Sarnus S1-C Kane III
by gc1ceo
uploaded 2017-12-29
(updated 2018-12-30)
mod ship
#sarnus #kane #apollo #saturn #skylab


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 36
  • Mods: 2


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If the history of NASA had taken a different turn and focused on Apollo technologies and the development of space stations there were a number of obstacles to overcome to allow for more orbital missions. One of these approaches could be to develop a lighter, cheaper, and more efficient alternative to the Saturn I-B which was used for Apollo 7, 9, ASTP, and the Skylab missions.

The Sarnus I-C is an alternative to the Sarnus I-B by downgrading or entirely replacing many aspects of both stages. The lower stage’s multiple engines are replaced by a single engine which can still lift the smaller payload safely into the upper atmosphere. The upper stage’s engine has been also been downgraded to account for the smaller payload and shorter journey. The result makes for a much gentler ascent and orbital process which further improves upon the lifter’s efficiency.

Cost costing measures would also be necessary for the CSM and the solution is the Kane Block III based on designs from ETS (Eyes Turned Skyward) with a smaller and simpler service module. The Block III’s service module ditches the fuel cells and simply expands the spacecraft’s batteries with the assumption that the craft will be used for ferrying missions or other relatively short orbital missions. The on-board engine has also been downgraded and replaced with a smaller engine developed from the Sina lander. The ship’s scimitar antennae have also been removed as well as replacing the ship’s dish antenna with a shorter range alternative.

The standard mission profile is to ferry a crew of up to three kerbonauts to a space station in LKO (Low Kerbin Orbit) that has at least one Kane passive docking adapter. It can also be used for other relatively short orbital missions as well as you keep in mind that it has no way to recharge its batteries and can be easily stranded in orbit. The ship’s re-entry procedures are the same as with previous Kane spacecraft with the smaller service module being decoupled just prior to re-entering the atmosphere.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.6.0.

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