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KASDA mission log | 143-147 (Part 1): Launching the first interplanetary base to Ike

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Overview:

Kerpton (kerp-tawn) Future Media was a software development company which created the popular singing synthesizer program "Kertsune (kert-SOO-neh) Miku", which many Kerbals had used to make their own songs. But lately, its founder, Hiroyuki Kerman, had considered starting a space program after playing a realistic space simulator for several months. Using the wealth he had acquired from selling so many copies of music software, he started a new organization called the Kerpton Aero-Space Development Agency, and hired several young aerospace engineers. This thread will document the various missions of KASDA.

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KASDA insignia, depicting a green onion (negi) flying through space

KSP Version: 1.1.3 (originally 0.20.2)

Mods currently in use: Kerbal Engineer, Kerbal Alarm Clock, Precise Maneuver, MechJeb, Ambient Light Adjustment, Flight Manager for Reusable Stages (doesn't seem to be for 1.1.3 anymore but I have a copy), Kerbpaint (with update for 1.1.3), Docking Port Alignment Indicator, Near Future Construction, Asteroid Day, Habitat Pack, HyperEdit (for testing only), TAC Fuel Balancer, Trajectories, Taurus HCV, RCS Build Aid, Environmental Visual Enhancements, Scatterer, Stock Visual Enhancements, Kopernicus, Outer Planets Mod, Pood's OPM-VO, Planetshine, in-game Transfer Window Planner, Engine Lighting, Flag Decals, Kerbal Inventory System, NavHud.

Useful calculators: Launch window calculator, Aerobraking calculator, Parachute calculator

Robotic programs:

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[KERTSUNE] low Kerbin orbit satellites (Kerpton Electronic Research/Testing Satellite Using a Number of Experiments)

[Songbird] Kerbostationary communications satellite network

[Moon Princess] Mun/Minmus probes

[starlight] Heliocentric probe

[Wish] Duna/Ike probes

[Dawn] Eve/Gilly probes

[Mouhou Project] Moho probes

[Wanderer] Jool system/solar escape Outer planet flyby probes

[M/IKU] Mapping/Identification Kethane Units

[Electric Angel] Ion-propelled probe

[Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-01] Unmanned rocket SSTO

[Peregrine Falcon] Asteroid probes

[World is Mine] ISRU/mining program

[Snow Fairy] Eeloo probes (prior to materialization of Outer Planets)

[Song Princess] Next-generation communications satellites

[Hikari] Dres probe (non-ion)

[Emerald] Jool system probes

Program name explanations

Crewed programs:

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[Kujita] 1-Kerbal capsule

[Nebula] 3-Kerbal capsule

[Futurelab] 10-Kerbal space station (formerly 6)

[Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-02] 1-Kerbal rocket SSTO

[Reusable Crew Vehicle] 5-Kerbal reusable spacecraft

[Futurebase] Small outposts on Kerbin's moons

[Moon Rabbit] Moon landers for larger crews

[Project DIVA] Designing Interplanetary Vehicle Architecture

[Project DIVA F] Designing Interplanetary Vehicle Architecture - Fission propulsion

[Negi Star] 8-Kerbal spaceplane launched on a rocket

[Mirai] Replacement for Futurelab: a new 24-Kerbal LKO space station

[MIKU] Modular Interplanetary Kolonization Units (not to be confused with M/IKU)

  • [Hope Base] new Minmus/Mun bases
  • [Iwaki Base] Ike base

Program name explanations

 

Mission list

(1-100)

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* Imageshack became terrible, so the images were either lost, or I was too lazy to make back-ups. Sorry.

Mission 01: KERTSUNE (Low Kerbin Orbit satellite, successful)

* Mission 02: KERTSUNE-2 (Low Kerbin Orbit satellite, successful)

* Mission 03: KERTSUNE-3 (Polar Kerbin Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 04: Songbird-1 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, failed)

Mission 05: Songbird-2 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 06: Songbird-3 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 07: Songbird-4 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 08: Moon Princess 1 (Low Munar Orbit probe, successful)

Mission 09: Kujita-1 (crewed LKO capsule, partial failure)

Mission 10: Kujita-2 (crewed LKO capsule, successful)

Mission 11: Moon Princess 2 (Low Minmus Orbit probe, successful)

Mission 12: Moon Princess 3 (Munar lander probe, successful)

Mission 13: Starlight (Heliocentric probe, successful)

