- Feb 23, 2013
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- Virgo Supercluster
Were you using the 'in-orbit' engines, or the LES motors? The LES motors (as shown in the CG video above) are way more powerful.
All versions of Dragon, except the cargo version, can land on solid ground. To do so, you should select the ground landing mode by pressing G or by pushing a button in the VC. The parachute will be jettisoned at 200 m altitude, then capsule will be rotated by LES thrusters, landing gears will be deployed, and after that, capsule will be decelerated to 0 vertical speed and landed safely. Ground landing doesn’t require any user action except selection of propulsive landing mode. Propulsive landing require at least 350 kg of fuel.
The Arrow can fly endoatmospheric on Mars if you're careful, and the UCGO cargos have parachutes, right? Two words: Bombing Run! That way, we can drop larger amounts of supplies than if we used the Dragons alone. Now the question is, how well do the parachutes on the UCGO crates work on Mars?
We just might have to do that. Unless the Antares LR works. We'd still have to worry about getting them back up to Arrow if we use Antares.
I don't see why the DG-IV couldn't be taken in the arrow docking bay if it is going to be used. As far as other landers, the Arrow has 2 other docking ports that should be able to hold them.
What settings will be used for the DGIV? Will it be launched with a DG Launcher to conserve fuel for landing on Mars?
For a mars landing with the DG-IV, fuel use would be minimal, only about 30-40% of capacity, which is good, as setting up a base will require several round trips. I can do a round trip with less than 75% of the normal fuel load of the DG-IV, and I wouldnt be surprised to learn from other pilots that I am using WAY too much. That being said, 4 UCGO space-fuel cargos should be more than sufficient for the mission.