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T+ 352 Engineering Log

Posted 01-25-2016 at 10:49 AM by Dantassii
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MCC #8 was performed 2 days ago. Several component racks came loose in one of the Hydroponics Modules which caused some damage during the burn. No hull punctures were discovered, but the damaged module had to be taken offline for 2 days while repairs were performed. Module is now back up and working although a significant amount of our repair supplies were consumed.

As the SSTV series of vehicles are designed to be self sufficient on consumables, there is not a lot of excess consumable...
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T+ 315 Days Engineering Log

Posted 12-19-2015 at 01:51 PM by Dantassii
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MCC #7 was performed this morning with no additional engineering flags. The burn was a bit longer than originally calculated after our TEI burn, but was within the range of values allocated in our delta V budget. This was due to the fact that the original calculations were done while we were still in Saturn's SOI. MCC #8 and MCC #9 should be more in line with calculated values because we are now clear of all SOIs except the Sun.

All engineering boards are green at this time except...
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T+ 296 Days Engineering Log

Posted 11-30-2015 at 11:51 PM by Dantassii
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Topping off SSTV-01's fuel tanks went off without any flags. Our departure from the Titan Station took place on schedule just 24 hours after the station went Initial Operational Capacity (IOC). After falling towards Saturn for the better part of a day, our TEI burn to initiate our 99 day return trip back to the Lunar Station was performed at closest approach. Our closest approach to Saturn was well outside the visible rings and we were able to take many wonderful photos as we left the Saturn system....
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T+ 290 Days Engineering Log

Posted 11-24-2015 at 11:58 PM by Dantassii
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After working through many unexpected surprises during the Titan Station construction, it is now within a day or 2 of IOC. As we are not scheduled to actually depart for another 5 days, the slight delay in IOC should not impact our departure date.

Refueling of SSTV-01 was completed a week ago, so we have used the extra time to help out with the Titan Station construction. We will top off our tanks to replace boil off tomorrow as scheduled and depart the Titan Station on Day 295 of...
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Interplanetary Math, Part 1: Delta-V

Posted 10-25-2015 at 02:39 AM by PeriapsisPrograde

I have recently taken an interest in doing the math for my orbital maneuvers in Orbiter and Kerbal Space Program by hand. I am mostly writing these down for my own reference (sorry for the sloppy disorganization), but perhaps they will be useful for someone else, so I am publishing them here.

There are many different things to consider when planning an interplanetary trajectory. You need to account for the delta-v and timings of everything for you heliocentric transfer orbit as well...
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