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jcstack6    1

Nicholas Enterprises

Starting Funds: $60,000

 

Vehicle Name: Mr. Rocket

 

Vehicle Parts and Cost:

MK16 Parachute X1, LV-909 Liquid Fuel Engine X1, FL-T800 Fuel Tank X1, TT-38K Radial Decoupler X3, RT-10 Hammer Fuel Booster X3, MK1 Command Pod X1, AV-T1 Winglet X3, TR-188 Stack Decoupler X2, Aerodynamic Nose Cone X3, FL-T400 X1, LV-
T45 Engine X1.

Total Cost- $12,182

Ending Funds- $47,818

Design Goals:

Our rocket has been designed to successfully go into orbit around Kerbin and then return safely back to Kerbin.

Launch Goal:

Our goal for our launch is to go into orbit around Kerbin.

Pilot Plan:

The pilot should exit Kerbin’s atmosphere and then turn at the proper angle to cause the ship to go into orbit around Kerbin.

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Launch Report and Debrief

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. 
 

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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

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FizziksGuy    73

Glad it worked out, but I'd definitely flesh out that in-flight plan in MUCH more detail for future missions.

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Pre-Flight Briefing 

Team Name: Nicholas Enterprises

Available Funds: $257,818

Vehicle Name: Mr. Rocket

Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Twin boar x2, MK3 Fuselodge x1, Rhino Engine x1, AVT-1 Winglet x1, Rockomax Decoupler x1, Airstream Protective Shell x1, TR-18 Stack Decoupler x2, Terrier Fuel Engine x1, F1-T 400 Tank, RC 0015 RGU x1, MK-1 Command Pod x1, SPL solar panel x2, MK16 Parachute x1, LT-1 Landing Struts x3, MK-7 Nose Cones x2, Launch Stability Enhancers x2, and Radial Decouplers x2. Total cost = $82,090

Design Goals: Our vehicle is designed to reach orbit around minmus, Kerbin's outer moon, land on minmus and return safely to Kerbin. 

Launch Goal: We expect to achieve the milestone of landing on Minmus with a safe return to Kerbin. We hope to demonstrate that we have the capacity to land on minmus safely and return to Kerbin successfully. 

Pilot Plan: A maneuver is expected to be used to obtain orbit around Kerbin. At about 70,000 meters, this maneuver will be made to get orbit. After obtaining orbit, we will create another maneuver so that we have an encounter with Minmus' orbit. We will gain orbit around Minmus. Then we will do another maneuver so that minmus can pull in our rocket so that we can land on minmus. After landing we will created another maneuver to orbit Minmus. Then we will use another maneuver to encounter an orbit around Kerbin. Once orbit around Kerbin is obtained, we will create a maneuver so that we are pulled into Kerbin's atmosphere. Then we will land the ship safely on Kerbin. 

 

 

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Launch Report and Debrief

Launch Time: 10:43

Team Members Present: Mike Kennedy, Marcus Nicholas, Jason Stack

Play-by-Play: We've lifted off and are headed directly up in an attempt to obtain orbit around Kerbin. We then angle our ship slightly to the east to increase the eccentricity of our orbit. We reached 70,000 meters and now a maneuver is being created to obtain orbit around Kerbin. Our first engine has been decoupled. Orbit has been obtained around Kerbin. Now a maneuver is being used to create an encounter with an orbit around Minmus. An encounter has been created with an orbit around Minmus. We have obtained orbit around Minmus. Our second set of engines have been decoupled. Now a maneuver is being created so that we can be pulled into Minmus's atmosphere. Now we are attempting to land the ship. It is made difficult by Minmus's very small gravitational pull, but we have landed on Minmus despite. Now we are leaving Minmus, immediately turning to the east, attempting to obtain an orbit around Minmus. We have created an orbit around Minmus. Now we are creating a maneuver to encounter an orbit with Kerbin. An encounter has been created and we now are orbiting Kerbin. We have created another maneuver to pull the ship into Kerbin's atmosphere. Our last engine has been decoupled. We are approaching the surface of Kerbin. Our parachute has been deployed and we are slowing down. We have successfully landed on Kerbin and completed our mission. 

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Time-of-Flight: 153 days 4:55:03

Summary: We successfully landed on Minmus and back on Kerbin afterward. Our flight consisted of many maneuvers to obtain orbits around Minmus and Kerbin and encounters between the two. We had no casualties and successfully maneuvered the difficulty of landing on Minmus. Our rocket design proved to be the proper design for what we accomplished seeing as we were able to land on Minmus and return to Kerbin safely and successfully.

Opportunities / Learnings: We learned how to design a ship that is able to land on different moon's and planets and also able to carry enough fuel to return to Kerbin safely. 

Strategies / Project Timeline: Now that we have confidence in our ship design, we plan to explore different planets in Kerbin's solar system. Our next conquest will hopefully be a neighboring planet. 

