Molniya-1
by CaptKordite
uploaded 2017-01-21
43 downloads /
3
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VAB
mod satellite
#tantares #Russian #Soviet

Details

  • Type: VAB
  • Class: satellite
  • Part Count: 105
  • Mods: 3

Mods

  • CONTARES
  • Squad (stock)
  • Tantares

Description

The first Soviet communication satellite launched in 1964, it would be put into an orbit with a high latitude, high periapsis, and 1 day period, maximizing its coverage. Named for the satellite, the orbit and the rocket would be known as molina (lightning).

A mod rocket called Molniya-1. Built with 105 of the finest parts, its root part is CandyBox.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.2.

The flight profile to recreate the Molniya orbit is to launch to place yourself into a 190 km circular orbit. The rocket is already rotated for a 60 degree inclination. Then, when you are in the southern hemisphere, fire the Blok L engine to increase your periapsis to 5,548 km. This will make your orbital period approximately 6 hours. As you approach periapsis, face prograde and decouple the Blok L. The sepatrons will deorbit the booster. The Molniya has its engine at the front of the craft so control from here at the kontact docking port on the base to control the craft. Use the RCS and info from Kerbal Engineer or MechJeb to adjust your orbit to precisely 6 hours. Remember, the satellite has fixed solar panels so make sure you keep them pointed at the sun.

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This craft is built with the newer Contares, AB Launchers, and TantaresLV mod packs but with the Old Tantares builds. If you update Tantares from the KSP Forum links to Github, it will break your ships and kill your crews.

Old Tantares 37.1 : http://kerbal.curseforge.com/projects/tantares-stockalike-soyuz-and-mir
TantaresLV : https://github.com/Tantares/TantaresLV/releases
Contares : https://spacedock.info/mod/180/CONTARES
AB Launchers : https://spacedock.info/mod/181/AB%20Launchers

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