Mission 14: Kujita-3 (crewed LKO capsule, successful)

Mission 15: Kujita-4 (crewed LKO rendezvous with Kujita-3, successful)

Mission 16: Songbird-5 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 17: Songbird-6 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 18: Songbird-7 (Kerbostationary Orbit satellite, successful)

Mission 19: Moon Princess 4 (Munar lander + rover probe, successful)

Mission 20: Moon Princess 5 (Minmus lander + rover probe, failed)

Mission 21: Moon Princess 6 (Minmus lander + rover probe, successful)

Mission 22: Wish-1 (Dunar orbiter probe, successful)

Mission 23: Kujita-5 (crewed Munar orbit and return, successful)

Mission 24: Dawn-1 (Eve lander probe, successful)

Mission 25: Kujita-6 (crewed Munar landing and return, successful)

Mission 26: Kujita-7 (crewed Minmus landing and return, successful)

Mission 27: Wish-2 (Duna lander probe, successful)

(The success/failure status of a mission no longer applied after Mission 27, because of quicksaving/back-up saves.)

Mission 28: Nebula-1 (3-crew LKO capsule)

Mission 29: Nebula-2 (3-crew LKO capsule)

Mission 30: Nebula-3 (crewed LKO docking with Nebula-2)

Mission 31: Mouhou Project (Moho fly-by probe)

Mission 32: Futurelab core module (LKO station module)

Mission 33: Nebula-4 (crewed LKO docking with Futurelab)

Mission 34: Futurelab power module (LKO station module)

* Mission 35: Dawn-2 (Eve orbiter probe)

* Mission 36: Futurelab node module (LKO station module)

* Mission 37: Nebula-5 (crewed LKO docking with Futurelab)

* Mission 38: Wanderer-1 (Jool fly-by and atmospheric entry probes)

* Mission 39: M/IKU-01 (Polar Kerbin Orbit satellite)

* Mission 40: Futurelab expansion module 1 (LKO station module)

* Mission 41: Futurelab expansion module 2 (LKO station module)

* Mission 42: Wish-3 (Ike orbiter probe)

Mission 43: Dawn-3 (Gilly lander probe)

Mission 44: Futurelab expansion module 3 (LKO station module)

Mission 45: Futurelab expansion module 4 (LKO station module)

Mission 46: Wish-4 (Duna rover probe)

Mission 47: M/IKU-02 (Polar Minmus probe)

Mission 48: Mouhou Project 2 (Moho orbiter probe)

Mission 49: Electric Angel (Dres orbiter probe)

Mission 50: Wanderer-2 (Jool orbiter probe + Laythe lander probe)

(Logs for missions 50-56 are in a separate blog)

Mission 51: Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-01 (uncrewed rocket SSTO)

Mission 52: Reusable Prototype Vehicle Type-02 (1-Kerbal rocket SSTO)

Mission 53: Reusable Crew Vehicle 01 "First Sound" | RCV Flight 01 (5-Kerbal reusable spacecraft)

Mission 54: Mouhou Project 3 (Moho lander probe)

Mission 55: Reusable Crew Vehicle 02 "Mirrored Sound" | RCV Flight 02 (crewed LKO docking with Futurelab)

Mission 56: Reusable Crew Vehicle 03 "Circulating Sound" | RCV Flight 03 (crewed LKO docking with Futurelab)

* Mission 57: Moon Princess 7 (Minmus rover probe with scientific equipment) NOT CANON ANYMORE

(Using imgur albums now)

Mission 57: Futurebase-1 (Minmus base module)

Mission 58: Futurebase-2 (Minmus base module)

Mission 59: Moon Rabbit 1 (crewed Minmus landing)

Mission 60: Futurebase-3 (Munar base module)

Mission 61: Futurebase-4 (Munar base module)

Mission 62: Moon Rabbit 2 (crewed Munar landing)

Mission 63: Project DIVA (Designing Interplanetary Vehicle Architecture) (crewed Gilly landing)

Mission 64: Peregrine Falcon (asteroid retrieval probe)

Preparing for 1.0 (crew return, Futurelab de-orbit)

Mission 65: Moon Princess 7+8 (Polar Mun/Minmus ore scanning probes)

Mission 66: "World is Mine" (Minmus/Munar ISRU refueling demo)

Mission 67: Negi Star flight 01 (Spaceplane test flight)

Mission 68: Mirai core module (LKO station module)

