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Team Name: Harbres Research

Members: Matt, Mark, Andres

Safety Rep: Mark

 

Starting Funds: $60,000

 

Notes: Harbres Research is a research firm trying to make the leap from theoretical and laboratory work to practical space exploration.  Having lined up the backing of financier and ESPN World Series of Poker champion Mark, the team utilizes a community of leaders to determine their direction, represented by globe-trotting volleyball/tennis multi-athlete Matt and the lesser known but no less effective Dr. Andres, inventor of the left-handed Kerbalshifter and the nuclear engine.  Due to their many commitments, team members must also maintain their regular theoretical workload, limiting the group to launches on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only unless all three directors are present.

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Team Name: Habres

Available Funds: 60k

Vehicle Name: 10k Manned

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

  Command Pot Mk1 600

  Mk16 Parachute 422

  Stack Decoupler 600

  Rt-10 Solid Fuel Booster 450

 

  Total Cost 2072

Design Goals: Get a Manned ship above 10k for the cheastest price

Launch Goal: To understand how fuel, decouplers, stages and parachutes work to get teh Kerbal safely up and down.

Pilot Plan: Fly straightup at fuel throttle, wait until fuel burns out then detach the fuel tank. Continue in free fall until deploying parachute to slow fall until we hit the ground

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Safety Rep: Charlie Eckert is approving this plan

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Launch Time: Wednesday 5/15 at 9:43 Am

Team Members Present: Just me, Matt Herbrand because my team is AWOL

Play-by-Play: When the rocket fire, poor Bill Kerman was thrust upward experiences Gee forces of 2G. Riding on a tail of fire, Bill flew into the sky until all people could see from the ground was a faint light until sudenly it went out. "Oh no is this the end of Bill?" No just the fuel has been spend and now stage two has been activated. The decoupler does it's job and the spent fuel tank falls away from the cockpit and Bill countinues up. At a height of 18300m gravity finally grabs ahold of Bill's ship and he starts to fall back to the planet. At 10,000m the parachute is partial released and Bills free fall begins to slow until at 500m it fully opens slow Bill to the safe speed of 6.2m/s. 4minutes 13 seconds after launch BIll lands safely on the planet the first Kerban to reach a height of over 10,000 meters above the surface.

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Time-of-Flight: 4 minutes 13 seconds

Summary: In this launch we success fully got a Kerband into the upper atmosphere and back down safely. This is important because every manned flight starts and ends this way and is possibly the most important part of any mission

Opportunities / Learnings: We learn how to stage different events, use decouplers, and parachutes.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Our next mission is to get a stable orbit which will allow us to send satelites into space

Milestone Awards Presented: First to 10k with a manned ship

Available Funds: 77928

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Nice job!  Award of $20K to Harbres Research for the first successful manned launch to 10 km and $5K to Charlie's team for another safety rep success!

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Team Name: Team Habres

Available Funds: 77928

Vehicle Name: The Useful Satellite

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

   1 Stayputnik Mk 2                              300

   2 Communotron 16                            300

   2 z-500 Rechargable Battery Banks  160

   1 Advanced S.A.S Module                  1100

   1 Fl-R25 RCS Fueld Tank                  800

   2 Rv-105 RCS Thruster Block            900

   4 OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panel          400

   1 FL-T400 Fuel Tank                          850

   2 LV-T45 Liquid Fuel Engines           1900

   2 LV-T30 Liquid Fuel Engines           1700

  1 Stack Decoupler                                600

  6 Fl-T800 Fuel Tank                          9600

  2 FTX-2 External Fuel Duct                   500

  2 TT-70 Radial Decoupler                   1400

  4 Standard Canards                             2000

  2 mk25 Parachutes                               800

  2 Mk2-R Radial Mount Parachutes      1400

 

 

  Total Cost: 24710

Design Goals: This rocket was designed to get the satellite into space where it can achieve a stable orbit

Launch Goal: Launch Satellite into space

Pilot Plan:  First all three main rockets will fire lift the rocket off the ground. Once the fuel has been spent, the two side fuel tanks will detach and fall back to earth with parachutes so that they can be recovered. Then the middle engine will continue to fire getting the rocket high enought to maintain an orbit before detaching and falling back to earth to be recovered. The final engine will be used to get the satelite on the right course to stay in orbit.

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Safety Rep:  Brendan will be approving this flight plan

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Hey, I like the design. Hope that the parachutes work well enough to salvage your fuel tanks and such. I'm giving this design the "thumbs-up". You're all clear to launch!!!

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Launch Time: 1:43 Pm Wednseday

Team Members Present: Just Me Matt Herbrand.

