Mobile Processing Lab MPL-LG-2
|Mobile Processing Lab MPL-LG-2|
| Laboratory by |
|Max. Temp.||2900 K|
|Impact Tolerance||6 m/s|
|Transmission boost||+50 %|
|Processing energy||10 ⚡/Mit|
The Mobile Processing Lab MPL-LG-2 allows scientific data to be transmitted with higher efficiency, to store experiments and to reuse the Mystery Goo™ Containment Unit and SC-9001 Science Jr. after transmitting their result.
The module needs its full capacity of two Kerbals to process and clean experiments (but can store them even when unmanned). Note that it is not a command module; any craft it's a part of will need a probe body or command pod to be piloted. It starts unmanned by default, but crewmembers can be added in the Crew tab before launch. The Lab does not provide portraits and IVA. In order to get them on an EVA, the crew hatch can be left clicked. Using the module also consumes electricity.
The lab can process science from any attached science part including those on docked vessels. Once processed, experiments will yield 50% more Science Points compared to unprocessed data: for example, if the standard Transmit Value for a given experiment is 30%, the Lab pushes this by 15 percentage points to 45%. Processing consumes electricity.
While the transmission boost is quite substantial, it cannot replace recovery of science results. The Lab has no immediate effect on data kept, but it can store an infinite amounts of scientific results. It is the only part which allows even multiple copies from the same experiment in the same situation and biome. This won't happen automatically, though: Kerbals have to go on EVA and make the rounds, manually collecting the data from every instrument.
The Lab is quite fragile, withstanding only impacts up to 6 m/s. It takes ridiculous amounts of parachutes to land it safely. Other approaches to the problem trade in a few chutes for lander legs, or tiny engines and a minuscule fuel supply to pull dampen the impact. If the lab doesn't store any experiments and crew, it is of course possible to simply ditch it and let it crash.
For each Mit of scientific data, the lab requires 10 E. The scientific data is determined by the base value multiplied by the data scale which is for most experiments 1. Cleaning requires the same amount as processing it. Although the total amount of electric charge required is high, the lab only slowly requires that energy. Only a few solar modules are required and batteries can buffer most of the energy. It will also only require energy while cleaning and processing.
|Experiment||Surface Sample||Mystery Goo Observation||Materials Study||Temperature Scan||Atmospheric Pressure Scan||Seismic Scan||Gravity Scan||Atmosphere Analysis|
|Processing energy (E)||300||100||250||80||120||500||600||2000|
For example cleaning out three of each will require 1050 E over the course of about two minutes. As there will usually be long idle times between two clean-outs, you probably need mostly batteries and only a few solar modules.
A lander performs all experiments as usual, but rather than returning home, it docks with a Laboratory in orbit; EVA over all experiments, take/collect data, board Laboratory. The data is now safely stored in the Lab. You may clean out the experiments and re-use the same lander. Return the lab to Kerbin when done.
It's recommended to have ladders (at least) on the Materials Containers: the margin of error between "close enough to take the data" and "bouncing off" is rather small. It'd be nice if you could touch off all instruments while climbing a single ladder, though this would make for a tall assembly.
Integrate the Lab in the Lander, do the data gathering and instrument cleaning on-site. No risk of poor kerbals drifting off into space. You may bring enough fuel in order to make several small hops and visit different biomes before you need to re-orbit and dock with a filling station. While convenient, such landers tend to be rather bulky and heavy, though.
|“||The mobile processing lab was developed to help increase the amount of science we're able to do in the field. Instead of needing to haul samples all the way back to Kerbin, the mobile lab will allow you to process these samples on site! This model is guaranteed to spontaneously combust less often than the previous models, and also has the equipment necessary to clean out and restore functionality to inoperable experiments.||”|
- The COSPAR designations and names of both the International Space Station and Mir (in Cyrillic script) are printed on the laboratory's hull.
- Initial release