Mission 69: Negi Star flight 02 (8-Kerbal spaceplane to station)

Mission 70: Mirai node 01 (LKO station module)

Mission 71: Mirai S0 truss (LKO station truss)

Mission 72: Mirai S1 truss (LKO station truss)

Mission 73: Mirai P1 truss (LKO station truss)

Mission 74: Mirai P2 truss (LKO station truss)

Mission 75: Mirai S2 truss (LKO station truss)

Mission 76: Mirai lab 01 (LKO station module)

Mission 77: Mirai node 02 (LKO station module)

Mission 78: Mirai lab 02 (LKO station module)

Mission 79: Mirai lab 03 (LKO station module)

Mission 80: Mirai lab 04 (LKO station module)

Mission 81: Negi Star flight 03 (8-Kerbal spaceplane to station)

Mission 82: Negi Star flight 04 (8-Kerbal spaceplane to station)

Mission 83: Snow Fairy 1 (Polar Eeloo orbiter probe)

Mission 84: WiM-2 (Minmus ore miner/refinery)

Mission 85: WiM-3 (LKO propellant depot)

Mission 86: WiM-4 (Minmus-Kerbin-Minmus tanker)

Mission 87: Hope Base 1a (MIKU-01) (Minmus base module)

Mission 88: Hope Base 1b (MIKU-02) (Minmus base module)

Mission 89: Moon Rabbit 3 (crewed Minmus landing)

Mission 90: Negi Star flight 05 (6-Kerbal spaceplane, transfer to MR-3)

Mission 91: Project DIVA 2nd - Duna Transfer Module (crewed Duna mission component) [note: renamed to "Kasei Maru"]

Mission 92: Negi Star flight 06 (4-Kerbal spaceplane transfer to PjD 2nd)

Mission 93: Project DIVA 2nd - Duna Lander Module (crewed Duna mission component) [note: retroactively renamed to "Duna Rabbit 1"]

Mission 94: Project DIVA 2nd (crewed Duna landing)

New Worlds, New Challenges (introducing Outer Planets Mod + Visual Enhancements)

Mission 95: Song Princess 1 (Kerbisynchronous communications satellite)

Mission 96: Song Princess 2 (Kerbisynchronous communications satellite)

Mission 97: Song Princess 3 (Kerbisynchronous communications satellite)

Mission 98: Song Princess 4 (Minmus synchronous communications satellite)

Mission 99: Song Princess 5 (Minmus synchronous communications satellite)

Mission 100: Song Princess 6 (Minmus synchronous communications satellite)

(101-current)

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Mission 101: Hope Base 1c (MIKU-03) (Minmus base module)

Mission 102: Hope Base 1d (MIKU-04) (Minmus base module)

Mission 103: Hope Base 1e (MIKU-05) (Minmus base module)

Mission 104: WiM-3a (LKO depot expansion module)

Mission 105: Moon Rabbit 4 (crewed Minmus landing)

Mission 106: Negi Star flight 07 (6-Kerbal spaceplane, transfer to MR-4)

Mission 107: Wanderer-3 (Plock flyby probe) [Part 2]

Mission 108: Wanderer-4 (Neidon flyby probe) [Part 2]

Mission 109: Wanderer-5 (Urlum flyby probe) [Part 2]

Mission 110: Wanderer-6 (Sarnus flyby probe) [Part 2]

Mission 111: Project DIVA Extend - Ike Lander Module (crewed Ike mission component) [note: renamed to "Duna Rabbit 2"]

Mission 112: Negi Star flight 08 (4-Kerbal spaceplane transfer to PjD Extend)

Mission 113: Project DIVA Extend (crewed Ike landing) [Part 2, Part 3, Part 4]

Mission 114: Song Princess 7 (Munar semi-synchronous communications satellite)

Mission 115: Song Princess 8 (Munar semi-synchronous communications satellite)

Mission 116: Song Princess 9 (Munar semi-synchronous communications satellite)

Mission 117: Emerald-1 (Jool orbiter + atmospheric probe) [Part 2]

Mission 118: WiM-5 (Munar ore miner/refinery)

Mission 119: Hope Base 2a (MIKU-06) (Munar base module)

Mission 120: Hope Base 2b (MIKU-07) (Munar base module)

Mission 121: Moon Rabbit 4 flight 02 (Minmus to LKO [to pick up crew] to Mun)

Mission 122: Negi Star flight 09 (6-Kerbal spaceplane transfer to MR-4)

