January 31st, 1959; Baikonur Kosmodrone.
As the new years party at the Kerbinian Space Agency comes to its official part, Gene Kerman takes the stage to deliver his annual speech to the assembled employees.
“What a year – the busiest year ever in the annals of Kerbinian space travel as far as I can tell – with a record number of launches that we may just beat next year”.
“But not only that – we have launched probes to make flyby’s and possibly orbit a full three planets this year: Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn all! And we even managed to intercept the first asteroid ever on top of that”.
“And does it end there? No, not at all. KSS became stage-1 complete, and everything for stage-2 you’re already all working on building. The first crew went there – and are still there – with more to follow early next year, as stage-2 completes. Here is by the way the new year greeting from the KSS – taken with a brand new, fully experimental kamera. Can you all spot the change?”.
“But does it end here? No it doesn’t. Because you all launched yet another station, placing the first ever space station in permanent orbit around the Moon – and the first crew already went there to spend a month studying the Moon – allowing us to learn many new things”.
“And speaking of new things? How is everyone finding the new R&D facilities? I hope you like them – they are the most advanced in the world. Don’t be too busy to enjoy this, even though I know you have much work ahead of you already, and are looking forward to much more from both Mars, Jupiter and Mercury soon”.
“The production facilities aren’t all new, but we did get you guys a few upgrades as well over the past year – but that should make everything ready for the coming deadlines. After that, well I expect we will speed down a bit on the work, with fewer launches – but you never know – those guys in astrodynamics always seems to come up with interesting trajectories”.
“What’s next? Well, the Mars lander of course – not to mention the Mars Basic Access Relay being constructed and a re-visit of the Moon. Beyond that? Well, only time will tell”.
“For now, everyone enjoy the dinner and celebrate the end of a decade which have put Kerbinia clearly on the map of not just the world, but indeed the entire solar system as the pre-eminent explorers of space, as well as the most advanced – both in terms of scientific and engineering progress – people in the known universe!”.
As his speech comes to a close, Gene leaves the stage smiling to a thunderous applause – going to the second party, with Wernher, Bill, Bob, Jebediah, Valentina and all the other top people.
End of year status:
- Around 2M funds.
- R&D jumped to a massive 5.4 when the upgrade finished, queued with tech for 1½ years to come (but scarcely any science points left).
- Slight upgrade of secondary production lines to meet deadlines, resulting in:
- Satish: 25/17/17
- Baikonur: 16/15/8
- So able to build almost 100 BP/s if constructing 6 simultaneous rockets.