With getting into orbit now a routine procedure, and getting back a cinch with a parachute, it is time to plan a Mun Fly-by. Our resident artist was employed to write up a spreadsheet with the numbers for just how much DeltaV we need to get where but his imagination got away from him and he gave us this:
Kerbal Cheatsheet – Great site
It turned out to be quite useful and allows us to plan the craft we build. We have achieved and Jeb currently lives in low Kerbin Orbit (4550m/s). to go from there to the mun will require a further 860m/s + 310m/s, plus some for the return depending on the route we take and allowing for mistakes.
Valentina stepped up to the plate and after our designers had finished we had a rocket that would take us to orbit and beyond. Science would be limited on this first trip, but hopefully we could learn enough to get Jeb Home. We reached Orbit and began to plan our way to the moon.
Now it was down to Valentina to execute the plan.
There was fuel to spare and she was on her way, there needed to be a course correction but she would make that after some well needed rest. The mood was tense and she had played her part perfectly.
After the correction was executed, the trajectory looked like this
It looked like the plan was going to be perfect, a near Mun pass and then return to Kerbin. The return was going to be hairy but the trip would be worth it, Valentina had nerves of steel.
Kerbal Tracking sent her the plan a and she did the manouevers making course corrections and matching the trajectory required. It was a 4 day trip over all, due to waiting for orbits to be in the correct place. and then the moment arrived.
This was the glorious sight of Kerbin in the distance as we were about to make a pass by the moon. Valentina started to do the required science as she got even closer to the Mun, this was transmitted back to us and all was well. She even went EVA to do some unscheduled experiments, and then… Disaster!
Kerbal tracker Edmundo noticed that Jebs ship had moved dangerously low and was about to re-enter kerbins atmosphere. What had happened here? All attention moved to Jeb, he told Edmundo that he had executed the burn as instructed! He had recieved the plan at the same time as Valentina and this meant his stable orbit decayed. Edmundo wished him well in the afterlife and switched the channel back to Valentina…
Nothing but static….. Bad to Worse… Valentina and Jeb were gone. There would be an enquiry and it would blame pilot error…