History of the Tristellar Space Exploration Commmand
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Kerbal Space Program
Kerbal Space Program is a game about launching little green men into space, often with tragic consequences. That's not really how I prefer to play, though- I like relatively realistic progression, though I won't restrict myself with life support mods or similar- I prefer to roleplay it. I've had several dozen Kerbal Space Program games that ended quietly as I got bored, and ideally the TSEC won't just be that again- I have big plans for the future, and hopefully building the designs for those plans while I fly earlier missions should keep me away from being bored.
Whirligig World is a mod that adds new planets to Kerbal Space Program- and, in my estimation, one of the best of those mods. It replaces the star system of the game with a triple-star system- Kaywell, Limnel, and Gememma (hence the name of the program). This system features dozens of planets and asteroids orbiting said stars, all varied and interesting- with one of the weirdest being the intended homeworld. Mesbin is a huge planet, a good chunk of Saturn's mass... but it's not a gas giant. Instead, it's a rapidly-spinning hamburger patty of rock- the high gravity is mitigated by the spin, making Mesbin perhaps as survivable as the Moon. The kerbals in this mod are supposed to have been on an interstellar colonization mission when they mistook Mesbin for a fully spherical world and smacked into it, and after that had to make do with living in sealed-off cave systems beneath the surface. Or, if you're a goddamn coward (like me), you can start on Mesbin's rather Kerbin-like moon, Kerbmun. The Tristellar Space Exploration Command flies from Kerbmun.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Whirligig World is a mod that, if you have the time, should be looked at on your own- it's more satisfying to see a planet for the first time when you send a probe there than to see someone else do it.
The Tristellar Space Exploration Command began on January 5, 2022 (or Primember 1, Duoyear 665) with several test flights of candidate supersonic cruise vehicles and orbital ballistic rockets, the former of which universally ended in failure and the latter of which did pretty darn well, all things considered.
Soon after would come the first really functional ballistic rockets and attempts at spacecraft:
After six initial flights, Trailblazer III was launched on a groundbreaking mission.
And with the TSEC's ability to visit other moons confirmed, the space program kicked off in earnest.