KSEA is pleased to announce the newest space station – Kerbin Spacedock! This fully stocked crew facility in orbit will serve as the central hub for the Deep Space Vehicle fleet, providing a place for crew to return, rest, train, and even get promoted!
The station has three distinct components: the Docking Section with three ports at the end for Deep Space Vehicles, and two on the sides for Crew Vehicles arriving from the surface. The Habitat Section provides comfortable long-term orbital living for Kerbals and has almost all the comforts of home! Not pictured is a new Fuel-Supply module that will provide in-orbit refueling and resupply of the DSV fleet!
Construction has begun on the three modules (depleting the bulk of KSEA’s funds for quite some time!) Blueprints will likely be updated as launch date gets closer, and feature-creep inevitably slows down the production!
“Kerbin Spaceport has served KSEA and the Kerbal States well for years. However, it was built with a different kind of spacecraft and a different kind of mission in mind – Liquid Fuel and Oxidizer tanks with no option for changing fuel types, and docking ports that are too close together for the DSV fleet!With Kerbin Spacedock we’ll finally have a true home in the sky!” -Gene
It’s time for a crew rotation (and life support delivery) to the Kerbin Spaceport! Orlas, Glenica, and Edan will be returning, while Val, Sean, and Kerlorf will be heading up! Val will pilot ACV-2 to orbit!
“Launch was good! We’re on course for the Spaceport!” -Val
The ACV floats past the station, as Val maneuvers to line up with the docking extension of the station!
Success! The ACV docks! Alongside it are the previous version of the Aurora Crew Vehicle that last crew took up, as well as the Aurora 23 command vehicle from the launch that delivered crew and supplies to DSV-3 Horizon!
“Hey – I have an idea! Before we head back… let’s see if the Aurora 23 command vehicle has enough DeltaV to reach that asteroid that’s been causing Mission Control so much trouble!” -Orlas
Mission Command considers the request and gives the OK!
“If you three want to risk it, you’ve got our OK! Just be safe!” -Gene
“I suppose if this spacecraft can reach Mun… it should be able to reach that asteroid!” -Edan
Orlas, Glenica, and Edan transfer over to the Aurora 23 vehicle… and depart the station! While the ACV isn’t equipped with any advanced scientific instrumentation, surface samples should be able to be collected using equipment on the ACV!
“Engines are GO!” -Edan
Edan brings the Aurora Crew Vehicle alongside asteroid
“Ok! I’m heading out! That’s quite the space rock!” -Orlas
Orlas uses his EVA pack to move closer and closer….
…until he lands on the asteroid!!
“I’ve landed on the asteroid! I can’t quite get a flag in here… but I think I can get a good sample!” -Orlas
Orlas uses his EVA pack to move back to the ship…
…and climbs back inside!
“Nice work Orlas!” -Glenica
The crew makes preparations to return to Kerbin, now that a good Asteroid Sample has been taken!
Edan plots a return course to Kerbin… and fires the engine!
Aurora 23 burns through the atmosphere, until the friction slows it down enough to deploy the parachutes!
Success!! Aurora 23 sets down on Kerbin! Recovery teams rush to rescue the crew, and the science recovered from the Asteroid!
After being launched to orbit by a Jool Va rocket, the latest expansion of the Spaceport has arrived! The docking port expansion was needed due to the congestion at the spaceport – mostly caused by the new centrifugal ring taking up so much space!
The docking port is brought in closer and closer…
…unit it connects! The station’s engineers head over to make sure everything is safe!
“Looks good! I think we’re ready to start using this for docking procedures!” -Dunwin, on board Kerbin Spaceport
KSEA releases blueprints and announces construction of the next generation of Aurora Crew Vehicles, the Mk10!
This new design solves (hopefully) a problem the space program has had for sometime – resupply missions to Kerbin Spaceport have often required specialized equipment or utilizing expensive and overpowered launch vehicles for taking snacks and other essentials to Kerbin Orbit.
The streamlined design also forgoes the traditional escape tower for integrated landing rockets that double as an escape system and to slow the spacecraft down on return to Kerbin! Not shown is the integrated parachute that blueprint designers forgot to make note of.
With the (hopefully temporary!) loss of the three Crew Shuttles, KSEA steps up production on multiple Aurora Crew Vehicles. 2 will be kept docked at Kerbin Spaceport in orbit, and another 2 will be on standby on the ground. Mirphe and Kimmy blast off!
“These ACV’s aren’t as fun to fly as the Crew Shuttles, but they sure are dependable! I just wish we could land them more accurately!” -Mirphe