Sputnik 1
by CaptKordite
uploaded 2015-09-05
(updated 2015-09-11)
mod satellite
#russian #tantares
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  • Type: VAB
  • Class: satellite
  • Part Count: 53
  • Mods: 3
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  • Squad (stock)
  • Tantares LV
  • Tantares
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A mod rocket called Sputnik 1. Built with 53 of the finest parts, its root part is probeCoreSphere.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.0.4.

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The R7 Semyorka rocket was designed to throw a nuclear warhead half way around the planet. With the equivalent of a metal soccer ball that was Sputnik, it was overpowered. Even more so in the scaled down Kerbal universe. I’ve dropped about half the engine thrust to make the ascent more manageable.

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If you want my advice, you’ll strip off the strap-on boosters and fly just the core. With a full tank and full thrust, the single tank is more than sufficient for getting small satellites into orbit.

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The actual Sputnik satellite was a metal sphere with a radio transmitter than broadcast beep. The Kerbals gave this one a rocket motor to put it into a stable orbit. But be careful, it has some battery power but no solar panels. Get it where you want it to be in one orbit or two before those batteries run out. In scale terms, that’s a 150km x 657km orbit with a 65 degree inclination.

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