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In Progress Let's go to the Moon and do the other things (Kerbal Space)

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Burning Bridges, Dec 20, 2011.

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    This Congo stuff is getting ridiculous.

    A new big update on Kermany is in the works, for which I had to solve some real design problems.
     
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    PEENEMÜNDE, NORTHERN KERMANY

    Peenemünde, 7.3. 1961, 23:30h

    Under the cover of night, Kermany prepares for her most important rocket launch since she lost the war.

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    Under the leadership of their genial designer Korst Schindler, the Raketenversuchsabteilung at Focke Wulf have been developing new rockets under a five year plan, which was to bring Kermany back among the top space faring nations.

    Schindler became the leading figure in the Kerman rocket industry after the top staff defected to the USA.

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    At first they were sorely missed, and it seemed ages ago that Kermany was the leading nation the peaceful exploration of space.

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    But all those years they Kerman rocket industry was working in the shadows until the day it could re-enter the stage.

    There wasn't much money or support, but the program turned out spectacular results.

    It began with the development of the A3, a small ballistic rocket.

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    The project was kept in absolute secrecy, since the Kermans needed to be ahead of the game. By peace treaty Kermany was restricted from building any of the large rockets that could fly into space, so the Kermans went directly to building a small rocket that could do the same.

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    The A3 met the high expectations but it would not have enough power for manned space flight.

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    So the Kermans went on to design a more powerful rocket, the A4.

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    Kermany's top-model would have to be small enough to be mass producable and affordable, but also large enough to send men and cargo into space.

    It was known that the A4 could exceed the weight limits of the treaty, but only slightly. It was expected that by the time it was ready, the political situation would have changed, and give Kermany some leeway.

    The final A4 prototype has now been prepared for its maiden flight. It wil carry a real capsule, but with dummy astronauts.



    If the test today is only half successful, Kermany will have finally closed the gap to the space race.
     
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    Zurück in den Weltraum - A partial success

    Peenemünde, 7.3. 1961, 1:30 a.m

    Kermany today launched its A4 rocket, and although the capsule was temporarily stranded and nearly lost, the test of the main rocket has been mostly a success.

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    As a precaution against enemy infiltration, all Kerman launches take place at a secret location, under the cover of night.

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    Achtung: Zündung - START!

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    The A4 takes off from the launchpad

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    and zooms into the night sky, leaving behind a concussive grumble.

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    Problems with the attitude control force the Kerman controllers to switch on the RCS thrusters, and guide the rocket into orbit earlier than planned.

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    The course is the most important thing now - the rocket has plenty of fuel reserves in the second stage and can reach a much higher altitude.

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    The first stage is separated.

    Without problems as it seems.

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    But in a series of mishaps ..

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    .. the second and third stage separation fire simultaneously.

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    this leaves the spacecraft in a very dangerous situation, because the powerful second stage is now pushing without control.

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    Precious time is lost before Mission Control is able to point the two intermingled stages towards the Earth

    This would be the only chance to escape from a no-return trajectory.

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    The emergency maneuvre is only partially successful.

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    As the second stage finally burns out, it leaves the spaceship on an elliptical orbit far out into space.

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    Since it has no engine of it's own, there seems not one chance now to retrieve the capsule with its precious data.

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    The spaceship will first fly out far beyond the orbit of the Moon, and then approach the Earth at about 55km height.

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    There is however, still a lot of time.

    A call from Berlin:

    "Ja, die Kapsel has a small retro engine, but it can only burn for a few seconds."

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    "Zere is a chance, but only a small chance, to use it for a brake maneuvre. But we must try zis before ze components get too cold."

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    Days into the mission, about halfway to the Earth.

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    The burn is initiated.

    This gives also a rare look at the Earth and Moon from considerable distance.

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    The retro burn was not succesful, and the capsule passes the Earth at 50.000 m height.

    It has become a comet that circles the Earth and Moon.


    Later ..

    The mission was continued at high time compression.

    At this point, Peenesmünde had already written off chances to retrieve their spacecraft and its valuable data.

    However, on a subsequent pass of the Moon the capsule got a gravity pull, and the new trajectory would eventually bring it to the surface!

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    The new trajectory after the Lunar gravity assist.

    Unfortunately the images from this point went missing, so they were reconstructed at Bavaria Filmstudios.

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    After an epic journey, the nearly stranded spaceship re-entered the athmosphere.

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    The parachute, deployed at insane speed.

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    And it held!

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    The spaceship came down in friendly Mongolia.

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    A few days later agents from Mongolia reached the battered capsule and are currently smuggling it back to Kermany.

    The Kermans talk of a 50% success. The mission went through a lot of problems, and the upper stage was a complete failure. But the rocket has impressed a first glimpse of considerable power, in spite of the difficult circumstances. The specialists at Focke Wulf are absolutely optimistic that the few remaining problems will be ironed out until the next launch.
     
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  4. Hellraiser Arcane

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    Superior Kerman engineering!
     
