Tropolaunch II / Eve Com I
by XB-70A
uploaded 2018-03-06
stock satellite
#Air #Launch #Communication #Relay


  • Type: SPH
  • Class: satellite
  • Part Count: 84
  • Pure Stock


Here comes a really basic and simple air-launched orbital system. Still being blocked on my re-worked stockalike Pegasus I decided to make a new launcher with approximately the same capabilities about the payload, as well as the cost.
The whole craft is easy to handle and able to perform its mission easily. The OC-16C Areion II mother-ship, nicknamed Tropolaunch II by the ground staff, is overpowered with its four Goliath turbofan, but it was a necessity to ensure it some good performances to climb quickly between 9 to 11 km, where the launcher is dropped. Then, despite being powered by a single Swivel, it is able to accelerate fast enough to place the apogee around 300 km before being shut-down. Then the second stage, with more than 2 km/s of impulsion available can transfer the light payload to different target easily. The satellite coming with it being nothing else than a simple communication and relay platform, having 1.5 km/s available for the next maneuvers.
The craft being really easy to fly and control, I decided to send it directly to Eve on its first flight, and the result was pretty nice with a relay placed on a high polar orbit, everything for the cost of 7718 Founds only.

A stock aircraft called Tropolaunch II / Eve Com I. Built with 84 of the finest parts, its root part is microEngine.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.1.

Album of the flight to Eve.

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