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Stock Ares 1 replica 2/3rd scale for LKO (100km+) operations with a crew of up to 6, SRB first stage LFO second stage. This is a great rocket, delivering the Orion capsule with Service Module flawlessly time after time. (Kerb paint was used but will not affect loading it in stock).
Update 1: Less Parts, less crew, separation of Service Module and Second stage, more range, flies better, more fun, more solar panels arranged more like Orion solar panels (not the circular ones, the four in a cross).
Update 2: More parts, more crew, closer to scale, this has been reworked and optimised for 100km LKO, originally I went to fix a height issue because I based the SRB height on the 4 segment Shuttle SRB’s not the 5 segment ones planned and used in the test launch, that led to a paint job, a video, lot’s of launches, and sad to say lots of fixes. Stuff you don’t really notice till you test it A LOT. It is now pretty bulletproof, even Mechjeb can fly it to orbit no issues and look good doing it. I recommend a 2 to 3 second delay between stages, especially when filming to give that NASA separation footage.
Width 1: 2.5m
Width 2: 3.75
Activate SAS and RCS (verniers to turn against SRB torque), stage SRB’s and ascend as normal, gravity turn at 100m/s, slowly keep pitching over until at around 70 degrees by 10km. When SRB’s are exhausted stage second seperation. Follow prograde marker until 100km apoapsis is attained. Stage fairing and LAS and then circularise as normal. The second stage should be exhausted or nearly so and can be detached. Continue on Service Module.
Launch Abort System - hit abort button.
Action Group 1 is for chutes, if you abort on the pad it takes too long to stage through and the LES does not take the Capsule far.
Action Group 2 is for Solar Panels.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.0.4.
- Squad (stock)
- Type: VAB
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 83
- Mods: 2
Hope you enjoy it!
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