Play-by-Play: At 1:43 the three rockets all fired lifting the first telecommunication satillite off into the sky. All seems to be going well until almost two minutes after launch the two external fuel cans fell off the side. At the same time two parachutes open on those tanks allowing for the tanks to be recovered. The middle rocket continues to fire until three minutes later it detaches and fall back to Kerbal with parachutes for recovery. Now the finally rocket burns for just a few seconds and it puts the satellite into a stable orbit above Kerbal thus allowing the Kerbals on the ground to make calls from just about anywhere using their new satellite.

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Time-of-Flight: 8:16

Summary: This was a very successful flight because we have achieved our first orbit which will can now use to launch to other planets. Also it showed us that we need just a bit more fuel to get us into orbit so that we can reach other planets. Also we were the first to get a usefully satillite into a stable orbit around the planet

Opportunities / Learnings: We learned how to get into orbit which will allow us to get to other planets like the Mun

Strategies / Project Timeline: Next we are going to team with Brazannah

Milestone Awards Presented: First to place a useful satillite in orbit around Kerban

Available Funds: 53218

 

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Milestone awarded: 1st working satellite in orbit, $80K.

 

Things to think about -- how efficient are you at getting into orbit?  Could it be accomplished with less fuel?  As you design your missions, how can you plan to make sure you have enough fuel at the required times in order to be successful, with a bit of extra as a safety net, without wasting lots of fuel and money?

 

(Hint -- this might take a bit of reading / thinking / etc.  The resources at the bottom of our project page would be a great place to start this weekend so you're ready to inform your teammates next week!)  

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Great job at getting into orbit! I believe the rocket could be more efficient bur good for your first try. My first orbital rocket was a over-kill. 

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For your first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit this is actually quite impressive.

As for matters of efficiency, before I could see the pics I seen in your parts log that you were bringing a lot of fuel and you would no question be able to achieve your goal even if you halved your final stage. You did however do a fair job with what you used. Nice use of fuel lines to feed the central tank.

You may find in future that if using wings that you don't need a gimble functioning engine or vice versa as either one on their own would allow you to turn easily saving weight, mass and reducing drag if you only used the engine. (Saves buying 4 wings too! ;-D ). Remember to check the isp of the engines too, for your initial booster stage there may be other engines that are highly efficient when within the atmosphere. (I'll let you check which.)

Lastly remember terminal velocity. Overthrottling too early can cost you a lot of fuel for not a lot of gain.

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Just a reminder to team Harbres that no launches will be credited milestone awards in the future on Tuesdays or Thursdays unless all three directors are present as a condition of the team's incorporation.  Credit may still be awarded for in-space maneuvers as well as research awards, writing awards, etc., but launches themselves can only be conducted on days not beginning with "T" unless the entire team is present.

 

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Team Name: Habres

Available Funds: 133218

Vehicle Name: Eagle Dragon

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

   1 Stayputnik Mk 2 300

 2 Communotron 16 300

 2 z-500 Rechargable Battery Banks 160

1 Advanced S.A.S Module 1100

1 Fl-R25 RCS Fueld Tank 800

2 Rv-105 RCS Thruster Block 900

4 OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panel 400

3 FL-T400 Fuel Tank 2550

2 LV-T45 Liquid Fuel Engines 950

2 LV-T30 Liquid Fuel Engines 850

1 Stack Decoupler 300

6 Fl-T800 Fuel Tank 4800

2 FTX-2 External Fuel Duct 250

2 TT-70 Radial Decoupler 700

4 Standard Canards 1000

2 mk25 Parachutes 400

2 Mk2-R Radial Mount Parachutes 700

 

 16460

Design Goals: Launch a satelite into orbit around the Mun

Launch Goal: Break orbit with Kerban on a course that will intersect the orbit of the Mun

Pilot Plan: Fire all 3 rockets upon launch until external fuel tanks empty, then decouple the external fuel tanks, and continue to fire using the central rocket until we reach orbit with the Kerban

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Safety Rep: This plan is being submitted to Brandon Joseph Davis

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How can you be sure that you will reach Mun orbit?

Are you going to circularize your Kerbin orbit first or burn straight for Mun?

What Time would the most reasonable launch window be to meet your goals?

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Launch Time: 9:00 am on 5/17/13

Team Members Present: Mark Halecki, Andres Rivas, and Matt Herbrand

Play-by-Play: Launched off of surface of Kerbal and began orbiting the planet. Then, extended orbit out to a point of intersection with Mun's orbit, where we began to orbit around Mun.

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Time-of-Flight:19 hours, 40 minutes until orbit with Mun was reached

Summary: We were able to break orbit with Kerbal and then regain orbit with the Mun with an unmanned space satellite.

Opportunities / Learnings: How to use orbits of certain planets to intersect with other planetary bodies and achieve orbit with that other object

Strategies / Project Timeline:After learning how to take orbits from close planets and use it to create an orbit with a different planet, we now plan to orbit a new planet using this same strategy.

