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ISS Adventures: A Kerbalized Recreation of Missions to the International Space Station


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On 1/13/2022 at 4:14 AM, pTrevTrevs said:

Seriously thought this was real video footage for a second. Good job!


3 minutes ago, TruthfulGnome said:

Absolutely beautiful, thought it was real for a bit ;) how did you keep the station in prograde while time warping? did you just speed up normal footage?

Thank you!

The footage is sped up, but I also use a mod called BetterTimeWarp to tweak physical time warp speeds.

You can make your own speeds past 4x, all at your own risk! This was shot at 8x physical time warp with MechJeb set to Prograde. Much higher summons the Krakken but that should not stop you from trying :D

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One year after the Columbia Disaster, the remaining three Space Shuttles - Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour - were still grounded in what would become the most challenging period in the history of the International Space Station program. By the end of 2004, a point that the station's partner agencies had originally planned to decide on the final configuration of modules, dramatic reductions in the scope of the project had to be made. Many ambitious modules and components were downgraded, delayed, or outright canceled. Components already built - such as the remaining Truss segments and solar wings - were reaching storage life limits and needed costly refurbishment. The program's total budget increases were in the order of billions of dollars.

During this period, Russia once again had to take on the entirety of ISS resupply and crew rotation missions. Without the Space Shuttle, only a very small fraction of the scientific equipment payloads were able to make it to the station. The vast majority of supplies brought to the ISS were bare necessities such as food, water, and oxygen.


Russia launched six Soyuz-type rockets in 2004 in support of the ISS.

Progress M1-11   -   January 29th, 2004

This was the final resupply mission to Expedition 8 crew Michael Foale and Aleksandr Kaleri. It was also the last flight of a Progress M1 vehicle (which carried more spare fuel in exchange for less cargo space) for quite some time. The upgraded versions of these vehicles would eventually fly again in 2008.

Progress M1-11 replaced M-48 at the aft end of Zvezda on January 31st.


Soyuz TMA-4/Expedition 9   -   April 19th, 2004

This flight continued the modified practice of manning the ISS with only two crew members: Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke. A third member, Dutch ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers, flew aboard this mission for a short stay during the crew overlap period, then returned to Earth with Expedition 8 nine days later.


TMA-4 docked to the bottom of the Zarya module on April 21st, 2004. In Moscow, home to Roskosmos Mission Control, it was 8:00am on a Wednesday. 

Expedition 8 drew to a close after 194 days in charge of the station. 


Progress M-49   -   May 25th, 2004


Progress M-50   -   August 11th, 2004


These two Progress missions distinguished themselves by being nominally unremarkable. They served through the middle of 2004 to provide Expedition 9 with vital supplies in support of their 185-day mission.

Soyuz TMA-5/Expedition 10   -   October 14th, 2004

Following the same formula as the prior Soyuz mission to the ISS, TMA-5 carried two crew members to serve on Expedition 10: Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. The third member was Yuri Shargin, who became the first cosmonaut from the Russian Space Forces to fly. Being a military organization dedicated to long range missile defense and monitoring, it is unclear why a cosmonaut from the Space Forces was flown aboard the ISS, but some speculate this may have been for the purpose of systems reconnaissance. 


During approach and docking on October 16th, the crew determined that the automatic docking system was going too fast, and Sharipov took manual control of the Soyuz.


Once docked, the crew overlap period proceeded for just under 8 days, after which the Expedition 9 crew and cosmonaut Yuri Shargin boarded TMA-4 and returned to Earth.


Progress M-51   -   December 24th, 2004

Progress M-50 deorbits and burns up on December 22nd, 2004

The final spaceflight of 2004, Progress M-51 became the first resupply mission for Expedition 10. It docked to the aft port of Zvezda where Progress M-50 had been just a few days prior.


Throughout 2004, a number of station EVAs were also conducted.
Coming up, EVA reports and final remarks on the year of 2004!

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Expedition 8 EVA 1   -   February 26th, 2004

The only EVA conducted by Expedition 8 was cut short due to technical issues with Commander Kaleri's suit coolant system. Still, after the end of the nearly 4-hour spacewalk, the pair completed a good chunk of the planned tasks. 

Throughout the course of the next year, astronauts onboard the International Space Station would be making preparations on the outside of the Zvezda service module to accommodate the European "Automated Transfer Vehicle," or ATV.  This new unmanned vehicle would be able to transport much larger payloads to the station and was expected to be operational by 2006. A combination of software problems and launcher delays pushed this to 2008, however.


This EVA was conducted out of the Pirs airlock. Strela-2, one of the manually-operated extendable cranes, was used on these types of spacewalks to safely move astronauts up and down the length of the Russian Segment.

Expedition 9 EVA 1&2   -   June 24th/29th 2004

The hand full of scheduled EVAs set for Expedition 9 crew Mike Fincke and Gennadi Padalka was originally meant to be performed from the Quest Airlock, problems were discovered with the American EMU suits' cooling systems in May, and the spacewalks were moved to the Pirs Module.

Further problems arose at the very beginning of EVA 1, and the spacewalk was canceled and moved up a few days. The second attempt, EVA 2 was a success. The primary task was repairing a faulty Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) - located on the S1 Truss - that controlled one of the station's 4 reaction gyros.


Expedition 9 EVA 3   -   August 3rd, 2004

Additional modifications were made to the aft end of Zvezda specially designed for the ATV, like antennas, reflectors, and docking targets. Also, externally mounted experiments were swapped out and collected for examination later.


Expedition 9 EVA 4   -   September 3rd, 2004

The two-man Expedition 9 crew completed their final spacewalk by replacing several components on the Zarya module, as well as finishing up installing antennas and handrails to aid in future construction tasks. Manual labor and maintenance done by hand in microgravity is extremely challenging and time consuming. Astronauts and cosmonauts go through months of training and rehearsals to pull off these tasks that would likely take just a few minutes on Earth, but can take hours in space. 



By the end of 2004, there was light at the end of the tunnel finally for the Space Shuttle fleet. The three remaining orbiters were nearing the end of their overhauls, and Discovery was first in the chute being prepped and loaded for launch on STS-114. In keeping with the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's findings and recommendations, every possible effort was being taken to fight the war on Shuttle ascent debris, and STS-114 would serve as a proving ground for this.

Scheduled for July 26th, 2005, STS-114s launch window was carefully selected to provide ground teams and the shuttle crew with the best possible sunlight conditions for viewing the ascent. But in the meantime, the ISS would see one more Expedition change-out, a pair of resupply missions, and more EVA work.

Coming next we enter the home stretch for Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight with ISS Operations of 2005!


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