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Post subject: One Small StepPosted: April 19th, 2024, 12:03 pm
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Welcome to One Small Step, the latest Shipbucket Challenge! If you have an idea for a future challenge, remember to share it in the Future Challenge Ideas/Suggestions thread. Don't be afraid to share an idea which has been suggested by someone else. It shows that multiple people are interested in that topic.

Design Requirements
  1. Your submission must depict a fictional spacecraft with a lander module.
  2. The craft should be capable of visiting, landing upon, and then returning from another celestial object.
  3. Existing real life technology, or plausible technology seriously considered (e.g. nuclear thermal propulsion, not Alcubierre drives), must be employed.

Challenge Rules
  1. Each participant may submit a single image.
  2. The image should be a Shipbucket template modified to include the participant’s art and, optionally, one of the following: craft badge, unit insignia, manufacturer logo, national flag, or naval ensign. Other elements, including data sheets and scenic elements, are not permitted. If you have specifications and blocks of text, please include them as text in your post and not in the image itself.
  3. No more than three views are allowed in each image. If two or three views are included, they must depict the same individual spacecraft and lander in the same paint scheme and markings. However, you may include cutaway or exploded views among the three permitted. A spacecraft and lander constitute a single view.
  4. All art must be in Shipbucket scale and conform to the Shipbucket style guidelines.
  5. A textual description accompanying each submission is permitted, but not necessary.
  6. Non-serious entries, or entries substantially deviate from the challenge requirements, are not allowed.
  7. Off-topic posts will be reported to the relevant authorities.

This challenge will run until Sunday 19 May 2024, ending at 23:59 UTC-12 (International Date Line West).
A countdown timer can be found at this link.

A poll will be held after this date to select a winner. When it opens, please provide honest and meaningful scores for each entry. Responses which grant maximum scores to a select group of entries, and minimum scores to all other entries, will be deleted. Members of the community who manipulate the results in such a fashion may also be subject to a permanent ban. Scores will be allocated in two categories, each with a scale of 1 to 10:

  • Drawing Quality - The overall quality of the drawing. One might consider detailing, shading, and accuracy.
  • Design Quality -The quality of the design presented, irrespective of drawing quality. One could consider feasibility, practicality, and realism.

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Post subject: Re: One Small StepPosted: April 20th, 2024, 6:13 am
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One wonders how you're expected to display the full architecture of such a mission with no allowance for an exploded view.

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Post subject: Re: One Small StepPosted: April 20th, 2024, 11:03 pm
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It is not possible to show the program without stages and parts of the mission :?

More here:viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8292

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Post subject: Re: One Small StepPosted: April 21st, 2024, 4:53 am
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no exploded diagram it's over spacebros

The Chinese people are not to be cowed by U.S. atomic blackmail. Our country has a population of 600 million and an area of 9.6 [million sq. km]. The United States cannot annihilate the Chinese nation with its small stack of atom bombs. Even if the U.S. atom bombs were so powerful that, when dropped on China, they would make a hole right through the earth, or even blow it up, that would hardly mean anything to the universe as a whole, though it might be a major event for the solar system.

