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- Type: VAB
- Class: station
- Part Count: 88
- 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. However the civilian Salyut programme continued with the development of Salyut 4 which made a number of modifications to the Salyut design. The first was the removal of the rear solar panels and replacing it with a large zenith solar panel which provided it with considerably more power for experiments. The second was the additional of new instruments including space telescopes which put it more on par with Skylab’s capabilities. The success of Salyut 4 exceeded both prior stations with an occupancy of more than 90 days between two crews. It was the last civilian station of the first generation of the Soviet space station program.
The Baruti DOS-4, or Baruti 4, is an approximation of the Salyut 4 station. It is designed for a crew of two to three Kerbonauts, the typical Sangh compliment, it can actually act as a shelter for up to eight at a time. It is designed to dock with a Sangh 7K-T craft although any craft with the docking port should be able to use the station. The RCS has been upgraded and should provide you with greater control over the station’s orientation. It retains the modified service module used in the Baruti DOS-1 and still can provide about 200 dV worth of thrust. I recommend that its kept in reserve for destructive re-entry falling the completion of its usefulness.
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.
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