Captain Kerbal

The End

I haven’t posted in three months, nor do I intend to post after this. I’m calling it a day 😀

I’m not going to stop playing KSP, or RCT, or working on my various projects. But all things must end, and this seemed as good a time to wrap up as any!

These screenshots are all from a Mun rover, which performs fairly well on the Munar surface thanks to the wheel changes in 1.1.2. It’s been running along quite happily, and reached the north pole fairly recently, a long way from the equatorial starting point!

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Home!

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Looking suitably excited

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Floating boulder 😀

Minmus-flavoured

It’s been a while since I last posted!

  • Debris recovery from Munar orbit
  • Tourist flyby of Minmus, and a Munar landing
  • Landing Jeb on Minmus

The Minmus expeditions were particularly pleasing, as I gained around 1300 science – not bad for one Kerbal and minimal equipment! I’m still flying Optimistic-based vessels, so 10t payloads are the order of the day.

I’m planning on attempting to send something to Duna, as there is a good launch window coming up in the near future – I’ll be using an Optimistic 1, possibly with a ‘nuke as the interplanetary stage. The plan is to send at least a probe onto the surface, and either keep another in orbit, or return – depending on how much fuel I have left. I may be able to send more than one probe, which would be fun (Ike, anyone?).

Exercising the CLAW(tm)...

Yet another recovery, this time with a return planned for the debris!

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Safe and sound!

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A Minmus-bound rover

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On Minmus! (looking top heavy…)

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Tourist flyby of Minmus

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Another Munar trip

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Landing on Minmus!

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Jeb looks pleased… he probably enjoyed the low gravity

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Heading home

Pronounced Dead

The iMac has finally been declared dead. I’ve donated the motherboard, the hard drive now lives in my grandmother’s computer, and the aluminum frame has been sold to a scrap metal merchant – only the power supply lives on (which is another story altogether).

It was not unexpected; I had already mentioned my possible plans for it. It seems like a good use for the parts… better than throwing them in the bin, anyway.

Happy new year!

Happy new year!

I’ve spent some more time playing KSP, so I thought that I would share my progress.

First, I flew some general crew-roster missions; I needed a scientist back on Kerbin!

Also, with my very fishy space station

A docked Hopeful 1

But no heating, strangely?

Re-entry effects are back!

Then I took Jeb and a plane for a stroll.

Note the new cockpit on the plane!

Exploring the abandoned airfield.

Next up was a mission to put a base on the Mun, capable of holding 5 Kerbals. Needless to say, I only sent one (Valentina), who is still stuck on the Mun…

Note the ... interesting ... configuration!

Heading to the Mun!

A short (1h) stroll from Valentina's landing spot.

Note the arch!

And planted a flag :D

Landed!

A particularly productive mission, as Valentina jetted into the nearby crater. However, the contract was not fulfilled; apparently, landed on the Mun is not ‘near’ the Mun 😦

I then sent Oblas up on a science-gathering mission, which was quite successful.

Note the stuck fairing...

Another Munar mission, this time a return trip…

I was happy that my ship proved quite stable!

Oblas, on a slope

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Returning to home!

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Landed back on Kerbin 😀

A break

I’ve been having a break from KSP, simply because I’ve been doing other things; namely, working on the Toshiba Project, and playing around with an old Palm Pilot VIIx.

Not much really…

I probably won’t be playing any KSP for the next couple of weeks, at least. Hopefully I use that time wisely, and either make progress on the Toshiba Project (HDD investigations at the moment) or with the Palm Pilot. If I do something really exciting, I might even share about it here! 😀

More Moon missions

I’ve flown some more moon missions!

Visiting both the Mun and Minmus 😀

The Mun visit was to recover a Kerbal, and practice landings…

Minmus was with a leftover probe, which touched down, then fell over 😦

Note to my future self: Land on the ice patches, not in a valley!

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Rescue mission!

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Waiting patiently

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Heading for the ship!

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Where is the ladder?

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Smile for the camera 😀

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Back home!

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Minmus-bound

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Minmus!

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Landing…

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Touchdown is imminent

Space stations, rovers, and rescues

I’ve been reasonably busy of late, so I haven’t had a huge amount of time to spend on KSP – on the other hand, I’ve also (somehow!) managed to get a lot done!

  • Jool-bound probe (test mission)
  • Put a couple of scientists in Munar orbit, for the duration… although I think I could get them back, if needed.
  • Flew a couple more recovery missions
  • Landed another probe on the Mun
  • Landed a probe and rover on the Mun (not quite as I intended…)
  • Put a “space station” into Kerbin orbit
  • Docked with said space station
  • Recovered a Kerbal from Munar orbit, and flew a couple of tourists by the Mun at the same time
Actually an experimental 10t payload; Jool just happened to be in about the right place

Jool bound probe

With two scientists!

Munar science outpost, orbiting the Mun

Munar bound!

Hopeful 1, heading into orbit

Heading to the Mun!

With a mystery payload…

Quite a way up, still...

Rover in Munar orbit

Before a series of... mishaps... which involved the loss of the monoprop tanks!

Rovering on the Mun!

And a docked

A space station!

Also to rescue a stuck astronaut...

A tourist vessel, Munar bound!