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  1. Launch Time: 10:55am

    Team Members Present: Members Kaila and Sarah were present for the launch. Elizabeth was unable to attend do to tragic miscommunication (apparently “launch” looks like “brunch…” evidently she viewed the launch via televised recording at Uncle Danny’s).

    Play-by-Play:

    -Set engines to full throttle. Take deep breath. GO!

    -Panic as the rocket begins to lean far too much. Remember you’re not stupid and turn on the ASAS

    -As the launch proceeds, be sure to monitor the heating. DON’T PANIC WHEN OVERHEATING BEGINS. Simply turn down the engine throttle to %75 capacity

    -When the first tank runs out of fuel, initiate the decouple and wait a few seconds for the falling engine/tank to get behind, then initiate the newly exposed engine into full throttle.

    -Always be sure to be face prograde

    -Engage RCS as you break the atmosphere

    -Check that you’re still facing prograde.

    -Once you’re completely out of the atmosphere, examine your orbital situation on a larger scale

    -approach apoapsis

    -Take deep breath, turn prograde and go full throttle. This will successfully expand the orbital path into one that does not crash the ship into Kerbin ground (or ocean)

    -CHEER LOTS! You’re a space station and in orbit!

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    Time-of-Flight: 00:08:49

    Summary: In this mission, Kailzah achieved stable orbit of a space station. This station features solar panels as well as a docking bay. Excess fuel is present so that the orbit may be altered if necessary in the future. Once this fuel has been consumed, another decoupler is present to minimize the size of the orbiting station. We successfully met our goal of a useful space station in orbit with a docking bay for future use. RCS had to be turned on at the proper moment. This was challenging but successfully met. The biggest challenge was making sure that the ship went full throttle at the proper moment. Constantly adjusting throttle and direction (propgade) at the proper moments was essential, and executed successfully. Center of mass is a concern for safety that must be considered in the future, as the ship was rather wobbly. Our next goal presumably will be some sort of docking so that other planets might be easier to obtain.

    Opportunities / Learnings: An essential discovery was the significance of an efficient engine and minimizing the amount of fuel. As incredibly heavy as fuel can be, it’s important to have sincerely just enough to make it, thus making the design cheaper and more efficient. Furthermore, it’s extremely difficult to break atmosphere without the largest engine available.

    Strategies / Project Timeline: Steping up to a space station was a wise move as it is essential for reaching farther planets. This station could rather easily be moved to the mun or a nearby planet. This is crucial for adventures into the depths of space. Docking would be the next logical step, though much research must go into play before we attempt such a difficult task.

    Milestone Awards Presented: First space station in orbit--$130,000

    Available Funds: The remaining funds after building are: $13,841

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