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  5. Oesophagus Arcane

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    Now, Kiran feels tha even though Kermany is a capitalist country, it is welcome among space faring cultures.
    Even though their efforts seem a bit:

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    But Kiran knows the birthpangs pf space flight, and supports Kermany in its efforts, so long as they oppose the veto against imports of Kiranian oil:love:
     
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    Dear Mister

    Politics isn't my department. But I understand there has always been a special bond between us and the Muselman. Especially in times of war, when we could not find any other allies.

    I can assure you that we are very interested in your oil and other materials. And I wouldn't worry at all about a veto. We may always come to an agreement that bypasses it, inofficially of course. As an exchange we are willing to sell you any technology you need, but it cannot be done directly, only via "special" companies.

    If more is needed to spark your imagination, here an example of what we may have currently for sale, and which could interest you. Kliese-Meithner institute has a 0.5 Megaton version ready.

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    "Kiran placed under CORONA"

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    Dear Kamerican Taxpayers. Today the age of satellites has begun, and we are leading in this new field.

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    As a reaction to recent events, the Kunited States has placed several countries in the Middle East, among them Kiran, Karuba and Kaustralia, under their new intelligence and observation satellite "Corona".

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    The satellite is circling the Earth in a stable orbit of approximately 130 kilometres.

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    With effect today, no one in Kiran wiill be able to even take a shit without us seeing it!

    Having fun with persistence

    The placing of a satellite in permanent orbit was a major breakthrough, only possible with the new KSP 0.14 which supports persistence.

    Persistence means that henceforth we will be able to go to Mission Control Center and switch to this ship whenever we want! although we find it needs some little tricks to get the best out of it ..

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    Deployment of solar panels (or landing legs), is another new feature. Press 'G' to fold/unfold them.

    This mission had initially been envisioned to bring the "Kubble-1" satellite and a strong telescope to a lunar orbit, but the Kamerican Space Agency changed the mission plan and name in a reaction to political demand.

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    This was also the successful maiden flight the for the new Kamerican launch vehicle Kaurora - Kemini, so far the most significant project under Konald Reagan.

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    More images ..

    Following are various pictures of the mission.

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    Perhaps you notice the new tower structure we build for the ship (4 radial decouplers separated at liftoff). This is very useful to protect the engine, and keep the rocket from swinging, especially during long countdowns.

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    The rocket needed a lot of RCS fuel, which was used up too fast - the only major malfunction during the mission.

    This means Corona will have to operate without RCS capabilities.

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    The first images over Kiran / Kiraq are taken.

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    http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2009/07/15/iran-crash-cp-w7031625.jpg
     
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  8. Oesophagus Arcane

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    Those new 0.14 features are p. cool
     
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  9. GarfunkeL Racism Expert

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    Sweet!
     
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    Persistence is a great feature, it is however a little bit tricky to understand at first.

    I stores everything automatically, as long as you don't begin another mission. You can also Quicksave (F5) and quickload (F9).

    The saved state can theoretically contain hundreds of ships / objects, leading to all kinds of space debris and ongoing flights. But if you click "End Mission" everything is deleted. If you click "Space Center" / "Vehicle Assembly Building" / "Mission Control Center", the current mission will be continued.

    Another thing is that you cannot control objects except those with a command pod. So for satellite missions I find it better to use a dummy capsule, so I can take control over the orbiting satellite again, even after I have started other ships.

    What I would like is to be able to name the current mission and save / load everything under that name. Haven't figured out if that's already possible from within the game. Right now this is possible by making backup copies of the /save folder at important points. And you can also hand edit the file.

    The foldable landing legs are great if if you want to build a compact ship. So no more protruding legs if you use the new parts.

    The game is also incredibly stable. I have had no crashes in ages. Must be a virtue of the Unity Engine and clean programming.
     
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  11. Oesophagus Arcane

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    What about performance? The version I'm still on (0.13) is not very well optimized, so I sometimes get random FPS drops, like in orbit, or if you zom out far enough.
     
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    Umlaufbahn

    A few weeks later the crates from Mongolia arrived in Berlin.

    After a hasty investigation the Kermans began the work on a revised model of their rocket.

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    It quickly became clear that the problem stemmed from the second stage and that further development of this unreliable part would only delay the program.

    The solution that the engineers found was simple: they simply went back to the upper stage of their previous, ballistic missile. This part had been designed for a more modest payload, but turned out excellent performance.

    The advantage was that the resulting vehicle became even lighter and more fuel conserving.

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    Total weight including fuel is in the range of 25 kerbal tons. This is considerable less than the current Kamerican line of rockets, and only a fraction of the dubious N1 of the Koviets (estimated 200 tons!)

    Answering the call that Kermany needed it's own satellite, it was decided to carry a scientific package into orbit.

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    Peenemünde, 9.3.1961

    Kermany succesfully flew their second A4 mission into an orbit around Earth.

