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Rescuing Jeb

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So my Kerbals cry out for a mission to Duna! But they will only fund it if Jebediah captains the mission.

Problem: Jeb was lost on the first Mun mission when a Munar insertion failed and he ended up in a crazy eccentric solar orbit with 15 degrees of inclination.

So we must rescue Jeb! It took 10+ years and lots of explosions, but eventually it happened.

For the full story see here

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/rescue_jeb/rescue_jeb.html

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Well Jeb made it to Duna! His rover fell off the roof though during Duna insertion. And then he broke a lander leg. He made it back to orbit, but not enough deltaV to get home to Kerbin.

After the 10 years waiting for rescue last time he refused to wait quietly in orbit. He decided on a whim to head for Ike, and when the lander ran out of fuel he decided to EVA down. Would this be the end of Jebediah?

Pictures from this adventure can be seen here:

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/duna_adventure/duna_adventure.html

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A mission to rescue Jeb from Ike was put together at great cost.

Although when Herory got there, Jeb hijacked the landing craft and rover and took them to Duna

instead of returning to Kerbin. The rover is broken but working just well enough to keep Jeb maniacly happy.

Herory returned to Kerbin but found himself without parachutes, SAS, or RCS fuel so he made a dramatic landing on the moon to hang out with his cousin also stranded there.

Pictures and more details here:

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/oddrover/oddrover.html

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I honestly don't remember. I was very new to the game and didn't know about maneuver nodes, etc., so I think I just aimed at where I thought the Mun would be and accelerated blindly. Didn't end well. And I made it worse trying to return to Kerbin (I think that's where the huge inclination came from). Also managed to strand Bob in a similar orbit; after that I got around to doing some research on the proper way to get places.

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Jeb required so much rescuing in my game that I "promoted" him to Commander of the Space Station. Now he sits in a nice safe 120km orbit around Kerbin where I can keep an eye on him and always make sure where he is.

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Sound similar to when I first tried to do a munar flyby, when coming back I ended up stranding jeb in orbit around the sun.

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The Kerbals yearn for a trip to Jool now, but Jeb refuses to budge from his Duna-Buggy.

Thus we have to mount a rescue for Bob who stranded in a similar orbit to Jeb.

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/bob_rescue/bob_rescue.html

Once Bob is back it's time to develop some sort of Jool ship with multiple landers.

That turns out not to be as straightforward as it sounds.

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/jool_ship/jool_ship.html

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Well we gave in to popular opinion and decided to rescue Bob *again*, this time from the Mun.

Our re-designed lander finally managed to land without losing any engines, so the mission wasn't entirely useless.

The Kerbals also had to show a lot of restraint and not re-start the rocket engines while floating in the ocean when waiting for pickup.

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/bob_rescue2/bob_rescue2.html

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not very hilarious for the poor Kerbals involved. You should see my docking skills, I'm even worse at that than I am at Mun landings.

Here's the current update: after various aborts, explosions, and expensive ship redesigns we have our Jool ship poised to leave orbit:

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/jool_assembly/jool_assembly.html

My aforementioned docking skills are so bad I had to abandon my 100 ton lifter as it would take too long to fuel things up that way and I wrote a C program to search the rocket equations to find a workable 400 ton lifter.

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The Jool ship KSPSpaceman Spiff has finally left for Jool with its 13 brave crew members:

  • Bob, Al and Herlong in the Command Module
  • Lodfrey, Aldley, Jenwin, and Kenney in the Planetary Party Lounge
  • Derler, Kellas, and Billy-Bobry piloting the 3 landers
  • Milford, Alfrid, and Ading bravely riding on the outside.

The journey was fairly uneventful, but the aerobraking at the end took some practice.

Derler and friend quickly set out to see Laythe, and find out what the fuss was. It took way more fuel than expected, so as per tradition with our missions, they are possibly stuck there.

Pictures here: http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/jool_finally/jool_finally.html

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Well the Kerbals figured out why we kept running out of delta V. We had unintentionally

entered Jool orbit retrograde. Oops. :(

Various attempts to correct this due to gravity assists led to losing a lander pemanently on Tylo.

A much more successful method of going prograde using Laythe aerobraking went better.

That lander made it to Pol, although much fuel was wasted finding a landing spot where they wouldn't be exploded by a Kraken.

The mothership tried to pick up the crew on Laythe, but the lander didn't have enough deltaV to make orbit! Another lander lost.

So the mothership went on to rendezvous at Pol and managed to dock with the last remaining lander for refueling. Maybe we can salvage what remains of this mission.

Pictures and more details here:

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/jool_disaster/jool_disaster.html

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The Jool mission returned!

Though only half of the initial crew made it back, and they had to be rescued from deep-space Kerbol orbit.

The rescue was made difficult by the upgrade to KSP 25.0 as my standard refuel ship was too heavy and destroyed the launchpad. At least the explosions were pretty while sorting that out.

Of the initial 13 crew, the following made it back safely:

  • Bob: returned safely
  • Al: returned safely
  • Herlong: returned safely
  • Lodfrey: returned safely
  • Aldley: returned safely
  • Ading: landed on Pol, returned safely
  • Lenburry: commanded the rescue craft

Please remember the following brave Kerbonauts did not make it back:

  • Alfrid: crashed on Tylo
  • Billy-Bobry: crashed on Tylo
  • Milford: crashed leaving Laythe
  • Derler: stranded on Laythe
  • Jenwin: landed on Bop, got lost, ended up on Eve?
  • Kenney: with the Kraken on Bop
  • Kellas: stranded on Pol

Complete mission logs and pictures can be found here:

http://www.deater.net/weave/pictures/kerbal/triumphant_return/triumphant_return.html

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