Year 7, Day 370 (CryoLab / Crew Cryogenic Research Lab Announced!)

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KSEA scientists announce they have developed a potential new way to keep Kerbals alive (and fed, and watered, and oxygenated) on very, very deep space missions… freezing them!

On paper it seems to work fine, but before sending Kerbals into deep space and hoping they come out OK it is decided an experimental lab will be launched on the next Heavy Cargo Shuttle launch!

Resolute will carry up the new Cryogenic Study Lab… not surprisingly, several Kerbals have already volunteered for the very dangerous and highly experimental research lab!

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Year 7, Day 367 (Explorer 4 Moves To Lower Orbit of Dres)

screenshot162.pngThe initial orbit selected by KSEA has proven too high (147km) and Val adjusts the orbit with some well timed burns!

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The new orbit, 30km should allow us to conserve fuel for landings… sure feels close too!

-Val

screenshot166.pngOrlas EVA’s over to the lander without waiting another second!

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Wow!  Dres looks like a darker Mun… the Sun being so small doesn’t look right!

-Val

Year 7, Day (Kerbol Two Solar Research Probe Launches!)

screenshot133.pngThe mighty Jool II Rocket blasts off, carrying the Kerbol 2 Two Solar Probe into orbit!

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KSEA and KOAA both worked on the Solar Research Probe, which should allow unparalleled looks at Kerbin’s sun, Kerbol!

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KSEA also hopes that the Atomic Rocket Motor-based design and an all new Probe layout will provide the blueprint for future missions! screenshot143.png

Kerbol 2’s second stage fires, which will take the craft out of Kerbin’s sphere of gravity into Solar orbit!  screenshot144.png

The protective fairings eject!

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In 15 days the craft will maneuver for Kerbol itself! The solar arrays and communications dish fully deploy.

Year 7, Day 346 (Resolute Launches After Refit!)

screenshot119.pngThe Heavy Cargo Shuttle (HCS) Resolute launches!   Mirphe volunteers to pilot the refitted Shuttle!

This will be the first flight after the major refit done to overhaul the craft, which included:

  • Improving flight characteristics both on launch and return
  • Upgrade the launch vehicle to provide more power.
  • Increase the launch vehicle recoverability.
  • Adding cool lights.

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This is also the first flight of the refitted HCS Launch Vehicle!

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Mirphe pilots Resolute into an 100k orbit, then plots a course to rendezvous with the Kerbin Space Station!

 

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“I’d call that a success!  Taking Resolute back down to the surface now!”

-Mirphe

screenshot126.pngMirphe sets Resolute to Landing Configuration – the spacecraft’s 3 Air Brakes deploy, and the Elevons are all locked. At 25k the craft switches to Flight Configuration, and prepares to approach the landing strip at KSC!

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“Tracking looks good… speed at 1400 m/s and dropping!”

-Mirphe

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Mirphe fires Resolute‘s maneuvering engines to line up the shuttle with the landing strip!

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Resolute touches down!

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“Perfect landing.  The Refit appears to check out – Resolute flew great!”

-Mirphe

Indeed, KSEA is very pleased at the new HCS Refit!  Plans are made to upgrade the other Heavy Cargo Shuttle, Enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 7, Day 345 (Kerbol Two Solar Probe Designed)

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A joint effort between KSEA (the Kerbin Space Exploration Administration) and KOAA (the Kerbin Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) has led to the development of the next solar probe, Kerbol Two!

With greater heat shielding and with the increased range of the massive Jool II rocket combined with the very efficient Atomic Rocket Motor this new solar probe has nearly twice the range of the previous Kerbol One probe!