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Post subject: Re: One Small StepPosted: April 22nd, 2024, 3:13 am
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Junis found herself lost in the deep dark blue sea of stars above. A bright haze crossed the cosmos as a shiny streak, horizon to horizon, the cool breeze seemed to follow it into her body, infusing the sight with a mystical energy. The sound of cutlery betrayed Kranizi’s presence. She looked briefly at him as he finished his tiny meal with his tiny spoon, his gaze also lost on the celestial sight.
“What are you thinking about?” her voice seemed almost reluctant of interrupting the moment.
“Home,” was his melancholic answer.
“Can you see it from here?” she said.
“No, not really. I have a vague idea of which direction it is, but I couldn’t tell you what star is my home system.” He replied, matter of factly.
She came up with a question, she knew she couldn’t deliver it in an agreeable way, so she thought, then asked anyways.
“Why did you come here?”
“I got shipwrecked.” He said.
“I know, you told me this, but why did you come here?” She insisted.
“I told you as well, we fought a battle.” He said.
“No, I want to know how you ended up here. You obviously like your home, you’ve told me its a nice, comfortable place. Why were you needed here.” Her words caught up to her mind.
Kranizi thought for a moment. He knew the answer to this question and how to deliver it, but it hadn’t dawned to him that he was, in fact, the architect of his current fate.
“When you come of age in the Republic, you have a choice. You can either find a job or occupation and keep living your life minding your own business, or you can try and become a citizen.” He said.
“Ci-ti-zen?” Junis asked, the auto-translator having failed to convey any meaning.
“A full member of society. A grown-up. Not just an adult with responsibilities and rights, but an involved person, capable of voting for decisions.” He explained.
“Voting? You can’t have your voice heard just by being a grown-up?” Junis asked, the transator having found a familiar concept.
“No,” Kranizi continued, “you have to show a commitment to society, demonstrate that you care by giving your time and energy for a few years.”
“By doing what?” She said.
“Well it depends! I joined the Navy but others join as messengers or construction laborers, there’s a few options.” He said, his tone more educational than patronizing.
“So could you have stayed home if you chose another option?” She asked.
“Possibly!” He asked, “I could’ve certainly asked.” His voice betrayed a hint of remorse.
“Then why did you pick the navy?” She asked.
“Fewer years, I wanted to get done with it quickly,” he said, “but then the war came.”
Junis stared back at the sky, her amazement had turned into determination, her thoughts shone through her slight frown.
“I want to go to war.” She declared.
“Hoh, no, listen you really don’t want to, wa-,” Kranizi said but was interrupted.
“My grandmother died in battle. My mother fought many times. They were both very skilled warriors. It is said my grandmother killed a hundred warriors, took a thousand slaves, she was one of the last King’s favourites, and I want to be like them. But there is no war now, so I can’t prove myself. There aren’t even any prey animals prowling around to go hunt anymore.” She said.
Kranizi suddenly understood her plight. What he did because of a moral commitment to his society, this girl felt as a driving existential justification. Junis couldn’t just stay content as a civilian like he could’ve done. Her worth as a person hinged on her capacity to kill and survive, and this peace that others would cherish and value was holding her back instead.

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Post subject: Rules Concerning Views UpdatedPosted: April 22nd, 2024, 11:07 pm
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Rules Concerning Views Updated
I have replaced challenge rules 3 and 4 with a new rule allowing three views and cutaways or exploded diagrams within that limit, similar to the Spacebucket Challenge.

What previously read:
3. One side-view of the participant's ship must be included. One top-view is also permitted, but not required. All other views are prohibited.
4. If two views are included, they must depict the same individual ship in the same paint scheme, markings, and configuration.
Is now:
3. No more than three views are allowed in each image. If two or three views are included, they must depict the same individual spacecraft and lander in the same paint scheme, markings, and configuration. However, you may include cutaway or exploded views among the three permitted. A spacecraft and lander constitute a single view.

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Post subject: Further Rule ChangePosted: April 22nd, 2024, 11:37 pm
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Further Rule Change
I have slightly altered the new Challenge Rule 3, deleting the reference to 'configuration'. This means you may exploit your three views to show your craft in different configurations.

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Post subject: Re: One Small StepPosted: May 4th, 2024, 1:17 pm
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Ares V was the sixth mission to land humans on the surface of Mars, and the fourth to be conducted by the United States. It was also the first US mission to land astronauts on the surface of Phobos. Departing in July 1990 and returning in April 1993, the four astronauts aboard spent a total of 989 days in space, of which 514 were on Mars at Huygens Crater, during which they conducted a multitude of various scientific experiments and programs, and explored an area of more than 30,000 square kilometers. Ares V was the first conjunction-class mission and also the first joint Mars exploratory mission to be conducted, with the Soviet Mars 91 expedition also taking place at the same time, and the astronauts and cosmonauts lived together on the Martian surface during their stay.

The Ares V spacecraft were broadly similar to the vehicles used on previous Ares missions. The astronauts traveled to and from Mars aboard the Transfer Vehicle Ingenuity, which consisted of a forward Mission Module (MM), trailed by four Planetary Propulsion Modules (PPMs). The MM contained the habitation module which the crew stayed in during the spaceborne portions of their trip, along with electrical and life support equipment, and also housed the Mars Excursion Module (MEM) Seahawk which ferried them to and from the Martian surface, as well as the Earth Entry Module (EEM) Explorer which brought them back after the conclusion of the mission. Each Planetary Propulsion Module was a nuclear-powered and self-contained rocket stage that provided some of the impulse needed to travel from Earth to Mars, and back, using liquid hydrogen as propellant.

