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- Type: VAB
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 18
- Mods: 2
- Bluedog DB
The French were one of the four primary nations to take full advantage of the German rocket program and on May 22nd 1952 they had launched their first rocket, a V-2 derivative named Veronique. It continued to expand and develop new rockets and by 1962 the Diamat rocket was put into development to become France and Western Europe’s first indigenous orbital launcher and by 1965 it was ready for its maiden flight. France became the world’s third space power on November 26th, 1965 when it successful placed France’s first satellite – Asterix – into LEO (Low Earth Orbit). The Diamant A made three more successful launches and one failure between 1965 and 1967 and eventually lead the way to more powerful rockets in the early 1970s.
The Rosuette A is Bluedog Design Bureau’s approximation of the Diamant A and is a light payload lifter similar in capability to the Chryslus II (Juno II) to place payloads between 100-200kg into LKO (Low Kerbin Orbit). The first, and largest, stage is a liquid engine rocket which will probably put you into space or on its edge. The second stage is a solid rocket which will establish your initial apogee and could be anywhere from 300km to 11000km depending on when its fired and the trajectory of the rocket. The third stage, a smaller solid rocket, should be fired near to your initial apogee to put the rocket into orbit and probably greatly increasing your apogee as well.
The historical Asterix satellite had a relatively high orbit so if you want similar I suggest a final apogee around 1100-1200km with a perigee between 400-700km for similar results. However it is all in when you fire the two solid rocket stages and I’ve ended up with apogees in excess of 2000km.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.4.3.
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