The Jool Surveyor blasts off, heading to Jool! The trip will take just 1 year and 331 days!
KSEA commissions the development of several new Surveyor class deep space probes – Neidon Surveyor, Urlum Surveyor, Sarnus Surveyor, and the Jool Surveyor. Like Duna Surveyor, these deep space probes are designed to map the surface of deep space bodies to allow a more scientific approach to exploring space!
Frontier 5’s computer is instructed to commence its burn to Jool! The probe will reach Jool around Year 6, Day 200, after a journey of 2 years and 370 days!
If calculations are right, specifically encounter Jool’s innermost moon, Laythe! After the Laythe flyby, an attempt will be made to circularize orbit in the Joolian system. Having never attempted such a thing, no one knows how it will go down!
Frontier 5 launches! Several of the Frontier Probes have now launched out of ‘order’ – however the numbers of the Frontier Probe missions match with construction, not launch date. Frontier 5’s mission to Jool will start in just 4 days!
Frontier 8, the probe to Moho is rolled out to the launch pad! With a launch window coming up in 60 days, scientists are hopeful that the Frontier-probe design will be tough enough to survive a trip so close to the sun! The launch goes well, and Frontier 8 sits in orbit, waiting for the launch window in about 60 days!
3 other Frontier Probes remain in storage: Frontier 5 (Jool), Frontier 6 (Duna), and Frontier 7 (Neidon.)
Work also begins on Frontier 9, a survey probe for Minmus!
Additionally, construction starts on Aurora 13! Aurora 13 and 14 will carry two different crews beyond Kerbin’s sphere of influence as training for the long flight to Eve. The entire KSC complex is abuzz with gossip regarding who the “Explorer 6” will be! Even if a Kerbal is chosen to be one of the 6… only 3 Kerbals will ultimately be Explorer’s crew! However, the runner up crew will most likely be in line for the next Deep Space Vehicle!