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Woohoo, second page! Let's see if this can live up to the awesomeness of the first page AND be a little more friendly to mobile viewers... I'll try linking to the albums starting now, and just posting the highlights here :P

 

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STS-98 (Destiny)   -   February 7th, 2001

The widely-regarded centerpiece of the US Orbital Segment is the "Destiny" Laboratory Module, also simply known as the "U.S. Lab." It was designed and constructed alongside the "Unity" module by Boeing starting in 1995, and utilizes a system of modular racks for managing science experiments, as well as utility equipment needed to keep the lab running. Destiny can accommodate 23 racks in total, though at launch it was shipped with just 5 racks comprising critical flight hardware.

Due to the strange way we count centuries, STS-98 was officially the first manned spaceflight of the 21st century. The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis was originally scheduled for January 19th, but concerns raised by NASA engineers over wiring problems found in a handful of booster separation systems caused flight managers to roll the Shuttle back to the VAB for inspection. 

After receiving a clean bill of health, Atlantis was rolled back out to the pad. Led by Commander Kenneth Cockrell, the 5-member crew launched on STS-98 at sunset on February 7th, 2001.

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After Atlantis reached orbit, the order was given to undock the Progress spacecraft from Zarya. It was deorbited and burned up over the Pacific Ocean at 12:59 UTC on February 8th.

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The Shuttle docked to PMA-3 on the nadir port of the Unity module on Flight Day 2. This was the last time a Space Shuttle would ever dock to PMA-3, it's only function being to provide the correct positioning to install the P6 Truss and the U.S. Lab. Future construction challenges would be solved thanks to the CanadArm2. 

Hatches were opened 2 hours after docking and the three Expedition 1 crewmembers greeted the five visiting astronauts. Expedition 1 had been in-progress for almost exactly 100 days at this point.

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The first task was to relocate PMA-2 from Unity's forward port to a temporary storage location on the front of the Z1 Truss. This is the only time the Z1 would be used in this manner.

Mission Specialists Thomas Jones and Robert Curbeam exited the Shuttle airlock while Marsha Ivins operated the robotic arm. 

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Next it was time to retrieve Destiny and prepare it for berthing. Jones and Curbeam disconnected the lab and then moved into position to give visual aids to Ivins as she maneuvered the module. Destiny was installed backwards in the payload bay for transport and had to be slowly rotated to the proper orientation, which took about 20 minutes.

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After berthing Destiny, the combined crew of 8 entered the module and began powering on systems.

On the second EVA, Jones and Curbeam worked to relocate PMA-2 to the forward port of Destiny, and also installed a Power Data Grapple Fixture (or PDGF) to the port side of the laboratory. PDGFs serve as attachment points for the robotic arm units. This one in particular would be the early home for CanadArm2.

The third and last EVA saw the two astronauts finalizing connections between Destiny, Unity, the Z1 Truss, and PMA-2. They also installed a spare S-band antenna to the side of the Z1 Truss, and performed testing and validating of new EVA rescue techniques. 

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During this mission, the CMGs onboard the Z1 Truss were powered on for the first time - Destiny contained guidance and navigation systems crucial to the operation of the gyros. Apart from being a sophisticated space laboratory, Destiny also acts as the command center for the ISS.

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After nearly 7 days docked to the station, the members of Expedition 1 waved goodbye to Atlantis and her crew. 

The Shuttle spent 2 extra days in orbit due to bad weather at Cape Canaveral before being diverted to Edwards Air Force Base. 

Pilot Mark Polansky guided Atlantis down through the skies of southern California for a smooth touchdown in the early afternoon of February 20th. 

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Atlantis was ferried back to the KSC for Orbiter Processing. Its next flight would be STS-104 five months later, bringing the Quest Airlock to the ISS. 

Full construction of the ISS was now underway, but before that the crew of Expedition 1 needed one more resupply flight to sustain them to the end of their mission.

Coming soon to a Page 2 near you,   Progress M-44!

 

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@Kuiper_Belt, I have a few questions about your mod setup, if you don't mind me asking. First, how did you get those great SSMEs and plumes? Currently I am just using the default "rainstorm" engines included in ReDIRECT with the default PlumeParty plume but I would like to know what patches you used to get better-looking engines and Waterfall plumes. Second, what mod did you use for that Spacehab module from STS-96?

This is a great project and I look forward to all the future missions!

