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- Type: VAB
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 14
- Mods: 3
- Bluedog DB
- Squad (stock)
In many ways the Vanguard rocket was America’s first lifter although due to a high failure rate and other problems it would launch America’s second satellite, Vanguard 1, in March 1958. It was a tiny satellite, weighing only just 3 pounds (1.4 kg) on one of the smallest lifters ever built. However Project Vanguard had some successes with two additional Vanguard satellites, each larger than the previous, and was a crucial part of the American space program. Vanguard 1 also serves with a special distinction of being the oldest artifical satellite still in orbit due to its relatively high altitude.
The Viklun lifter, based on the Vanguard lifter, is an extremely simple and light two-stage rocket with the first stage bringing the rocket to the upper atmosphere and the second stage finishes the ascent and handles the orbital circularization. The second stage will most likely remain as orbital debris much like the real life Vanguard’s upper stage which still is in orbit today.
While the satellite is really small and simple it does have solar cells which allow is to recharge indefinitely unlike the Sienno (Explorer) probe which has a very limited operational life.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.
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