So, before going any further into deep space, I decided that current projects, like my presence on the Mun and the Kerbal Space Station (henceforth abbreviated to KSS) needed some refinement. I had read up on the bug that had destroyed my first Munbase and had found a somewhat working solution to it (editing the safe-file) should it come up again. First order of business was enlarging and remodeling the KSS though. I didn't like the thruster-section I had docked to it and it would need more docking-ports than it currently had in order to grow into something like the orbital platform I had in mind. Getting to work on the space-ship designer, I constructed a re-usable orbital vehicle designed for docking with parts and then moving them about in space, called the Deliverator. The Deliverator was the first segment I sent up into orbit, thus allowing me to send any other object up to a somewhat stable orbit and then be able to go fetch it with the Deliverator.
The first new Segment was a cross-shaped docking section that would allow for multiple modules to be attached on different arms. This hub would allow me to build up the station to a nice size. I used a small-diameter asparagus rocket to get it into a low Kerbin orbit, sent the deliverator and then deliverated it to the KSS.
|The Deliverator, doing it's thing.|
|The KSS. Four modules, right now, but good enough for the time being...|
|For some reason, this was way harder than it looks.|
On my second attempt, I got the height just right. The rover and the fuel-station connected and I was able to transfer fuel from the large tanks into the rovers little ones. Awesome. This meant that a rover could be almost fully re-fueled three times when on the Mun. Now all I had to do was get the thing up there.
|I did have another glitch. Notice the weird leg on the base... Still, isn't this awesome?|
|"Uhm... MunBase Beta, this is Rover Ex 1... Looks like we'll be here for a while."|