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6 hours ago, noaa_satellite said:

@Kuiper_Belt, I have a few questions about your mod setup, if you don't mind me asking. First, how did you get those great SSMEs and plumes? Currently I am just using the default "rainstorm" engines included in ReDIRECT with the default PlumeParty plume but I would like to know what patches you used to get better-looking engines and Waterfall plumes. Second, what mod did you use for that Spacehab module from STS-96?

This is a great project and I look forward to all the future missions!

The SSMEs are from Restock, and the plumes are from Waterfall-Restock. IDK about Spacehab, but here's something if you want to keep using the reDIRECT engine:

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7 hours ago, noaa_satellite said:

@Kuiper_Belt, I have a few questions about your mod setup, if you don't mind me asking. First, how did you get those great SSMEs and plumes? Currently I am just using the default "rainstorm" engines included in ReDIRECT with the default PlumeParty plume but I would like to know what patches you used to get better-looking engines and Waterfall plumes. Second, what mod did you use for that Spacehab module from STS-96?

This is a great project and I look forward to all the future missions!

Regarding the SSMEs @KeaKaka has got it on the head! I would recommend theirs over the restock, I plan on switching at some point... As for SPACEHAB that's a custom kitbashed creation crafted by none other than @lemon cup!

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@KeaKaka sorry but I could not get the Waterfall SSME config to work. I was able to get the Redirect LH2 SSME to use the Restock model, but the Waterfall patch doesn't work for me right now- the plume just doesn't show up. I tried removing as much of the PlumeParty code from the Redirect SSME cfg as possible but that did not get it to work. Are there any dependencies for the patch?

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Progress M-44, February 26, 2001

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Progress M-44 was a resupply mission to the International Space Station. Though Progress M-44 was not the first Progress to visit the outpost it was the first of its kind. All previous Progress missions have been the Progress M1 variant, where its primary difference is its smaller cargo compartment allowing more fuel to be brought to the ISS permitting it to fill the Russian segments tanks which stored fuel for attitude control purposes. Progress M spacecraft on the other hand had a fully sized cargo compartment allowing more cargo to be transferred.

Progress M-44 awaited launch at Gagarin's Start or Site 1/5 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, The same pad that hosted Soyuz TM-31 and the launch of Expedition 1. Liftoff would occur at 8:09 UTC on February 26th, 2001.

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Upon reaching orbit, Progress M-44 began correcting its orbit to rendezvous with the ISS but it's intended docking port, Zvezda's aft port was occupied. Soyuz TM-31 which launched from the same place 4 months prior was currently in the way and needed to be moved by the crew. 

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Docking confirmed! With Soyuz TM-31 now attached to Zarya's nadir port, Progress M-44 could now proceed with final approach and docking with Zvezda's aft port.

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After 2 days in a rendezvous orbit, Progress M-44 docked to the ISS on the 28th of February. Expedition 1 crew members would begin to offload the cargo brought up by Progress. This among other activities would keep the Expedition 1 crew busy for the final days of their mission.

Up Next, STS-102 and Expedition 2!

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STS-102   -   March 8th, 2001

Operating the International Space Station required a steady stream of supplies and equipment, as well as rotating crew members to ensure the station was well manned and healthy. The Space Shuttle was aptly capable of both tasks. STS-102 was the 29th flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, which would perform the important mission of exchanging Expedition 1 with the new Expedition 2 crew.

Jim Wetherbee commanded the 4-man Shuttle crew to transport Expedition 2 commander Yuri Usachev along with astronauts Susan Helms and James Voss for their 5-month stay aboard the ISS. This mission marked the first crew changeout in ISS history.

STS-102 launched at sunrise from LC-39B.

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Carried in Discovery’s cargo bay was the “Leonardo” Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, or MPLM. Built by the Italian Space Agency, the MPLM could carry up to 12 tons of supplies to the station, reloaded with waste material, and returned to Earth. STS-102 was the maiden flight of this module.

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After 2 days in orbit catching up to the station, Discovery docked on March 10th. The first priority was to open the hatch and exchange crew. Expedition 1 commander Bill Shepard and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalyov welcomed the new crew aboard the ISS and began swapping flight gear from the Soyuz to the Shuttle for their return home. The Soyuz would remain docked to serve as a lifeboat.

