Having sent two station modules to Laythe – and failing to get them into the orbits I wanted – I decided we needed to interrupt the expected progression with an audible. I need more fuel in the Laythe system. (We’ll need a way to move that fuel around, but that’s a problem for later.)
I have to step back for a moment, and have an ego-celebration for my accomplishment: the Laythe Gas Can Convoy.
Screw stepping back – this is the point of this update.
One of the heaviest things you can attempt to lift into orbit is fuel. Getting a large amount of fuel into orbit is almost prohibitively difficult – just ask NASA. For my project, I needed to put a large amount of fuel into orbit, and then throw it at the Jool system. Piece of cake.
My solution was to go methodical, rather than dramatic. The Laythe Gas Can Convoy is a super-ship made up of eight modules, each sent aloft in it’s own launch, and docked in orbit. The structure is based on a front-end frame, a rear-frame, a thrust stage, and five individual fuel tanks. Basically, the ship I needed was too big to launch – so I just built it in orbit.
I’ve got to say: there’s not much more satisfying than the moment when five docking ports engage at the same time.