Muo-Belle Target Vehicle
by gc1ceo
uploaded 2016-11-22
(updated 2017-06-14)
mod ship
#gemini #atlas #agena #belle #muo


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 23
  • Mods: 2


  • Bluedog DB
  • TweakableEverything

This is my build of the Muo-Belle Target Vehicle which is Blue Dog Bureau’s version of the Atlas-Agena Target Vehicle which was used during missions for Gemini 8, 10, 11 and 12 (and intended for Gemini 6 and 9). The load has been slightly adjusted to better fit the Gemini missions which included rendezvous, docking, tethering experiments, and boosting orbital apogee to as high as 1,369 km.

The Belle Target Vehicle is a modification of the Belle D upper stage with an addition of a docking adapter, antenna, and control systems. It is a bit larger than other Muo payloads so an ascent apogee of between 100 and 125km is recommended; however the vehicle’s engines can easily boost it to a much higher orbit if desired. Once docked with a Leo spacecraft it can easily place both vehicles into orbits in excess of 1,000 km although an apogee of 958km would be a closer historical approximation, it certainly won’t send you into a lunar flyby as-is.

Since this is a Muo rocket you should be careful during ascent as a high AoA may cause the rocket to flip unexpectedly. I recommend an angle of attack between 3 and 5 degrees with the rocket’s TWR meant to handle a fairly vertical ascent with ease.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.

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