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EVA-1 proceeded on the next day. Susan Helms and James Voss exited the Shuttle airlock for the longest spacewalk in history at 8 hours 55 minutes. They completed the tasks of relocating PMA-3 to Unity’s port hatch, disconnecting the MPLM from the payload bay, and installing hardware on the exterior of Destiny.

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Their EVA clock kept ticking when they reentered the airlock but remained fully suited up, in case any problems arose with berthing the MPLM.

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The next two days were spent moving equipment from the MPLM into Destiny. The primary cargo was a set of 7  refrigerator-sized laboratory racks, 6 of which were critical systems terminals for operating the Ku-band communication system and the station robotic arm. The seventh was a science experiment rack, the first of its kind to be delivered to Destiny.

 

EVA-2 was conducted by Shuttle crewmembers Andy Thomas and Paul Richards. They installed External Stowage Platform (ESP-1) on the port side of Destiny. ESPs were designed to store spare subcomponents for the station exterior (broadly referred to as Orbital Replacement Units, or ORUs). Thomas and Richards installed the first of these ORUs, a spare coolant pump, during their spacewalk. They also inspected the solar array at the top of the station.

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On March 19th it was time to undock. Expedition 2 was now in charge, and after 140 days in space, the three Expedition 1 crewmembers boarded Discovery to return home.

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They landed at KSC on March 21st, 2001. Discovery’s next flight, STS-105, would once again complete a crew rotation with Expedition 3 in August of that same year.

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Up Next... STS-100, featuring CanadArm2!

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Progress M-44 & Soyuz TM-31, April 16 2001.

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Progress M-44 had been docked for 47 days to the ISS. But after being unloaded and subsequently loaded with station trash, it's time at the station had come to an end. At 08:48 UTC on the 16th of April undocked from the ISS and was deorbited several hours later.

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After the Zvezda Aft port had been freed up by the departure of the Progress, Soyuz TM-31 and the crew of Expedition 2 undocked from the Zarya nadir port on April 18th and began to move around and dock to Zvezda. 

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The Expedition 2 crew reentered the ISS now from Zvezda. Meanwhile on Earth the crew of STS-100 was preparing for launch. Standing by on Pad 39 A of Cape Canaveral Endeavour waited to host her 7 person crew for her 11 day mission to the ISS.

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I would like to take some time to address some things regarding the series, nothing major! We'll be slowing down the cadence of the missions a little bit. Second I'm working on STS-100 and its partially done. It's a really complex mission and I want to depict it right! I've been struggling to find enough time to actually get into KSP to work on it, but hopefully that'll change soon. I'd like to thank @lemon cupfor providing the CanadArm design.  I've modified it partially solely for executing this mission as it requires some odd configurations but after the mission, you'll see the uninhabited beauty of their model! The next mission is coming soon!

Up Next, STS-100 and delivery CanadArm 2

 

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1 hour ago, Spaceman.Spiff said:

Oh no! :o

So long ISS, we barely knew ye ;.;

lol but actually on that topic, it so happens that at our current spot in the timeline (between STS-102 and the undocking of Progress M-44) the Mir space station reentered Earth’s atmosphere on March 23rd 2001, ending Russia’s 15-year reign in space.

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STS-100 & CanadArm 2, April 19, 2001

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This mission was quite long and I've got an Imgur Album with more of the screenshots taken during the mission with an explanation of what's occurring.

STS-100 was a monumental mission for the ISS. Delivering a legendary component that would be paramount for its construction, The Space Station Remote Manipulator System or more popularly known as CanadArm2, A robotic arm designed to move among other things, modules, people, and other components around the ISS . Along side CanadArm2 was Raffaelo, both the second flight and constructed MPLM containing science and resources for the outpost.

This missions crew of 7 (including the acclaimed Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield) flying with Endeavour, would launch to the ISS from Pad 39-A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The ISS had just moved around several spacecraft and was no ready to receive the crew of STS-100. Endeavour and her crew stood by awaiting a launch at 2:40 PM Eastern.

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After reaching orbit, Endeavour began its phasing orbits to rendezvous with the ISS.

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Endeavour docked with the ISS via PMA-2 at 13:59 UTC on April 21st. At which point they became the first Shuttle to visit the ISS while  Expedition 2 was underway. Though docked, the crews wouldn't get face to face until flight day 5. The Shuttles Atmosphere was at lower pressure to prepare for EVA-1. While preparation was underway the SpaceLab Pallet (Containing CanadArm2) was lifted from Endeavor's Payload bay and temporarily mounted on the space facing side of destiny.

