The Return to Ike
Normally we wouldn't spend so much time hanging out on Ike, but we
got this large contract to build an orbiting space station there.
So why not? It needed two pilots, some power, room for 6, and a docking
port. Plus it had to stay in position for at least 10 seconds which I think
even our skilled kerbalnaut corps could manage.
We even included a lander, maybe we could stop by and rescue stranded
Bob, and who knows even stop by Duna? What's that ominous laughter
we're suddenly hearing, I hope it's not the Delta-V foreshadowing police.
Let's try out some of our nice new orange tanks we have going. The solid
boosters are needed as our thrust/weight wasn't enough to take off (really
should do the math in advance).
Things are being piloted by Corbin and Lonie with new Scientist Pabella.
Hmmmm, this seems... suboptimal.
More struts! Plus an aero-shell on the front, not sure if that is modeled
at all in this version but why not.
Wow, a perfect Korolev... hexagon? Well it looks cool anyway.
And we made it to the Duna system! I left out the part where we waited in
orbit for 300 days to get a better launch window. At least with room for
six they had some space to spread out.
I think we're going to like Ike less and less as this continues.
Messing with the orbital parameters, and, Oh no! That ship zipping off
there is Jeb, whose ship just got flung out of the system due to an
unexpected Ike encounter! We thought he was in a more or less stable
parking orbit. Blast, I suppose he'll want to be rescued at some point.
Ike Station Zebra has been put in place! Contract fulfilled!
Corbin wants to see if he can rescue Bob. I suppose. Maybe you want
to top off on fuel first? No?
I'll save you the disaster story. Insufficient power,
landing in the dark, no RCS/SAS, oh and when we built the lander
we managed to put the crew compartment on upside down so all the controls
were flipped. Fun, especially without a retrograde maneuver node indicator.
The fact we managed to land while only losing one engine is a testament
to something, maybe we should call landing on your side like that
the "Corbin Maneuver".
Despite it all, Corbin managed to land within 5km. Bob is excited by the
prospect of rescue.
A long EVA later and they meet up here!
Needless to say all attempts at taking off failed horribly, even when we
realized we could disable one of the engines manually. Part of the problem
was Bob was trying to hang onto the ladder for takeoff (no room inside!).
We did manage to right the lander, and then wait patiently for future rescue.
At least maybe we can finally complete the transmit-science-from Ike contract?
Yes hooray! And maybe transmit some surface sample science? Insufficient
power. Well, nice try.
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