It is a proud day for our nation, for our world, for our people. Now let’s launch this thing before the celebratory buffet gets cold!
“Jeb, Command is requesting, for the last time, that you please stop singing ‘Hot Hot Hot’ over the mission radio, over.”
It’s gonna open…right? Like, before I hit the ground?
We all remember the joy of our first spacewalk!
One of the later KSP updates (1.2?) brought the concept of a comm-net. Not only can you put up relay satellites across the solar system - you have to. Without a relayed link back to the Kerbal Space Center, probes have only limited functionality. Relay satellites like this cutie are deployed at target areas (like the Mun) and use their powerful antennas to relay signals across distances that smaller probe antennas wouldn’t be able to make. I’m still trying to make sense of the ranges of antennas, the inherent transmission distance of the probes themselves, and how poor signal affects science recovery.
Time for Billy Kerman to break out his prospecting gear, we dun found paydirt!