Compared to the vehicles used on the previous, opposition-class Ares missions, the ones on Ares V had to be able to withstand much more prolonged periods of time in space and on the Martian surface. The MEM was lightened by slightly reducing its scientific payload to allow for more propellant to be carried, so that its liquid oxygen would not boil off sufficiently to prevent it from returning to Mars orbit. The Transfer Vehicle itself also had to be redesigned to allow it to function in Mars orbit for more than a year without any crew aboard, since unlike on previous missions all of the astronauts traveled down to the surface. However, because the delta-v requirements for a conjunction-class mission are much lower, only four PPMs were needed for Ares V, and the lower Earth return velocity allowed for an Apollo Block IIIA Command and Service Module to be carried as the EEM, rather than the Block IIB used on previous missions. This in turn freed up additional mass which could be carried in the form of propellant tanks to refuel the MEM on orbit, allowing it to conduct a crewed landing on Mars’s moon Phobos near the end of the mission.


The Ares Program had its roots in a Boeing study from early 1968, when their space division in Seattle, Washington, issued a six-volume, almost 2,000-page long report that was the culmination of more than 14 months of concentrated work - the Integrated Manned Interplanetary Spacecraft Concept Definition. That was received by NASA with little fanfare at the time, as they still had their hands full trying to get the Apollo Extension Program approved. With the Soviets already doing crewed Lunar flybys, and a landing looking imminent, all NASA resources were on trying to get the Apollo program, and what was still at the time being tentatively called LESA by some, off the ground as soon as possible.

A little over a year later however, the AEP began to be reevaluated in the wake of the landing of Zarya 5, and funding was being tentatively allocated for as many as 40 Apollo missions in the 1970-1980 period. In this environment, the director of the Marshall Space Flight Centre, Wernher von Braun, developed a systems architecture based on the 1968 Boeing study and pitched it as part of the new Integrated Program Plan that NASA Administrator Thomas O. Paine was pushing for. Von Braun presented the IPP to president Lyndon B. Johnson’s Space Task Group in August of 1969, advocating for a high flight rate of Apollo missions into the 1970s, the construction of several Earth orbit space stations, Lunar bases, and his Mars mission architecture, with the first expeditions being scheduled for the early 1980s. After careful consideration, the IPP was accepted and the budget for it allocated by congress in September of 1969, though at a reduced scale, and no fixed deadlines for the Mars architecture development was set, with them being penciled in as occurring at some indeterminate point in the future. The design of the Mars spacecraft was such that many of the systems required would be developed by other programs, and so there was little effort made to work specifically on it as an integrated architecture.

However, once again things changed in 1973, with the Soviet crewed Mars-Venus flyby. In response clear deadlines and goals for the Mars program, now officially named Ares, were given, and development work on the systems and spacecraft needed were started. The first mission, Ares I, departed in late 1979 and performed the first US crewed Mars orbital flight. Its primary goal was to test the Mars Excursion Module in low Mars orbit, and have it perform an uncrewed landing on and ascent from the Martian surface, in which it was fully successful. Ares II, departing in early 1982, performed the first actual crewed landing on Mars, with the astronauts staying on the surface for a little under two weeks. Ares III departed in early 1985 and performed a Venus flyby before reaching Mars, and returned after spending three weeks on the surface. Ares IV departed in mid 1986, while Ares III was still on their way back, landing later that year for another three weeks before returning.

Work began on the as-flown version of the Ares V mission in 1987, when representatives from NASA and Sovkosmos met to discuss their plans for the 1990 Mars transfer window. Previously NASA had intended to fly Ares V and VI simultaneously from 1990 to 1993, with the two spacecraft providing redundancy to each other. However, in the mid 1980s NASA was also in the process of running several other concurrent programs - expanding Shackleton Base, doing preliminary design work for the recently announced Space-Based Solar Power Program and a new super-heavy reusable launch vehicle to support it, expanding Space Station Freedom, beginning work on a new crewed station in GEO, and many other projects. This meant that any places where they had the opportunity to cut costs, they looked for ways to do so.

Initially, the concept of a joint mission with the Soviets was out of the question given the USSR’s slips further into authoritarianism in the late 70s and early 80s, however the September Revolution of 1985 and subsequent changes to the Soviet political structure resulted in the nation becoming much more democratic. Immediately after the revolution and in the following several years, massive reforms were implemented by Soviet Premier Svetlana Kovalev that restructured the government, began a transition to market socialism, and redefined foreign policy to prioritize renormalizing relations with the western world. The result of this was that in 1987 an agreement was formally signed between NASA and Sovkosmos to conduct a joint Mars expedition. Mars 91, the Soviet component, would be redeveloped as a conjunction-class mission, and together both would provide redundancy for each other if anything went wrong. To accommodate this, it was agreed that NASA would deliver presupply equipment to the Martian surface in the 1988 transfer window, and Sovkosmos, since they had not started planning for a long surface stay until recently, would do the same in the 1990 window. Because the Soviet presupplies would be leaving at the same time as the crewed ships, and as such there would be no way of knowing if they would arrive safely before the crews set off, it was agreed that the NASA presupplies would be capable of supporting the entire crew on the surface for the duration of the stay should the need arise.