Mission 123: Emerald-2 (Bop + Pol orbiter/lander) [Part 2]

Mission 124: Hope Base 2c (MIKU-08) (Munar base module)

Mission 125: Hope Base 2d (MIKU-09) (Munar base module)

Mission 126: Hope Base 2e (MIKU-10) (Munar base module)

Mission 127: Moon Rabbit 4 flight 03 (Mun to LKO [to pick up crew] to Mun)

Mission 128: Negi Star flight 10 (6-Kerbal spaceplane transfer to MR-4)

Mission 129: Song Princess 10a/b/c + Wish-5 (Ike comsats + scanner) [Part 2]

Mission 130: Negi Maru habitation module (interplanetary mothership component)

Mission 131: Negi Maru cargo module (interplanetary mothership component)

Mission 132: Negi Maru tank module (interplanetary mothership component)

Mission 133: Negi Maru propulsion module (interplanetary mothership component)

Mission 134: WiM-6 (Minmus miner/tanker)

Mission 135: Negi Star flight 11 (crew retrieval for Project DIVA Extend [113])

Mission 136: WiM-7 (Dres asteroid miner/tanker, docking to Negi Maru)

Mission 137: Dres Rabbit 1 + 2 (crewed Dres landers, docking to Negi Maru)

Mission 138: Negi Star flight 12 (8-Kerbal spaceplane transfer to Negi Maru)

Mission 139: Project DIVA F (crewed Dres landing) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 140: Emerald-3 (Vall orbiter/lander) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 141: Emerald-4 (Vall orbiter/lander) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 142: Hikari (Dres scanner) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 143: Nozomi Maru (Kerbin-Duna cargo ship) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 144: WiM-8 (Ike miner/tanker) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 145: Iwaki Base module 01 (MIKU-11) (Ike base module) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 146: Iwaki Base module 02 (MIKU-12) (Ike base module) [stay tuned for further parts]

Mission 147: Nozomi Maru flight 01 (Kerbin-Duna base module delivery) [stay tuned for further parts]

 

(By the way, how do you people take screenshots? I can't move the camera to the camera angle that I want if it is paused, and I can't move the camera and fly the rocket at the same time.)

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Hold the MMB and move the mouse. :)

EDIT: Make sure you're not using Whack a Kerbal! D:

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(made a few retcons, changed Kerpton Future Aerospace into the Kerpton Aero-Space Development Agency, or KASDA)

edit: Imageshack betrayed us all.

edit: and I'm never using RainApp!

Mission 01

Payload: KERTSUNE (Kerpton Electronic Research/Testing Satellite Using a Number of Experiments)

Description: Probodobodyne Stayputnik Mk. 2 satellite bus, equipped with several scientific instruments.

Mass at launch: 0.085 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 01

First stage: Rockomax BACC solid rocket motor (note: chosen for its simplicity and low cost)

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909 liquid engine.

Mass of launcher: 9.565 t

Total mass at launch: 9.65 t

Mission goal: Achieve low Kerbin orbit.

edit 2015.04.27: This is what it looks like:

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While the Onion Stick was on the pad, the Kertsune Miku voice synthesizer did the pre-launch countdown. At T-0, the first stage ignited, and the rocket shot straight up.

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Once the first stage had ran out of fuel, it was jettisoned, and the second stage started burning until the apoapsis of the suborbital trajectory reached 139 kilometers.

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The LV-909​ engine restarted once it got to that altitude, pushing its payload to a slightly eccentric orbit of 604 x 139 km (9.4 deg inclination). The payload separated from the vehicle shortly after engine cut-off, and oriented itself so that its solar panel would face the Sun. Mission successful

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Mission 02

Payload: KERTSUNE-2 (Kerpton Electronic Research/Testing Satellite Using a Number of Experiments 2)

Description: Upgraded version of KERTSUNE, with extra solar panels, equipment, and an LV-1 orbital engine.

Mass at launch: 0.339 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 01

First stage: Rockomax BACC solid rocket motor

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909​ liquid engine.

Mass of launcher: 9.565 t

Total mass at launch: 9.904 t

Mission goal: Achieve a low-inclination, low-eccentricity orbit around Kerbin.

