Heavier Payloads…

After the day of mourning for Jeb and Val we thought the most fitting tribute woul dbe to achieve the goal of getting to the Mun. Clearly we needed a ship that can carry more and give us a level of flexibility.

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Many different designs were tried, and many failed.

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Glendine (our new recruit) bravely tested each in turn without complaint. We feel she is definitely the right kerbal for the job. Our efforts to get the science payload into orbit failed again and again however and a re think was required.

Along came our next contract which was a simple (now) orbit of Kerbin while gathering some research for reaction systems inc. The pay was handsome and we might be able to gain some insight into how we could lift these payloads easier…

We got the orbiter plans out of the store and added a few items to make the science easier. A communications unit so we could get the data back for our clients. Glendine was glad of a routine mission after so many close calls.

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straight up to about 80km and then when we reached the apoapsis a quick burn to make the orbit more circular and stable.

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After the science was done it was time to return to Kerbin. A short retrograde burn would allow Glendine to return, followed by the separation of the fuel tanks and engines.

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The capsule and science Jr protected by a heat shield would now start to descend. Kerbal across kerbin would have a light show to remember this night.

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Everything went well, the mission was a complete success. Glendine had stuck a toy kite to the outside of the capsule for good luck and had noticed that it had allowed the ship to ascend easier. Werner von Kerbal slapped his forehead and made a few sketches. Kerbals needed to fly to the Mun!

 

 

 

 

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Mun or bust (Almost 3 days since our last accident)

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:

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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.

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Now it was down to Valentina to execute the plan.

ExecutetheplanThere 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.

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After the correction was executed, the trajectory looked like this

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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.

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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…

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Nothing but static….. Bad to Worse… Valentina and Jeb were gone. There would be an enquiry and it would blame pilot error…

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Perfecting Orbits (2 days since our last accident)

With our new research and cash we decided to get ourselves up into orbit and see what we can learn there. The old tracking station needed a lick of paint and so we spent some of our hard earned cash there, the Inuit builders said they could do a “two-for” and so we got a new mission control as well. Hopefully we will get more civilian contracts now they don’t have to wait in a hut.

Jerimiah as always is our “go-to” pilot for these exploratory missions, he knows where the joystick is in the capsule and he’s not afraid to use it. We needed a ship that could carry more up to orbit and so we carefully crafted the “Karibou Orbiter” craft.

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All went well, our science payloads were strapped to the top and launch went without a hitch. Unfortunately things went slightly wrong after that and Jerimiah had a close escape.

NoReallyUpThe problem was that the science equipment was arranged by our resident artist who decided to make the equipment into an abstract installation called “Life out of Balance”.

FinallyThe third attempt led us to our first science mission into space, Jerimiah was ecstatic and began his science work on board. This was to be his first space walk and so he prepared himself for history after noting how “round” kerbin is.  Unfortunately images of Jerimiah flaoting into space and returning to the ship have not been recorded as the lens cap was left on the outside camera used for that. Science done, he returned to the ship and transmitted everything to ground control. Jerimiah did his final checks. Fuel was Ok, Science was safely transferred, he was ready.

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It was at this point Jerimiah realised there was no parachute installed in the craft. After a long debate it was decided that rescue was the only option, we couldn’t let our boy down…

 

 

 

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The road to Mun (1 day since our last accident)

We need money to get to the Mun, and this means tests and Tourists. The problem we have at the moment is that Tourists die too easily on the outside of the capsules, they tend not to pay when that happens.

That Leaves us the tests.

LawnDartAbove is the final resting place of Kerbal-Test 1 a successful test of the TR-18A stack decoupler led to a short burn up to an altitude of about 2000 m. At this point we deployed the radially mounted parachutes (the second test) and came down to the ground without fatalities! Jerimiah noted “we need to mount them higher up on any future rockets as the pointy bit should face the sky”

 

 

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Kasa Funding and Plans

Today, KASA (Kanadian Astronomic and Space Agency) is announcing it’s first long term goal. Meagre funding from the Kanadian government has hindered the development of technology to explore the kerban solar system up to now, but with the recent manned orbit, and testing of new technology to take kerbals further and faster than ever before funding options have come from private individuals and Companies. Space tourists, Equipment tests, and other lucrative contracts will enable these endeavours to progress and of course this journey will be one of many steps. Orbit was the first step, next comes travel to Mun, but after that… Well…

…I, Karibou have the pleasure of announcing Project “Kerbol Evermore”, a goal which takes us tap tap tapping on the door of our solar power house Kerbol. It is hoped that by studying our star we can learn enough new science to visit other interesting bodies in the system. According to some scientists this study may even yield routes to other stars as we understand more and more…

I would also like to thank the famous rocket scientist Gregorious Knowio for the assistance given to kick start these projects; Without his help we would certainly have needed to introduce conscription to keep the programme going due to the high mortality rate of our pilots and scientists.

Lastly the glaring naming issue has been fixed, the blind signmaker we employed from the far north had been changing the ‘K’ for ‘C’ due to his native inuit alphabet having no ‘K’. With pleasure I confirm that the ‘Caribou’ series of rockets is now the ‘Karibou’ series.

Screenshots and Blooper reels will follow :)

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