To conduct ongoing research at the Kerbin Space Station, regular deliveries of science vehicles will be needed. KSEA scientists and engineers have been working on two designs – one, a re-usable space plane, the other a more standard cargo pod based off the Aurora Program’s design.
After hours and hours and hours and hours of simulation, the Space Plane plan is thrown in the trash bin… the much simpler Aurora Program-derived vehicle is given the green light! Using the most recent version of the Discovery Rocket, the Discovery 5, the SSV is launched into orbit, and can carry a small payload to the KSS, and return the payload back to the surface.
In addition to ferrying science experiments, this should also provide a simple means of delivering food and other important supplies!