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Minmus Mining Station "Bootstrap One" - a refueling point for outbound interplanetary craft. Image


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Alright, so here's the quick rundown:

This is the first in a series of mostly-identical "bootstrap" stations I'm going to scatter throughout the system. Each one is powered by a NearFuture fission reactor, and uses storage trusses from NearFutureConstruction to hold ore, xenon, and pure LF for my NERV-powered interplanetary ships.

Two ISRUs are used to convert ore hauled up from Minmus by the two miners docked in the background, which refuel both on Minmus and from their own dedicated LF/OX tank. In the long run, there will only be one miner, with the second being transferred to my under-construction Ike station.

The miners themselves can hold 18,000 units of ore, and run off a smaller fission reactor. The six Poodle engines and accompanying mini-ISRU provide more than enough Delta-V (~3,000 m/s when under full load) for landing, takeoff, and rendezvous, all of which is handled by MechJeb due to my twitchy fingers not playing nice with razor-thin maneuvering margins. The actual mining process is quite speedy, since I took the time to use a scanning satellite and a rover to identify the greatest possible ore concentration.

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