Year 4, Day 350 (X-5 Research Mission 1)

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A new research mission to study Kerbin is launched.  The X-5 will be taken out by Mitster and Orlas – recently returned from Eve! A Gravity Sensor is installed in the cargo bay. screenshot1255.png

“Here we go! Reaching optimal altitude for the X-5… 9000km!”

-Mitster

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The X-5 flies over X5RM01-A – and Orlas notices something!

Looks like we made a mapping error – woops!  The X-5 has already explored this canyon, and the Monolith that’s down there!

-Orlas

 

We better keep moving anyway… that looks like it would be a tricky landing!

-Mitster

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X5RM01-B isn’t very far away, and Mitster takes the X-5 down for a landing.  Orlas hops out, and checks the scientific instruments… then the jet takes off again!

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Hey – will you look at that!  One of the ground stations for communications – cool!

-Orlas

Mitster takes the X-5 down to X5RM01-C!

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Certainly there’s some staff at that communications station that could have done this survey?   Ah well.  The X-5 takes off… heading north!

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Better turn on the cabin heaters… it’s getting chilly!

-Mitster

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“Ok – this is the site where orbital sensors indicated a strange anomaly. I’m going out to check it out!”

-Orlas

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Oh wow!  Mitster, get out and check this out!

-Orlas

Orlas runs toward what looks like a crashed … saucer of some kind!

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Mitster puts on the parking brake and climbs out….

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Then runs to meet up with Orlas at the crashed saucer!

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“Wow!  They’ll never believe this back at KSC!  We better take lots of pictures and samples!”

-Orlas

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It’s starting to get pretty late… so Mitster and Orlas take off, and head back to KSC.

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Thankfully, there’s justenough fuel to reach the Space Center!

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Orlas and Mitster hop out of the X-5 and rush to tell the others about their exciting discoveries!  The X-5 is brought in to be refurbished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3, Day 56 – Kerbin Exploration

screenshot29.pngThe newly launched Kerbin Surveyor begins scans of Kerbin – right away several anomalies are detected!  The X-5 is sent to investigate! Mitster and Bill fly there…. quite fast!screenshot63.png

Sadly… they can’t find anything at the site indicated!

“We’re gonna need some more precise readings if we hope to find anything here!  It might help to put a sensor package on the X-5 itself! ”
-Bill

Mitster returns the X-5 to base for refurbishment and the crew for refreshments!

Meanwhile, construction begins on two new crew shuttles – the Endeavor and the Intrepid! Along with Adventure this will raise the number of crew shuttles to three!

Year 2, Day 422

screenshot770.pngThe X-5 blasts off, carrying Mitster and Robart to the next anomaly detected by the overhead satellites.

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“Huh – readings indicate it’s down in that mountainous valley – this landing will be tricky!”
-Mitster

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“Whew!  Close one!”
-Mitster

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“Huh. Look at that!”
-Bob

The two head back to KSC to share their findings – some Kerbals want to build research centers around the planet to study these strange anomalies!

 

Year 2, Day 390 (Mountain Anomaly Mission)

screenshot717.pngThe X5 takes off, heading west to the mountains to investigate the anomaly that satellites detected… the previous attempt to explore this region ended in disaster, when the X4 crashed! screenshot718.pngVal pilots the X-5 past the X-4 crash site, attempting to approach from a different direction!

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Success!  Val sets the X-5 down in a relatively flat area, about 1000m from the Anomaly!

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“The air sure is thin up here… better put on my helmet! ”
-Robart

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Wow!  It’s pretty up here!
-Robart

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“I found it!  Wow!  What could these things be? What could they mean?  ”
-Robart

The two explorers head back to the KSC to share their findings!

Year 2, Day 385 (Pyramid Exploration)

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Mitster and Robart take off in the X-5, heading west!

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The X-5 seems to perform best at an altitude of about 6,000-15,000 – so Mitster keeps it in that range on the flight west. Tje X-5 maintains speeds of around 850 m/s, and even reaches a new aircraft speed record of 920 m/s! 

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“Ok – coming up on the coordinates… wow! Look at that, you can see the structures from up here!”

-Robart

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“Let’s do a pass, then circle around for a landing!”
-Mitster

Robart hops out, as Mitster watches from the cockpit.

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Eventually the two scout the pyramid site – how strange! No doubt pre-ogre Kerbal Civilization built these ages ago!  Robart is able to translate some of the strange writing, and ancient form of Kerbalese:

“My name is Tut-Un Jeb-Ahn, king of kings:  Look on my works, ye MIghty, and despair!”
-Ancient Pyramid Inscription

Confused, the two take several pictures and some samples, before heading back.

“What an odd place – further study is certainly needed!”
-Robart

The X-5 returns to the Space Center, having performed it’s mission perfectly! Once back, the existing X-5 is refurbished, and construction starts on a second!

Year 2, Day 372 (First X-5 Flight)

screenshot651.pngMitster volunteers to be the first pilot to fly the X-5!   screenshot652.png

“Ok – taking off!  WOW!  This thing has quite a kick!”
-Mitster

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Mitster takes off the runway, and banks toward the island airstrip.

“Weeeeeee!”
-Mitster

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“I’ve spotted the runway.   I’m gonna fly past it, and circle around for a landing! ”
-Mitster

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As he flies by the island, Mitster opens the science bay and runs the automated studies.

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“Ok… setting up for a landing! ”
-Mitster

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Mitster lines up for the landing… looking good!

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Success!  The X-5 sets down.

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Mitster hops out, and poses for the cameras!