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KASDA mission log | 140 (Part 2): Vall probe landing

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And here they are:

Mission 37

Payload: Nebula-5 (Mk. 01c)

Description: Testing the replacement of Illuminator Mk1s with Mk2s. (Turns out that they really are weak unless you get very close to the target)

Launch Vehicle: Bottle Mk. 02-2S

Mission objective: Rendezvous and dock with Futurelab.

Crew: Hermy, Guslas, and Shepsby Kerman

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Mission 38

Payload: Wanderer-1

Description: A probe designed to make a fly-by of Jool. It is mainly powered by a radioisotopic thermoelectric generator and carries a small atmospheric entry probe.

Mass at launch: 0.647 t (fly-by probe: 0.417 t; atmospheric probe: 0.230 t)

Launch Vehicle: Bottle Type-01 (from now on, I will refer to it as Type, not Mk.)

Mission objective: Make a low-altitude fly-by of Jool and deploy the atmospheric probe. (Optional objective: Achieve solar escape velocity.)

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Fairing cut-away:

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Travelling through interplanetary space for over a year:

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Jool encounter (13 days to periapsis):

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The atmospheric probe separates from the rest of the spacecraft...

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...in order to put some distance between the two.

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Atmospheric probe about to enter:

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I didn't want to put a Rockomax Brand Adapter 02 giant heat shield, so just pretend that this is shaped like this instead of a box.

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Falling through Jool's atmosphere (parachute always breaks at 500 m). Laythe can be seen in the background.

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(I went back to an earlier quicksave, because I can't switch vessels while in the atmosphere)

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After reaching periapsis, the probe burned its remaining fuel...

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...to place it on a solar escape trajectory.

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Mission 39

Payload: M/IKU-01 (Mapping/Identification Kethane Unit)

Description: A small observation satellite equipped with a Kethane detector.

Mass at launch: 0.739 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Type-05 (first stage: LV-T45 liquid engine)

Mission objective: Establish a low polar orbit around Kerbin to test Kethane-detecting systems.

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Mission 40

Payload: Futurelab expansion module 1

Description: Extra habitation/lab space.

Mass at launch: 6.590 t

Launch Vehicle: Bottle Type-02-2S

Mission objective: Dock to the Futurelab node module.

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Mission 41

Payload: Futurelab expansion module 2

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Mission 42

Payload: Wish-3

Description: A probe designed to orbit Ike.

Mass at launch: 0.269 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Type-05

Mission objective: Establish an orbit around Ike.

Approaching Ike's sphere of influence after having entered Duna's orbit:

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Burning until fuel ran out:

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891 km x 776 km orbit:

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After almost 3 months, KASDA is back!

Mission 43

Payload: Dawn-3

Description: A probe designed for landing on small celestial bodies.

Mass at launch: 532 kg

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Type-05-3C

Mission objective: Land on Gilly.

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Departing Kerbin

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Eve orbital insertion

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Initial Eve orbit

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Transfer to Gilly

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Gilly insertion/de-orbit burn

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The probe separated from the upper stage/service module.

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It used its RCS thrusters to move towards a flat landing spot, while the upper stage crashed onto the surface.

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The first KASDA probe to land on the moon of another planet.

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Next to the crashed stage

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Mission 44

Payload: Futurelab expansion module 3

Launch Vehicle: Bottle Type-03 (first stage: Mainsail)

Just one more module to go.

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Mission 45

Payload: Futurelab expansion module 4

Procedural fairings!

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Futurelab is now complete.

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Great! Welcome back.

I wanted to continue my Yakitori adventure though, but .21 wiped out everything, including my favorite kerbonaut Calald Kerman :(

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Mission 46

Payload: Wish-4

Description: A small, lightweight rover equipped with a detachable heat shield and deceleration system (parachute/thrusters).

Mass at launch: 377 kg (rover); 1131 kg (rover + deceleration system); 1233 kg (rover + deceleration system + heat shield)

Launch vehicle: Onion Stick Type-05-2L

Mission objective: Land on Duna.

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On launch pad

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Leaving Kerbin

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Approaching Duna

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Separation from upper stage

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The parachute was deployed, and the two Rockomax 24-77 thrusters decelerated the craft even further.

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The heat shield was then jettisoned, and the parachute fully deployed.

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After landing on the surface (around 140 degrees west on the equator), the deceleration system was discarded.

