Year 3, Day 107 (Frontier 2 probe to Sarnus Launches!)

screenshot103.pngFrontier 2 launches!  Unlike the first Frontier Probe, “2” will take a less direct and more fuel efficient journey to Sarnus.  If calculations are correct, it will enter the Sarnus system with nearly 4,000/dv of fuel remaining… hopefully enough for plenty of maneuvering in the distant planetary system!  The cost is time: the journey will take much longer than Frontier 1: nearly 2.5 years!

In a fit of excitement, KSEA authorizes the construction of 4 more Frontier Probes!  The massive expenditure will be occupy most of the funding for quite some time, however several promising transfer windows are opening up soon: Neidon and Urlum!  The other two probes will remain in a parking orbit of Kerbin, and are tenatively planned to survey Eve and Duna!

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Year 3, Day 104

mscreenshot95.pngThe Mun Surveyor is launched, and heads to Mun!  Engineers are hopeful the probe will help find a good location for a permanent ground base on Mun!screenshot93.pngThe Surveyor is on it’s way!screenshot95.png
Upon arriving at Mun, the Surveyor begins… surveying!  Results should be in soon for a good colony site on Mun!

Year 3, Day 60 (Mission to Sarnus Planned)


While doing some math (maths? Math.) at the KSC break room, a group of KSEA engineers have a sudden realization.  A launch window for Sarnus is coming up… in nearly 30 days!  Engineers work quickly to throw together a probe that can get there in time.

“We’re not sure if we can get it in orbit – but we can definitely use the body of the Kerbin Surveyor probes as a starting point… we’ll get right to work!
-Bill, Senior Project Engineer

Year 3, Day 15

The Crew Shuttle Adventure blasts off from the Space Center!   Mitster and Jeb both pilot the craft.  This will be a mission of many “firsts”:the first orbital mission of the Crew Shuttle, the first docking with the Space Station, and the first crewed re-entry of the shuttle!screenshot815.png

Because the Crew Shuttle doesn’t have any solar or other power generation methods, it can’t remain in orbit for too long before docking. Future upgrades will likely include better onboard power.screenshot818.png

Adventure achieves orbit, and manuevers to the KSS! Meanwhile on Kerbin, sea vessels recover the orbital launch vehicle.  As before, the craft is recovered for almost all of its construction costs!screenshot820.png

Adventure docks with the KSS!  The two crews say hello, then the shuttle detaches.  Everyone is a bit nervous.. this is the first time a crewed shuttle will re-enter Kerbin’s atmosphere!screenshot826.png

Rentry goes very well… But as the craft gets close to landing, it starts rotating strangely – tests will need to be done to determine why the craft partially lost control!    Thankfully Mitster is able to correct for the rotation.

Adventure sets down at the space center! While the mission wasn’t perfect, it was a success!

Year 2, Day 422

screenshot770.pngThe X-5 blasts off, carrying Mitster and Robart to the next anomaly detected by the overhead satellites.

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“Huh – readings indicate it’s down in that mountainous valley – this landing will be tricky!”
-Mitster

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“Whew!  Close one!”
-Mitster

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“Huh. Look at that!”
-Bob

The two head back to KSC to share their findings – some Kerbals want to build research centers around the planet to study these strange anomalies!