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- Type: VAB
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 83
- Mods: 3
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What if the Soviets tried to throw something at the Mun by the end of 1962? Could a slightly reconfigured Vostok capsule make the trip. In the real world, probably not, but in KSP?
A mod rocket called Vostok 4LK Palomnik. Built with 83 of the finest parts, its root part is Vostok.Crew.A.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.0.4.
Countdown is a 1968 film staring James Caan and Robert Duvall, based on the 1964 novel
The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls which is, in turn, based on a proposal to send a man to the moon on a one way trip to be supplied in situ and rescued later. In the novel, the Soviets try to beat the Americans to the moon using a similar plan and a Vostok capsule.
Here in KSP, could we do the same? Is a Vostok capsule atop an R7 rocket enough to get to the Mun?
Add an extra stage to the R7 for Munar transfer and slap some landing gear on the Vostok service module and you are good to go
The Soviet’s answer to Project Pilgrim would have left the cosmonaut on the lunar surface but Comrade Jeb is having none of that. He’s going to come home. The service module lacks the fuel tro make orbit but, once discarded, the Vostok’s RCS engines not only have enough to make orbit but for a return transfer to Kerbin.
Use whatever remaining fuel in the RCS tanks to slow reentry because you are going to be coming in fast and hot. You will need to loose every m/s you can to survive.
Using the 300 m/s of delta-V remaining in the RCS tanks may have been the difference between triumphant return and carbon vapor. All, the ablative coating burned off the capsule and the skin temperature reached nearly 3000K, coming terrifying close to burning up on reentry.
But Comrade Jeb did return safely. Hail the conquering hero.
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