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After being attached, Astronauts, Scott Parazynski and Chris Hadfield began EVA-1 at which point Hadfield was the first Canadian to conduct a Spacewalk. Their objectives included the mounting of an Antenna to Destiny and the unpacking, unfolding and activation of CanadArm2.

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After removing launch restraints, unfolding, and installing "Super Bolts" to CanadArm2 the crew ended EVA-1. Now inside the crew lifted Raffaelo out of Endeavor's Payload Bay and berthed it to Unity's nadir port. The crews opened hatches on flight day five and began the join operations.

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At the end of Flight Day 5, hatches were closed to prepare for EVA-2, this would involve the connection of the Power and Data Fixture to CanadArm2 as well as removing various components from the ISS for return to Earth. The astronauts also watched as CanadArm2 took it's first steps across the station.

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Afterwards, hatches were opened and the unloading and loading of trash and experiments for return to Earth resumed. In addition came a very important moment for, the ISS, Canada and Robotics. CanadArm2 handing off its SpaceLab pallet back to CanadArm1.

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CanadArm1 after a flawless handoff from Canadarm2 returned the SpaceLab pallet to Endeavour's payload bay. Next to return was Raffaello.

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Endeavour fired its Attitude Control System to boost the ISS orbit before it's 8 day stay at the ISS would come to an end. On April 29th at 17:34 UTC Endeavour undocked from the ISS leaving behind CanadArm2.

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Endeavour Reentered on May 1st 2001 and landed at Edward Runway 22 at 9:11 AM Pacific Time. Afterwards Endeavour would be fitted to a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and flown back to Cape Canaveral.

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Endeavour would be refurbished and fly again as STS-108 brining crew and supplies to the ISS.

Authors Note: This was the hardest mission I've ever documented and there's a lot to talk about! First: That beautiful CanadArm & SpaceLab pallet is designed by fantastic visionary that is @lemon cup! Though for STS-100 it is stored folded up. I took the design and modified it (what I've coined as CanadArm1.9) for the early parts of the mission but it's switched after its been unfolded by crew on EVA-1.  I'd just like to acknowledge that and thank Lemon for providing those masterpieces. We work together on the whole station but I just want to really hammer those home! Second: I got to finally use the SCA for a mission!  I haven't used it since the Shuttle Adventures Approach and Landing Tests. Third: After this mission I'm going to work on overhauling a lot of how my screenshots look. For example I'm cooking up my own TUFX configs, they look a little like Lemon's and the current ones I'm using combined, and I'm looking forward to share these as I develop them. Hopefully this mission was worth the wait and if you want to see more screenshots from the mission check them out here. I had way too much fun making this!

Now that the ISS was armed with new the Space Station Remote Manipulator System, construction could now rapidly advance. Though the first Soyuz to visit the ISS, Soyuz TM-31 was approaching its expected lifetime and was needing to be replaced.

Up Next, Soyuz TM-32!

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On 7/8/2021 at 8:38 PM, Kuiper_Belt said:

Идея:

Международная космическая станция - одно из величайших достижений гуманитарной науки. Как и многим другим, я люблю МКС, моды и Kerbal Space Program, естественно, вы бы смешали все 3. Чуть больше года назад я начал попытки точно построить МКС по порядку и задокументировать это на Reddit. С тех пор прошло время, и я значительно улучшил свои навыки создания кораблей и создания скриншотов. Когда я остановился в первый раз, я знал, что вернусь к этой идее, и сейчас самое время! Цель всего этого - использовать Kerbal Space Program и обширную библиотеку модов для документирования каждого полета к МКС и ее строительства по  порядку . Я и@lemon чашка очень много работали над подготовкой к этому проекту, и мы очень рады начать работу над документированием того величия, которое окружает МКС и ее миссии!

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Мое вдохновение :

Идея не оригинальна и родилась из нескольких вещей, включая другую серию, которую я создал, посвященную миссиям шаттлов, под названием Shuttle Adventures ! Эти миссии созданы не только мной, но и другими единомышленниками кербалами. Но Идея ни в коем случае не моя, и я склонен отдать должное тем, кто меня вдохновил. Если вам нравится что-то, что я сделал, вам, безусловно, понравится то, что они сделали.

