The mission patch for Horizon Crew Mission 1 is announced, and it looks like Mitster, Chrisnic, and Kimmy will be the lucky FIRST Kerbals to visit the Sarnus system!
Because of Horizon’s launch to high orbit (800k) – the next Aurora Rocket, Aurora 23) originally destined for Mun, will be used to launch the crew! This will also allow the delivery of a modified Mun Lander, with increased fuel and power systems, to land on Slate! The stack will also include a relay satellite that will be left in a high equatorial orbit of Slate, to assist the polar-orbit survey/relay satellite that is already at the moon.
KSEA is excited to announce the final design for Horizon! Building upon the successes of DSV-2 Discovery, the Horizon is the largest, most advanced spacecraft ever – and will be launched on a new rocket designed just for it, the Nova Rocket… The largest rocket ever launched!
The most striking new feature of Horizon is the massive cargo bay allowing a variety of payloads to travel with the spacecraft!
Construction will be completed soon, and even more exciting, should be done in time for the launch window to Sarnus!
The crew will be announced soon, as will the mission specifics!
A Mk4 Surface Scanner/Relay Probe leaves Kerbin, heading to Sarnus! The best case scenario is that KSEA will finally get to scan the surface of Slate! The less optimal scenario will be Sarnus will gain a high power communications relay, which wouldn’t be all that bad either!