Milestone Awards Presented: We were awarded $300,000 for landing on Minmus and successfully returning to Kerbin. 

Available Funds: After the launch we now have $475,728 in available funds.

 

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FizziksGuy    73

Fantastic work.  That's quite an accomplishment.  Are you headed to Mun or another stellar object next?

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FizziksGuy    73

Following the death of poor Valentina Kerman on Duna, Nicholas Enterprises has had a lien placed against all future rocket purchases.  This lien will be lifted when a full eulogy for Valentina is published in this forum.  This eulogy must follow the strict format of an English sonnet (see details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed_verse )

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                               Valentina Kermin

Valentina was a brave astronaut

She ventured to Mun, Minmus, Duna

Could her bravery be matched? No it could not

Her favorite midnight snack was tuna

 

We miss you so dearly, Valentina 

She ventured out into the unknown

Her spacecraft moved faster than a cheetah

Sadly she blew up all alone

 

She designed her ship for success

Even including mystery goo

By her talent we were all impressed

When she passed we all said boo

 

Valentina, you will be greatly missed

We're glad you died still not a communist 

 

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Pre-Launch Design Release

Team Name: Nicholas Enterprises

Available Funds: $475,278

Vehicle Name: Mr. Rocket

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:  Twin boar x2, MK3 Fuselodge x1, Rhino Engine x1, AVT-1 Winglet x1, Rockomax Decoupler x1, Airstream Protective Shell x1, TR-18 Stack Decoupler x2, Terrier Fuel Engine x1, F1-T 400 Tank, RC 0015 RGU x1, MK-1 Command Pod x1, SPL solar panel x2, MK16 Parachute x1, LT-1 Landing Struts x3, MK-7 Nose Cones x2, Launch Stability Enhancers x2, and Radial Decouplers x2. Total cost = $82,090

Design Goals: Our vehicle is designed to venture to Duna and plant a memorial flag in memory of Valentina Kermin.

Launch Goal: We plan to accomplish this mission and milestones for landing on Duna. We also hope to receive a 100% for this project by planting a flag on Duna.

Pilot Plan: We will launch from the platform and initially head straight up into the air. A maneuver is expected to be used to obtain orbit around Kerbin. At about 70,000 meters, this maneuver will be made to get orbit. After obtaining orbit, we will create another maneuver so that we have an encounter with Duna's orbit. We will gain orbit around Duna. Then we will do another maneuver so that Duna can pull in our rocket so that we can land on Duna. After landing we will exit the ship and place a memorial flag on Duna for Valentina.

 

 

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Launch Report and Debrief

 

Launch Time: 10:32

Team Members Present: Jason Stack, Marcus NIcholas, Michael Kennedy

Play-by-Play: We've lifted off and are headed directly up in an attempt to obtain orbit around Kerbin. We then angle our ship slightly to the east to increase the eccentricity of our orbit. We reached 70,000 meters and now a maneuver is being created to obtain orbit around Kerbin. Our first engine has been decoupled. Orbit has been obtained around Kerbin. We have waited a long time to obtain the proper angular distance from Duna. Now a maneuver is being used to create an encounter with an orbit around Duna. An encounter has been created with an orbit around Duna. We have obtained orbit around Duna. Our second set of engines have been decoupled. Now a maneuver is being created so that we can be pulled into Duna's atmosphere. Now we are attempting to land the ship. We have landed on Duna. Now a memorial flag is being placed on the planet in memory of Valentina. Now we are accelerating off of Duna's surface and a maneuver has been used to obtain orbit around Duna. Now a maneuver is being used to encounter Kerbin. An encounter has been created and we are going back to Kerbin. Orbit has been obtained around Kerbin. Now another maneuver is being used to pull us into Kerbin's atmosphere. We decoupled our last engine and are being pulled toward Kerbin's surface. Our parachute has been deployed. We have landed safely on Kerbin.

Photographs:  screenshot35.png  screenshot36.pngscreenshot37.pngscreenshot38.pngscreenshot38.pngscreenshot39.pngscreenshot40.pngscreenshot23.pngscreenshot24.png                                                  Valentina's Memorial Flag Reads:

                                                                                                             Forever in Memory                                                                                                                                      

Time-of-Flight: 2 years, 153 days, 12:22:31

Summary: We accomplished our goal which was to plant a memorial flag on Duna for Valentina. We accomplished this goal and returned safely back to Kerbin.

Opportunities / Learnings: We've tested our rocket design that was used to reach Minmus and now Duna and it has been successful twice. We need to improve our landing gear so that it is easier to land on more difficult planets.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Our next goal is to reach a further planet to test our rockets ability.

Milestone Awards Presented: We orbited Duna and landed on Duna with a safe return.

Available Funds: $3,743,188

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FizziksGuy    73

Wow, now that is impressive.  Both the eulogy in verse, as well as landing on and returning from Duna.  I've never seen a team accomplish that before.  Major thumbs up!!!

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