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    The A4B clears the launchpad

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    and quickly gains height.

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    When the command for orbit insertion is given, the rocket displays again its problems to maintain attitude.

    They can however be kept under control with the use of RCS

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    and the rocket remains stable.

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    The first stage has burned out at a height of 154 kilometres.

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    The attitude problems have resulted in a very wide trajectory.

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    The first stage is separated.

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    The second stage fires.

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    The orbit is still wide.

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    And after one orbit a course correction is initiated.

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    In which the second stage performs beautifully

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    and a stable orbit is achieved at ca 90-100 kilometres.

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    Kermanies first satellite begins its work.

    Thanks to the Gods of persistence, the spaceship will now stay in orbit over an extended period of time.

    But, with a healthy spaceship, and ample fuel reserves, the Kermans have further plans for this mission. They are considering the possibility of bringing it into lunar orbit once the scientific work around Earth is completed.

    An important step for the Kerman space program. The Kermans are second to have a satellite in orbit.

    The rocket has completed its final test, and it looks like they are ready to send a man into space.
     
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  13. TripJack Prestigious Gentleman Hedonist

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    this game will be p cool if all of the planned features ever get added

    especially more celestial bodies

    lots more
     
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  14. Oesophagus Arcane

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    Kermanian space efforts seem to be moving to a position where they may well become a rival for Koviet Union and Kamerica. News from London indicate distress. Will need to keep a close eye on future developments

    In other news:

    Kiranian space program update pending - reason for delay: Oesophagus somewhat drunk. Posting LPs while drunk empirically proven to be unimpressive. Failsafe procedures in effect
     
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    It's actually already impressive as it is now.

    For me it works like Buzz Aldrins Race Into Space as a sandbox game. Even though there are no game features I keep coming back to fly mission after mission.

    You can find tons of mods and there are even better ones in the works. The only problem is that it will be hard to maintain those many parts, but thats's normal. One probably must delete the old stuff at some point.
     
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    Rosemeyer makes spectacular approach at the Moon

    Today Kernd Rosemeyer became the first Kerman to fly in space and circle the Moon as his nation sent him on an epic lunar flyby mission.

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    Kernd is 28 years old and previously known for his appearances in soap box derbies.

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    Peenemünde, 10.3.1961

    Today Kermany established itself back among the space faring nations.

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    All through night and morning the ground crew had been working without pause to prepare the ship that would carry Rosemeyer into space.

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    Finally the much awaited liftoff command was given.

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    The rocket performed flawlessly this time and the engineers announced all previous technical problems solved.

    This may have been partly to an additional set of thrusters and Rosemeyers superb flying skills.

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    Thanks to the extrem lightness of the A4, the mission achieved true "single stage to orbit" (SSTO) - a triumph for Kermany's weight-saving program.

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    Because this left the spaceship with ample fuel reserves the Kermans decided not only to do a boring Earth orbit.

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    Instead they set course towards the Moon and made a flyby.

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    The Kerman spaceship made one pass over the Moon before returning to Earth.

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    The mission also carried out a special "experiment", to study the movement of objects through space.

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    Since the objects were equipped with cameras it was hoped they may serve as observation stations on the lunar surface.

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    Four objects came down over the dark side of the Moon.

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    It was however not possible to deploy them as obserbation stations because all were destroyed on impact.

    But it was an interesting idea.

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    After 11h 35m and a journey of several hundred thousand kilometres Rosemeyer returned safely to Earth and made a splashdown in a lake in Switzerland.

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    There were jubilant celebrations as Kermany received her new national hero.

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    Commercial plans

    Korst Schindler appeared only very briefly at the party since his company is busy working over contracts, and the commercial future of their rockets. They will be mass produced at Volkswagen and sold to international parties.

    Allegedly, one unit will cost 500.000 RM, making it the most competitively priced rocket in the world.

    Among the first bidders are Karuba, Kuruguay and the Kiranian exile government.

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    Meanwhile, space debris from previous missions is accumulating and floating in space.

    I will let it stay, to find out if it will eventually be captured by the moon or Earth.

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    They have a cool challenge at the KSP forums: How much debris can you get into orbit
     
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    And I find this here quite inspirational for building Moon landers:

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    Oesophagus, how is that rocket coming along? Have you noticed that the Soyuz Parts (which you were obviously using) are modelled in a different scale? This means they have only 10% of the weight & performance in comparison to the other parts ;)

    This may be the reason why it isn't working, because frankly, from its looks it should fly very well.

    Re: performance; I have encountered no problems.
     
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  22. Oesophagus Arcane

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    Right now I've got a lot of work with my thesis paper, but I'll try and upload something later if I can. And yeah, I noticed that they seem to be a bit iffy, meybe they don't work that well with my version of ksp
     
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  23. Oesophagus Arcane

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    So, got an update ready, will post it tomorrow

    Here's a teaser :smug:

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    also, bump
     
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    bumpity
     
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