Campaign: Mun Race

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Probes and Rovers Campaigns Kerbollo 13


Robotic probes and a rover were on the Mun. Most of them Kerbiet. The public wondered if the first flag planted on the Mun would be Kerbiet. The final lap of the Mun Race was on! With the first launch of Kerbollo Program, Gene Kerbin and rest of the Kerbicans at the Kerbal Space Center were making a statement to the world. They figured the Kerbiets were taking too much time playing it safe with the Mun with their robotic missions. They wanted instead to meet the President's demands to get a Kerbal to the Mun before the end of the decade, and the decade was already half over! Thus began the most incredible engineering endeavor the world had ever seen, the Kerbollo Program.

This will present a mission manifest to allow you to plant a flag on the Mun before the week is out. Missions are based on the American Apollo Program, 4-12 (1967-69).


  • Length: 3-5 hrs (8-15 with optional missions)
  • Difficulty: 6/10 (Proficient)
  • Skills needed:
  1. Intermediate navigation via maneuver node
  2. Advanced orbiting
  3. Basic docking
  4. Intermediate landing
  5. Intermediate rocket design
  6. Basic mission planning
  • For version: Every version (tested on 0.20.2)

Recommended Mods

  • Frizzank Aeronautics and Space Administration (FASA) - This is a mod we've mentioned twice prior, but this is where it shines, featuring the Apollo CSM, LM, and the Saturn 1b, Saturn V, and the unmade Saturn C-8. With the Saturn V parts, you can make the unproduced derivatives (INT-20, INT-21, and INT-17 to serve a variety of roles; for more information on these derivatives, visit Encyclopedia Astronautica). After the Mun landings, feel free to continue using the Kerbollo spacecraft as your main manned Kerbican spacecraft and nix the Space Shuttle entirely.
  • Historical Rockets, Probes, and Stations series - So, you want the Kerbiets to reach the Mun first, eh? Well, we got you covered!
    • Salyut Stations-Soyuz Ferries - The Soyuz 7k-LOK and LK lander are included in this pack. You're on your own regarding the N-1.


KS Design and Unmanned Testing

  • KS-101: Command Pod Escape Tower Ejection Test
Design and test a new, updated escape tower for the Mk1-2 Command Pod using Probodobodyne OKTO2 or another small probe body as your unmanned control unit. Alternatively, you can refurbish a Kerbinai Program LES.
  • Alternatively, 0.23.5 adds a Launch Escape System, but making your own from scratch is a useful exercise. If using the modded approach, FASA has an Apollo LES all set to go.
  • In addition, the OKTO2 can be omitted using the Crew Requirement plugin (requires ModuleManager). This is required for the modded approach, as there's no place to put the OKTO2 on the CSM.
  1. Vehicle must be unmanned and therefore contain Probodobodyne OKTO2 with Mk1-2 Command Pod(now developed) attached.
  2. Escape tower must be able to eject itself from the Command Pod using a control group.
  3. Escape tower must fire and lift off Command Pod from the ground high enough to deploy parachutes. Abort control group must be used to initiate the Pod liftoff.
  4. Parachutes must successfully deploy and land Command Pod soft enough that it does not damage anything.
  • KS-201 [Optional]: Command Service Module Flight 1 - Suborbital Reentry Test
Design a Command/Service Module using the Probodobodyne OKTO2 control unit and Mk1-2 Command Pod, and an accompanying rocket. Launch it into space on a suborbital trajectory, testing the Escape Tower ejection sequence once you've cleared the atmosphere.
  1. CSM must be unmanned.
  2. You must design a new launcher for the CSM's Mk 1-2 pod.
  3. CSM must reach 70 km.
  4. CSM Escape Tower must eject from the orbiter when above 70 km.
  5. Command Pod must separate from the CSM while above 70 km.
  6. Command Pod must land undamaged. This is a requirement for all future missions going forward.
  • KS-203 [Optional]: Command Service Module Flight 2 - Orbital Maneuvers
Launch a CSM into 100 km orbit with the updated launcher from the suborbital mission, then circularize. Then move up to a 200 km circular orbit. Feel free to start using Advanced SAS and the Reaction Control System (now developed) on your vehicles going forward.
  1. CSM must be unmanned.
  2. You must include the launch Vehicle from the earlier launch; make sure it can go into orbit.
  3. CSM must reach a circularized LKO orbit of 100 km.
  4. CSM must test its RCS balance while in space. (Move it around with RCS and see how it handles)
  5. CSM must change its altitude to a 200 km circularized orbit.
(Tip: If you want to test out RCS balance in a test launch, do it by entering Debug mode from the launchpad by hitting your modbutton+F12, for Windows, your modbutton is Alt. Once entered, select Hack Gravity to float your vehicle around the launchpad. As wed on't want to cheat, pretend you're as KSC engineer testing out your designs in a simulator. Hit modbutton+F12 again to get rid of the debug screen.)
  • After this mission, feel free to carry out KS-202, which should be a repeat of KS-201. If you seek completion, hold off on testing the CSM until Kerbollo 4 and make KS-203 a test of the upper stage's engine restart capabilities, as was done with the real AS-203.

