The newly built Horizon 2 is launched! This time rookie pilot Valentina will be in command. The goal is still orbit!
It’s getting toasty! Before firing the next stage Val had to let the craft coast a short time to avoid overheating.
Horizon 2 reaches a new record altitude… 82km! Sadly the Horizon just doesn’t seem to have the power to get much beyond the initial apoaspsis.
Val sets down safely, and the Horizon 2 pod is recovered. KSEA engineers start working out how to get past this obstacle!