Ares Surface Exploration Vehicles
by Rocketdyne_H1
uploaded 2022-03-05
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#Duna #Rover #Modded

The Opposition-Class Duna missions used a static base (https://kerbalx.com/Rocketdyne_H1/Ares-Opposition-Class-Surface-Habitat); this means that the crew will need some way of getting around during their stay.

The DCRs (Duna Crewed Rovers) provide this means; they are able to keep three Kerbals alive on extended land journeys, while towing various trailers that could be customized to carry scientific equipment, parts, or even a drone (proposed). Two are prepared for each mission, in the event that any one vehicle is disabled, the other could be used as a replacement, or if the failure occurs during an excursion, to rescue the stranded crew. When staying put at night, the laboratory trailer also allows it to function as an effective science laboratory, and the excess fuel cell reactants can be used to top off other rovers or the Habitat with KAS connections. Abundant open platforms make attaching additional equipment or spare parts easy.

These vehicles are sent in a tightly-packaged configuration on the same transfer window as any Habitat; the combination goes through a braking phase not dissimilar to that of its static counterpart, but the greater mass of the rovers means that drop tanks will sometimes be required on the Common Space Storable Stage. It is still launched aboard an Exodus 1-12 however, as it has more than enough reserves to send it on the same trajectory. After landing with parachutes and retrorockets, the automated drone core allows them to be remotely driven to the base, in case the landing was off-target.

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