Launch Time: 10:37 am
Team Members Present: Jason Stack, Marcus Nicholas and Michael Kennedy were all present for this launch.
Play-by-Play: Initially the rocket was created using the parts listed in the pre-flight briefing. The rocket was launched from Kerbin and angled in order to successfully travel outside of Kerbin's atmosphere. The rocket was then directed into orbit around Kerbin. Kerbin was orbited a few times. The rocket was then returned back to Kerbin by using a maneuver that brought the rocket back into Kerbin's atmosphere. The bottom engines were released, then the second engines, leaving only the pod left. The pod descended to 1,000 meters above Kerbin and then the parachute was deployed. The pod landed safely on Kerbin.
Time-of-Flight: 4 hours and 5 minutes
Summary: Our flight was a great success. We planned to accomplish all initial milestones, including a successful manned orbit and a successful Kerbal EVA. All of these desired milestones were accomplished. Our spaceship and Kerbal manning the ship returned safely to Kerbin after successfully reaching orbit around Kerbin. By reaching a manned orbit around Kerbin, all the initial milestones were accomplished by this launch.
Opportunities / Learnings: Establishing what the launch goals are and designing the rocket accordingly is very important. Failure to do so will result in an inability to accomplish any milestones.
Strategies / Project Timeline: After this accomplishment, our next goal is to reach orbit around the moon and land on the moon.
Milestone Awards Presented:
- Launch to 10 km - $10,000
- Manned launch to 10 km - $20,000
- Manned launch to 50 km - $30,000
- Achieving stable orbit - $40,000
- Achieving stable manned orbit - $50,000
- First Kerbal EVA - $60,000
Available Funds: $257,818