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Amy Tries to Kerbal a Basic Orbital Spaceflight

Orbital missions in ballistic capsules were the simplest, though not necessarily the expected, first steps in space.

Building off the rocket aircraft like the X-15 and Dyna-Soar, most involved in the high speed high altitude flight game assumed the first man in space would be a pilot in a rocket-powered space plane. But Sputnik forced fast tracking spaceflight, and military branches and civilian agencies alike seized on simple ballistic capsules as the way to get a man in space as quickly as possible. I attempted to narrate this slice of history while going through a simple orbital mission in Kerbal Space Program... emphasis on attempted!

(As a disclaimer: This video is really long! Let's call it an experiment to see if you guys can stand a *very* free form, train-of-thought type video from me! It's fun to try new things, right?)

Game: Kerbal Space Program

Music: Kevin MacLeod. All songs royalty free and featured in KSP!

There's loads of other olde timey space to dig into on Vintage Space, too!

And here's the video of me trying to Kerbal Project Manhigh.

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