Launching an Entire Saturn V to the Moon (ft. Matt Lowne)
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Launching an Entire Saturn V to the Moon (ft. Matt Lowne)

– [Tim] Dear Matt Lowne. I’ve a little problem,
you see, I asked my Kerbal engineers to launch a
Saturn V to the moon. Only problem is… I didn’t
really intend for them to take the entire thing to the moon. Now I’ve got some stranded Kerbals. So I’m not sure if the Blunderbirds
are still a thing or not but, if you wouldn’t mind
helping a friend out here. That’d be great. – [Man] 3, 2, 1… Liftoff. (electronic music) – [Man 2] That’s one small step for man. – [Tim] Welcome to Kerbal Space Program. Like I always say, this
is 50% rocket builder, 50% rocket simulator, 4000.16% explosion factory. So what this is, this was a collaboration with a fellow YouTuber named Matt Lowne. Matt Lowne is easily one
of my favorite YouTubers. He does this series called Blunderbirds, which is where he takes other peoples messed up missions in
Kerbal Space Program. So say someone crashes
on the moon or something. They’ll reach out to him on
Twitter or Reddit or something, then they’ll say “Hey, can
you come rescue my stuff?” They’ll send him their save
files, and then he takes that save file, uploads it
to Kerbal Space Program, goes and rescues their mission. It’s a hilarious series,
he’s really entertaining. So definitely check that out. But this was a 3 1/2 hour
livestream of me building a Saturn V, and like the intro
says, launching it to the moon. This was with my Patreons in a livestream. So we’re gonna pop back and
forth between me talking about what I did and showing you
the livestream of me doing it. You’ll see I’m talking to people and it might be a little confusing. Nevertheless I built a full
blown Saturn V first off. Really overly detailed
considering I wasn’t going to be using any of the stuff except for these five engines at the bottom. And then I spent way too much time building the crawler portion. Which I don’t know if
you’re familiar with. NASA had the crawler that
takes the vehicles from the vehicle assembly building
out to the launch pad at a blistering pace of
1.6 kilometers an hour. Which is 1 mile an hour
for us metrically impaired. This versions quite a bit faster, but as you might see here in a second, maybe speed always isn’t
a good idea when you have a 100 meter tall vehicle sitting on top. So we’re gonna pop back into the original 3 1/2 hour livestream. Which I have linked now
below if you wanna watch that entire thing for some reason. You can watch it, it’s unlisted. You’re gonna see me
kinda talking in and out, and we’ll fast forward. Let’s see how I did. Aim camera. Control from here. Stability Assist on,
we’re gonna also turn on the slow wheels, they’re
like slow control mode. Nice and gentle. This is working out great now. I don’t know why you
guys were all so nervous. Oh, we may have some broken wheels. Confirmed. Broken wheels confirmed. Several broken wheels. Okay, it might be time for plan B. (drumbeat) (rocket thrusting) There we go. I don’t know why NASA didn’t
do this, if I’m being honest, I feel like this is a
lot more efficient way to get your vehicle out to the launch pad. Especially when you’re in a space race against the Soviet Union. Don’t you wanna just get there ASAP? Perfect! Just (laughs) exactly
where we wanted this. I (gasps) actually can’t
believe that survived. Oh my gosh, okay, were taking
some pictures of this thing. This is quite fantastic. This we need to put up on
our slash Kerbal for sure. Alright, but here is where we went from it’s all fun and games into
just plain utterly ridiculous, because now we try to get that
entire thing out to the moon. Which requires a very unhealthy amount of boosters. So, it was time we just kept
building this thing to be more and more and more absurd. Until we had enough power to not only lift all of this stuff, but also
to get it out to the moon. And this is about kind… This is the definition
of Kerbal Space Program to me right here. Let’s see how this did. From the heart of Kerbal Space Center, comes a vehicle with the brain power of Steve Jobs, the heart of Allen Goldspeen who no one knows, I made him up. And also the liver of John Denver, comes a vehicle with more love in its life than you could ever find, unless you don’t even know where it is. It’s called the Moon Dad, and it’s here for everyone,
unless you don’t like it, then it’s not here for you. It’s here for everyone else though. I hope you enjoy this. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It is time to launch Moon Dad! Okay, here we go. (laughs)all fingers and all
toes crossed out there internet. Here we go. 3 2 1 hip hip. And wait. (laughs) (rocket blasting) And we have liftoff. (laughing) Oh yes. (rocket blasting) Yes! Okay, as much as I love watching something in about 1 frame per second, we definitely need to
speed this up because this took way, way too long. But the big key here
was since this had such a terribly un-aerodynamic surface. Like the crawler was just a giant, flat sheet of metal basically. I wanted to make sure we got
plenty high before we began to pitch over into our gravity turn. Normally you wanted to
start your gravity turn a lot earlier, but
you’ll see I waited until well after 10,000 meters
