After losing a rover en route to Eve, I refitted the design with solar panels and some scientific instruments, which I formerly wasn't able to employ due to resolution-issues with the interface. Other than the added solar-panels on the tanks of the nuclear engine stage and the detectors on the front, there wasn't a difference to the former version, as I was confident that I could actually get this thing to Eve, given that I didn't run out of electricity.
|Nothing but two large rockets strapped to an automatic car, really...|
The start was somewhat shaky but the dual-rocket layout did work well against the spin that some of the larger rockets tend to gain when accelerating through the higher atmosphere. The flight went into a path that would lead it straight out of Kerbin orbit when the large thrusters finally ran out of fuel and were jettisoned relatively close to the home planet.
|See if you can spot the piece of thruster-sheath still in the picture!|
|First good glimpse at Eve.|
|Deceleration in effect|
|Looking at it like this it looks somewhat insane. To the left is the lake I was aiming for.|
|Not pictured: The whole thing shaking like mad.|
|Landing like this wouldn't be very helpful.|
|I assume that at this point, everyone at Kerbal Space Centre was applauding.|
|Half an hour of driving and 97% of my fuel later...|
|Retracting the gears so the rover can drink...|