KSEA announces that mission planning for the next Duna crew has begun! Explorer 3 will be piloted by Edan, with Glenica as the mission Science specialist and Sean as the mission Engineering specialist!
A resupply mission to MunBaseOne is launched on a Sarnus V rocket! This is the first time a resupply mission has been attempted to the base. With supplies running short on the first Mun settlement, if this mission isn’t a success the crew will have to evacuate to Unity Space Station in orbit!
The mission will do much more than just resupply the station. With any luck the installation of oxygen and water scrubbers and purifiers will let supplies on the station last much, much longer. Another item on the wish-list for KSEA planners is a better vehicle for delivering colonies to the surface of Mun. The present design works, but is wasteful and tends to create a lot of debris!
The new module rockets down to the surface, then starts rolling along toward MunBaseOne!
“I see it out the window! It’s almost here!”
It takes some maneuvering, but the module gets into position…
Then docks with the base! The new systems should keep the base running for some time. Glenica, Sean, and Bill all report the air is much easier to breathe!
Aurora 16 is rolled out to the launch pad, carrying Edan, Sean and Glenica… and blasts off!
After orbit is achieved, the docking and transposition maneuver completed, course is set for Mun where orbit is easily achieved!
“We’re all getting pretty good at this!”
The lander goes down… this is the first test of the automated landing systems!
Success! Sean and Glenica hop out and say hi to Bill on MunBase One! Meanwhile in orbit, Edan prepares to head back to Kerbin!
“It really is weird heading back to Kerbin by myself! ”