Crew Vehicle 2 blasts off from White Mesa, carrying Jeb, Robart, and Kerlorf! Robart and Kerlorf will be joining Val as the crew for DSV-4 Discovery’s journey to Laythe! Jeb will be taking over as station commander at Spacedock!
The Crew Vehicle reaches it’s 200k apogee, and separates from the Nebula Rocket! The Nebula Rocket turns itself around and performs it’s burn toward KSC to be recovered!
Eventually, CV2 performs it’s final rendevous with Spacedock!
“There’s Endeavor – it’s huge!” -Robart
The crew board Endeavor… and undock!
“Turning Endeavor to match direction of travel…. transit to Jool will be in 4 days!” -Val
Crew Vehicle 5 blasts off from White Mesa! The spacecraft has a new second stage that should increase fuel supply and allow more mission options – however the primary goal has been more precise landings at the White Mesa facility.
CV5 reaches orbit, and begins docking procedures with Spacedock!
“That new second stage looks good!” –Edan
CV5 docks! Meanwhile, Mirphe, Edan, and Kerlorf all transfer over to CV2 and get ready to return to Kerbin!
“Spacedock this is CV2… we are clear and preparing for reentry burn once clear of the station…” -Mirphe
The crew vehicle performs the reentry burn…
… and streaks through the atmosphere, heading towards the desert White Mesa facility!
The parachutes deploy, and CV2 heads for a landing!
“Looks like we were a little short from White Mesa – hopefully the new second stage will let us land right on target next time!” -Mirphe
Everyone hops out of CV2 to get some fresh air, waiting for the rescue teams!
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!
The Aurora 20 Mission to Unity Space Station (finally) comes to an end! The Research Mission was intended to gather significant data on Mun and to study long-duration of spaceflight on Kerbal physiology. KSEA administrators stress that the length of the mission definitely did not mean that Mission Control forgot about the mission!
Luly, Seely, and Kerlorf climb into the Aurora Command Pod and leave the station!
“All those exciting missions to Duna doesn’t mean Mun doesn’t have something to offer you know!”
Luly, lead scientist of Aurora 20 mission!
The return of the Aurora 20 mission will leave Unity Space Station uninhabited until the next crew arrives!