Year 7, Day 344 (Explorer 3 Leaves Kerbin for Duna!)

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The Explorer 3 spacecraft heads out for Duna!  Edan, Glenica, and Sean make themselves comfortable for the long journey to the distant red world of Duna!Explorer3Patch

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Year 7, Day 139 (Resolute Blasts Off for KSS!)

screenshot49.pngMirphe, Gilian, and Sean launch in the Resolute on a service mission to the KSS!

screenshot52Resolute (which was recently given nifty navigational lights) is the first of two Heavy Cargo Shuttles operated by KSEA.  Due to a planning oversight on Station Life Support a Heavy Cargo Shuttle was chosen to carry an emergency life support mission to the station!

“This payload is pretty heavy, there won’t be any room in the fuel budget to spare this mission!”

-Mirphe

screenshot56.pngThankfully Resolute eventually arrives the station… and not a moment too soon!

“Wow – I forget how big the Heavy Cargo Shuttle is until I see it up next to the Kerbin Space Station – these are some large spacecraft being docked!”

-Mirphe

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Success!  Resolute docks with the KSS, at the Utility Docking Port!  Station Crew immedeatly start moving supplies over to the station.

“Nice docking Mirphe!”

-Jeb

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Resolute undocks, leaving the supply module attached to the station.

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“Time to head home – call the Space Center if that module gives you any trouble!”

-Sean

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Resolute screams through the clouds, heading toward the Space Center!

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“Going pretty fast! Hold on everyone, this might be a bumpy landing!”

-Mirphe

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Resolute touches down, and at the last moment veers slightly off the landing strip!

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“Hmph!  Almost a perfect mission!”

-Mirphe

 

Year 6, Day 329 (Explorer 4 Mission Announced, Crew Selected!)

Explorer 4.pngThe next Explorer mission is green-lit, Explorer 4!   This will be the first exploration craft to Dres, and will also be testing the Explorer Crew Vehicle, the successor to the Duna Crew Vehicle, with greater range and more advanced life support systems.

Explorer 4’s mission will be to reach and orbit Dres, land on the surface, return to the Crew Vehicle, then return to Kerbin!   For fuel purposes the lander will remain in orbit of Dres.

Val has been chosen as Mission Commander, Orlas will be the Engineering Specialist, and Robart will be the Mission Science Specialist!

Another awesome patch is commissioned for the crew:

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Year 5, Day 59 (MunBaseOne Life Support Mission!)

screenshot1521.pngA 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!

screenshot1522.pngThe 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!

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The new module rockets down to the surface, then starts rolling along toward MunBaseOne!

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“I see it out the window! It’s almost here!”

-Sean

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It takes some maneuvering, but the module gets into position…

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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!