NASA’s contribution to this would be four modified MEM descent stages, which would carry two habitation modules, each with 30 cubic meters of living space, along with two pressurized rovers, and several dozen tons of scientific equipment. They would be sent in batches of two, each propelled by a single PPM, thus requiring a total of just four launches.

Mission Details

The presupply launches were conducted without any issues, and so in 1990 construction on the orbital booster cluster for Ares V began. A Saturn VB blasted off from Space Launch Complex 39C on July 11th, placing its payload - the Mars Transfer Vehicle Ingenuity’s Mission Module and MEM - into a 485 km parking orbit. Two Saturn VCs each carried one of Ingenuity’s four planetary propulsion modules into orbit the next day, and they docked with the mission module successfully. The three launch pads were then refurbished for around two weeks each, and on the 25th two more Saturn VCs blasted off from SLC 39A and B, delivering the remaining two PPMs into orbit which then attached themselves to the transfer vehicle, almost completing it.

Then, on July 26th, 1990, Space Shuttle Enterprise lifted off of SLC 39C and blasted her way into orbit. After rendezvousing and docking with Ingenuity, the four astronauts selected for the mission transferred over to the mission module and began setting it up for their upcoming 15 month stay within it. The following day, Enterprise used her Remote Manipulator System to pluck their Apollo Earth Entry Module Explorer out of her payload bay and carefully insert her into her mounting position inside Ingenuity’s aft interstage. After spending the next four days doing various checkout procedures to make sure all the spacecraft’s systems were operating nominally, Enterprise undocked and performed her deorbit burn, landing soon after. Finally, on August 1st, 1990, Ingenuity lit her drives and began her trans-Martian injection burn.

The transfer out to Mars was fairly uneventful, and on the 27th of February 1991 Ingenuity braked into low Martian orbit. She released her probes the following day, and then jettisoned her forward interstage ring, allowing the astronauts to separate in the MEM and begin their deorbit burn. The Mars Excursion Module, named Seahawk, touched down on March 2nd, 1991, just three kilometers off target and well within the landing ellipse. The astronauts went on EVA for the first time later that day, unpacking several surface science experiments and planting a flag, before unfolding their Mars Roving Vehicle, a small four-person unpressurised rover. Two astronauts took the MRV to the landing site of the nearest presupply probe, and then drove back to the MEM in the pressurized rover to pick up the rest of the crew. Meanwhile, the crew of Mars 91, which had just finished stabilizing itself into low Mars orbit using its very low-thrust ion engines, also descended down to the surface, landing about 10 kilometers away from the American MEM. The Soviet cosmonauts had a small unpressurized MRV as well, and drove to meet up with the astronauts near the MEM. Two of the astronauts and cosmonauts stayed at the MEM in the small habitation module for the rest of the day, while the remaining five drove the pressurized rover and the Soviet MRV to the site of one of the presupply habitation modules and began setting it up.

After spending several days preparing the base site, which involved dismounting the habitation modules from their descent stages, driving them on their small wheels to the same location, around halfway between the American and Soviet MEMs, and joining them together, the entire crew of Ares V and Mars 91 converged on the base and began inhabiting it properly. Experiments were set up outside, and a small nuclear reactor was powered up to supply electricity. The remaining two pressurized rovers, one US and one Soviet, were recovered from their presupply probes and driven to the base, as was an additional unpressurised MRV.

Over the next 18 months, the seven astronauts and cosmonauts explored the Martian surface, setting up scientific equipment, prospecting around with the rovers, and collecting various surface samples. At one point, about five months into the stay, they performed the longest expedition in the entire mission, driving one of the pressurized rovers for a total of two weeks directly away from the base, and then another two weeks back, reaching a distance of more than 200 kilometers. In total almost 1,100 kilograms of material from the surface was collected, and several drilling rigs that were set up allowed for some of this material to be gathered from depths as low as 50 meters.

