DunaManiac Posted March 14 Share Posted March 14 (edited) I've been thinking about the next step beyond Cornerstone's completion. The next step would be to set up a station and a mining base on Minmus to serve as a launching pad for future missions. However, in the near term is MASS: the Moon Advanced Survey Strategy. It involves a series of probes and manned missions to explore the Mun and Minmus to gain suitable information about them to launch bases. This includes the shadowy Project DEPTH, of which considerable resources will be expended towards. But first, the Program launches its first Mun probe - an orbital surveyor and impactor called the Mun Impactor and Orbiter (MIO) It involves by far the smallest rocket I've launched in this save (it feels like returning from a long Hiatus that every rocket I build is overkill). Took an agressive gravity turn, so we start feeling some heat. One of my great joys in KSP is designing probes. I'm not sure why. However, I love to subvert the simple antenna dish + okto + solar panels + battery + engine that most people use. It contains some rudimentary survey equipment, and an impactor. A burn is undertaken to speed the impactor on it's way once we've reached the Mun. The impactor unfurls its short range antenna, as well as a prominent boom. The purpose of this boom is to slightly extend the life-time of the probe, so that it can measure the force that the surface imparts on the impactor. By taking into account the velocity and angle of the impactor, we can then make a rough estimation of the surface texture (hard, soft, granular, dusty, etc.) and an estimate at composition. Cheaper than a lander, I suppose Several minutes later, the Mun Impactor and Orbiter conducts orbital insertion, where it will continue to survey the Mun for the next 6 months. In addition, I designed a couple of probes: Spoiler MASS 1 - An upgraded version of MIO. Mass 2 - A Mun lander, combined with a small rover that will use the central lander as a recharging station. Notice the cargo ramp. And finally, the Minmus Operations Coordinator. This satellite will form the nucleus of all further operations around Minmus. It'll function as the primary relay from Minmus to Kerbin all other satellites in the region, as well as future manned ones. It's outfitted with the most advanced scanners that the Program possesses. Unlike the other satellites, it's designed specifically to be serviced by future manned missions to keep it going for as long as it's repairable. Edited March 14 by DunaManiac Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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