Year 16: Fundsraising
plus all the disasters you're accustomed to
Well we fast-forwarded through much of Year 15 and suddenly we're in
the midst of Year 16.
Viremma and Robert are in sight of Jool and they're *really* happy about it.
Of course due to some poor planning they're in a really annoying almost-polar
orbit. And for some reason they brought an ore scanner along. Well if we're
polar we should at least try to use it. No luck. Shouldn't we at least
get some science for finding out Jool has no surface?
Our contract involves a Pol landing. Due to the poor orbit we really
don't have enough Delta-V. We might if we patiently waited for the orbits
to line up, but we just aren't that patient. So, let's make an
expensive and awkward burn to Pol's elusive SOI:
Well we did check off the Pol flyby contract, but at best we're only
going to get 1/4 of this more elaborate contract. The lander didn't have
enough delta-V either, and transferring the fuel from the lander to the
main ship wasn't enough either.
Now Robert and Viremma are in a very strange orbit of Jool, hopefully
they can hang out here without getting ejected
until we can mount some sort of rescue.
On the bright side, we got enough funds to expand the R&D center!
Meanwhile Macie, who was commanding the first, failed, Jeb rescue, is
approaching Eve. I'm not sure why Eve is so much easier to hit than Kerbin.
It turned out we had a lot of extra delta-V in the main tank, we had forgotten
to install fuel lines. Oops, in retrospect maybe we could have rescued
Jeb. Well, too late now.
Macie is pretty hardcore, you can see her collecting and transmitting
atmospheric data as her ship is breaking up around her:
We were trying to aerobrake into orbit but severely misjudged the thickness
of the atmosphere, so after a time around it looks like we're landing.
Sadly she's not landing anywhere near Desktop (who you might recall is
also stranded on Eve after a failed Moho mission).
One last pending long-time mission here. After over 6 years of travel
our very inefficient Dres probe has finally arrived. We've now
visited (or at least flown by) every object in the system.
Attempting a landing. Poor planning again, as we're having to land
solely by galaxy-light:
And success! Sort of! Good enough to clear the contract and bring
in a surprisingly large amount of funds! We should be set for our
next set of mega-projects.
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