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Wish-4 investigating a rock

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Mission 47

Payload: M/IKU-02 (Mapping/Identification Kethane Unit)

Description: A small observation satellite equipped with a Kethane detector.

Mass at launch: 739 kg (3609 kg with upper stage)

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Type-05

Mission objective: Establish a low polar orbit around Minmus to find kethane deposits.

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KerbPaint-enhanced launch vehicle (now it's a proper Onion Stick)

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Approaching Minmus

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Correction burn to place the craft in a polar inclination

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Prior to insertion burn

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M/IKU-02 in orbit

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Kethane deposits

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Originally, KASDA had planned to send this spacecraft to a Munar orbit. But at the last minute, the spacecraft's destination was changed to Minmus.

Minmus takes about the same amount of delta-V as the Mun to get to, but landing and launching into orbit takes less delta-V. This makes it more ideal for mining.

 

 

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Mission 48

Payload: Mouhou Project 2

Description: Moho observation orbiter

Mass at launch: 965.4 kg (4292.9 kg with upper stage)

Launch vehicle: Bottle Type-02a (LV-909 upper stage)

Mission objective: Establish a polar orbit around Moho.

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On launch pad

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What's inside the fairing (the second stage was later jettisoned and de-orbited)

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Approaching Moho after a few correction burns to place it into a 90 degree inclination

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Insertion burn

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Mouhou Project 2 in orbit

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Mission 49

Payload: Electric Angel

Description: Space probe with an electric xenon-ion engine, Gigantor XL solar arrays, and communications dishes.

Mass at launch: 1615 kg

Launch vehicle: Bottle Type-02b (48-7S upper stage)

Mission objective: Establish a polar orbit around Dres.
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In low Kerbin orbit, attached to upper stage. The upper stage burned on the night side of the planet, where the solar-powered ion engines wouldn't work.

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20-minute correction thrust in interplanetary space (used x4 physics warp)

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Encounter with Dres

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Almost an hour of decelerating (x4 physics warp again)

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Initial orbit

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The spacecraft also had a RCS system to provide some extra delta-v.

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Electric Angel in a low circular orbit around Dres

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Mission 50

Payload: Wanderer-2

Description: Probe designed to explore the Jool system, with a small Laythe lander attached to it.

Mass at launch: 1641.2 kg (1282.5 kg + 358.7 kg Laythe probe)

Launch vehicle: Bottle Type-02a (LV-909 upper stage)

Mission objective: Enter into an orbit around Jool, deploy the Laythe landing probe, and conduct fly-bys of all of Jool's moons.

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Launch

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Spacecraft, attached to upper stage, leaving Kerbin

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Jool encounter

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Orbital insertion:

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Initial orbit with a Tylo encounter

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After a small course correction, the spacecraft would slingshot around Tylo towards Laythe.

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Tylo fly-by

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Laythe probe jettisoned

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Laythe probe making a course correction. At this point I realized that I forgot to put science parts (e.g. barometer) on the probe. Oh well.

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Descending towards Laythe

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Plasma during atmospheric entry

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Parachutes deployed

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Parachutes fully deployed

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Landed on Laythe (with the Sun and Tylo in the background)

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Laythe fly-by

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(In order to rendezvous with the various moons of Jool, course corrections were usually made at Jool periapsis (Oberth effect makes it easier to change prograde/retrograde velocity) or at the ascending/descending nodes of a target body.)

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Second Tylo fly-by

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Vall fly-by

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Pol fly-by (Pol's a bit far in the picture. And dark.)

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Second Laythe fly-by

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Fly-by of Bop, the fourth moon of Jool

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Closer look at Pol

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The spacecraft was moved into a stable orbit that was unlikely to encounter any major moons.

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Close-up of the flag

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There used to be something here about the suborbital test flights that took place before the first mission. I wanted it to seem like a prequel, with version 0.20 and no fairings. But later I thought that it didn't look too good and so I deleted it. Sorry.

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KASDA is now in a separate blog!

Mission 51 - experimental unmanned SSTO

Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-01

Description: A robotic vehicle designed to reach low Kerbin orbit without jettisoning parts (single stage to orbit) and return to the surface. It contains a toroidal aerospike engine for great efficiency in the atmosphere and in space.

Mass at launch: 12002.5 kg

Mission objective: Launch into low Kerbin orbit, then de-orbit and land near the space center.

