After their previous rocket-related jollies, Kerbal space scientists figured that the next thing to do would be to get into orbit around Kerbin.
Flight 3 – Orbit attempt 1
So once again, Jebediah Kerman – the bravest and greenest of all kerbonaughts – crammed himself into a capsule on top of an even greater amount of fuel. This time, instead of going straight up, he would start to turn east (which according to forums is the best direction to get into orbit) after 10,000m and hope to build up enough speed and height to get into a stable orbit.
So how did it go? Well…
Trial and error my friends, trial and error.
So guess what? MOAR ROCKETS!!
Flight 4 – Orbit attempt 2
This time I’m using solid fuel boosters to get some serious height before I start using my main engines and an additional little stage to push me into orbit once I’m high enough.
Sucess! Jebediah completes a couple of orbits around Kerbin, the scientists would have been happy with one but Jeb is having far too much fun so they let him stay a bit.
Eventually however, he exhausts the capsule’s supply of slurm and uses the rest of his fuel to push the craft back towards Kerbin. He lands safely among the mountains, balanced precariously on his brand new landing legs.