Launch 41 – Kerbal Transfer Pod

Kerbal Transfer Pod
Mass: 168.39
Cost: 65,688
Class: Crew Transportation
Crew: Mauford, Boblie, and Tiwise

With the Mining Rig in orbit of Kerbin but without a crew (safety first, didn’t want to launch the heaviest rocket not knowing if it would explode during liftoff), the Minmus scanner scanning Minmus, the next step was to get out dream team aboard the ship.

This launch got all 3 Kerbals and the supply tools aboard the Mining Rig without breaking a sweat. A Engineer incase anything breaks, a Scientist to refresh the equipment, and a pilot to fly when communication is out.

It also landed back at Kerbin to save some currency.

Launch 40 – Minmus Moon Scanner

Planet Scanner Long Range
Mass: 342.95
Cost: 161,462
Class: Planet Scanner
Crew: None

Attached to this planet scanner is our new xenon gas electron propulsion system. Getting this to Minmus was easier than expected and it’s currently holding over 5KM/s of thrust.

After Scanning Minmus we can aim our flagship mining rig in it’s direction to test it’s first ore to fuel mission capabilities.

Launch 39 – Mining Rig

Mining Rig
Mass: 741.6
Cost: 316,741
Class: Mining Ship – No Atmo Class
Crew: Seats 3, none at launch

The most expensive ship launched to date. It has full capabilities of landing on a atmosphere-less planet/moon or grabbing an asteroid and mining it’s ore. It can then turn that into fuel so as to hopefully never run out.

We didn’t know if it would survive the launch so we did not put any Kerbals on it.