Tag Archive: ComSat Mun III

Mar 11 2015

Munar Satellites – 3/11/15

A look at a day around Mun for our satellites currently in orbit there. Movement starts at 22:33:45 UTC on 3/10 and continues for 24 hours, sped up roughly 850x normal speed. For more information about satellites around Mun, see our Flight Tracker.

Green orbits = Comm Sats
Orange orbits = Science Sats

Oct 19 2014

Munar Satellites – 10/19/14

A short look at the paths and motions of satellites currently in orbit around Mun, sped up 100x normal speed. The rotational position of Mun is not accurate.

Green = Communication satellite
Orange = Operating satellite

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Sep 16 2014

#029: Munar Relay Network Completion

The KSA finally recovered enough from the atmospheric asteroid explosion just over 150km west of the KSC at the end of August to complete assembly of the third Munar comsat and launch it on its mission to complete the Munar relay network. The previous attempt had ended in failure due to wrongly-tuned boosters, but Lead Engineer Simon personally oversaw the final stages of the rocket construction to ensure booster thrust was set properly. In addition to completing the communications network around Mun, once separated the transfer stage would perform a fly-through of the impact cloud kicked up when the previous Mun comsat transfer stage, still in orbit, slams into the Munar surface. Lead Scientist Wernher Von Kerman had devised a new dust collector experiment for this purpose, although the collectors are also capable of collecting interstellar particles. Finally, there was a chance to arrange a very close (1.3km) fly-by of a passing asteroid in the hopes of photographing it prior to the launch of ComSat Mun III.

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Aug 18 2014

#028: Booster Overload

The KSA was finally on the verge of completing their ComSat network around Mun so they could begin sending orbital and surface missions in earnest and start to fully explore the nearest neighbor of Kerbin. The launch of ComSat Mun III arrived on schedule, although there were some problems earlier in the week – the SPH suffered a worker death and the VAB had to deal with a minor fuel fire. The VAB supervisor ensured that everything was alright, however a critical step in the launch readiness procedures was overlooked…

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