Captain Kerbal

Category: Computers

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


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


Returning to home!


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!


Rescue mission!


Waiting patiently


Heading for the ship!


Where is the ladder?


Smile for the camera 😀


Back home!








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!

It’s time for another photo dump!

This is what I’ve been up to since I last posted:


Yet another tourism/crew training flight…

Although I don't think I could de-orbit his vessel...

I recovered a stuck scientist from orbit!

More plane experiments!

More plane experiments!

A semi-successful munar landing...

A semi-successful munar landing…

More plane flights with my new and improved plane...

More plane flights with my new and improved plane…

Some more rovering ensued as well!

Some more rovering ensued as well!

He survived...

I found a slide!

I found that I could go rather high with the new engines :D

I found that I could go rather high with the new engines 😀

I now have one extremely overpowered plane!

I now have one extremely overpowered plane!

Hopeful 1, and more…

This is pretty much a photo dump from my latest KSP efforts.

I started off doing some more rovering.

It seems to be all over the map...

Tundra? I can almost see the KSC from here!

It appears that there’s Tundra near the shore occasionally!

I also flew some more flights:

In this case, from the jettisoned boosters

Explosions are good 😀

Or an astronaut-in-training

Enough room for two tourists

(Don't roll!)

Although there are a few risks…

Sometimes it goes a bit more smoothly

Sometimes it goes a bit more smoothly

And designed and built a 3t payload orbiter, the Hopeful 1.

3t payload orbiter...

Introducing the Hopeful 1

In this case, a *rather* large engine

Some strange payloads…

Proof of orbit

Proof of orbit

I sent a couple of probes off into the unknown… they might yet be destined for greater things (fingers crossed) like Duna visits, depending on how well I fly them, although one will probably be landed on the Mun. The first didn’t have any science equipment, though, so it’s a bit of an experiment.

A munar flyby!

A munar flyby!

I learnt how to do intercepts, and recovered Oblas Kerman from a low Kerbin orbit:

He's in the *other* command pod...

Oblas is almost recovered

It's been a long, long time...

Oblas on his way back to Kerbin

And did some more tourists flights in my bulk kerbal carrier, although I’m also using it for crew training:

Hitchhikers *not* allowed!

Hopeful 1b, kerbal carrier

In space

In space

There's room for more...


To break things up a bit, I did some more flights in my trusty basic ‘plane…

Jeb is happy to be alive again... that was *not* an easy landing

Jeb is happy to be alive… that was *not* an easy landing!

… and some more in my not-so-trusty Lifter 1.

This plane is a bit unstable...

Heading to the north pole!

It looks cold out there...

It looks cold out there…

Taking some surface samples at the north pole

Taking some surface samples at the north pole

It has an unfortunate tendency to get stuck in a flat spin, especially at high altitudes and high airspeeds. Which means I have to abort and use the parachutes (they are there for a reason!). Least it doesn’t fall apart, though, like some earlier attempts…