December 04, 2013
Sure, maybe everybody else has already managed to get into orbit around Mün, or landed there for that matter, but I never pulled it off. Until tonight, courtesy of my Delta-K rocket, some seat-of-the-spacesuit piloting, and a metric fsckton of luck. Even better, I think I'll have enough go-juice to get Jebediah back, to boot!
The next step? Land on the darned thing, and get back. I think the Delta-K will have the oomph to get the lander up... I hope. I have high hopes.
That rocket probably had enough delta-v to get back, but I messed up my maneuvers, breaking Mun orbit in a way that added total velocity to my orbit which I then had to cancel, and I tried to rush that, rather than wait for the most efficient time.
Compared to your Delta-K, my rocket had more in the lower stages, but less in the middle. I had five of the big fuel tanks with fuel cross-feed, so I drop two fairly quickly, drop another two just before achieving orbit, and use the fifth to put me on the mun transfer orbit. Then the upper stage handled mun orbit and return. My upper stage was smaller than yours. The rocket's I've seen with landers on them have more upper stage than you do, with lower stages in line with what I had or larger.
Posted by: David at December 05, 2013 11:32 AM (vtKcn)
Nothing like that moment when you realize 'Oh crap, I'm coming in waaaay too hot!'...
Here's a screenshot of one of my less than successful landings (though with repeated rocket pack smackings, I did get the habitation module upright).
Posted by: DrHeinous at December 05, 2013 11:35 AM (/Y+Yb)
Posted by: Dreamshadow at December 05, 2013 11:45 AM (T5fuR)
After watching something around 20 full orbits, the closest Jeb ever got to Home was roughly halfway between Kerbin and Mun. Rescue... is probably not an option.
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 05, 2013 09:05 PM (Izt1u)
I've been playing around in the free demo for a while, and the tutorial they added helped me immensely. That and some youtube videos finally got me sorted out and making regular Munar trips.
Posted by: Will at December 11, 2013 12:46 AM (1EtXn)
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