Year 2, Day 5

screenshot193.pngAs Discovery 1 prepares to return from Minmus, Discovery 2 is rolled out!  Discovery 2 will (hopefully) enter orbit, perform a first-ever space rendezvous and (if fuel remains) perform an orbit of Mun! Val will pilot Discovery 2, and rookie engineer Bill will inspect Spacelab for the scientist who has yet to be chosen!  Ideally whoever that is will go up on Discovery 3! screenshot194.png

Orbit is a success!

“”Now let’s see if I can figure out how to rendezvous!  I can barely even spell that!”
-Val

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Val finds a good place to meet up with Spacelab, and fires the engines at just the right time!screenshot201.png

This is Bill Kerman… transmitting from Spacelab!  All systems seem functional.  It sure is lonely in here though – send someone up soon please!”
-Bill

As Bill gets comfy in Spacelab, Val plots a course to Mun!screenshot202.png

I still have over 2000 d/v of fuel… plenty!
-Val

 

 

 

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Year 2, Day 4

While Jeb and Bob research Minmus, final preparations are made on Spacelab, the Kerbal States’ first space station! screenshot187.png

Launched on top of a Discovery rocket, the space station slowly lumbers into the sky, piloted entirely by antenna.

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Near disaster!  During the launch, the entire rocket flips over around 40k – the gravity turn was not done well!  Thankfully the rocket recovers, and orbit was achieved! screenshot191.png

Thanks to the Kerb-Sat network the station remains in constant contact with Mission Control!  Now it just needs a crew!

Year 1, Day 417 (Spacelab Announced)

spacelab.pngDesign work begins on an experimental space station!  The station will be launched once Jeb returns from Minmus.

The station, to be called “Spacelab” will be a test of long-term habitation of space as well as testing an orbital radar array and other scientific equipment.

“Now hiring: scientifically minded Kerbals with a great deal of patience!” -Sign posted on the door to the Astronaut Center