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 Team Name: Vargard Conglomerates

Members: Cristian, Zach L


Starting Funds: $100,000


Notes: Financed by interworld day trading superstar Vargas, Vanrgard Conglomerates is Vargas’s attempt to “give back” to the planet that has given him so much, and if he just happens to make a financial killing in the process, who is he to blame?  Immediately following the signing of Vargard’s papers of incorporation, Vanguard hired his old high school classmate, Zach Lessard, to head the firm’s day-to-day operations.  Lessard’s penchant for getting the job done, regardless of details such as legality and financial legitimacy, made him a perfect candidate to leave Earth and relocate to Kerbin, where even the word “extradition” is so hard to pronounce the Kerbal society avoids the concept altogether.


Due to the influx of off-world investment and potentially “shady” directors, Vargard Conglomerates is required to pay a 10% foreign enterprise tax on all purchases (all vehicle costs go up by 10% from list price), and any fines or penalties have a hefty 50% foreign processing surcharge.

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First Pre-launch Report

Team Name: Vargard Conglomerates

Available Funds: $100,000

Vehicle Name: Vargard Dos

Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Mk1 command pod, Mk16 parachute, TR-18A stack decoupler, FL-T100 fuel tank, LV-909 "terrier" liquid fuel engine

total cost: $1,962

Design Goals: Our rocket is designed to launch to a decent height and return to the ground safely

Launch Goal: Our launch goal is to get to at least 10km, and return to the ground with our kerbal safe and sound.

Pilot Plan: Our plan for the pilot is to survive.


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Launch Time: 5 minutes 27 seconds

Team Members Present: Varg and ard were both present for the launch.

Play-by-Play: Rocket launched without issue, continued to accelerate up to about 4000 m, at that point the liquid fuel supply ran out and the rocket began to decelerate. Due to this, we dropped the fuel tank and engine from the rocket in order to decelerate the deceleration. Rocket continued to slow until it reached its maximum height of 6981 meters. It began to plummet. At about 4500 meters, we deployed the parachute in order to hopefully ensure a safe landing. A few minutes later, the rocket reached the ground of Kerbin safely.

Photographs: No photographs, no milestones were reached.

Time-of-Flight: We don't know. Sorry.

Summary: In summary, we didn't reach any goals. Sorry.

Opportunities / Learnings: What we most learned is that we should probably ensure that it is possible to reach whatever goal we set for ourselves before going off on a mission. Being that this mission was completed using an incredibly inexpensive rocket, it's not big deal and probably beneficial for future launches.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Definitely will be more planning before future launches. Our next launch will definitely aim to break that 10 km mark, at the least.

Milestone Awards Presented: Lol

Available Funds: $97,328. Small modification was made prior to launch that ended up increasing the price of the rocket. That is accounted for here.

Team Name: Vargard Conglomerates

Available Funds: $97,328

Vehicle Name: Vargard Dos.5

Vehicle Parts List and Cost: Mk1 command pod, Mk16 parachute, TR-18A stack decoupler x2, FL-T100 fuel tank, FL-T400 fuel tank, LV-T30 liquid fuel engine, Av-R8 winglets x3.

Design Goals: Launch upward to a decent height, then later return to the ground safely.

Launch Goal: Our main goal is to break 10 km on this flight,

Pilot Plan: Our plan for the pilot is to survive. The rocket is set up in 3 stages. The next stage should be deployed at the point that the previous one runs out of fuel supply.


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Launch Time: 6 minutes and 15 seconds.

Team Members Present: Varg and ard

Play-by-Play: Rocket launched into the air without issue. Break number 1 occurred at about the 7300 meter point. At that point, the seconds engine worked until it ran out of fuel at a height of 13700 meters. Once we dropped this, there were no other forms of man made acceleration and the rocket decelerated until it reached it's maximum height of 28 km. The rocket began free falling until the parachute was deployed at about 4400 meters. The vessel then landed on the ground safely.


Time-of-Flight: 5 hours and 45 minutes

Summary: In summary, the rocket launched successfully and reached a height of 28 km, and came back to the earth safely. All in all, this was a pretty successful mission.

Opportunities / Learnings: Having multiple flight stages are beneficial to the flight of a rocket.

Strategies / Project Timeline: It makes our goal of reaching 50 km seem more attainable.

Milestone Awards Presented: Launched to 10 km - $10,000

Manned launch to 10 km - $20,000

3rd team to accomplish this, therefore we receive 25% of reward - $7,500 total

Available Funds: $102,818


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Team Name: Vargard Conglomerates

Available Funds: $102,818

Vehicle Name: Vargard Tres

Vehicle Parts List and Cost: mk16 parachute, mk1 command pod, Tr-18A stack decoupler, FL-T400 fuel tank x8, LGV-909 "terrier" liquid fuel engine, Aerodynamic nose cone x6, TT-38k radial decoupler x6, LV-T30 "reliant: liquid fuel engine x6

total cost: $18,242

Design Goals: Our rocket is designed to go off in 3 stages that allow it to reach the maximum height possible and drop weight when necessary

Launch Goal: Our only goal is to reach 50 km and return to the ground safely.