Kerbollo Test Flights

  • Kerbollo 4: Command Service Module Flight 3 - Heavy Launcher Test
Launch an unmanned CSM, with the new Katurn V, to 2,000 km.
  1. CSM must be unmanned.
  2. You must design a Mun capable rocket (without lander) to launch this.
  3. CSM must reach a circularized MKO orbit of 2,000 km.
  4. CSM must deorbit without damage.
If using the modded approach, the FASA Saturn V is all decked out and ready to go. This file, though, includes the Lunar Module, so you'll need to remove it.
  • Kerbollo 5 [Optional]: Munar Lander and CSM Docking Test Flight
Design and launch in a hacked gravity debug mode a Mun lander which will practice docking with the CSM and vice versa.
  1. Lander and CSM must both be unmanned.
  2. CSM must dock with the LM
  3. LM must undock and redock with the CSM
(Tip: Put RCS on both your Lander and CSM to ensure control.)
If seeking completion, defer the docking test to Kerbollo 9 and instead test the LM alone. Again, FASA has you covered with an LM atop a Saturn 1b all ready to go (make sure to use the No Crew Requirement plugin, and remove the landing legs from the FASA LM, as the actual Apollo 5 LM lacked landing legs).
  • Katurn V Test Flight
Using the Katurn V, launch an unmanned LM and unmanned CSM into LKO orbit of 100 km. Use the Katurn V for all Mun missions in this campaign from now on.
  1. CSM must dock with the LM.
  2. LM must undock and redock with the CSM.
  3. Deorbit both the LM and CSM unhamred.
If using the modded approach, this should be an unmanned LM test flight launched atop a Saturn 1b, as in real life. Leave the CSM docking test flight until Kerbollo 9. The modded approach also means you won't have to hack gravity, as the FASA Saturn V is more than capable of getting the payload to orbit.
  • Kerbollo 6: Trans Munar Injection and Free Return Abort Test
Launch the LM-CSM craft to the Mun and swing back without circularizing. Make sure your trajectory goes back to Kerbin's surface.
  1. All spacecraft must be totally unmanned.
  2. Launch the LM-CSM package on a Trans Munar Injection with periapsis above 100 km and below 300 km.
  3. Make sure your trajectory insures a free return in case anything goes awry.
(Tip: a tutorial for Free Return Trajectories can be found on the wiki)
If using the modded approach, you may want to not use the LM on this flight. Also, feel free to put the CSM in a highly-elliptical orbit to simulate the issues that cropped up on the actual Apollo 6.
  • Kerbollo 7 [Optional]: Manned CSM and LM Rendezvous and Docking Test
Launch your LM-CSM into LKO orbit of 100km with three Kerbals aboard. Exchange two Kerbals in the Command Pod with the LM while in orbit. (As of 0.25, you can use the transfer function)
  1. Vehicles must reach 100km circularized orbit.
  2. CSM must dock with LM.
  3. Two Kerbals must EVA or transfer to the LM from the CSM.
  4. LM must undock and change its orbit to 85km.
  5. LM must rendezvous and dock with the CSM.
  6. Kerbals in the LM must EVA to the CSM.
  7. Command Pod with all three Kerbals must land in water safely. And no, you can't put them down in a typhoon, no matter how snappy the crew becomes from 10.5 days in space. Just never put them on another mission again.
If using the modded approach, save this mission for Kerbollo 9 and instead launch a manned CSM test on the Saturn 1b. Again, you can't put them down in a typhoon.
  • Kerbollo 8 [Optional]: Korman, Anders, and Lovell Kerman - Far Side Explorers
Send three Kerbals to orbit the far side of the Mun and return.
  1. Must go into a kerbin parking orbit of 75km.
  2. Have a free-return trajectory in case disaster strikes.
  3. Must orbit Mun at altitude of 75km.
  4. Take a picture of Kerbin-rise for the papers from within the windows of the spacecraft and post it on the forum.
  5. Must complete 10 orbits of the Mun.
  6. Read religious text on Kristmas Eve and piss of bible-thumpers in the Southern Kerbican States.
  7. Must splash down the Kerbals safely on Kerbin
  • Kerbollo 10 [Optional]: The Dress Rehearsal
Send the full CSM-LM to the Mun for a dress rehearsal of the Kerbollo 11 landing.
  1. Must have the CSM and LM.
  2. Must have a free-return trajectory in case disaster strikes.
  3. Must orbit Mun at altitude of 35km
  4. Bring the lander down to the surface, but don't land (don't fullly fuel the lander so the crew isn't tempted).
  5. Must return safely to Kerbin.

