Sarnus S1
by gc1ceo
uploaded 2016-11-28
(updated 2017-06-15)
mod ship
#sarnus #saturn #pegasus


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 60
  • Mods: 3


  • Bluedog DB
  • Squad (stock)
  • TweakableEverything

The Saturn I was one of several proposals meant to answer the US Department of Defense’s call for heavy lifters which could put 9-18 ton payloads into orbit at a time when existing launchers could only managed a tenth of that. The initial result was a powerful two-stage heavy lifter designed for a 9 ton payload allowing for much larger satellites and which would eventually pave the way for other Saturn rockets which lifted all the Apollo missions.

The Sarnus I is Blue Dog Design Bureau’s approximation of the original Saturn I’s two stage model which was primarily used for testing equipment and boilerplate payloads for upcoming Apollo missions. The first stage, known on the Saturn I as Cluster’s Last Stand, is an extremely powerful cluster of eight nozzles which easily lift the second stage and its' 9-14 ton payload into the upper atmosphere. The second stage, in comparison, is fairly weak and inefficient but should do the trick to finishing off the ascent and placing the payload into orbit.

The most famous payload carried on the original Saturn I was the Pegasus series of satellites which functioned both as a boilerplate for the Apollo CSM but also tested out materials against micro meteoroids which are an ever present danger to any spaceflight. The Pegasus satellites were invaluable to Apollo scientists and provided invaluable data on how to proceed with the Apollo program.

The Buraq is a bare bones approximation fo the Pegasus and simulates the micro meteoroid experiments with a pair of thermal wings. The payload also simulates the Apollo CSM boilerplate using the Kane-11 CSM without crew, fuel, or other supplies. The mission profile calls for the escape tower and command module to be ejected once reaching orbit with the micro meteoroid experiment installed in the remaining service module. The payload has no real functionality but could be used as a rendezvous target for future manned missions.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.

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