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The rocket launched in the same manner as the last mission, but there was one difference. The second stage would burn until the apoapsis was between 60 and 70 kilometers. The satellite would then be jettisoned so that the upper stage's orbit would slowly decay (unlike the first mission). KERTSUNE-2's LV-1 engine burned a few times, resulting in an near-circular orbit of 390 km (and 0.4 deg inclination). Mission successful

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Orbital map. KERTSUNE-2's orbital path is highlighted in blue.

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edit: Imageshack betrayed us all.

Some sort of forum glitch had erased Missions 03 and 04.

Mission 03

Payload: KERTSUNE-3 (Kerpton Electronic Research/Testing Satellite Using a Number of Experiments 3)

Description: Identical to KERTSUNE-2, but with the MapSat technology.

Mass at launch: 0.359 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 01

First stage: Rockomax BACC solid rocket motor

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909 liquid engine.

Mass of launcher: 9.565 t

Total mass at launch: 9.924 t

Mission goal: Achieve a polar mapping orbit around Kerbin.

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Rocket launch was nominal; second stage engine ran out of fuel while the vehicle was still on a suborbital trajectory, leaving KERTSUNE-3's LV-1 engine to do the rest of the work.

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The final orbit was 186 x 185 km, with a 83.82 deg inclination (thanks to this thread). The MapSat dishes were activated, and KERTSUNE-3 began mapping Kerbin's surface. Mission successful

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Imagery from KERTSUNE-3 will be commercially provided to customers around the world.

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Some sort of forum glitch had erased Missions 03 and 04.

Mission 04

Payload: Songbird-1

Description: A small communications satellite with a single Communotron 16 dish and solar panel arrays.

Mass at launch: 0.351 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

First stage: Rockomax BACC solid rocket motor

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909​ liquid engine with longer tank compared to Mk. 01

Mass of launcher: 10.690 t

Total mass at launch: 11.041 t

Mission goal: Achieve a Kerbostationary orbit.

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First stage flight had no problems, but after the first second-stage engine cutoff, a problem was noticed as the ship approached apoapsis. The vessel didn't respond to any commands. It re-entered into Kerbin's atmosphere, crashing into the ocean. Later it was discovered that the cause was a lack of electrical power brought on by a lack of batteries. KASDA has learned its lesson, and will make sure to include batteries on any future uncrewed spacecraft. Mission failed

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Mission 05

Payload: Songbird-2

Description: A small communications satellite with a single Communotron 16 dish and solar panel arrays and batteries.

Mass at launch: 0.361 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

First stage: Rockomax BACC solid rocket motor

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909​ liquid engine with longer tank compared to Mk. 01

Mass of launcher: 10.690 t

Total mass at launch: 11.051 t

Mission goal: Achieve a Kerbostationary orbit.

Launch occurred without any issues; solar panels were deployed prior to apoapsis burn.

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Upper stage burned until vessel reached a Kerbostationary Transfer Orbit.

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At the apoapsis of KTO after an hour-long coast, the upper stage burned retrograde so it would re-enter the atmosphere. The spacecraft was separated, and increased its periapsis until it was in a Kerbostationary orbit. Mission successful

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There is a plan to expand the Songbird program to a series of satellites for global coverage.

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But for the meantime, Songbird-2 will provide communications services for only one part of the globe.

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Mission 06

Payload: Songbird-3

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission 07

Payload: Songbird-4

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission goal: Establish a rudimentary communications satellite network at Kerbostationary orbit.

No problems with the two launches.

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The communications satellites were eventually placed in their final Kerbostationary orbits. Mission successful

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The Songbird network will provide minimal data relay services for people on the ground and people/probes in space.

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Okay, what's up with these forum glitches? Mission 8 was deleted. Thankfully, I keep a backup of the posts.

Mission 08

Payload: Moon Princess 1

Description: A small probe designed for scientific observations while in orbit around a moon.

Mass at launch: 0.505 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission goal: Achieve a low Munar orbit.

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The OS-02 launched into a low Kerbin parking orbit before boosting towards the Mun. The second stage ran out of fuel during the injection burn, so the LV-1 did the rest.

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Munar Transfer Orbit

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Halfway there

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There was a brief issue before the Munar insertion burn: the spacecraft was inside Kerbin's shadow for quite a while, leaving it with zero electrical power. But luckily, the sun came out as the vehicle passed through periapsis, so the engines burned until it was in an elliptical transfer orbit.