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Going straight up until reaching an altitude of 10 km

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Gravity turn

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The RPV Type-01 in a stable orbit of 70 km

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UI screenshot for proof

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After one orbit was completed, the spacecraft deorbited on the opposite side of the planet from the mountains west of the space center. (note: This took several trial and error attempts, most of which landed in the ocean. I'm considering using the Mechjeb autopilot mod for the maneuvers that are too precise to be done manually.)

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Plasma during atmospheric re-entry

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Parachutes deployed at about 23 km above sea level

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Fully deployed at 500 m above the surface

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And thus concluded the flight of KASDA's first SSTO.

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Mission 52 - one-Kerbal rocket SSTO

Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-02

Description: A single-stage-to-orbit vehicle capable of carrying one Kerbal into low Kerbin orbit and back.

Mass at launch: 25545 kg

Mission objective: Launch into low Kerbin orbit, then de-orbit and land near the space center.

Crew: Newmin Kerman
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For the first time, the MechJeb software was installed on the spacecraft; however, its autopilots were not used. More on that later.
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The craft ascended with two toroidal aerospike engines, connected to the main fuel tank via Radial Attachment Points (in suborbital test simulations, the Stack Bi-Adapter tended to fall off when the parachutes fully deployed).

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Vessel in stable 70 km orbit

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Watching the sunrise from the inside

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MechJeb's landing autopilot tended to waste too much fuel. Instead, a maneuver node was set up, and MechJeb showed the predicted landing site. A manual de-orbit burn occurred at the node. Any deviations from the landing site were corrected using short and careful bursts of the engines. Final predicted landing site was 2 km west of the space center.

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Re-entry

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Deployment of the six parachutes caused the predicted landing site to shift to about 9 km west of the center.

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Landing gear down

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Touchdown

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Newmin Kerman stands beside the vehicle.

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ZodiaK said:
love the vocaloid-themed mission names

They're not all Vocaloid-themed. Here's an explanation:

KERTSUNE: Kerbalized version of Hatsune (Miku) [note: If you don't know who she is, click here. And Vocaloids are basically a kind of singing synthesizer program.]

Songbird: Not really Vocaloid-themed, just music-themed in general

Moon Princess: The Japanese lunar probe is nicknamed Kaguya, who is a Moon princess.

Starlight: Taken from this Miku song (titled "space infrastructure")

Wish: Literal translation of Nozomi, the Japanese Mars probe (which failed to enter Mars orbit)

Dawn: Literal translation of Akatsuki, the Japanese Venus probe (failed to enter Venus orbit but will make another attempt in 2015)

Mouhou Project: not Vocaloid-themed; a pun of Touhou Project (but I haven't played any games in the series and don't really plan to)

Wanderer: Named after this track

M/IKU: Obviously a direct backronym

Electric Angel: Named after this song (but I prefer the trance remix; it's more fitting for an ion probe travelling through space)

Reusable Prototype Vehicle: possibly based on JAXA's suborbital Reusable Vehicle Testing program

Peregrine Falcon: Literal translation of Hayabusa, the Japanese asteroid sample return probe. There is also a song about it, but I prefer this version.

World is Mine: it's a well-known Miku song.

Snow Fairy: the song "Snow Fairy Story" (but "The 9th" is the one about Pluto)

Emerald: this doesn't really have to do with anything other than "jewels" (i.e. Jool)

Kujita: Kerbalized version of Saki Fujita (her birthday was yesterday - October 19), voice sample provider of Hatsune Miku.

Nebula: Named after my first favorite Miku song

Futurelab/Futurebase: (Miku (ミク) sounds like a nanori reading of future, 未来, normally read as "mirai"[2])

Reusable Crew Vehicle: CV (Character Vocal) series by Crypton Future Media (Kerpton is a Kerbalized version), of which Miku is a part of.

- RCV-01 "First Sound": what "Hatsune" literally translates to

- RCV-02 "Mirrored Sound": see here

- RCV-03 "Circulating Sound": see here

Moon Rabbit: East Asian folklore

Project DIVA: Hatsune Miku rhythm games (but I've never played one because I'd rather just listen to the songs instead of playing a rhythm game)

Negi Star: green onion (although some people translate it as "leek" but I'm not sure because I do notice a difference between the two); NASA/Lockheed Martin has a supersonic aircraft concept which coincidentally looks like one.

