DSV-5 Intrepid’s first mission has now been fully planned, and a crew selected! Carson will be mission commander, Bob will be the Science specialist, and Sondo will be the Engineering Specialist!
For the first time a Sarnus Va rocket will deliver both the crew and the mission payload – Crew Vehicle 1 was designed initially as the replacement for the Aurora Crew Vehicle, but this is the first time it will be fully integrated into the stack!
This will also be the first test of the DSV-Lander – designed to fit into the DSV Payload bay! The Sarnus Va launch will also include the new DSV Science & Relay Satellite, that will be docked with the nose of the spacecraft and deployed in orbit of Moho!
Aurora 24 blasts off, heading for Mun! While some say that the Mun missions have become routine, the Kerbals who fly them know that space travel is never routine! In fact, even the simplest mission is quite dangerous and even deadly!
“Where’s the landing site this time? ” -Mirphe
“The northeast basin! We’ve never been there before!” -Luly
Mirphe and Luly transfer over to the lander…
… and head down to Mun’s surface!
“We’re almost there…. contact!” -Mirphe
“OK… deploy the rover!” -Luly
The rover detaches, and the RCS deployer lifts it up… and then gently sets it down next to the lander!
Next, Mirphe and Luly head out to explore!
Luly plants the flag at the Northern Basin, then salutes while the cameras on the lander take their portrait!
“For all Kerbalkind!” -Luly
Luly deploys the scientific instrumentation, while Mirphe supervises!
“Mmmhmmm. Looking very scientific – carry on!” -Mirphe
Next, the RCS deployer detaches from the lander, and expends all it’s fuel to fly up and away from the landing site! The seismic sensor will get interesting results from the impact!
“I feel a little bad littering on Mun! But I guess it IS for science!” -Luly
Luly and Mirphe explore the surface in the rover!
After scouting out the landing site, the two return to the lander to rest! Mun missions have been getting longer and longer, training the crew for the rigors of landings on very distant worlds!