Year 7, Day 393 (Endeavor Launches To Check on CryoLab!)

screenshot233.pngEndeavor blasts off!

screenshot234.pngMirphe and Gilian are heading up to the new CryoLab to make sure the crew is doing ok! screenshot237.png

Mirphe pilots Endeavor in slow and carefully toward CryoLab!

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“Almost there!”

-Mirphe

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Mirphe docks Endaevor successfully, and Gillian hops out for an EVA to inspect the station from the outside.

“Things look out from the outside… we’ll have to get inside and make sure everything’s fine there too!

-Gilian

 

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“CryoLab checks out!  All systems are fully functional and life signs for Bob, Shepely, and Lluly are faint but within desired specifications!”

-Gilian

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“OK then – let’s head back to Kerbin and let these guys chill until their 100 days is up!”

-Mirphe

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Endeavor rockets throught Kerbin’s atmosphere!

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“Whew!  That was a fast landing!  Endeavor took a little damage!  We’ll need a little repairs before she flies again!”

-Mirphe

KSEA agrees that it might be time to look at improving the Crew Shuttle’s rentry control systems and upgrade a few other systems while there at it!  A Crew Shuttle refit might be on the way!

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Year 7, Day 206 (Endeavor Returns!)

screenshot73.pngEdan, Samner, Bob, and Glenica all leave the KSS onboard Endeavor.

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The shuttle sets down and the crew takes some much needed time to rest and relax!  KSEA plans to do some minor upgrades on Endeavor before its next launch!

Year 6, Day 296 (Endeavor Launches to Resupply KSS)

screenshot107.pngEndeavor is prepared for a mission to resupply the Kerbin Space Station with Oxygen!  Edan will pilot, and scientists Samner and Glenica will head up to the station for training!  screenshot108.png

The Crew shuttle reaches orbit!

“Now we just need to rendevous and the KSS crew can breath a little easier!”

-Edan

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The docking is a success, and the oxygen tanks are transferred over!  KSEA Mission planners will leave Endeavor docked for the next month, before returning to Kerbin!

 

Year 5, Day 360 (Explorer 2 Launches!)

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The Explorer 2 Crew Vehicle launches, carrying Mitster, Dunwin, and Kimmy into orbit!

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Once in orbit, the crew have a terrible realiziation.  The antenna to allow communication with Kerbin during the mission wasn’t installed!  Thankfully, this is just what KSEA has Crew Shuttles for!

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Endeavor launches, piloted by Val – Chrisnic is the expert engineer that was available, and will install the new antenna on Explorer 2!

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Launching from Shadow Valley is really different – not used to so many mountains surrounding us while we launch!

-Val

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The crew shuttles will be pushing their upward orbital limit on this mission, but planners are certain that its possible! screenshot1716.png

Val rendevouses Endeavor with Explorer 2…

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While Chrisnic installs the Antenna bracket, and the antenna itself.

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Then – back to Kerbin!   Endeavor heads down into Shadow Valley….

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And makes a perfect landing!  In just a few days, Explorer 2 will head to Duna!

 

Year 4, Day 396 (KSS Crew Rotation!)

screenshot1396.pngEndeavor completes a minor refit to its orbital maneuvering system.  Ever since the rear cargo addition was added to the Crew Shuttles orbital handling has been off, it’s hoped that this update will make the craft easier to control during docking!   In addition, air brakes developed during the Heavy Cargo Shuttle Program have been scaled down, and installed on Endeavor.  Hopefully they assist in landing safety! screenshot1397.png

Today, Val pilots Endeavor to orbit, taking Robart and Orlas up to the KSS for a crew rotation!  This might be the last launch to make use of the lower docking ports on the KSS, as engineers are designing a new Observation Lounge for the station, based on designs developed for Explorer 3!   Getting the huge addition into space will help test how practical it will be for the Explorer crew!screenshot1399.png

Endeavor arrives at the KSS!

“This new orbital maneuvering system works a LOT better than the old design.  We should refit the rest of the Crew Shuttles ASAP!”

-Val

screenshot1402.pngShepley, Jeb, Bob depart in the Intrepid, which is due for its own upgrades once it returns to Kerbin! screenshot1403.png

Jeb soars Intrepid down to the runway… screenshot1404.png

…for a perfect landing!

“Let’s get this thing refitted… I can’t wait to try out the new design!”

-Jeb

Year 4, Day 223

256x256-4Things are busy at the VAB!  Resolute and Enterprise are both being refurbished for their next missions, and the Crew Shuttles Endeavor and Adventure are both being outfitted with the second generation launchers!  (Intrepid is currently docked at the Kerbin Space Station – it will be outfitted with a new launcher once it returns!)

Meanwhile, construction has begun on the Duna Surveyor… based off the Mun and Minmus Surveyors, this advanced probe will scan the surface of Duna for future missions!

screenshot1058.pngIt’s now just days until Frontier 1 reaches the influence of Sarnus – Kerbin’s longest range probe has worked well so far… although scientists note that the signal strength  is only at 70 percent. Hopefully this won’t result in any lost scientific data!