Saturn I-B Apollo CSM V7
by gc1ceo
uploaded 2017-07-20
(updated 2018-06-09)
mod ship
#saturn #apollo


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 65
  • Mods: 4


  • Bluedog DB
  • FASA
  • Squad (stock)
  • TweakableEverything

The tragedy of Apollo 1 (more formally called AS-204) led to a delay of more than a year and a half until the successful launch of Apollo 7 on-board the Saturn 1-B. The mission itself was a 10-day test of the re-designed Apollo Block II CSM and included a reduction of half the fuel supplies the vehicle would normally carry on a lunar mission as well as the removal of the high gain antenna which was not necessary for the mission. The Apollo V7 is partly a build of the Apollo CSM used for Apollo 7, ASTP, and the Skylab mission with a few difference such as the entire removal of the docking adapter.

The Apollo V7 is designed primarily as a training variant of other Apollo builds to familiarize users with its basic operations but can be suited to many LKO (Low Kerbin Orbit) and some MKO (Medium Kerbin Orbit) missions. There is about 900 dV available for orbital maneuvers and rendezvous operations but I don’t recommend trying anything like a munar flyby but it is theoretically possible.

The Saturn I-B lifter is a semi-realistic build of the Saturn I-B used for Apollo 7, ASTP, and the Skylab missions with the adapter fairings operating a bit differently in that they break away like most fairings. The lifter is two-stages, both liquid fueled, with the first stage handling the ascent into the upper atmosphere after which the second stage takes over and also handles circularization.

Re-entry procedures are pretty simple with a short burn to retrograde followed by decoupling the service module which burns up during re-entry. The parachute cover, which in real life acted as a secondary heat shield, should ejected somewhere in the mid-atmosphere. The triple parachutes, all acting as main chutes, should be deployed in the lower atmosphere for a comfortable landing. There are also several floats located at the top of the command module which can be deployed to avoid sinking but probably won’t be necessary under stock settings.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.4.3.

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