to slowly pitch over. I was just nervous that this
would be hard to control. So I wanted to get it out
of most the atmosphere before we even began
to mess with it at all. And you can see it actually ended up working out pretty well. I surprisingly made it. It worked out really smoothly
and now you’re gonna notice I actually decided to
spin the entire vehicle. In order to have a clean
separation of those outer boosters, since I didn’t use any
sepratrons or anything so… (laughs) 3 2 1 hip hip. Oh yeah! Yeah! Now we should start to
eventually get some (laughing) some frames per second back. Look at that! Alright, and now that we
have this thing pretty much on it’s way into orbit. We just finished up a burn. It kicked itself and did
a circularization burn slash targeted the moon
and did our maneuver all at once here on this. Just to make it nice and easy. Then we turned and pointed
at our maneuver node, and did a nice little burn. And there is our trans lunar injection. We are on our way to the moon! And obviously made it out no problem. Now this thing took
forever to flip over so, I use the engine gimbals
a lot to help maneuver because I forgot to put some
really massive RCS thrusters at the base, or the top. So we really only had a
tiny bit of RCS at the top and the engines to gimbal with. But this is the exciting part! Awe let’s tune in here. I’m wanna find a nice flat spot to land. I think this rocker
cell looks pretty flat, so let’s do that. Ditching the stage. Lighting up some new engines. I’m gonna turn two of these off, so we have a little more
range in our throttle-ability, cause this is way too much thrust now. But we wanna go strafing
a little bit this way so we don’t land on top of that booster. We’re aiming for that rock. Nice and slow. Nice and slow for the very first time. (rocket booster blasting) I’m gonna go right over there just tap it in. Alright, this is looking nice. This is looking nice! Look at this, I think
it’s a nice flat area to safely land ourselves. I’m really feeling confident. Like I’m wearing new shoes. Really feel like I’ve got the zest! Okay, so if I want to I
need a little bit more, cause I’m almost at like minimum throttle. I’m actually gonna kill one more engine. But we’re still symmetrical. There we go, now I’ve got a little more precise throttle control. (Electronic music) Gonna try and rotate it
so we are facing downhill. I think this is about downhill here. That’s why it’s also nice
to have two engines going. Cause they can provide
a lot of roll authority. Oh oh, nope, nope, nope. Nope, nope, nope. Just like this. Nice and easy. On the moon. No big deal. Just like we wanted. Turn on those breaks. Try and stop. Please, please, please. (electronic music) We did it? We did it! We’re stopped. We time warped, we did
it, we actually did it! Look at this, ladies and gentlemen! A Saturn V! Oh wow! Now that’s what I’m talking about. We can dink around for a little bit. If anyone knows how to find the arch, I’m down to go take it to the arch. I don’t know how you do that though. Well and with a little
bit of help from Google and a lot of help from
the Patreon supporters who are watching me do this live, we realized I’m actually
quite close to the arch which is an Easter egg on the moon that the Kerbal engineers put in. I had actually never visited
any of the Easter eggs. There’s Easter eggs all
over the solar system in Kerbal Space Program, and this was the very
first time I had ever actually been to the arch. I had seen pictures of it and stuff. I had seen people go to it before, but I personally had never done it, and it was a lot of fun actually. Of course, at this point
I had gotten so far along. I took it nice and easy and
gently touched down there in the moon, and I was quite excited. It was of course sliding
around like it always does. So I had to kind of crawl it. I wanted it to be nice and
centered for the picture. And that’s, ladies and gentlemen, how we ended up with
a fully laden Saturn V on the surface of the moon with
the crawler and everything. I had a ton of fun doing this. If you like watching Kerbal
Space Program, I’ll do some. If you don’t like watching me play Kerbal, don’t click on it. I’m going to continue to
do a few Kerbal streams every now and then. And luckily Matt Lowne
already has a response video using his Blunderbirds to go and rescue my Saturn V and my crew. It is awesome. I’ve got a link in the description, and a card up here, so
definitely check that video out. Meanwhile I owe a huge thanks
to my Patreon supporters who watched me do this live. That was part of the
exclusive live streams. If you wanna join in some of
these exclusive live streams, just head on over to Also, all the music in the
background of this video, is original music. So if you wanna hear my first album it’s called Maximum Aerodynamic Pressure. It’s available everywhere. On iTunes, Spotify, Google
Music, Amazon, all that stuff. It’s also available as a
playlist right here on YouTube. So if you wanna check that
out you can check it out here, or you can just go to for easy links to anywhere it’s available. But that’s gonna do it for me, I’m Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut, bringing space down to
earth for everyday people. (electronic music)


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