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.
Many different designs were tried, and many failed.
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.
straight up to about 80km and then when we reached the apoapsis a quick burn to make the orbit more circular and stable.
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.
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.
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!