Milestone Awards Presented: First team to have an unmanned satellite orbit the Mun

Available Funds: 117980

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Team Name: Habres

Available Funds: 110441

Vehicle Name: Eagle Dragon

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

1 Stayputnik Mk 2 300

2 Communotron 16 300

2 z-500 Rechargable Battery Banks 160

1 Advanced S.A.S Module 1100

1 Fl-R25 RCS Fueld Tank 800

2 Rv-105 RCS Thruster Block 900

1 LV-N Atomic rocket engine 1700

4 OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panel 400

3 FL-T400 Fuel Tank 2550

2 LV-T45 Liquid Fuel Engines 950

2 LV-T30 Liquid Fuel Engines 850

1 Stack Decoupler 300

6 Fl-T800 Fuel Tank 4800

2 FTX-2 External Fuel Duct 250

2 TT-70 Radial Decoupler 700

4 Standard Canards 1000

2 mk25 Parachutes 400

2 Mk2-R Radial Mount Parachutes 700

 

1 Mk2-R Radial Mount Parachutes 700

 

 

 

16460+1700+700?

 

Design Goals: This vehicle is designed to take the satellite to another planet put it in orbit for a while and then land it on the planet to study it's the conditions on the planet. This will require more fuel than the fuel to get to the mun but we are confident that we'll have enough because the Mun satellite has plently of fuel left and as shown to us by the expedition to Mimmus with Brazanah Inc. it doesn't take that much fuel to move in space. But just in case we are adding a nuclear engine so we are fuel effiecient.

Launch Goal: On this launch we are hoping to learn how to get into orbit around a different planet than Kerban. This is new because we'll have to escape Kerban which we've never done before.

Pilot Plan: Fire all 3 rockets upon launch until external fuel tanks empty, then decouple the external fuel tanks, and continue to fire using the central rocket until we reach orbit with the Kerban. Then we will use the left over fuel to escape Kerban and begin on a intersect course with another planet. Once we are close to said planet we will get captured by it's gravity. After some amount of time in orbit we will deorbit and sent the satillite to the planet so that we can get gravity, temperature and pressure readings. A paracute will be use to make sure the equipement will remain intact.

 

 

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Safety Rep: Brendan

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Which planet are you headed toward?  How will you create an intersecting orbit?  Will you need to worry about the atmosphere on the planet as you land your vehicle?  As this is an unmanned flight, from a safety perspective I'm sure you'll be in good shape, but from an efficiency standpoint, with a bit of planning you may save yourselves a bit of money, time, and frustration.  (Hint - a Delta-Vee chart would be mighty useful here.)  Check out The Drawing Board for a bunch of information that could help!

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Launch Time: 9:05 Am 5/22 wed

Team Members Present: Me and Mark

Play-by-Play: After a perfect launc, the Eagle Dragon achieved orbit with enough fuel in the main lift off tank to get it out of Kerbin's influence. After Burn and escaping into and orbit that intersects Eve's orbit suddenly we realize that there is no encounter but it's too late. Stuck in an orbit around Kerbol scientist are forced to leave Eagle Dragon for almost 1500 day(almost 5 earth years) Finally Eagle Dragon's orbit comes close enough and the control team on Kerbin makes a burn that sends it on an intersect course with Eve. Once under Eve's influence another burn was made that keeps Eagle Dragon in orbit around Eve. After servel orbits around the planet Eagle Dragon was set on a collision course with the planet to study it's surface. Once in the Atmosphere the parachute was deployed and Eagle Dragon landed safely on the surface of Eve.

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Time-of-Flight: 1492 days

Summary: This taught use how to get transfer to another planet's orbit which will be necessary to get Kerbmans on other planets and back.

Opportunities / Learnings: We learned that we can just launch a ship into space and hope it will intersect a planet because we can have to wait a very long time which won't be good for the Kerman's on the ship.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Next we might launch a space station into orbit so that we can use it to store fuel for future expeditions.

Milestone Awards Presented: First to Orbit another planet.

Available Funds: 201581

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Hmm, You should make the nuclear engine decouple-able and have the probe use two parachutes. It then can land with a higher chance of not blowing up. I suggest not doing a manned mission due to the size of the lander and returner. I suggest duna for another target. Requires more delta-V but is a nice place. If you do a manned mission there in the future maybe it could land by parachutes or glide like a plane. Use areo spikes for the plane idea afor theirs no oxygen. Always do unmanned missions first for two reasons. 1. Check if your idea works. 2. Save a possible life in case it fails. Also remember it takes more fuel to land or take off with a actual capsule because they weigh a lot more. But nice job getting into orbit! Once I was getting a probe into orbit but it was failing, So i improvised and was able to intersect the mun's orbit and now it's a mun orbiter. Remember, If something doesn't go to plan try to improvise. Especially with manned capsules. If it cannot return and is manned, Send a rescue probe or crew with fuel or a habitat module. 

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