Kerbollo Moon Landings

  • Kerbollo 11: The First Manned Mun Landing
Update your Mun lander design to contain 2 packages of scientific instruments and land on the Mun
  1. Must consist of a computer core each.
  2. At least one must contain extractable solar panels.
  3. At least one must contain a dish antenna.
  4. At least one must contain a Communotron antenna.
  5. They all must have each at least 2 science instruments.
Finish the design of the Katurn V rocket to carry out the Kerbollo 11 flight plan:
  1. Must go in a Kerbin parking orbit of 100km.
  2. Must have a free-return trajectory going to the Mun.
  3. Must have the command pod parked at 35km with a Kerbal inside.
  4. Must land at least two Kerbals on the Mun.#Must have the LM undock from the CSM with 2 kerbals inside.
  5. Must plant a flag on the Mun. (post your pic on the forum)
  6. Must setup at least 2 self-sustaining experimental packages on the Mun.
  7. Must dock and transfer the LM kerbals to the CSM.
  8. All Kerbals that participate in the mission must return safely to Kerbin together. Splash down for max accuracy.
  • Kerbollo 12: The First Pinpoint Mun Landing & Rover
Build and test on Kerbin a small rover with two command seats. Send it to the Mun, and land it near the Keveryor 3
  1. Must have a battery to last it through the night.
  2. Must have a communtron 16.
  3. Must go in a Kerbin parking orbit of 100km.
  4. Must have a free-return trajectory going to the Mun.
  5. Must have the command pod parked at 35&nbspkm with a Kerbal inside.
  6. Must have the LM undock from the CSM with 2 kerbals inside.
  7. Lander must carry rover and 1 science instrument.
  8. At least one Mun rover and science instrument must be carried on the Lander.
Land a Kerbal on the Mun and repair the Kerveyor 3 lander by extracting its stuck solar panel.
  1. Must land within 3 km of Kerveyor 3.
  2. Must ride the rover to Kerveyor 3 with one or more Kerbals.
  3. Must extend solar panel of Kerveyor 3 via EVA.
  4. Must dock and transfer the LM kerbals to the CSM.
  5. Must splash down safely with all Kerbals.
  • If using the modded approach, or seek completion, don't bring a rover on this mission and instead save it for Kerbollo 15.
  • Kerbollo 12.5: First Manned Minmus Landing
Repeat Kerbollo 12 for a Minmus mission.
  1. Make necessary changes for larger and smaller maneuvers, changing payload and lower surface gravity.

Final Word

Mun travel became routine after Kerbollo 12. The world went back to watching grass grow, that is, until Kerbollo 13 radioed back to the world "Kerbin, amelborp nu somenet!" which roughly translated means, "Kerbin, we have a problem."