Probe Fleet, Away!
Well we've assembled a fleet of probes in orbit, let's launch
them as their launch windows open.
First, we're starting to run a bit low on funds (wasting lots of money
on elaborate ships, as well as hiring new kerbonauts to replace the ones
who haven't been coming home). Let's take on a few contracts. Hmmm,
a space station around the Mun, how bad can that be?
Wait a minute, 1000 units of monopropellant and 4000 of fuel?
What are they planning? I hope not to secretly launch to Laythe
while no one is looking (ala 2010). Anyway
Off we go with Scientist Gwenlin and Pilot Sherbert! First a quick
re-launch (needed room for 8, not 7, oops) and away they go!
There were some massive shimmies during the launch but we made it OK!
Check out that view from the coupola:
Looking nice, but wait, didn't make the contract? 4000 fuel doesn't count
oxidizer? What are they going to do with fuel and not oxidizer? Urgh.
I guess this calls for a *sigh* refueling mission.
Can we get our refueler to Munar orbit with at least 2000 fuel left?
Turns out the answer is yes and the docking wasn't anywhere as horrible
as it could have been. I have to admit though this is the most ridiculous
space station ever, even pulling ahead of IkeStationZebra in that metric.
Anyway, with that aside and contract fulfilled, the launch windows
are opening, time to launch some probes!
First to Eelo. A big pain trying to find a window that doesn't slam right
into Jool first, as right now (10 years 79 days) they are very close
Next our fancy extended Jool probe complex. A shame all the firings
are in the dark:
Looking good and unfurling the solar panels:
There's a few weeks until the Dres window opens. Let's do some
Here's Robert hanging in there in the inner system:
- Valentina and crew still on Gilly? Sorry about that.
- Bill and Detrix partway to Duna? Let's course correct so
you have an actual Duna encounter.
- Robert coming back from Moho? Hmmmm no Kerbin encounters any time
soon but lets give you a plane change to maybe help a bit.
- Jeb? Still lost in space, as per usual.
Finally a burn to Dres and... wait. Can't seem to get any sort
of encounter. This is not going well, lots of wasted time.
Had hoped we could find one after a mid-course correction.
This isn't good. We might have to give up and launch yet another probe.
Oh well, 4 out of 5 isn't bad.
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