From Kearth to the Mun: The Runway Test of the BTTDB MK 48
by, 03 Jul 12 at 21:06 (1549 Views)
I just got back from the funerals for my test pilot colleagues who had slipped the surly bonds of Kearth while testing the BTTDB (Marks 1 - 47). I will never forget them: Billy, John, Howard, Frank, Arnold, Jedidiah, Mark, Ward, James, James the Younger, Kelly, Max, Connor, Donald, that guy who looked like Donald but wasn't him, Sean, Ezekiel, Trevor. All good guys. What a sad week.
While I would never mention this to my colleagues, I am starting to suspect that the BTTDB might suffer from a minor flaw or two. For example, I think the C7 Aerospace Toroidal Aerospike Rocket Engine might be a bit overpowered for this design. Also, the RT-10 Fuel Booster doesn't really boost anything. I did bring these concerns to Lead Engineer Dee, but ol' P. H. smiled and said that "the craft was fine, it was the pilots who were flawed." He's probably right. I'm just being too critical of the program.
Well, tonight it is my crew's chance to pilot the pride of the fledgling Kerbal space program. I'm sure it will go well. However, I am not quite clear why this is going to be a night test. I asked Dee about that and he just smiled that smile of his and said it "made the fireworks look better." Hmm. I didn't know they were planning on fireworks for our test flight. I guess they are really expecting tonight's flight to be a big hit!
I guess I worry too much. After all, what could possibly go wrong this time?
Got to go and put on my pressure suit. More later!
That night's test footage: