Year 8, Day 40 (Kerbol Two Update)

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Kerbol 2 is just 4 days from its closest point with the sun, so the massive heat shield deploys!

The crafts radiators also fully deploy, and Mission Control waits as the probe speeds closer and closer to the sun!

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Even with the massive heat shield and the radiators onboard the probe, things get very, very hot.  KSEA isn’t sure if the craft will survive its first pass – perhaps the initial flyby was too close?

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At 207k above the sun’s surface the first heat alarm goes off – nothing critical, but Kerbol Two is rapidly approaching its redline! screenshot276.png

Kerbol 2 finally dips below 200k, and so far heat readings are within tolerances… barely! screenshot278.png

Kerbol 2 makes it below 140k!  The heat shield begins glowling an unsettling shade of red!screenshot280.png

Kerbol 2 drops below 130km… The onboard thermostat reads at 440.71k – very hot!

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Kerbol 2 drops below 120k!  Temperature reads… 445.3k!

screenshot282.pngThat’s it… it just dropped below 100k….

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At 95km new heat alarms go off – the craft might be approaching its limits!  Even dipping below 90km, the craft seems to be holding together!

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At 80.4km communications are suddenly lost, and the craft shrieks out its last scientific data…. Kerbol 2 is gone!

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While it was highly expected that Kerbol 2 would not survive it was nonetheless disappointing that the mission ended in a giant explosion.  Already though plans are being drawn up for Kerbol 3, which will have even more heat shielding!

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Year 3, Day 360 (MunBase Alpha Disaster!)

screenshot371MunBase Alpha launches!  The Sarnus V Heavy rocket easily carries the base into orbit! The night launch goes perfectly, and before long, the base is on its way to Mun… where Aurora 15 is waiting!

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The fairings eject… and the base sails off to Mun!  A slight modification was made after some pre-launch simulations… a RA-2 Relay antenna was installed to replace the secondary Communotron antenna.  (Engineers promise it won’t unbalance the craft…. too much…)

Uh oh!  As the base heads down for landing communications are lost.

“Um, I think I saw some explosions on the surface!  Might be time to make a new base! While we’re at it, a depot in orbit of Mun might be nice too!  This pod gets pretty stuffy… even with the extra space the lander has!”
-Edan

Engineers think that a power loss led to communications failure… work on a revised MunBase beins at once!    The crew of Aurora 15 graciously agrees to stay in orbit of Mun until the replacement is complete.

 

 

 

Year 2, Day 76

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As upgrades are started on several Space Center facilities, funds are running very tight until the next funding period.  To stay busy, Mission Control decides to send Jeb on a short mission to investigate an anomaly detected by the Radar Scanner on board SpaceLab!

“Hey – before I take off I’m going to go check out that strange thing near the Space Center!”

-Jeb

Jeb hops out of the X-4 Jetplane, and runs over to the strange object…..screenshot281.png

Whew!  This is quite the jog!

screenshot282.pngLook at the size of this thing!   KSEA scientists are dispatched to investigate.  Jeb returns to his plane!screenshot289.png
Jeb flies west, to the mountains near KSC… screenshot296.png

This looks like it might be a rough landing.   Uh oh!  Uh Oh!

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Boom!  The X-4 flips and flies apart in an explosion of parts!

“That was a close one!  I made it though! ”

-Jeb

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“Looks like another Monolith!  Strange… dirt around it would indicate it may have recently been dug up.  Very odd!”
-Jeb

Jeb is rescued, and the flight data from the X-4 is examined.  Any future X-4 flights have been grounded until the cause of the crash can be determined!