Модификации :

С момента создания Shuttle Adventures список модов со временем медленно рос, и я старался не отставать от обновления списка модов. которые будут включены в спойлер под списком выделенных модов.

  •  @ benjee10 С Redirect, Habtech 2 и SOCK
  •  @DylanSemrau С Photon Corp
  •  @Beale С Тантаресом
  •  @ tony48 С КСРСС и КСРССВЕ
  • И команда ReStock, конечно же, Restock
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    Kerbal Space Program версии 1.11.2 с обоими DLC

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    Текстуры без ограничений

    Панель инструментов управления

    Анимированные развязки

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    B9 Переключатель запчастей

    Benjee 10 MMSEV

    Общие активы Benjee 10

    Орбитальный аппарат шаттла Benjee 10

    Костюмы Benjee 10

    Bluedog_DB

    Скучные услуги экипажа

    БОСС

    CameraИнструменты

    Coatl Aerospace

    Пакет ресурсов сообщества

    Баклан Аэронология

    Космические системы Кориолиса

    Криотенки

    Крио двигатели

    Пользовательские проверки перед запуском

    Специальная доставка

    Развертываемые двигатели

    Улучшение удаленных объектов

    Док Повернуть

    Динамическое хранение батареи

    Улучшения визуального восприятия окружающей среды

    Освещение двигателя Релит

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    Расширитель для вешалок FS

    Habtech 2

    HyperEdit

    Реквизит Habtech

    Гефест

    HL20

    HT Робототехника

    Дворники Гардероб

    Растровый монитор опор

    Китнисс Мыс Канаверал (плюс дополнительные патчи для работы с KSRSS)

    Kerbal Atomics

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    КСРССВЕ (Макс)

    Моды Сороки

    Создание альтернативной истории

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    Модульные стартовые площадки

    Индикатор выравнивания стыковочного порта

    Реквизит ближайшего будущего

    Ближайшее будущее Солнечная

    Космический корабль ближайшего будущего

    Строительство в ближайшем будущем

    Ближайшие исследования будущего

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    Постоянное вращение

    Photon Corp

    Planet Shine

    Плюм Вечеринка

    Проект EOC

    Provenance Aerospace

    Realplume (стоковые конфигурации)

    Контроллер восстановления

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    Пополнить запасы

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    Выдвижные подъемные поверхности

    Рассеиватель

    Sigma

    Simple Adjustable Farings

    Smoke Screen

    Snacks

    SOCKrecolored

    Space Dust

    Station Parts Expansion Redux

    SXT Continued

    System Heat

    Tantares (With both Tantares LV & Tantares SP )

    Trajectories

    TINU

    Trigger Tech

    TUFX

    Tundra Exploration

    Tundra Space Center

    Tundra Technologies

    Tweak Scale

    Tweak Scale Companion

    Mk-33

    Waterfall

    Waterfall Restock

    WildBlue Decals

    Ziegler Launch Systems

    KSP Module Manager (Version 4.1.4)

    Надеюсь, это все они. Некоторые из них будут перекрываться, если вы попытаетесь соответствовать моей установке, потому что я перечислил всю папку с игровыми данными. Если вы новичок в моддинге, вы обязательно сделаете ошибки при их установке, не волнуйтесь, мы тоже были там. Важно только то, что вы вернетесь и продолжите попытки, но не бойтесь сделать перерыв! Также некоторые моды используют CKAN ! Это вам очень поможет. Удачи! PS: Этот список всегда будет меняться ..  

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Спасибо всем, кто взаимодействует и следит за этой серией! Мы много работали и отлично проводили время!

Hello, is it possible to get this station and what mods were used for it, thanks!

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1 hour ago, Spike88 said:

Where can I get that SCA, shuttle aerodynamic cover and the Canadarm 2? They look fantastic and I’ve been trying to find them for my career.

Shuttle tailcone looks like a kitbash to me, Canadarm 2 is probably just SOCK's Canadarm parts scaled up in size.

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Soyuz TM-32 coming very soon!
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On 8/26/2021 at 9:55 AM, sh_temp_el said:

Hello, is it possible to get this station and what mods were used for it, thanks!

The station is constructed using a parts from a large number of mods. Most of the parts are from HabTech2 (the US components) and Tantares (for the Russian components).

It is a work in progress that currently, is almost 200 parts in total, and is still only in the early stages of the build! 

