The first day of Year 21 is going to be a big day at White Mesa! It’s a first for two new vehicles: The third revision of the Modular Payload Vehicle, or MPV, will be launching with a LFO (Liquid Fuel/Oxygen) payload! Even bigger news is the first launch of a new Launch Vehicle, the Nebula Heavy Rocket!
The launch goes well, and the Nebula Heavy rockets into the sky above the desert!
The Nebula Heavy is basically three Nebula Rockets bolted together with a larger second stage. While all 3 Nebula rockets return to Kerbin, the second stage is discarded.
The Nebula Heavy reaches it’s 200k apogee, and detaches!
Turning around using RCS thrusters (once clear of the MPV), the Nebula Heavy fires it’s engines to target a landing at KSC! Soon, the three rockets will disconnect and independently land on the surface!
Meanwhile, the MPV fires it’s engine until it’s in a safe 200k orbit of Kerbin!
Mission Control continues piloting the craft closer and closer to the rendevous with Spacedock!
“Mission Control – this is Station Commander … I’ve got a clear view of the MPV out of the Upper Cupola windows! Looks like it’s on course for docking with Endeavor! We’re clear to take over remote control from up here!” -Val
With Val now piloting remotely, the MPV drifts past the station, and once behind Endeavor Val starts it’s docking maneuver!
“Alright… MPV is lined up…. moving in for final docking maneuvers…” -Val
The MPV slowly moves in to Endeavor‘s docking bay…
… and connects!
“We’re showing a solid connection up here!” -Val
“Hey – just what do we need a LFO fuel delivery to a DSV for anyway!?” -Edan
“I thought you’d never ask! We’re sending another team to Laythe to survey sites for the colony! Congrats Val – you’re the Mission Commander for Endeavor’s Crew Mission 2!” -Gene, at Mission Control
KSEA launches the next refueling mission to Kerbin Spacedock!
The Modular Refueling Vehicle launches on a versatile Jool Vb rocket!
The spacecraft orbits, then is remotely piloted to a rendevous with Spacedock!
The docking procedure is uneventful – and the new refueling vehicle shows a solid connection with the space station!
Kerbin Spacedock’s redesign now allows 4 of the refueling vehicles docked at the base of the station – and should provide more than enough fuel reserves for KSEA’s growing fleet of Deep Space Vehicles… including Discovery, which will return in just days!