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Mission 36, named Ion Drive Test involves completing a ship near STA by docking a second Small Solar Panel and an Ion Drive to it, before accelerating the ship so that its velocity is in the green section of the velocity gauge.

Objectives

Award Cost Time Checkpoints
GoldTrophy-50 Gold < $13,350,000 < 11m 40s No
SilverTrophy-50 Silver < $20,000,000 < 16m 40s Yes
BronzeTrophy-50 Bronze < $100,000,000 < 20m 0s Yes
  • Add 2nd Solar Panel.
  • Add the Ion Drive.
  • Get the velocity into green.
  • Budget: $100,000,000
  • Max time: 20m 0s

Tips

  • The solar panels have no way of being opened, as there is no power or batteries, so you should use the resupply module docked to STA to turn on the solar panels by docking it to the test craft.
  • You could also transfer a battery from the rocket used to get the parts there to the station.

Mission Briefing

The agency's scientists have delivered a new type of propulsion drive - the Ion Drive.

The Ion Drive is powered by electricity. It is much less powerful than a traditional chemical engine, but it can run for as long as it has electrical power available.

  • The test veichle before it first extension.
  • The test veichle after the solar panel is added
  • The blueprint after it is completed

A prototype Ion Drive has been built and now requires testing in space. A test ship is under construction near to the Space Station (STA). Complete construction of the ship by adding a second solar panel and the Ion Drive itself. The solar panels will need to be powered up and opened.

Once the solar panels are operational, connect the Ion Drive to them, and fire the engine. The mission will be complete when you get the velocity gauge into the green.

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