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- Type: VAB
- Class: station
- Part Count: 89
- Mods: 7
- Bluedog DB
- New Tantares
- New TantaresLV
- Squad (stock)
- Tantares LV
The American space program officially beat the Soviets to the moon with the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969 but they hadn’t given up on many of their ambitious goals. One of these goals was realized in April 1971 when they successfully launched the world’s first space station – Salyut 1. The military Almaz programme ran concurrently and successfully flew the Salyut 3 and eventually flew Salyut 5 before being cancelled. The second generation of space stations began with the successful launching of Salyut 6 in September 1977. It became the first space station that could successfully dock two vehicles at once with a Soyuz docked in front and a Progress resupply craft in the rear. This allowed the station to be occupied by sixteen different crews for a total of 683 days with the station remaining in orbit for 1,764 days. It also saw the first and only use of the TKS prototype craft being the last vessel docked to it before it finally plunged into the atmosphere in 1982.
The Baruti 6 DOS-5 is an approximation of the Salyut 6 complete with a rear docking port for a resupply craft, such as my Progress-derived craft. It is designed for a crew of two three Kerbonauts, the typical Sangh compliment. However it can actually as a shelter for up to eight at a time. It is designed to be docked with both a Sangh 7K-T craft and an unmanned Prohres 7K-TG craft. The ability to be resupplied regularly means that regular use of the station’s engines for orbital adjustments is now viable. The station’s engines have been replaced entirely to allow for the rear docking port. However the station’s thrust capacity should be roughly the same but not powerful enough for the station to be used past MKO (Medium Kerbin Orbit).
The station’s launcher is modified from the available craft files and approximates the Proton-K launcher. However I’ve had to make a couple of changes to stabilize the ascent such as adding sets of stabilizer fins which weren’t on the actual Proton-K lifter. The ascent process can be a bit difficult as the lifter has a tendency to flip in the lower atmosphere so your angle-of-attack should be below 4 degrees and not include unnecessary rolls or pitch adjustments. It will be a fairly vertical ascent with the massive first stage being decoupled once you are in the upper atmosphere and having reached your desired apogee. The second stage will be more than enough for the rest of ascent and circularization and should be ejected upon reaching orbit. The third stage is somewhat optional but can be used to fix any mistakes in your initial orbit, further circularize your orbit or make last-minute burns to adjust your final orbit.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.
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