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Team Name: Rivoralsh Research

Members: Tim Walsh, Daniel Rivas, Pavel Rozvora

 

Starting Funds: $60,000

 

Notes: Rivoralsh 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 Pavel Rozvora, the team utilizes a community of leaders to determine their direction, represented by globe-trotting actor/singer Walsh and the lesser known but no less effective Dr. Daniel Rivas, 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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And this is why Pavel shouldn't be allowed to drive the land rover... (or Tim to fix it!)

 

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Team Name: Rivoralsh Research

Available Funds: 60,000

Vehicle Name: The Boss

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

Command pod mk 1 ~ 600

Rockomax 16 fuel tank ~ 1800

Mainsail engine  ~ 850

MK-16 Parachute ~ 422

TR-18A stack decoupler ~ 600

Total: 4272

 

Design Goals: Cheap and simple, manned launch to 10km

Launch Goal: Manned launch to 10km

Pilot Plan: Blast full throttle up, keep it below 200m/s until over ~6km, decouple after apoapsis at 10km

 

 

Pictures to follow

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Launch Report and Debrief

 

Launch Time: 13:24, 5/19/14

Team Members Present: Tim Walsh

Play-by-Play: Half throttle off launch pad, accelerate to 200 m/s.  Decrease throttle to keep below 200m/s until at 6km.  From there go full throttle.  After fuel runs out, separate fuel tank from pod and parachute.  When pod is 400m from ground, deploy parachute.  After soft landing, recover vessel.

Photographs: Photos to follow

Time-of-Flight: Didn’t track, but ~00:03:00

Summary: Not many risks here, all in all a good flight.  Keep it simple, stupid!

Opportunities / Learnings: Simple is nice, keep it manageable.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Let’s move on!! Going to go grab that 50km milestone!

Milestone Awards Presented: 10km manned milestone, 20,000 in funds.

Available Funds: 57,864.  Lets do this!

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Rivoralsh Research has won the primary award for the 10km manned milestone.  $20,000 Kerbins to Rivoralsh!

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Pictures, as promised from the post above.  We have shots of the ship in hangar, midflight, achieving the milestone, and safely landing.

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Pre-Launch Design Release

 

Team Name: Rivoralsh Research

Available Funds: 77,864

Vehicle Name: Second

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

Command pod mk 1 ~ 600

Rockomax 16 fuel tank ~ 1800

Mainsail engine  ~ 850

MK-16 Parachute ~ 422

TR-18A stack decoupler ~ 600

Rockomax Decoupler ~ 200

Rockomax 32 fuel tank ~ 6600

Rockomax mainsail  ~ 850

6 x hydraulic detachment manifolds 200x6 ~ 1200

3 x vacc boosters 3x800 ~ 2400

Total: 15,522

Design Goals: Safely transporting a kerbal to 50k meters above the ground and safely returning him.

Launch Goal: We are hoping to demonstrate safely reaching 50k meters and returning safely from the height. we expect to reach the manned launch to 50 km milesone.

Pilot Plan: Contorolling throttle and couplers and the parachute to complete the given objectives. Boosters are decoupled first, then the liquid tank, and finally the command module is split off and parachuted to the ground.

Illustrations: Pictures coming.

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Launch Report and Debrief  

Launch Time: 13:50 2014/5/19

Team Members Present: All three group members: Rivas, Rozvora, Walsh

Play-by-Play:

Launch

boosters decoupled when empty

liquid fuel tank decoupled when empty

Throttle second engine to full, achieve apoapsis above 50km

Throttle down engine and decouple

Deploy parachute at ~600m and land safely

Recover

Photographs: to follow

Time-of-Flight: 6:13

Summary: Manned launch to 50km acheived. The manned launch to 50 km milestone was acheived.

Opportunities / Learnings: A simple working design is just as good if not better than a super complicated one.

Strategies / Project Timeline: We can to attempt to achieve new milestones.

Milestone Awards Presented: Manned launch to 50km which entails a reward of 30,000

Available Funds: 70,103

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Pre-Launch Design Release

 

Team Name: Rivoralsh Research

Available Funds: 100,103

Vehicle Name: The Second Second

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

Command pod mk 1 ~ 600

Rockomax 16 fuel tank ~ 1800

Mainsail engine  ~ 850

MK-16 Parachute ~ 422

TR-18A stack decoupler ~ 600

Rockomax Decoupler ~ 200

Rockomax 32 fuel tank ~ 6600

Rockomax mainsail  ~ 850

6 x hydraulic detachment manifolds 200x6 ~ 1200

3 x vacc boosters 3x800 ~ 2400

Total: 15,522

Design Goals: Safely transporting a kerbal to stable orbit and safely returning him.

