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The AD ASTRA initiative is a unified program of colonization, research, and resource extraction throughout the KerbOl System. The immediate goal of the initiative is to create stable, modular, and reusable launch and space operation infrastructure connecting the Kerbol System. The long-term goal of the initiative is to gather resources and build capacity for extra-solar space missions. Two nearby star systems look particularly promising!

The launch system consists of four lifters with a unified design aesthetic and modular parts. Each lifter is designed to be fully reusable (minus payload fairing) and contains enough reserve fuel to return to Kerbin with a rocket-assisted landing. The PERSEUS light lifter can insert a 10 ton payload into a 180km orbit. The HERMES medium lifter can insert a 25 ton payload into a 180km orbit. The PROMETHEUS heavy lifter can insert a 45 ton payload into a 180km orbit. The ATLAS super-heavy lifter can insert a 80 ton payload into a 180km orbit. By employing modular station design and automated orbital robotic assembly, these lifters can easily handle the entire orbital infrastructure of the AD ASTRA initiative.

The two main crew transfer vehicles pack quite a punch and can reliably transfer crews of 4 or 10 kerbals to low Kerbin orbit for docking at spaceports or fuel depots. The ICARUS is a lightweight and nimble SSTO based on lifting body designs. Powered by twin hybrid turbojet/LF+OX engines, the vehicle is light and powerful enough to fly an aggressive launch profile.

The RAPIER is a heavier class transfer vehicle can has a crew capacity of 10. The RAPIER class shuttle is more stable and reliable, but less responsive than the ICARUS class. It is typically used to crew up larger interplanetary missions.

The DEMETER serves as an orbital fuel depot and emergency refueling station in Low Kerbin Orbit. Initially fueled by deliveries from Kerbin, the depot now relies almost exclusively on fuel tanker shipments from mining outposts on the Mun and Minmus. The depot is fully automated and self-powered, with more than enough thrust and fuel reserves to transfer between Kerbin, the Mun, Minmus, or destinations further afield. The most typical missions include refueling orbital stations. The design of the system is module an can support up to four semi-autonomous "tanks." This allows components to be replaced upon the end of their life cycle without disrupting fuel operations.

The communications system creates 100% connectivity from any point around Kerbin. Three ARGOS relay satellites are deployed in a triangular array in Keostationary orbit. The CIRCE scanner can be deployed at the Mun and Minmus for identifying resource concentrations. The PANOPTES scanner is deployed just outside of Kerbin's sphere of influence, and actively scans the immediate stellar neighborhood for asteroids and other potentially threatening objects.

PORT MERCATOR is a fully automated spacedock, in High Kerbin Orbit at 480km. Featuring 24 docking ports, the station is designed to hold utility spacecraft and provide a hub for assembling larger interplanetary missions. The spacedock serves as a collection point for the various utility vehicles of PROJECT DIANA and PROJECT ARES, and is instrumental to fleet maintenance and repair. The spacedock is automated and uncrewed.

PORT APOLLO handles all incoming traffic from Kerbin’s surface and outgoing traffic in the local Kerbin-Mun-Minmus system. The station is not designed with spin gravity in mind, so mission operations are are short- to medium-duration only. PORT APOLLO features a large Hab & Control tower, three radial automated docking bays, a medium-capacity integrated fuel depot, and four stable docking bays for SSTO crew transfer shuttles. The automated docking bays are designed to hold KASA standard inter-system utility and lander vehicles associated with PROJECT DIANA. Each docking bay features a retractable port and actuated enclosure to protect docked crafts from space debris and to provide a controlled environment for ship repairs and refueling. PORT APOLLO is fully modular and was launched with a series of BIFROST launchers. This also means that each component can be swapped out at the end of its operating life. PORT APOLLO is an integral part of project BIFROST, and the larger AD ASTRA initiative under the aegis of KASA.

This diagram shows the primary mission profiles of PROJECT BIFROST. Vehicles and infrastructure for all missions under the AD ASTRA initiative are launched with the BIFROST lift vehicles. Crew transfers are handled by the ICARUS and RAPIER SSTOs. Crew transfers within orbital space (including to the Mun and Minmus for crewing operations of PROJECT DIANA) utilize the MERCURY shuttle. PORT APOLLO functions as hub and traffic control of Kerbin space. This infrastructure allows easy and cost-effective construction of more complex missions beyond the Kerbin system. The project establishes a stable beachhead at the outskirts of space, and will open up the Kerbol system to aggressive exploration and colonization. PROJECT BIFROST is the foundation of the AD ASTRA initiative and the backbone of KASA's long-term strategic initiative for space colonization.

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