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.
Promotions: Docal (Scientist⭐️)
This was a very successful demonstration of the capabilities of DEUCES, but makes apparent the need to cheaply refuel in orbit around Kerbin.