Wanting to try another variant. This time using Kerbalism and a smaller set of mods so it is a little more efficient.  Plus, I want to do historic contracts but I want to use the US and Soviet ships on Kerbal.  Confused?  Sure, but that is why I love this game, I can set it up however I want! First Launch. This is both the first launch contract and the historic A-3 contract.  I have used an Aerobee-based sounding rocket design named "Goddard 1".  It has 1470 dV in a single stage.  The sim had it reach about 24km in altitude, plenty for low atmo experiments and to fulfill the contracts.  It has 2 k-days (Kerbal days) construction time and a short rollout.  Get science before 18K because we may not be down here again. Launch date: Jan 4, 1951. Goddard 1 Sounding Rocket Test Flight. Apogee 25,878 m.  Science conducted and transmitted. Contracts Fulfilled.  $217k. <Goddard 1 Success> The next missions require a suborbital flight which means breaking the atmosphere at 70km alt.  Probably need a little more than 2200 dV for this, but let's see. Goddard 2 2304 dV.  Sim puts it at about 137km altitude.  Should do a fine job. 2+ k-days construction and rollout.  2 Contracts (V-2 and Break atmosphere). Launch date: Jan 5, 1951. Goddard 2 Sounding Rocket. Apogee 135km.  Science at high alt and low space conducted and transmitted. 2 Contracts fulfilled. $369k. <Goddard 2 Success> I will be using a new Goddard 3 (with parachute recovery) to fulfill the R-1V contract since that recovered the small creature in the rocket! Launch date: Jan 6, 1951 Goddard 3 Sounding Rocket with some fuel removed. (1867 dV) Apogee 34.5 km.  No science but rocket recovery. Contract fulfilled.  $404k. <R1-V Success> Next launch is the Blossom-1 contract which is a suborbital V-2 with recovery.  With a current dV of 2182, the Goddard 3 it may be enough for sub-orb.  Needs to be sim-tested. The sim test came up a few thousand meters short.  Crap.  I am not sure what is the best way to charge up this rocket a bit more. Added a small booster at the bottom and named it Blossom-1. Launch date: Jan 8, 1951 Blossom-1 Suborbital unmanned V-2 with recovery. (2146 dV on pad) Apogee 122 km.  No science. Contract good.  $438K. <Blossom-1> R-2A contract should be able to use a fully fueled Goddard 3. (2182 dV).  Requires recovery.  I will try and put some new science on it. Added Geiger experiment.  dV at 2144 so it should make 50k (requirement) easily. Launch date: Jan 8, 1951. Got science from lower and upper atmo but the contract failed.  It said a 50K altitude but I missed that it needed to be sub-orbital as well (very redundant since that is 70km).  Okay, take a hit.  Let's try it with the booster.  At least I will get some low space science and the ground science I missed. Launch date: Jan 9, 1951 R-2A (take 2) with booster and recovery. Apogee 117 km.  Good Geiger science from low space. Contract Good.  $470k. <R-2A Complete>