Finally, on the 28th of July 1992, the two crews said goodbye to each other and climbed aboard their respective MEMs. The American’s lifted off first, followed by the Soviets several hours later, and they both successfully rendezvoused in orbit with their transfer vehicles. Over the next month Ingenuity stayed in Martian orbit, conducting various experiments and releasing her complement of small uncrewed orbital probes to continue doing research after she left, before lighting up her engines on August 15th and raising her apoapsis up to match Phobos’s orbital altitude. Two of her astronauts then climbed back into the ascent stage of the MEM, and transferred several thousand kilograms of propellant into it from tanks in the Mission Module, before undocking, and matching velocities with Phobos. Built into the sides of the MEM were four small spearguns, which could be fired to tether her to the surface while the astronauts took surface samples. After three days, during which time the crew flew around Phobos using an AMU, performing various experiments from a multitude of locations, the MEM departed and once again matched velocity with Ingenuity, before redocking inside her forward interstage. After the astronauts transferred back into the MM, the ascent stage of the MEM was then finally jettisoned, to be left in an elliptical orbit and eventually collide with Phobos’s surface.

On the 25th of August, 1992, Ingenuity performed her trans-Earth injection burn, beginning her long trek back sunwards. 228 days later, on April 10th 1993, her crew clambered into the EEM Explorer, undocked, and performed a small separation and course adjustment burn to put her on-target for her landing zone in the center of the Pacific Ocean. A day later she began atmospheric entry, splashing down without incident and being recovered by the USS Essex, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, who was on loan from the US Navy along with her escort group.

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Mission Timeline

1988 Apr 2 - Ares 5A launch (SLC-39B) - Saturn VB delivers Mars Presupply Modules MPM-102 and 103 into Low Earth Orbit
1988 Apr 2 - Ares 5B launch (SLC-39A) - Saturn VC delivers Planetary Propulsion Module PPM-24 into Low Earth Orbit
1988 Apr 3 - STS-251 launch (SLC-39C) - Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 is placed into low Earth orbit to oversee rendezvous and assembly of the presupplies
1988 Apr 4 - Ares 5A and 5B rendezvous and dock, forming Presupply 1
1988 Apr 17 - Ares 5C launch (SLC-39A) - Saturn VB delivers Mars Presupply Modules MPM-104 and 105 into Low Earth Orbit
1988 Apr 17 - Ares 5D launch (SLC-39B) - Saturn VC delivers Planetary Propulsion Module PPM-25 into Low Earth Orbit
1988 Apr 19 - Ares 5C and 5D rendezvous and dock, forming Presupply 2
1988 Apr 20 - Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 deorbits and lands safely
1988 Apr 23 - Presupply 2 performs their trans-Martian injection burn
1988 Apr 25 - Presupply 1 performs their trans-Martian injection burn

1990 Jul 11 - Ares 5E launch - Saturn VB delivers Mission Module MM-9 and Mars Excursion Module Seahawk MEM-107 into low Earth Orbit
1990 Jul 12 - Ares 5F launch - Saturn VC delivers Planetary Propulsion Module PPM-26 into Low Earth Orbit
1990 Jul 12 - Ares 5G launch - Saturn VC delivers Planetary Propulsion Module PPM-27 into Low Earth Orbit
1990 Jul 13 - PPM-26 and PPM-27 and MM-9 rendezvous and dock, forming Ingenuity
1990 Jul 25 - Ares 5H launch - Saturn VC delivers Planetary Propulsion Module PPM-28 into Low Earth Orbit
1990 Jul 25 - Ares 5I launch - Saturn VC delivers Planetary Propulsion Module PPM-29 into Low Earth Orbit
1990 Jul 26 - PPM-28 and PPM-29 and Ingenuity rendezvous and dock
1990 Jul 26 - STS-396 launch - Space Shuttle Enterprise OV-101 is placed into low Earth orbit and docks with Ingenuity
1990 Jul 27 - Enterprise places Earth Entry Module Explorer CSM-315 into Ingenuity's aft interstage
1990 Jul 31 - Enterprise undocks and deorbits, landing safely
1990 Aug 1 - Ingenuity performs their trans-Martian injection burn

1991 Feb 27 - Ingenuity performs their Mars orbit insertion burn
1991 Feb 28 - Ingenuity releases her Mars landing probes, which deorbit and touch down successfully
1991 Mar 2 - Seahawk MEM-107 undocks from Ingenuity, deorbits, and lands safely at Huygens Crater
1991 Mar 5 - Initial construction of Huygens Base is completed, science mission operations begin

