Shortly before launch, the final plans for the next MunBase are released: MunBase One!
With funds running low, another MunBase launch is attempted. The new base is designated as “MunBase One.”
Because of the negative associations with “Alpha” from the MunBase Alpha disaster, KSEA felt a new name might be best. Also, it uses less room on those patches.
The launch is successful… and MunBase One’s fairings eject. This time, large solar arrays like those on Explorer and the KSS deploy to help keep the base powered on its journey to Mun! Additionally, the capacitors have been removed, and a new battery, combined with a longer range relay antenna, are located at the center of the base!
Finally, MunBase One arrives at Mun! Mission Control orders the flight computer to begin its decent.. .
Success! MunBase One sets down! Just under 100 meters from the initial planned site… close enough!
Up in orbit, the crew gets ready to head down and check things out! Edan and Bill climb into the lander, and head down! (Historians note this is the first time that a Mun Lander has been used more than once!)
The lander sets down at MunBase One!
“Everything looks like it set down OK! I’m going to head inside and see if everything’s OK!
Huh. Looks like the base set down about 50m from where it was supposed to! No matter… we’ll just move the flag!
Bill and Edan pose for a nice landing portrait, then Bill heads inside the Base. Edan scurries back to the lander for shelter!
“Things look fine in here! I think we’re “Go” for you heading back up Edan… I’ll keep an eye on the base until the next crew rotation arrives!”
The plan is for Edan to return to the Aurora 15 Spacecraft and head back to Kerbin with Bob! Bill will remain until the MunBase One crew is assigned!