for the ping) whether that's safe for the Jool 5 thread or not.

@IncongruousGoat You got a submission.

More Detail 1 Crew (If you ask), can't really tell other things

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@camacju Congratulations on completing the Ultimate Challenge! And very skillfully done, too - it's always good to see a submission using the divided-ship approach because of the precision, forethought, and attention to detail it requires in both planning and execution. The fact that you did it without ion engines on top of all that makes this easily the most impressive submission I've seen yet. You may claim the badge at your leisure - you've more than earned it.

Also, many apologies for not reviewing this earlier. I've been crazy-busy with work this past week.

EDIT: Before I write up the hall of fame entry, I do have one question: What version of KSP did you use?

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I've reached the point where this challenge is not particularly interesting to me alone. it's basically a matter of bringing isru equipment and refueling at every moon, or of bringing enough drop tanks. Unless there is something extra to spice it up

I have then decided to try this challenge with kerbalism installed. I will have to partake in this multi-year mission while dealing with life support, radiation damage, mechanical failures. To provide life support and redundancies, my main ship is 3600 tons and 1200 parts.

I am reporting my progress

So far, I'm dealing very well with life support and failures, but it sems solar storms are frequent enough that the mission cannot be stretched over a few years, even with the best mitigation techniques available. crew stress is rising even faster, even though i provided them with a flying luxury resort.

I wonder, in case I have to send my crew back and replace it with another, if i can get some honorary mention anyway

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5 hours ago, king of nowhere said:

I wonder, in case I have to send my crew back and replace it with another, if i can get some honorary mention anyway

Given that you're working under the constraints of Kerbalism (!), I'm more than willing to consider it. I've been thinking about adding an honorable mention section to the hall of fame for a while now, for submissions that don't quite follow the rules but are still worth looking at.

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i am working on it and making a small series on my youtube channel. here is the playlist of my progres so far with many more videos to come:

i have been to eve, gilly and moho already. i have one question: the ship was launched in 1.10 but is it with 1.11 allowed to cheat a EVA science pack to the ship just because i want to read all the funny science messages?

 

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1 hour ago, minerbat said:

i have been to eve, gilly and moho already. i have one question: the ship was launched in 1.10 but is it with 1.11 allowed to cheat a EVA science pack to the ship just because i want to read all the funny science messages?

I'm fine with it, as long as that's the only thing you bring over and the only thing you use it for is science messages.

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how about relay probes? is having some relay probes around that do not contribute to the mission in any way except by being radio bridges ok?

in case the answer is no, what if they are originally part of the big ship assembled in LKO, and are later detached and sent everywhere?

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2 hours ago, king of nowhere said:

how about relay probes? is having some relay probes around that do not contribute to the mission in any way except by being radio bridges ok?

in case the answer is no, what if they are originally part of the big ship assembled in LKO, and are later detached and sent everywhere?

They're fine if they start off as part of the original ship.

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