The new Spacedock space station launches, carried to orbit by a massive Nova Rocket!
The solid rockets eject, and the Nova Rocket continues carrying the Spacedock core into orbit
Finally, the protective aerodynamic fairing ejects, and the Spacedock core is circularized in a 200k orbit!
“That went well! Just two more launches to go!”
As the Spacedock core launched, the launch platform was cleared and the second component was rolled out!
The docking stage launches!
“There it goes!”
The fairing ejects, and automated systems carry the station component to rendevous with the Spacedock core!
After a successful rendevous, the two halves of Spacedock move in closer and closer…
… and connects!
“Docking achieved! Now for the fuel!”
The Modular Refuelling Vehicle launches!
The rocket circularizes…
…then ejects it’s protective aerodynamic fairing!
Next, the fuel module attaches to Spacedock!
“That’s it! Now its time to send up a crew!”
Seely, Kerlorf, and Edan climb into an Aurora Crew Vehicle – launched on one of the brand new Nebula Rockets – the first fully reusable first stage that KSEA has ever built!
The rocket blasts off!
“So far so good – ACV and Nebula rocket are both nominal!”
The ACV separates from the Nebula Rocket! Meanwhile, the first stage will be performing maneuvers to return to Kerbin’s surface!
Next, Edan intercepts Spacedock, and the crew gets ready to dock!
“Docking complete! You guys are clear to get the ring deployed!”
Meanwhile, Val and Sean depart from Kerbin Spaceport… the now retired space station!
“Farewell Spaceport! You served us well!”
Val performs the rendevous with the Spaceport, and Sean supervises the deployment of the orbital habitat!
With a series of loud “clunk!” noises, the ring deploys, and….
“Oh boy, it worked! The ring is spinning! Let’s get over there and see how the snacks survived!”
Spacedock ejects the RCS unit used during it’s launch, and KSEA has a new, fully functional space station!
“What a long day! Everyone deserves a good rest after all that!”
2 thoughts on “Year 20, Day 1 (Spacedock Launches!)”
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This sequence of missions took FOREVER to do! It’s a good example of why I’m generally not a fan of building things in orbit. Just too many launches (especially when you document them like I do!) 🙂
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