Chryslus II-Suomi LV
by gc1ceo
uploaded 2018-06-16
(updated 2019-01-27)
mod ship
#chryslus #juno #explorer


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 30
  • Mods: 4


  • Bluedog DB
  • Squad (stock)
  • TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
  • TweakableEverything

The PGM-19 Jupiter became America’s first nuclear-armed medium range ballistic missile in 1956 and were deployed up until 1961 by which point they had become outdated and were quietly retired. However the Jupiter-C prototype became the basis for the Juno I launch vehicle, a number of Jupiter rockets were used for biological test flights, and lastly the Juno II launcher was developed from the operational Jupiter rocket.

The Juno II had ten flights between 1958 and 1961 and served as an early light-medium lifter before being retired with its role taken over by the Thor/Delta and Agena rockets. It had a less than stellar record with only 4 successes, 1 partial failure, and 5 failures. However it was responsible for the early Pioneer 3 and 4 missions, as well as a number of the Explorer missions such as Explorer 7, 8 and 11.

The Chryslus II is Bluedog Design Bureau’s approximation of the Juno II as outfitted for the Explorer 7 mission. The first stage is liquid-fueled and should put the payload into stable parking orbit, although you could also use it to get into a KTO (Keosynchronous Transfer Orbit). The second stage, a Vicenza-11 solid rocket pack, should raise your apogee into a high MKO (Medium Kerbal Orbit) or could be used to raise your perigee from KTO. The third stage, a Vicenza-3 solid rocket pack, and the fourth stage, Vicenza-1 rocket, could be used for a variety of purposes.

I have included a rough approximation of the Explorer 11 using the Suomi probe core and your orbital parameters, without modification to your solid fuel, will probably be considerably higher than the historical mission. It actually has two probe cores and solar power cells so it can stay functional in MKO almost indefinitely.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.6.1.

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