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Kerbal Space Program

 

Pre-Flight Briefing #1:

For our first launch we plan on just getting into the air very high, and if we can safely get into orbit we will achieve milestones, and get safely back to Earth. We will be using a simple rocket with boosters and fuel tanks to minimize cost, but maximize our success. 

Materials: 

Command Pod Mk 1: ($600)

Parachute Mk16: ($422)

18A Stack Decoupler X2: ($800)

Fuel Tank FL-T400 x3: ($1500)

Swivel Liquid Fuel Engine x2: ($2400)

Radiator Panels x2: ($300)

Radial Decoupler TT-38K x4: ($2400)

RT-10 Solid Fuel Booster x4: ($1600)

Aerodynamic Nose Cone x4: ($960) 

Total Cost: ($10,982)

 

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Pre-Flight Briefing #2: In this mission we will be teaming up with Nicholas Enterprises to use our shared skills and to get into orbit. We will have a more in depth pre-flight briefing to ensure a more successful launch compared to last time. We are splitting the cost 50/50, but 30% of our reward money will go to Nicholas Enterprises. 

Available Funds: $50,000 (StackBnimble) + $210,000 (Nicholas Enterprises). We will be splitting the costs 50/50

Vehicle Name: yuh

Parts: MK16 Parachute,Mk1 Command Pod, 2 18 A Stack decouplers, 3 Fuel Tanks, 4 Hammer Boosters, 4 Radial Decouplers, 4 Fins for aero dynamics, four aerodynamic nose cones, 2 swivel engines. Total Cost: $12,920

Design Goal: Our design goal in this mission is to have a rocket, with sufficient fuel and boosters to get us into orbit, and then enough fuel to be able to get out of orbit and back into the atmosphere. The rocket is composed of decouples to get rid of dead weight, and the command pod has heat shields and a parachute for safe landing back to earth. 

Launch Goal: On this launch, our ultimate goal is to get into orbit, and subsequently complete the milestones for launch and manned launch to 10k,manned launch to 50k, getting into stable orbit, manned stable orbit, and doing all this to return to land safely. Also, if we are in good shape, we will do a Kerbal EVA.

Pilot Plan: Our plan for our pilot, Bob, is to use the SAS system to help us stay on track in getting into orbit. Also, with the piloting skills of Marcus Nicholas, he will help us with maneuvers getting into orbit, and getting back to earth safely. 

All illustrations for will be presented in our post flight briefing. 

 

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I'd definitely hash out that pilot plan in MUCH more detail before launch...

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Pre-Launch Design Release

Team Name: StackBNimble Corp.

Available Funds: $50,000

Vehicle Name: Boi

Vehicle Parts List and Cost: 

Command Pod Mk 1: ($600)

Parachute Mk16: ($422)

18A Stack Decoupler X2: ($800)

Fuel Tank FL-T400 x3: ($1500)

Swivel Liquid Fuel Engine x2: ($2400)

Radiator Panels x2: ($300)

Radial Decoupler TT-38K x4: ($2400)

RT-10 Solid Fuel Booster x4: ($1600)

Aerodynamic Nose Cone x4: ($960) 

Total: $10,982

Design Goals: Our vehicle is designed to possess maximum thrusting power in order to leave Kerbin's atmosphere, achieve stable orbit, and successfully achieve our first Kerbal EVA after orbit is established. 

Launch Goal: In this launch, we hoped to achieve the following milestones: 

  • Manned launch to 50 km - $30,000
  • Achieving stable orbit - $40,000
  • Achieving stable manned orbit - $50,000
  • First Kerbal EVA - $60,000

Pilot Plan: We will use the SAS system to help us stay on track in getting into orbit. Our plan is to fly vertically upward, then rotate our rocket to about 65 degrees, then decouple our thruster when out of fuel. We will attempt to achieve a parabolic arc path. Once we have reached a certain altitude, we will accelerate to the horizon until stable orbit is achieved.

Illustrations: We forgot to take screenshots of our rocket and during our flight. 

 

Launch Report and Debrief

 

Launch Time: 10:21 A.M.

Team Members Present: Chris VanKerkhove, Nathan Stack, Jeremy Walther

Play-by-Play: The rocket left the launch path, accelerating vertically until an altitude of 80,000 km was achieved. At that point, our thruster was decoupled. We then angled towards the horizon, eventually rising to a level at which a parabolic arc path was achieved. We successfully achieved orbit. After achieving orbit, we attempted our first Kerbal EVA, which was successful. We then exited orbit by thrusting in the direction of Kerbin, and were worried as our pilot had to eject and deploy his parachute. He did land safely, however.

Photographs: We failed to take screenshots..

Time-of-Flight: 14 minutes.

Summary: We achieved all of our desired milestones, indicated in the pre-launch debriedf.

Opportunities / Learnings: Our team learned of the importance of heat shields, as our rocket very nearly began to overheat. 

Strategies / Project Timeline: Going forward, we recognize the need to experiment with different engines and command pods in order to try new things to achieve more difficult milestones. We also need to create a pilot plan in greater detail in order to more efficiently and effectively achieve our milestones.

Milestone Awards Presented: 

  • 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: $50,000 + $30,000 + $40,000 + $50,000 + $60,000 = $230,000

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