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- Type: VAB
- Class: station
- Part Count: 82
- Mods: 6
- Bluedog DB
- New Tantares
- New TantaresLV
- Squad (stock)
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 originally modified from the available craft files and approximates the Proton-K launcher. The launcher has a fairly low thrust-to-weight ratio so it makes the ascent, at least initially, a bit troublesome. I highly recommend you keep the angle-of-attack to 5 degrees to avoid
flipping the craft. The powerful first stage should put you into space before it depletes with the rest of the ascent taken over by the second stage. You can use the remains of the second stage to enter orbit or decouple it and handling the orbit with your third stage.
The historical Salyut 4’s orbit changed many times partly to be in better orbits for manned spacecraft and partly to test out the capabilities of the on-board engine. This means a historical approximation could be anywhere from 100 to 270km although that may depend on your inclination but it should be able to get to anything in LKO (Low Kerbin Orbit). Of course you should also factor in the abilities of the manned spacecraft that intend to dock with the station. You might also consider any issues with de-orbiting the station especially if your altitude is too high.
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