by gc1ceo
uploaded 2017-08-06
mod ship


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 20
  • Mods: 2


  • Squad (stock)

The Ansari X Prize was a $10 million US Dollar prize created in 1996 for a privately-funded spacecraft to make at least two successful launches that reached space within the span of two weeks. One of the top entries for the prize was the Canadian Arrow which was developed by Geoff Sheerin, Dan McKibbon, and Chris Corke all from London, Ontario, Canada. Unforunately the vehicle didn’t see a live test and concluded the last of its tests in 2004 upon another vehicle winning the actual prize.

The CA-1 is a basic approximation of the Canadian Arrow and is an incredibly simple vehicle that is strictly for sub-orbital missions in a manner similar to early Mercury missions. The CA-1 vehicle carries (3) Kerbonauts and has only the most rudimentary of systems.

The CA-1’s lifter is a single stage liquid rocket which should be enough to put you into a sub-orbital trajectory similar to my Etoh-Hermes and Mercury-Redstone builds. You should conduct your roll first followed by a gentle pitch down once you reached a velocity of 100 m/s. You should shoot for a projected apogee around 140-160km will take you considerably downrange but fall short of an actual orbit.

The vehicle is equipped with a set of four small separation motors which have several potential purposes. The first is they act as abort rockets taking the vehicle a safe distances from the launcher to give you plenty of time to activate the brakes and parachute. The second is as traditional separators once your lifter has exhausted its fuel. The third is they can be reserved for any time during the flight when sudden thrust is necessary.

The re-entry procedure is a bit different from my other builds as the entire vehicle is covered in a small amount of ablative shielding. You will need to activate the air-brakes somewhere between 20-30km to avoid being destroyed during re-entry. The air brakes will slow the craft down considerably almost to 100 m/s before you even deploy the parachute. The parachute should be deployed in the lower atmosphere and after full deployment the brakes can be retracted, if so desired.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.

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