Launch Goal: We are hoping to demonstrate safely reaching stable orbit above 70km and returning safely from the height. we expect to reach the stable manned orbit milesone.

Pilot Plan: Contorolling throttle and couplers and the parachute to complete the given objectives. Boosters are decoupled first, then the liquid tank, and finally the command module is split off and parachuted to the ground.

Illustrations: Screenshots to follow!

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Launch Report and Debrief

 

Launch Time: 13:50 2014/5/19

Team Members Present: All three group members: Rivas, Rozvora, Walsh

Play-by-Play:

Launch

boosters decoupled when empty

liquid fuel tank decoupled when empty

Throttle second engine to full, attempt to achieve stable orbit

Decouple second engine

Fail the objective

Deploy parachute at ~600m and land safely

Recover parts

Photographs: to follow

Time-of-Flight: 6:24

Summary: Stable orbit not achieved, will try again later.

Opportunities / Learnings: Moar fuel.  Always.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Retry with better rocket.

Milestone Awards Presented: None.

Available Funds: 92,342

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Pre-Launch Design Release

 

Team Name: Rivoralsh Research

Available Funds: 92,342

Vehicle Name: Second mk 2

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

Command pod mk 1 ~ 600

Mainsail engine  ~ 850

MK-16 Parachute ~ 422

TR-18A stack decoupler ~ 600

Rockomax Decoupler ~ 200

2x Rockomax 32 fuel tank ~ 13200

Rockomax mainsail  ~ 850

12 x hydraulic detachment manifolds 200x12 ~ 2400

6 x vacc boosters 6x800 ~ 4800

Total: 23,872

Design Goals: Have enough fuel and power to get into orbit and return

Launch Goal: We are hoping to demonstrate safely reaching stable manned orbit and returning safely from the orbit. we expect to reach the stable manned orbit milesone.

Pilot Plan: Contorolling throttle and couplers and the parachute to complete the given objectives. Boosters are decoupled first, then the liquid tank, and finally the command module is split off after complletion of the objective and parachuted to the ground.

Illustrations:

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Launch Report and Debrief

 

Launch Time: 13:45 2014/5/20

Team Members Present: Rozvora, Walsh

Play-by-Play:

Launch

boosters decoupled when empty

liquid fuel tank decoupled when empty

Throttle second engine to full, attempt to achieve stable orbit

Decouple second engine

cut throttle until apoapsis is reached

throttle up to achieve stable orbit

orbit indefinitely

isolate command module

re-enter the atmosphere

Deploy parachute at ~5000m, which opens at ~800 and land safely

Recover parts

Photographs: to follow

Time-of-Flight: 1:32:16

Summary: Stable orbit achieved, safe landing, parts recovered

Opportunities / Learnings: having a stable orbit

Strategies / Project Timeline: moving on to new objectives

Milestone Awards Presented: Stable manned orbit which begets a reward of 50,000

Available Funds: 82,781

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Rivoralsh Research fined $500 for polluting the atmosphere of Kerbin with crispy dead Kerbal bits.

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Pre-Launch Design Release

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FUNDING PULLED

WE ARE HEADED IN A NEW DIRECTION

SHIP NOT LAUNCHED

 

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Team Name: Rivoralsh Research

Available Funds: 122,281

Vehicle Name: Space Station, cosmonauts

Vehicle Parts List and Cost:

Probodobodyne OKTO ~ 450

Clamp-o-tron port ~ 280

Illuminator mk2 x6 ~ 600

OX-4B Photovoltaic panels x6 ~ 1800

Advanced SAS x2 ~ 2200

RCS block x4 ~1800

FL-R25 RCS tank ~ 800

Inline Clamp ~ 700

FL-800 Tank ~ 1600

Clamp-o-tron port ~ 280

TR-18A stack decoupler ~ 600

Rockomax Adapter ~ 50

Rockomax 32 tank ~ 6600

Rockomax Poodle ~ 600

Rockomax Decoupler ~ 200

TT-70 Radial Decoupler x24 ~ 16800

Rocomax BACC Booster x8 ~ 6400

Rockomax 64 tank ~ 12500

Rockomax Mainsail ~ 850

 

Total cost: 55,110

 

Design Goals: Have enough fuel and power to get into and to get a reusable refueling station

Launch Goal: To put a refueling station in space

Pilot Plan: Contorolling throttle and couplers and the parachute to complete the given objectives. Boosters are decoupled first, then the liquid tank, and finally the station is left in orbit indefinitely.

Illustrations: none yet

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