Year 29: Dres, Gilly, Eeloo
not necessarily in that order
So we had left Leesan and Debissa on Gilly, where they were refueling
their il-gotten spacecraft. We had left them for quite a while so we're
lucky the fuel tanks didn't rupture from all the mining.
They were tired of hanging out on Gilly, so off they went! They're
in the market for a pilot so they can survive the coming Commnet
apocalypse, but they were having trouble getting orbits to match up.
Meanwhile, around Dres, Mac-nerd was assigned the job of rendezvousing
with the fabled first-asteroid-around-Dres. He tried maneuvering, but with
the one lander gone it was off-axis thrust which didn't go well. So
he thought he'd park the other lander in the back to rebalance things.
And he tried mightily for hours. It was made harder because
the RCS refused to turn
on for some reason. Finally he realized the mothership had a
regular sized docking port and he only had a junior sized one. (No off-color
jokes please). Blargh, the only Jrs on the ship were also off-axis.
Well I guess abandoning ship is
a solution, but you probably should have redocked and
salvaged the fuel first.
Open the Pod Bay Doors, Hal!
Eventually he captured the asteroid.
And brought it into low-Dres orbit. What now mission control?
Mission control? Why have we lost signal...
Meanwhile, not far from Eeloo, our brave crew of Phil-zor, Hanger, and
Mitte are doing their final braking burn.
First Kerbals to Eeloo!
The plan seems to be to try to land and then fire up the mining gear.
Let's hope Eeloo has ore. Or that we have enough fuel in the first place.
This worked perfectly on Gilly, but it seems Eeloo has a lot more gravity.
After a lot of "simulations" the landing always ended disastrously with
the front lander being smashed to bits.
So, Phil-zor tries to salvage things by separating at the last minute.
And this appears to be the best we can do. Sigh. The ship was just too
top-heavy. We should have attached a drill at a 90° angle and we'd
be mining right now. A little late for that though.
How's Phil-zor doing? He surprisingly managed just fine despite the landing
craft being extremely hard to control.
Enough excitement for one day. While this is all going on a Jool
encounter is happening, but that will have to wait until the next update.
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