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- Type: VAB
- Class: lifter
- Part Count: 197
- Pure Stock
Joolian V - 500t Payload SSTO w/ Full Recovery
The newest and largest in the Jool series lifters allows payloads of up to 500t to reach orbit at 150,000km above Kerbin without staging. This is a fully recoverable SSTO rocket. Delicate packages can be shielded from drag without modifying the payload, thanks to the integrated 3.75m fairing. The fairing base houses the recovery core and SAS wheels under the decoupler if no extra fairing protection is necessary.
The 4 outer cores are not staged, but are equipped with a cargo bay for deploying solar panels and parachutes. Once opened, the cargo bays are kept open for the duration of the mission and provide extra breaking during reentry. The reentry burn needs to be carefully planned, as the great mass of the rocket, even when empty, needs a shallower flight path than the others in the series.
The Joolian V is powered by five Woolly Mammoth engine clusters. This is what enables its unique superheavy single stage lift. While its sticker price is well over 1million funds, the operating costs compared to the Joolian IV are less for nearly twice the payload. With the new booster fresh out of final trials, some teething issues may yet emerge. Currently, ocean splashdowns need to hold a small amount of fuel in reserve for a softer landing. Without this last second puff, the fragile tanks will break apart leaving only the uppermost tanks and the engines. While this still allows about 60% of the hardware cost to be recovered it’s recommended the lifter be returned to land, as close to KSC as possible. On a relatively flat landing site, an empty JV will not take damage or tip over. In the case of a tip over on land, the chutes provide enough drag to prevent destruction on contact and the opened cargo bay doors provide shock absorption. The first operational flight has proven a landing within 3km of KSC will cost a net 205,000 funds.
Fairing settings: 2-sided clamshell deploy, max ejection force by default.
Joolian Series Hangar
Built with 197 of the finest parts, its root part is size3Decoupler.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.2.
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