Captain Kerbal

Category: Kerbal Space Program

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 ‘nukeย 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

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

More Moon missions

I’ve flown some more moon missions!

Visiting both the Mun and Minmus ๐Ÿ˜€

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

Minmus was with a leftover probe, which touched down, then fell over ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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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!

It’s time for another photo dump!

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

Whee!

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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...

Inside

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…

A very plane update…

Although it looks strangely familiar :)

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this…

I’m back to playing KSP! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s been a while, but since I set up my machineย specifically for KSP, it seemed a waste not to use it. Although it’s still very much in need of some love, aka some proper controls

I’ve mostly been doing fairly standard tasks – flying tourists, testing parts, and taking temperature measurements in my plane. Highlights include doing an orbit mission which ended at the south pole, and having a bit of fun with a rover…

I like the new flame effects :D

Look out below!

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This wasn't the easiest bit of flying I've done so far...

Landing at the south pole!

Although only on Kerbin?

I can place flags now!

That's a *big* crater...

Heading out on another flight.

Which I later crashed...

My rover!

My rover (mostly) survived...

Note to self: don’t try jumping off the end of the ramp…

That made a mess...

Whoops!

Note the additional parachute being tested!

Another tourist flight…

Luckily they are well away from the rocket!

This is the ejected boosters colliding.

Note that there's room for a tourist as well!

My new, extra fragile crew carrier