1992 Jul 28 - Seahawk MEM-107 lifts off, is placed into Mars orbit, and docks with Ingenuity
1992 Aug 5-13 - Ingenuity releases several uncrewed probes into Martian orbit
1992 Aug 15 - Ingenuity performs an apoapsis raise burn to intercept Phobos
1992 Aug 18 - Seahawk MEM-107 undocks from Ingenuity and rendezvouses with and lands on Phobos
1992 Aug 21 - Seahawk MEM-107 lifts off from Phobos and rendezvouses and docks with Ingenuity
1992 Aug 23 - Seahawk MEM-107 is jettisoned
1992 Aug 25 - Ingenuity performs their trans-Earth injection burn

1993 Apr 10 - Explorer CSM-315 undocks from Ingenuity and performs a landing target alignment burn
1993 Apr 11 - Explorer CSM-315 reenters and splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Project Artemis
Following the conclusion of the Apollo Project, the US Space Program turned it's efforts towards establishing a more permanent base of operations under Project Artemis using nuclear thermal rockets. In 1975 a corruption scandal tied to cost over runs led the US Secretary of Space to transfer Lunar Missions from General Catburd's US Army Space Corps to Admiral Heinlein's US Navy Space Command. Project Artemis was cancelled and in it's place came Project Argo which used an Orion Drive Architecture. This architecture was centered around the common General Atomics "Jason" Class spacecraft.

The core of the "Jason" was a 10 meter diameter Mk 1 Orion drive module fitted with landing legs and attached to a Yoyodyne Propulsion furnished Hydrolox Descent/Landing Module. Jasons were designed to be fully reusable once in space allowing each to undertake multiple trips between LEO and the lunar service. Each Jason was capable of carrying a number of 10M mission modules. The most common configuration is three Argo Cargo Modules (ACM) and a command cab. ACMs are a standardized payload format of 5m Tall x 10M diameter containers. A number of formats are available, including pressurized and unpressurized variants The Jason type ships were designed to be stacked/destacked on the moon provided the landing site was furnished with the requisite equipment. For missions to sites without support equipment, some ACM variants include integrated cranes for self-unloading. The Command Module is a self contained habitat module capable of supporting a crew of 3 for the duration of a mission. For crew transfer missions the Command Cab is capable of supporting an additional 20 passengers for short periods during operation of the Orion drive.

A standard Argonaut mission consisted of 5 launches using chemical rockets. The first four launches would be S-1-D missions. The S-1-D was introduced during the launch of Argonaut-3 "Acastus" and is a winged fly-back booster derived from the Saturn 1C stage. One launch would be used to loft the Propulsion Module into the upper atmosphere where it continues into orbit under it's own power. This launch would also include the command module. The remaining launches would deliver ACMs, each massing up to 100 tons. Once in orbit the cargo modules were mated to the propulsion and command modules. The 5th launch would be a Shuttle mission to deliver the crew. Following a series of checks the assembled craft would depart for the moon under the power of the Orion drive. At the moon the Orion Drive was used for deorbit and an initial braking burns, with the final descent and touchdown handled by the Hydro-Lox engines. Following unloading of the cargo, the Hydrolox engines would loft the lander onto a suborbital trajectory with the Orion drive returning the craft to an earth return trajectory. Once in Earth orbit the craft can be resupplied by a new series of launches. Primary contractor for the propulsion module was General Atomics with the landing module provided by Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems. The Command Module was designed by Anahiem Electronics. Other contractors included TRW, Schaft Enterprises, Omni-Consumer Products, H&C Logistics Incorporated, and Cyberdyne Systems

Pictured is Argonaut-7, Asterion as she appeared during her first mission in both in-orbit and lunar surface configurations. Also shown is the launch architecture for the uncrewed launches including the S-1-D "Lofter" first stage, the common interstage and the optional S-2-L second stage. Artemis-7 is notable as it was the first flight to include a Soviet Cosmonaut among the crew as part of President Nixon's "Peace through Space" Initiative.

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Post subject: Re: One Small StepPosted: May 17th, 2024, 8:23 pm
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Nobody said it had to be crewed.

This is Tungl 6, a 1995 mission in Nyrdanmark's Lunar exploration program which targeted Peary crater and returned surface and subsurface samples to Earth. Very similar to the earlier Soviet Ye-8 based missions, consisting of a lander module with a sample collection arm, a small return rocket, and a spherical heat shielded sample return canister.

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