Captain Kerbal

Tag: Science

KSP 1.0

And I return to KSP! Albeit only for a look at the latest release…

Now how do I get down?

Climbing is fun, at least until you fall off!

They’ve added a lot. And tweaked quite a few things. Flying planes is now much more fun, and less buggy. It’s possible to burn up a spacecraft on re-entry (not only possible, but easy!). Female Kerbals. That’s probably all that I’ve encountered! Oh yes – and tourists 🙂

At least they survived :)

Tourism is a growing business!

I’ve launched a new game – in KSP, that is – to take advantage of the new features. It’s also so I don’t have to worry about how my various space craft were going to get back through the atmosphere without burning up!

Progress has been slow – I haven’t orbited yet. However, I’ve been taking tourists on various flights, which has proved to be quite entertaining 🙂

I’ve had fun flying a space plane around, too – more details in a future post! It’s been flying around doing science, which is proving to be cheap, although taking off is sometimes more difficult than you would imagine 😦

Nope; I'll need to improve my astronaut's training first.

A cactus! I wonder whether I can take a sample?

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Munar mission – try, try, and try again

< Jeb is sitting in a chair at mission control, flying a probe >

“Hey Bob, have a look at this!”

< Bob wanders over to see what Jeb is up to. He’s holding a mug of coffee >

“What’s up Jeb?”

“I’m doing a short hop on the Mun to the poles – look at those canyons!”

< They both stare at the view provided by the probe’s cameras >

“Wow….”

 

How high are we??

Big hills….

< Bob takes a moment to look at the control panel >

“What’s the small flashing light?”

“What, the low altitude warning light?”

“That one”

< The probe control screen goes black for a second, then reveals a large cloud of smoke >

“Whoops…”

 

I don’t have a lot to say about the mission; basically I stuffed up the last stage of the descent and landed a bit hard, blowing up the engine and one of the landing legs. I had landed successfully, but I touched down in the wrong area – where I had already been. Given that hopping around would leave me with no fuel left to come home on, I was not expecting to be able to do much – but I did expect to be able to explore at least two biomes and transmit from each…

Oh well – more practice required before the fabled manned munar mission…

Munar mission – White Rock 1

I managed to complete a Mun mission, on the second try, about a week ago.

I flew my White Rock 1 unmanned rocket to the Mun.

Ignition in 5... 4...

My Mun capable rocket, ready to launch

The first step in any mission is getting the rocket into orbit. With White Rock 1, this is fairly simple; although the rocket uses asparagus staging, only 1 stage is fully used up during the Kerbin ascent.

The world is very blue...

My Mun capable rocket in orbit with 2 stages left.

After orbiting, I lined up a manuever node, trying to optimise for the most efficient Mun capture. My ‘average’ Mun captures so far have been around 800m/s – which I am quite happy with as I budgeted 860m/s, according to my trusty dV chart. However, that does not include the Mun orbit maneuver, which tends to cost around 300m/s to stabilise an orbit around the Mun.

Now, how to land...

White Rock 1 in Munar orbit

Landing was slightly more complex. On my last mission, I had stuffed up the landing by not burning soon enough – cue large explosions:

Pretty explosion

Early Mun mission gone wrong…

This time, I intended to do it ‘properly’. I got out my pen and paper, and plugged in the (approximated) numbers – 300m/s start speed, 50kn engine, Munar gravity of around 1.6m/s^2, and did my best to land. I burnt too early still – worrying, since I needed that fuel to get home. Next time, I will be more precise… hopefully not too precise 😉

Note the LV-909...

My first Mun landing!

Success! The Kerbals back home could rejoice – oh, wait a minute, it was only a probe. Boring….

After collecting my hard earned science, I headed back home. Mun take off is a breeze, and so is Kerbin intercept. There was a tense moment – I was not sure I had enough fuel to get home. I could have done a quick calculation, but it was too late anyway….

Luckily I had enough for a direct Kerbin entry.

Home sweet home...

Landing in the desert, just after sunset.

With my hard earned science, I then went out and researched some rover wheels – but that is a subject for another post.