Mirai: See Futurelab/Futurebase. It's also a recreation of an add-on project I'm doing for the Orbiter simulator.

Hope Base: the Japanese module on the ISS is known as Kibo (hope)

Song Princess: literal translation of "utahime" (songstress/diva)

Hikari: Dawn is the only probe to visit Ceres, and is also the name of a character from Pokémon; Hikari [light] is the Japanese name of the latter.

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Mission 53 - 5-Kerbal reusable spacecraft

Reusable Crew Vehicle 01 "First Sound" | RCV Flight 01

Description: A reusable spacecraft which is capable of carrying 1 pilot and 4 passengers into low Kerbin orbit and back.

Mass at launch: 4990 kg

Launch vehicle: Symphony-5k Type-01

(reusable SSTO booster with 5000 kg payload capacity)

Mission objective: Launch into low Kerbin orbit, then de-orbit and land near the space center.

Crew: Newmin Kerman, Henly Kerman, Lemfrid Kerman, Patwin Kerman, Wilke Kerman

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"Symphony-5k" SSTO booster on launchpad

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Launching into orbit on five toroidal aerospikes. (Started using MechJeb's ascent autopilot this time; 50+ manual launches got tedious)

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RCV-01 "First Sound" decoupled from booster, in a 71 km orbit.

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The Symphony-5k booster was de-orbited and recovered near KSC.


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Landing solely with parachutes

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Once in orbit, the capsule is propelled solely by RCS thrusters.

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Top-down view of the spacecraft. The pilot module is in the front, while the passenger module is in the back.

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Inside the passenger module

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After completing two full orbits, the spacecraft was brought home. Three parachutes were added instead of four to save some mass, but this caused the spacecraft to tumble slightly due to the asymmetrical configuration. This was corrected by the SAS on board the pilot module. This particular spacecraft will be retrofitted with four parachutes (on the pilot module instead of the passenger module) the next time it flies.

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From left to right: Newmin (pilot), Henly, Lemfrid, Patwin, Wilke

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KASDA plans to construct two more RCVs in addition to "First Sound".

 

 

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Made some retcons:

Reusable Prototype Vehicle -> Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-01

Reusable Crew Vehicle Type-01 -> Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-02

Reusable Crew Vehicle Type-02 -> Reusable Crew Vehicle

Also changed the founder's name to Hiroyuki Kerman (formerly Keroyuki Ito). The Kujita capsule is now named after Kujita Kerman (formerly Itoki Kujita).

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Mission 54 - Moho lander

Mouhou Project 3

Description: A probe designed to land on Moho.

Mass at launch: 650 kg (7352 kg with upper stage)

Launch vehicle: Symphony-10k Type-01

(reusable SSTO booster with 10000 kg payload capacity)

Mission objective: Land on Moho.

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The Symphony-10k launch vehicle is propelled by nine aerospike engines.

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Mouhou Project 3 and its upper stage, separated from the launcher

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It was realized that a powered descent using MechJeb's landing autopilot only costed about 350 m/s in delta-v. So, that landing method was used instead of the parachutes (which added more mass to the vehicle and weren't as effective at slowing the craft before it reached the ground).

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Upper stage performing trans-Moho injection

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Arrival at Moho

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Initial orbit

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At apoapsis

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Lander in circularized orbit

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De-orbit burn

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Falling towards the surface

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Landed on Moho

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Return of Nebula-4 and 5:

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(Nebula-4 and 5 were undocked from Futurelab and safely returned to Kerbin.)

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Mission 55 + 56 - New crew for Futurelab

Mission 55 | Reusable Crew Vehicle 02 "Mirrored Sound" | RCV Flight 02

Mass at launch: 5140 kg

Launch vehicle: Symphony-5k Type-01a

Mission objective: Rendezvous and dock with Futurelab.

Crew: Lemfrid, Seezer, Harsey, Hermy, and Kelvan Kerman

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Viewing the launch from the pilot's seat

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The retrofitted Symphony-5k performs a powered landing back onto the launch pad.

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RCV-02 rendezvous/docking with Futurelab

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Mission 56 | Reusable Crew Vehicle 03 "Circulating Sound" | RCV Flight 03
Crew: Newmin, Aldely, Patwin, Wilke, and Milsted Kerman

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Lazor Docking Cam + Docking Port Alignment Indicator

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Futurelab is now home to 10 Kerbals.

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