Bob Stranded Again
Now that we proved we could dock and refuel, time for a quick run
to the Mun in the lander to test it out.
It took more ΔV than I expected. Hmmm. We did have a fun eclipse
on the way there.
OK, here we go:
Ummm, nice "landing" Bob. Let's see if we can right ourselves.
Right side up... but wait! All the engines exploded! Great.
I suppose we should try to mount a rescue.
Well here's the rescue craft.
Added a few more tanks to the shuttle so that it can reach 70km orbit
without using any RCS. Managed to dock OK for refueling:
Off to rescue Bob. Let's take a page from 2010 and use the fuel tanker
as a booster rocket. Let's put it on a free-return path to the Mun:
Nice plan but our orbit did not end up looking like that. It was close
Thrusting! The docked ships wiggled a lot, making ground control nervous,
but it worked in the end.
Near the Mun! Time to undock!
Let's get the tanker back to Kerbin first. Let's go Lodfrey:
And he landed safely! Hooray!
Ok let's try to rescue Bob:
Great, another "landing", poor Derler. And 45km away from Bob, so too far for
him to jetpack over. And we lost one engine :(
After many, many, many tries managed to take off again. Lost another
engine, but luckily that made us symmetrical again.
We made it back to Kerbin!
And landed mostly intact.
I think we need to do some more testing before we're ready for Jool.
At least we need to move the engines up and the landing legs lower.
And I suppose we have to go get Bob.
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