Launch 5-15: Minmus Ferry
Year 5, Day 181.
This will fulfil our contract to extend the station, and provide transport for a future crew to Minmus.
Launch 5-14: Biko 1 Refuel
Year 5, Day 169.
Our focus right now is on getting more science in order to build the kinds of crafts and landers we need for our Duna mission. To that end, we'd like to get a science lab and lander to Minmus, which means getting more fuel in orbit.
We currently have two contracts: getting a five-crew outpost on Minmus, and expanding Biko 1 [Kerbin] to support 19 crew and have 2000 units of liquid fuel. We've expanded our CFV to support a crew of five, and if we dock this and an orange tank to Biko 1 we should be able to fulfil the station contract.
We can then send the lander, a science module, and fuel to Minmus, complete the second contract, and begin doing more research.
Launch 5-13: Polar GravSAT
Year 5, Day 157.
A night launch! We have a contract to put a satellite into a polar orbit, which we'll use to conduct a tiny bit of science. This will also be our first launch of a DEUCES mk 0 rocket.
Launch 5-12: Biko 2 [Mun] Refuelling
Year 5, Day 133.
We have a station around Mun, in the CFV we have a lander, and we already have crew aboard the Kerbin station. We just need fuel to get them to the surface and back. While we could just use a DEUCES mk 2, we want to land on Mun with a DEUCES mk 1 so we'll take that instead. It wouldn't ordinarily have the dV to get a 30T payload to Mun, but since it can use the fuel from the payload, it should be no problem.
Year 5, Day 121.
Crew: Gerby (Scientist⭐️⭐️)
The current return vehicle docked to the station will return the rescued crew from Minmus.
Launch 5-10: Minmus Double Rescue Retry
Year 5, Day 109.
Launch 5-9: Minmus Double Rescue
Year 5, Day 97.
We are launching a reusable Crew Ferry Vehicle (CFV-1) connected to a DEUCES mk I. This can be used to ferry crew between Kerbin and its moons, or to and from the surface of a moon.
Launch 5-8: Testing the ORV-3
Year 5, Day 85.
This is a test launch of our new Orbital Return Vehicle (ORV-3). Unfortunately, we didn't read the fine print before accepting the rescue contract, and Docal is on an orbit high enough that we cannot use a DEUCES mk I to recover him, and must launch on a DEUCES mk II rocket.
One of the new safety measures in place is that crewed launches are no longer permitted to use solid rockets. Fortunately, the ORV-3 is fairly light and a place DLSv3 Atlas V, without SRBs, is sufficient to place it in orbit along with a DEUCES mk II.
The plan is to launch into orbit, rendezvous with Biko 1 to refuel, then rescue Docal. After performing the deorbit burn, the ORV will separate from the DEUCES module, which will rendezvous back with Biko 1.
Since this is our first rendezvous with the station using our upgraded flight control, we will not be attempting a direct ascent rendezvous.
Launch 5-7: Biko 2 Hab/Lab Redux
Year 5, Day 73.
Launch 5-6: Biko 2 Hab/Lab
Year 5, Day 61.
One of the DLSv3/DEUCES design tradeoffs made was to minimize the number of launch configurations. Instead of trying to have many sizes for different payloads, we would instead try to piggyback multiple payloads into a single launch to efficiently use the launchers we have.
Toward that end, we are launching our habitation and science modules to the Biko 2 station around Mun in a single launch, as opposed to two with Biko 1.
Launch 5-5: Mun Modular Space Station
Year 5, Day 54.
As with the launch of the KMSS, this launch is built around a new DLSv3 rocket, and features a refined flight plan. Both of these have been heavily simulated, so we have no concerns about this launch. None, whatsoever.
Launch 5-4: Minmus Rescuer
Year 5, Day 37.
We need funds.
Moho Lander Encounter!
Year 5, Day 35.
Our Moho Lander is getting ready for its encounter!
Year 5, Day 25.
Crew: Sigeny (Pilot⭐️), Sanya (Engineer⭐️), Dalotte (Scientist⭐️)
Before we send crew to bases around Mun I need to figure out how the new UKS works.
Year 5, Day 1.
A new year brings new contracts. We need to provide living space for up to five kerbals on our station.
Year 5, Day 13.
This will complete the first phase of our station, and verify its functionality before launching identical stations to Mun and Minmus.
Year 4, Day 415.
Now that our R&D facility is fully upgraded, we need to move our emphasis to science. To this end, we are planning on deploying modular space stations in orbits around Mun and Minmus.
Before that, we need to test it in orbit around Kerbin.
The first component is the Biko Service Module, or BSM. This component provides guidance, power, fuel tanks, storage space, an airlock, and docking ports to expand the station.
This is also the first launch using our redesigned DLS v2, along with completely rewritten flight control software.
Year 4: In Review
Launch 4-32: Kerbin Rescue
Year 4, Day 409.
Launch 4-31: KomSAT Mk VI
Year 4, Day 391.
Ready to deploy a backup satellite.
Launch 4-30: KomSAT Mk VI
Year 4, Day 379.
This satellite will be a relay for Jool Explorer-3a.
Launch 4-29: KomSAT Mk VII
Year 4, Day 67.
This mission will piggyback some relay dishes on a scientific satellite. The relays will be used for additional deep space relays to communicate with our Jool probe.
Launch 4-28: Moho Lander
Year 4, Day 355.
This is a high-speed encounter, which we've decided to try out nuclear engines on. This lets us get away with a single stage for transfer and circularization, reducing the size of the lifter required to get it out of the atmosphere.