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So, I finally got around to sending a re-designed U.S.S. Enterprise to Eve. I realized that they key to ensure maximum science (and potential funds) gains was not to expand the station into one mega-craft, as I have already established it was too risky. No, the key was to send a fleet of as many ships as I could while the launch window was open. Here's a list of what I already sent so far.

  • U.S.S. Enterprise --> crew of seven (3 scientists, 2 engineers, 2 pilots), buttload of fuel and science gear and relays, not designed for landing.
  • 2 x "Weather Satellites" --> has surface scanners to check for ore deposits on both Eve and Gilly. Will put in polar orbits upon arrival.
  • 1 x Gilly Lander --> 3-man lander (send unmanned), capable of landing on the Mun and Minmus and back, intended for Gilly. May be too large for Gilly, so set landing speed to 0.2 m/s.
  • 1 x "Transfer Pod" --> crew capacity of seven (send unmanned), intended to get crew on and off other ships (has claw for smaller ships or the Enterprise.
    • I may just leave the Enterprise in Eve orbit and send the crew back in the pod if I have enough fuel in the pod.
    • WARNING: if I send the pod to Eve's surface, it's stuck there forever.
  • 1 x "Eve Rover" --> crew capacity of 5 (unmanned), Mun rover modified for Eve re-entry and landing.
    • Landing tests on Kerbin resulted in rover intact.
    • Has drills and ore converters
  • 1 x "Gilly Probe" --> small unmanned lander destined for Gilly.
  • 1 x "Eve Surface Probe" --> unmanned probe with buttload of science meant for Eve.


Do you think I'm missing anything? I already have relays at Eve, so I think I'm good coverage-wise.

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@obney kerman isn't that was us fellow Kerbalnauts do all the time, take chances? As much as we can minimize them, the risks will still exist. I already managed to splash a small probe onto Eve. Though it landed in the explodium and not the solid land, I'm (somewhat) confident that I can put my rover on solid ground when the time is right.


Aside from that issue, anything I'm missing? 

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