OFSS III - Mission Screen Shots.

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OK, flight #1 went smooth as silk!

Tower Retraction:

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LAUNCH!!

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1st Stage seperation:

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2nd Stage Seperation:

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MECO & Final Seperation:

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After one orbit, and a circularization using the RCS, we have a 209.1k by 208k orbit! Panels and Antennae deployed:

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Thanks for the screens and I'm sorry about that CTD initially. I told myself I was going to get everything right on the first release this time and I ended up screwing something up anyway. :lol:

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July in mid-Atlantic.
The night thunderstorm left a shroud of fog over Ascension Island.
At dawn the ESS Vanguard was rolled into launch position.
Pre-launch checks were under way.
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By the afternoon the weather cleared, and only some fluff of clouds left.
Everything is GO.
2 minutes to launch window.
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The duck-like spacecraft's engines roar to life.
Speed-up. Take-off.
The bird is in flight.
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Climbing higher above the ocean, blurring the shadows below.
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Chemical rockets were never efficient, so once the speed and height permits, some air is added to the mix.
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And quickly chasing eastern dusk, the Vanguard reaches second home. For space is where spacecraft should belong, not some hangar back below.
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Orbit is quickly moving in circles, going nowhere. Yet in orbit there are places to go to. So unlike any idea of a place, but constantly moving. It's not a place in regular space, it's a four-dimensional place.
In a dozen dawns the infant station is reached.
The other destination would again have to wait in the far background.
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And with the rising sun assembly begins.
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Neesys to core, docking port to the side.
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Some windows above, solar panels towards light.
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And here we go, another successful flight.
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Landing and scenario tomorrow.
 

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That was awesome Artlav! :)

PS: It could just be the FOV, but your altitude in those shots looks high. Hopefully we're still around 200-ish km. :)
 

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July in mid-Atlantic.
The night thunderstorm left a shroud of fog over Ascension Island.
At dawn the ESS Vanguard was rolled into launch position.
Pre-launch checks were under way.
offs3-f2-01.jpg



By the afternoon the weather cleared, and only some fluff of clouds left.
Everything is GO.
2 minutes to launch window.
offs3-f2-02.jpg



The duck-like spacecraft's engines roar to life.
Speed-up. Take-off.
The bird is in flight.
offs3-f2-03.jpg



Climbing higher above the ocean, blurring the shadows below.
offs3-f2-04.jpg



Chemical rockets were never efficient, so once the speed and height permits, some air is added to the mix.
offs3-f2-05.jpg



And quickly chasing eastern dusk, the Vanguard reaches second home. For space is where spacecraft should belong, not some hangar back below.
offs3-f2-06.jpg



Orbit is quickly moving in circles, going nowhere. Yet in orbit there are places to go to. So unlike any idea of a place, but constantly moving. It's not a place in regular space, it's a four-dimensional place.
In a dozen dawns the infant station is reached.
The other destination would again have to wait in the far background.
offs3-f2-07.jpg



And with the rising sun assembly begins.
offs3-f2-09.jpg



Neesys to core, docking port to the side.
offs3-f2-10.jpg



Some windows above, solar panels towards light.
offs3-f2-11.jpg



And here we go, another successful flight.
offs3-f2-12.jpg



Landing and scenario tomorrow.

Howd you generate those clouds?Nebo?
 

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PS: It could just be the FOV, but your altitude in those shots looks high. Hopefully we're still around 200-ish km. :)
Yes, i usually play at 60* - big wide monitor here. And scenario default was 40*.
The station is in 214x225 km orbit.

Howd you generate those clouds? Nebo?
The very thing. Fog by it too.
Took a day to revamp and get to almost work in O2010P1...
 

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A week on a new station...
Clear the floating dust and metal chips, test everything, secure and prepare for the first permanent crew.

The station is set into a naturally stable attitude, windows are closed, hatches are sealed.
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And we are cast off.
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To leave just like we arrived.
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5 orbits later the engines would wake up.
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And mad chemist's mix below would do it's job.
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The weather is fine in mid-Atlantic, no wind, no clouds.
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Touchdown, brakes, steering wheels.
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And we're home.
Six months should be enough to put the craft apart and back together.
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As always, on the sound of Trava U Doma, the cosmonauts left the centre and boarded the bus to the launchpad. After boarding the Soyuz, preparations begin...


Soyuz rocket sits on the pad with its payload half an hour before launch.

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Service towers retracted, and 1 minute from launch

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Lift-off! Expedition-1 is on its way to OFSS3!

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Soyuz rockets through the August sky

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Reaching for the stars

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SAS tower separation

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Booster separation

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(Sub)Orbital sunrise

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Third stage separated and skirt jettisoned

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Separated from the rocket

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SoyuzTMA-(insert number here) in orbit

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Docking pics tomorrow!

---------- Post added 08-11-11 at 02:44 AM ---------- Previous post was 08-10-11 at 02:45 AM ----------

The Soyuz approaches OFSS3

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Station-keeping for final checks and alignment to the docking port on Zarya

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On final to docking

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As seen by the crew

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Start opening the vodka, we're almost there

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Docked

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View of the Station

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Ok, that's all, thanks for the opportunity to fly this mission!
 