 

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On 8/26/2021 at 12:25 AM, sh_temp_el said:

Hello, is it possible to get this station and what mods were used for it, thanks!

The mod list is found on the parent post of the thread in a spoiler drop down. As Lemon said the station is a constant work in progress and still in its preliminary stages so releasing it wouldn’t make too much sense.

7 hours ago, TheAceOfHearts said:

Do you make your own decals? I think they are absolutely the realism special sauce.

Conformal decals really does make the whole project work! They’re such a good detailing tool that really make the difference from a good to great look!

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Soyuz TM-32   -   April 28th, 2001

Though space tourism has not yet taken off to the extent once envisioned, in the early 2000s it appeared to many that space tourism was just around the corner, and some were eager to become pioneers. The first such individual to take the leap was millionaire entrepreneur and space enthusiast Dennis Tito.

TM-32 was to be a routine mission to the ISS with the primary goal of rotating the docked Soyuz vehicle, since TM-31 was nearing the end of its service life. The mission would only last a few days and consisted of a relatively minor crew workload, thus was a perfect chance to host the first space tourist in history. Tito arranged the trip with the ambitious company "Space Adventures" who assisted in coordinating with Roscosmos; he reportedly paid 20 million dollars for the seat.

Accompanying Dennis Tito on the mission were Russian cosmonauts Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin. The vehicle lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome while Space Shuttle Endeavour and her crew were still docked to the ISS, carrying out the final tasks of STS-100. 

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Just hours after the departure of Endeavour, Soyuz TM-32 arrived in the vicinity of the ISS to begin the auto-docking procedure. While the old Soyuz vehicle was currently docked to the very rear of the station, TM-32 was planned to utilize the bottom port of Zarya. The primary purpose of Soyuz vehicles during their stays at the ISS were emergency lifeboats, and locating this vehicle close to the middle of the station's crewed portion was ideal. 

In the future, the Zvezda rear docking port would stay reserved for visiting Progress vehicles on most occasions.

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Tito and the two visiting cosmonauts were greeted by the Expediation 2 crew upon arriving. Tito was reportedly thrilled for the entire duration of his stay aboard the ISS and took simple pleasures in marveling at the Earth from the station windows, floating in zero-g, and performing minor experiments along with the other crew members.

After just over 5 days of activities aboard the ISS, the crew of Soyuz TM-32 made their way to the rear of the station and boarded the older TM-31 vehicle, which they would return home in.

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The Soyuz return capsule safely re-entered and came down over Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. As the Soyuz was designed solely to touch down on dry land, it made use of a system of solid rocket braking motors at the bottom of the capsule, which fired a split-second before touching down in order to dampen the impact of landing.

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Up next, a fresh unmanned resupply mission, Progress M1-6!

 

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On 9/4/2021 at 7:05 AM, TheAceOfHearts said:

Would it be possible at some point to release the decal image files you used as a flag pack?

Unsure at this point, some of the flags we use are custom made using the Conformal Decals built-in editing tools, others are lifted from public-domain images we found online, and a few are personally created with 3D graphics software for very specific uses. It would feel odd trying to package those into a set of flags for general use, but I'm not totally against it and might be up for it at some point in the future.

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Progress M1-6 - May 20th, 2001

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After the departure of arrival of Soyuz TM-32 and departure of Soyuz TM-31 the crew of Expedition 2 trained their sights on the next objective, the arrival of Progress M1-6. Standing by at Site 1-5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Progress M1-6 carried food, water, oxygen and scientific equipment for the crew onboard the station. This mission also sacrificed pressurized volume for storage of UDMH and N2O4. These are the fuels that are used by the Russian Segment's Attitude Control System thrusters. 

The Soyuz booster and Progress above it waited patiently for its 10:32 PM UTC launch from Site 1-5.

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After 8 minutes of ascent, Progress M1-6 was now in orbit. It's next objectives were to adjust its trajectory to follow a standard 2 day rendezvous orbit to catch up to the ISS. When it arrives on a close approach it would then move into position and dock with the Zvezda Aft docking port.

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After docking to Zvezda on May 23rd at 23:57 UTC, the crew of Expedition 2 began to unload the cargo carried up. Along with these tasks, the crew conducted experiments and waited for the arrival of Atlantis who would deliver the stations very own door to the heavens.

Up Next, STS-104 and The Venerable Quest Joint Airlock!

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