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- Type: VAB
- Class: station
- Part Count: 95
- Mods: 8
- Bluedog DB
- Contares EYE
- New Tantares
- New TantaresLV
- Squad (stock)
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
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 originally modified from the available craft files and approximates the Proton-K rocket. The ascent process, at least initially, is a bit troublesome with a rather low thrust-to-weight ratio (TWR). I highly recommend that your angle-of-attack doesn’t exceed 5 degrees to avoid
flipping the entire vessel. The ascent should become more manageable over time and the powerful first stage will get you into space before the second stage takes over and handles the rest of the ascent. The orbital burn can be handled either the second or third stages, I recommend the third stage to make the burn more manageable although depending on your inclination you may have already used up your second stage. The third stage should be ejected upon settling into your parking orbit as the station’s on-board engines can make plenty of small adjustments.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.6.0.
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