Pilot Plan: The pilot will be setting off the stages at the appropriate time in order to ensure the most successful flight.


Launch Time: 14 minutes and 9 seconds.

Team Members Present: Varg and ard.

Play-by-Play: The rocket launched without issue. The first stage was dropped at around 26 km, then the second stage was unintentionally also dropped immediately after triggering the first due to one too many hits of the space bar. Regardless of this, the rocket remained intact until it was rotated to drop the extra weight. The cockpit continued up to the maximum height of 81 km. The vessel then fell to the earth, saved by the parachute and landed on the ground safely.


Time-of-Flight: 6 hours 24 minutes.

Summary: In summary, the rocket reached 81 km, and returned to the ground, with Jebediah inside and safe.

Opportunities / Learnings: We learned that we are even closer than we though to reaching orbit, and also to be careful when setting of stage changes, and to not have too much fuel.

Strategies / Project Timeline: This launch definitely set us up to reach a goal of orbit.

Milestone Awards Presented: 50 km, return to ground safely. 50% as we are the second team, so $15,000

Available Funds: 108,697

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Team Name: Vargard conglomerates

Available Funds: 108,697

Vehicle Name: Vargard Quatro

Vehicle Parts List and Cost: mk1 command pod, mk16 parachute, TR-18A stack decoupler x3, radiator panel x4, Fl-T100 fuel tank, LV-909 "terrier" liquid fuel engine, FL-T400 fuel tank x5, LV-T45 "swivel" LFE, rockomax brand adapter, rockomax X200-32 fuel tank, RE-M5 "mainsail" LFE

total cost: 28,922

Design Goals: Our vehicle is designed to reach orbit through a series of stages that are planned out in order to maximize height and minimize danger for Jebediah. The rocket is designed to be able to return to Kerbin following it's trip in orbit, and land safely thanks to a parachute.

Launch Goal: Our goal for this flight is to reach orbit and return to the ground safely, and we honestly believe that we should reach this goal.

Pilot Plan: The pilot is to set off the stages accordingly. Utilize all of the liquid fuel in the first stage and then decouple, which should take the rocket to over 30,000 meters at this point. After that, more fuel is present in the next stage that will allow the rocket to continue to accelerate out of the atmosphere. At about 65,000 meters, throttle should be lowered and the rocket should be angled in order to achieve horizontal velocity. Through doing this and other maneuvers, the rocket should enter orbit. Once in orbit, Jebediah should be able to enjoy the beauties of space for a short time before the final stage is set off, allowing the rocket to return to the ground. Once plummeting, the parachute should be deployed somewhere between 2500-5000 meters, whenever it is the safest to deploy. The rocket should then land on the ground or in the water safely.



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Great start.  I would recommend going just a bit further to make sure you know what other maneuvers are needed for orbit, and exactly when you want to deploy that parachute.  Looking forward to hearing about a successful journey!

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Launch Time: 10:53 AM EST, May 25th 2016

Team Members Present: Varg and ard

Play-by-Play: The rocket launched without issue. It continually accelerated with the help of the first engine up to the point of 52,000 meters, when that tank ran out of fuel and was decoupled. This was higher than it was expected to be at this point, which gave us extra fuel to utilize for the rest of our flight. The rocket then was accelerated until it reached the point of 70,000 meters, when the throttle was cut off and the rocket was given an angle. This was done in order to get the rocket into orbit. This was done successfully by accelerating the rocket once it reached it's maximum height. Once it was in orbit, Jebediah was able to enjoy the scenery of space for a good amount of time. After being in orbit for a bit, the rocket began the final stage: return to Kerbin. This was done by utilizing the rest of the liquid fuel to move against the path of orbit and begin the return. The rocket started to burn upon reentry to the atmosphere, but did not overheat thanks to the radiator panels installed on the sides of the rocket. Once it fell to around 4,500 meters the parachute was deployed and the rocket slowly drifted down to the surface where it landed safely in the waters of Kerbin








Time-of-Flight: 5 hours, 30 minutes, and 16 seconds

Summary: Our mission was a success. We were able to make it into space, orbit the planet, and land successfully

Opportunities / Learnings: Our abilities have definitely reached and possibly exceeded making it to orbit. Personally, we believe that we have the talent and brain power to be the first team to make it to the Mun.

Strategies / Project Timeline: Despite the success of this mission, we will definitely need to do more research before we tackle our next objective of reaching the moon 

Milestone Awards Presented:

  • Achieving stable orbit - $40,000 (50%. we were second)
  • Achieving stable manned orbit - $50,000 (50%. we were second)                               Total revenue of $45,000 gained from this mission

Available Funds: $125,286 (some parts were recovered, reducing our rocket's cost)

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