Sarnus S1/Biraq-A
by gc1ceo
uploaded 2016-11-28
(updated 2018-12-29)
mod ship
#sarnus #saturn #pegasus


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 62
  • 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. It also would eventually pave the way for other Saturn rockets which lifted all the Apollo missions. The initial launches only tested the Saturn I’s first stage, then tested dummy versions of the second stage, finally launching orbital missions. There were also plans for an unflown Centaur-C third stage but it was decided to focus on the Saturn I’s successor, the Saturn I-B. Nevertheless the Saturn I was the one of the first lifters to have a prefect track even from the earliest launches where previous lifters always lost one or two vehicles in early test flights.

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 by its critics, 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 as well as launching boilerplate prototypes for the Apollo CSM. The four Pegasus satellites provided invaluable information to NASA on the nature of micro-meteoroids and how they might affect space missions all the way up until present day.

The Buraq is a combination of aspects of the Pegasus micro-meteoroid satellites and an Apollo CSM boilerplate using the Kane-11 CSM without crew, fuel or other supplies. The mission profiles for the escape tower and command module to be ejected upon reaching orbit. The boilerplate service module serves as the satellite mockup which has no real functionality but in theory could be used as a rendezvous target for future missions.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.6.0.

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