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OFSS III Flight 4

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Launch at night

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First stage expended

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Second stage exhausted

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Orbit

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Approaching the station

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Swapsies at sunset

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Docking...

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Sunrise on a quite russian-looking station

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Mission success!
 

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Enterprise departs KSC in a pre-dawn launch to the OFSS-III.
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Port side wing camera shows Enterprise crossing the terminator as she begins her mission to chase down the OFSS-III.
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After the 'chase', Enterprise closes in on the OFSS-III
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"Ding-ding, ding-ding ... Enterprise, arriving." The starboard wing camera captures Enterprise and the OFSS-III mated high above the snow covered peaks of the Kerguelen islands.
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After a long (and sometimes tedious) adjustment of the station's orbit, the construction phase of the mission begins.
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"Construction Manager" Vernon Mallone oversees the placement of the Eranda module to the core. After the CBM bolts are torqued, the crew will access the module and power up the stations new RMS.
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Using the wrist camera of the core RMS, the crew spots for the Quest module as it is set into position. Once torquing is complete, the module will be ready for inspection and use.
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The Soyuz docking adapter is set into place
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Outside spotter heads back inside after the docking adapter hookups are complete
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Enterprise bids the station "ciao for now"
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Enterprise sits back where she started shortly after touchdown at KSC
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The OFSS III after the mission 5 construction.
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Flight 6

The Canadian XR5 is ready to launch at Jarvis [Spasebace] for the OFSSIII-Flight 6.

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The XR5 is on the way into Spase :lol:

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View from one of the wing cameras

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And the XR5 is in Orbit! Now opening the Payload Bay doors...

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...And saying good night. At the next (orbital) day the XR5 will begin synching orbits.

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Rendezvous/Docking later today.

..........

After a while, the XR5 comes near to the station.

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The final approach!

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Docking confirmed!!

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Now going to change the orbital plane and do the rest of the needed things...
I can't do that now, I don't have much time today, but tomorrow it'll be ready.
 
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Sorry, I am a little bit late. Internet problems... :eek:wned:

The orbital plane was changed.
Beginning construction with the Sensitive Materials Lab..

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Both parts are ready! Now comes P3P4/P5.
(completed)

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Undocking confirmed!

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And the XR5 flys away...

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The XR5 before reentry...

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A view of Ascension Island with Wideawake Int.

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The XR5 completes the mission with a slow, wonderful landing!!

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btw, can you use the new Orbiter beta for OFSS now? :p
 

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Flight #7 complete!

Ariane 5 ready to launch
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Launch!
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To the sky and beyond
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Booster separation
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Fairing and tower separation, the CTV is touching the void!
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Finally MECO and final separation
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A new orbital day begins, CTV ready to synch orbits, antena and solar panels deployed
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Closing in
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And docked!
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Closing the windows to change location (what's wrong with the angles of the windows?)
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And the cupola is now in a new place!
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Until next time!
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Lift-off of Discovery on OFSS flight 8!

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Booster separation confirmed

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MECO and ET separation

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Enjoying the view

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Closing in on OFSS

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Getting closer

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As seen from OFSS

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Hard-dock!

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Getting ready to install the module

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HabModule installed

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Undocking confirmed

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Leaving station


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Time to come home. De-orbit burn underway

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Over the west coast

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Runway in sight!

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Almost lined up

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Wheels stop. Welcome home Discovery! OFSS flight 8 complete!
 
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Gah, the forum database munched my post. Here's for a try-again:

12 January 2012.
Flight Day One: Departure.

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Mere minutes before departure. 'Aquila,' having been woken from her six-month stasis, is sitting at the end of Runway 12-R of Wideawake International Spaceport. All astronauts are aboard, and final checklists are being performed.

In the common grounds on the other side of the island, away from the action, are hundreds of people from around the world -- news agencies, civilians . . . everyone has tuned in to what has been dubbed 'the greatest extra-terrestrial show on Earth.'

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The time has come! The six main engines on Aquila fire, venting furiously to sterilize the immediate surrounds before the hypergolic mixture can issue fully forth. Aquila will fire her engines to 35% of maximum rated thrust for approximately one half of the runway's length, to avoid possibly damaging the Vehicle Assembly Building behind her. At eight thousand kilo-newtons of potential thrust, the vehicle can bring what amounts to hurricane-force winds upon the building.

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Aquila thunders down the runway, picking up speed steadily. The Hilltop Camera observes.

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The Ground-Based Runway Tracking Camera captures the next thirty seconds of life here . . .

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. . . as Aquila finally leaves behind the hard surface of the Earth and roars off into the skies.

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On-board Aquila, we take a moment to look back on Ascension Island, our home base. . .

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. . . as we climb ever higher into the sky.

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MECO-1 has been performed. The six herculean main engines have been switched off, and Aquila is seen here throwing off icy condensation clouds behind her as her SCRAMjet engines are steadily building up to optimum levels.

She will continue in this fashion until suborbital velocity has been achieved. Orbital ops will convene in the next posting.
 
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