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Old 03-24-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hi folks. As you may have seen in the chatbox recently, garyw has handed over control of OFMM to myself. So this thread is a general introduction to OFMM, as this incarnation is going to be vastly different.

What is this?
A joint cooperative mission to Mars between various members of O-F, similar to OFSS.

What is it not?
An art exhibition. I'm sure you can make excellent patches and repaints, but this only complicates things, and over complication can be detrimental to the goal. So please, refrain from doing this.

What's required

Orbiter 2010P1 (kinda a given...dontcha think?)

UMMU/UCGO (christmas pre-release)

Arrow Freighter (christmas pre-release)

DG-IV (christmas pre-release)

Loru's Surface Science Kit

How many flights

There will be two at least 5 pilot openings, as well as those who 'volunteer*' to stay behind and conduct surface experiments.



If you have any questions, feel free to post down below. If you'd like to participate, or help with mission planning, speak up, and I'll add you to the roster.


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mojoey
MaverickSawyer
Dgatsoulis
Bloodworth
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*return to Earth not guaranteed. You have been warned.

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Old 03-24-2013, 11:42 PM   #2
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If someone can coach me through the TransX or IMFD setup for the run, I think I can manage the run between Earth and Mars. Otherwise, I'm game for anything else.

EDIT: what's the Arrow Freighter for, transfer of the Dragons? And is it the latest beta from dnasteph, or the UCGO2.0 version?

Double Edit: READ THE POST, MAV!!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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I'll need to brush up on my IMFD skills, and I'll pass along any helpful tutorials to you. As well as posting them here.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:46 PM   #4
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Cool. Count me in!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:49 PM   #5
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 If someone can coach me through the TransX or IMFD setup for the run, I think I can manage the run between Earth and Mars.
Sure Mav, I can help you with that.

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 If you'd like to participate, or help with mission planning, speak up, and I'll add you to the roster.
Won't be able to fly, but I can definitely help with mission planning. Any idea what the timeframe will be?
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:50 PM   #6
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 Sure Mav, I can help you with that.



Won't be able to fly, but I can definitely help with mission planning. Any idea what the timeframe will be?
I'll be messing with the Cosmic Train site tonight, and post a general timeframe.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:56 PM   #7
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 What is it not?
An art exhibition. I'm sure you can make excellent patches and repaints, but this only complicates things, and over complication can be detrimental to the goal. So please, refrain from doing this.
Yeah, I was obsessed with mission patches last year.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:59 PM   #8
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 Yeah, I was obsessed with mission patches last year.
Don't think it was directed at you, it was just a general 'don't do this' thing.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:59 PM   #9
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IIRC, there is a handy EVME free return comming up next October. It might be useful for the manned Dragon to have an abort → back to Earth option.

If you want, I can create a preliminary TransX plan and check the reentry velocity to see if the capsule can handle it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:02 AM   #10
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Does anyone know if Glider's Dragons will survive a Martian EDL cycle? I'm not able to fly this week, so I can't check.

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 IIRC, there is a handy EVME free return comming up next October. It might be useful for the manned Dragon to have an abort → back to Earth option.

If you want, I can create a preliminary TransX plan and check the reentry velocity to see if the capsule can handle it.
Go for the 2-year orbital cycle. It's a 180 day outbound leg, and you can still divert as little as 5 days before entry.

As for the heat shield, you can always do an aerocapture, then send up another capsule to rescue the crew. No need to go for a full-on direct entry.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:02 AM   #11
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I doubt the parachutes will be big enough for Mars thin atmosphere.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:03 AM   #12
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Will the two Dragons dock with the Arrow Freighter in LEO? If so, only two Falcon 9s (not Heavies) are needed.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:03 AM   #13
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I'm concerned if they'll even DEPLOY.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:04 AM   #14
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 Does anyone know if Glider's Dragons will survive a Martian EDL cycle? I'm not able to fly this week, so I can't check.

---------- Post added at 17:02 ---------- Previous post was at 17:00 ----------



Go for the 2-year orbital cycle. It's a 180 day outbound leg, and you can still divert as little as 5 days before entry.

As for the heat shield, you can always do an aerocapture, then send up another capsule to rescue the crew. No need to go for a full-on direct entry.
I was thinking about using the Arrow for a transport to Mars. Then undock the Dragons and de-orbit them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:15 AM   #15
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Ok, so we'll be using Docks 2 and 3 on the exterior. I'll get cracking on my docking practice next week.
Quick thought: can Dragon be refuelled through the docking mechanism? If not right now, is it a consideration?

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Rebooted the Surface Science Goals thread.
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