Year 28: Asteroid Problems
of our own making
The troubles on Gilly have been delayed until they can mine some more fuel,
so what can we do while waiting for the outer-system ships to arrive
at their destinations?
We seem to have somehow managed to start tracking some class-E asteroids
in the tracking station. I suppose we should do something about that.
Let's recruit a pilot (they have them again! Finally!) and build
an expensive asteroid capture ship.
Ok Tanrod, let's capture an asteroid!
Well that one didn't even reach orbit. Let's try that again.
Hmmm this looks a bit sub-optimal. More struts?
This launch went a bit better
Although it was a bit touch and go clearing the atmosphere. Come on
Tie-rod, let's get that asteroid.
We did eventually get there, though we burned through a lot of fuel
changing our inclination, and by the time we docked we were already past
We wasted a lot of time trying to slow the asteroid down.
Our level-0 pilot and underpowered SAS meant we were firing off
axis which was a pain. Eventually the whole mission was called off.
Inanimate-carbon-Rod, let's come home and rethink things.
Can he come home? Luckily for some reason the designers put some parachutes
on this thing. The only way to land though was to make a series of aerobraking
passes at 58km which gradually slowed us enough not to explode.
Will the parachutes be enough?
Surprisingly, yes. An unexpected amount of the ship survived too.
Let's launch an updated ship with a lot more SAS and a Level-1 Tanrod.
We heard a rumor that catching the asteroid outside of Kerbin's SOI would
make things easier. So we tried that, and even more-or-less properly
eyeballed the inclination directly at launch.
The ship kept exploding and/or warping hundreds of kilometers during docking.
It took a while to figure out the problem was we were trying to dock
*exactly* as we were crossing back into Kerbin's SOI. Waiting until
we were safely over and we finally docked OK. Much further from Kerbin
than the previous asteroid.
And we had just barely enough fuel to get this thing into orbit (you can
just barely see Kerbin there).
Hopefully it's close enough to stay but far enough out that Minmus
doesn't eject us. We should probably send another ship out to bring
us in closer.
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