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Then the final insertion burn was performed, placing Moon Princess 1 in low Munar orbit. Mission successful

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Note: When the spacecraft reached its final orbit, KASDA realized that the vessel had a lot of delta-v left. This happened because "Atmospheric Stats" was toggled on the Kerbal Engineer software. In conjunction with this delta-v map (which didn't take Kerbin's atmosphere into account), it resulted in an overestimation of the fuel required for this mission.

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Mission 09

Payload: Kujita-1 (Mk. 01)

Description: A one-Kerbal crew capsule (Command Pod Mk1) that was supposed to use the Onion Stick second stage for orbital insertion and de-orbit.

Mass at launch: 3.755 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Total mass at launch: 11.680 t

Mission goal: Achieve LKO then safely return back to Kerbin.

Pilot: Jebediah Kerman

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First stage had no problems. However, due to an underestimation, the second stage did not have enough fuel to raise the periapsis above Kerbin's surface.

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The command pod separated from the rest of the vehicle, about to re-enter at near-orbital velocity.

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Parachutes were deployed high above the ground.

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The capsule landed almost half-a-world away from the space center. At least Jeb landed safely. Partial failure

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Mission 10

Payload: Kujita-2 (Mk. 01a)

Description: Identical to Mk. 01, but with an ASAS module.

Mass at launch: 3.855 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03

First stage: JKJSPC LV-T30 liquid engine

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909 liquid engine (w/ extended tank)

Total mass at launch: 10.780 t

Mission goal: Achieve LKO then safely return back to Kerbin.

Pilot: Jebediah Kerman

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Finally, the Onion Stick had been upgraded to a liquid first stage. Jeb felt more comfortable flying in a rocket with stages that had been built by his own company.

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Unlike the last mission, Kujita-2 achieved orbit. The capsule's namesake was a rocket scientist named Kujita Kerman.

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Jebediah performed a short EVA, too.

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De-orbit, re-entry, and landing occured almost two hours after launch. Mission successful

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It landed closer to the space center than last time.

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Mission 11

Payload: Moon Princess 2

Description: A small probe designed for scientific observations while in orbit around a moon. (Less fuel and extra batteries compared to MP-1)

Mass at launch: 0.446 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission goal: Achieve a low orbit around Minmus.

MP-1 and the OS-02 upper stage on a parking orbit. The upper stage had to do a small plane change before the injection burn.

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Post-injection burn transfer orbit. Estimated time to the Minmus encounter was about a day.

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Halfway to Minmus.

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MP-2 has entered Minmus's SOI.

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The initial capture orbit with an orbital period of about 1.4 days.

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MP-2 in its final orbit above the icy surface of Minmus. Mission successful

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Mission 12

Payload: Moon Princess 3

Description: A small probe designed to land on a small moon.

Mass at launch: 0.491 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03

Mission objective: Land on the Mun.

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Traveling away from Kerbin:

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After insertion, the second stage lowered its periapsis below the surface before spacecraft separation. MP-3 then re-boosted its periapsis to a 15-20 km orbit at apoapsis, then lowered the apoapsis on the night side of the Mun.

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Beginning the de-orbit burn:

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Almost there...

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...and touchdown! This was KASDA's first landing on another world. Mission successful

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I really like these simple designs and the steady progress. It's also nice to see someone making reasonable sized lifters instead of some oversized monstrosity that's 10X bigger than it needs to be.

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I really like these simple designs and the steady progress. It's also nice to see someone making reasonable sized lifters instead of some oversized monstrosity that's 10X bigger than it needs to be.

Thanks. I like to have just the right launcher for a particular mission. Kerbal Engineer really helps in the planning process, and I practice the flight on another save file before doing it "for real".

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Mission 13

Payload: Starlight

Description: A probe to study Kerbol from a safe distance.

Mass at launch: 0.152 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission objective: Establish an heliocentric orbit between the orbits of Kerbin and Eve.

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Starlight plus the OS-02 second stage prior to the escape burn.

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The transfer orbit after the burn:

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About a day later, Starlight became the first KASDA spacecraft to escape Kerbin's sphere of influence.

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Over 40 days passed until the spacecraft reached periapsis, where the upper stage burned retrograde until Starlight's orbit didn't cross any planetary orbits.

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Separation occurred soon afterward. Mission successful

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Mission 14

Payload: Kujita-3 (Mk. 01b)

Description: Improved version of the Kujita capsule with monopropellant tanks and RCS thrusters.

