Well, I’ve spent some time resting of late, due to health problems. Which means that I’ve played a lot of KSP, as well as 0ad, which might feature in a future blog post.
I’ve been working to achieve the eventual goal of a Kerballed (manned) munar mission. I was disappointed by my progress – both of my more recent efforts using my White Rock 1 rocket failed, due to the rocket tipping over on landing, even though the surface was mostly even. As a response to that, I tweaked my rocket, resulting in a slightly heavier, slightly more powerful, design:
White Rock 2, shortly after takeoff
Basically, it is the same as the old design, but swaps the older, vertical lander, for a design which is more compact and, importantly, broader:
White Rock 2 lander, orbiting the Mun
This means that it is less prone to tipping over!
Since then, I’ve completed several Munar missions!
A Munar landing!
There was also some spectacular re-entry visuals, since I’m using slightly more modern hardware that can cope… which might feature in a later blog post.
A slightly modified White Rock 2 lander, on another patch of the Mun
A near miss