Molniya 2
by Shamash_d
uploaded 2016-10-11
stock satellite
#Molniya #Soyuz #Relay #communication #R7


A stock rocket called Molniya 2. Built with 201 of the finest parts, its root part is fuelTank.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.0.

Rough recreation of the Molniya relay satellite with launcher designed in 1.2 with relay capabilities and with a launcher scaled better to other rockets. Complete new design from the prior Molniya craft I made, with lower cost, fewer parts, and more VAB lag (because fairings, I’m guessing). Uses the same launcher as the Soyuz (no extended upper stage, somewhat unrepresentative of the actual Molniya launch vehicle). Launcher is capable of boosting roughly 8 tonnes to LKO and has the vernier engines hooked up to gimbal in similar fashion to those of the actual R7 derived boosters.
Molniya, or Lightning, is the name of a type of communications satellite using a high eccentricity, high inclination (63.4 degrees semi synchonous) orbit to hang over the norther hemisphere for long periods of time, allowing coverage of locations usually inaccessible to geosynch satellites (or getting higher contrast pictures from orbit if your camera technology isn’t quite on par with that of your international rival). This particular inclination is predominantly chosen to reduce orbital perturbation due to the asymmetric nature of the Earth’s gravitational field (something we don’t have to worry about in Kerbal).


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: satellite
  • Part Count: 201
  • Pure Stock

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