Mass at launch: 4.525 t

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03-2S

Boosters: Two RT-10 solid rocket motors

First stage: JKJSPC LV-T30 liquid engine

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909 liquid engine (w/ extended tank)

Mission goal: Launch into LKO and serve as a rendezvous target for Kujita-4, then safely return to Kerbin.

Pilot: Jebediah Kerman

This mission features the first use of boosters and launch stability enhancers on a KASDA launch vehicle.

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The ignition of the liquid rocket engine occurred after separation of the SRBs.

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Kujita-3 in orbit:

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Mission 15

Payload: Kujita-4 (Mk. 01b)

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03-2S

Mission goal: Rendezvous with Kujita-3, keep a close distance for several minutes, then safely return to Kerbin.

Pilot: Bill Kerman

Kujita-4 was ready to lift-off about an hour after the launch of Kujita-3.

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After orbital insertion, what followed was a slightly intricate series of burns to rendezvous with Kujita-3. The final rendezvous took place at night, and KASDA had forgotten to put lights on the spacecraft, so Bill had to use his keen eyesight and the ship's onboard computer to meet with the spacecraft. (This was my first rendezvous ever in KSP (I didn't practice beforehand), and I did this all without looking up any specific tutorials, because of my previous experience with Orbiter Space Flight Simulator)

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Flying in formation

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Jebediah Kerman would be the first to de-orbit and land. (This particular shot reminds me of 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

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Jeb landed west of Kerbal Space Center. Mission successful

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Bill zooming past KSC during re-entry.

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KASDA's first water landing. Mission successful

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Landing locations (Jeb/Kujita-3 landed in the west; Bill/Kujita-4 landed in the east). The two missions had taken about one Kerbal day (6 hours) to complete.

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These are very nice, small manageable steps and well documented too. :) Reminds me a lot of my own style of playing, there's not many places that can't be reached by a tiny probe and a nuclear engine with a FLT-800 tank! :D Keep it up!

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You don't even really need a nuclear engine with such small probes. The LV-909 and a small probe engine can take you most places.

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Mission 16

Payload: Songbird-5

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission 17

Payload: Songbird-6

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission 18

Payload: Songbird-7

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 02

Mission goal: Expand the Songbird network to 6 satellites.

(This time, I used the power of math to get the maneuver nodes in the right location.)

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After three launches, the Songbird network was complete. Mission successful

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Thanks for the compliments!

Mission 19

Payload: Moon Princess 4

Description: A moon lander which carries a small, lightweight rover.

Mass at launch: 1.336 t (rover + lander); 0.311 t (rover only)

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03-2L

Boosters: JKJSPC LV-T30 liquid engines (FL-T400 tank)

First stage: JKJSPC LV-T30 liquid engine

Second stage: JKJSPC LV-909 liquid engine (w/ extended tank)

Mission goal: Land on the Mun and deploy the rover.

The first use of liquid rocket boosters on a KASDA launcher:

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After trans-Munar injection:

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MP-4 separated from the upper stage after orbital insertion:

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De-orbit burn; landing struts

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Landed!

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The rover has separated from the landing vehicle and is now driving on the surface. Mission successful

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A closer look at the rover:

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(One thing that annoys me is that my rover keeps hitting invisible bumps on the ground that send me flipping into the air. All but two of the solar panels are broken now.)

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Mission 20

Payload: Moon Princess 5

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03a-2L (with fins for added control)

Mission goal: Land on Minmus and deploy the rover.

First use of fins (with control surfaces)

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After launch and Minmus injection, a correction burn was supposed to take place at the Mun's orbit. But the probe forgot to deploy the solar panels (basically I was too focused on the transfer burn)! And the panels on the rover faced away from the sun, so the spacecraft was essentially dead.

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Sailing past Minmus with no way of burning retrograde. Mission failed

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I hate it when I forget to deploy solar panels... I pretty much always slap a few on the sides of my rockets now, just so that I won't get screwed up if I forget, or if I'm oriented in the wrong direction.

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Mission 21

Payload: Moon Princess 6

Launch Vehicle: Onion Stick Mk. 03a-2L

Mission goal: Land on Minmus and deploy the rover.

A few course corrections had to be performed, the first of which made a Mun encounter that would take place in a year (and it kept flickering on and off, too).

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After the final course correction:

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Capture into Minmus's orbit:

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The initial descent burn:

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Falling towards the surface:

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Landed (antenna opened shortly afterward):

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The rover traversing the frozen lake: Mission successful

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(yet another invisible bump caused all but one solar panel to break)

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