- Jul 5, 2021
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- Cislunar Space
This addon is an idea I had for a low-cost lunar landing mission using mostly off the shelf hardware.
Huge thanks to gattispilot for allowing me to use his EVA astronaut meshes!
Here is how the mission works:
The lander launches on a Falcon Heavy from SLC-40, then 20 seconds later a Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon with trunk mounted main engine follows from LC-39A.
Once in orbit, Crew Dragon preforms a M=1 rendezvous and docks with the lander, still attached to Falcon Heavy.
The Falcon Heavy upper stage then relights, sending both on a translunar trajectory. Crew Dragon uses its main engine to drop into lunar orbit.
Once in lunar orbit, two astronauts transfer to the lander and head down to the surface. After a moonwalk, they launch and rendezvous with Crew Dragon.
Crew Dragon docks with the lander, and the landing crew transfer back over to Crew Dragon.
Crew Dragon uses its main engine to leave lunar orbit and head home for a direct entry.
The longer duration mission involves a pressurized HAB module that lands before the crew, allowing much longer stays.
The HAB features a VC with two fully functional MFDs. (Yeah, I know MFDs aren't all that useful in a spacecraft that stays landed, but hey...)
This is a really challenging mission!
A good working knowledge of LTMFD as well as basic spaceflight procedures such as rendezvous, docking, etc. are a must!
I have included a bunch of mission scenarios to help you figure out how to fly the mission.
If you need help with something specific, please feel free to ask me.
Required addons: (Means no scenario will CTD, but not that you can use the addon...)
DM-2 Crew Dragon
Deep Space Crew Dragon
Strongly Recommended addons: (Means you need this stuff to fly the mission...)
Lunar Transfer MFD
Recommended addons: (Means this stuff will really add to the experience but not "Required" per se...)
D3D9 Surface Microtextures
Orbithangar Download Link