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  1. Any modern design should incorporate either reuse, or extreme cost reduction, IMO. New Glenn is on track to move close to SLS territory (much lower mass to LEO, but similar volumes), and should that LV be successful, the New Armstrong will by definition be an SLS-class vehicle (since it will be able to put a craft on the Moon and return crew, which means ~140 MT in LEO). Given the goals of BO, plus their design strategy (large and robust for reuse) I would argue that any NA LV will actually exceed this. With the sort of resources poured into SLS, ITS could be a thing, or perhaps a better architecture based upon elements of ITS.
  2. Congratulations on winning the internet!
  3. Really you'd want something scansat like, that would generate the KSP map view at the resolution observed, over the areas covered. A flyby might only make a low res map of part of Duna as it goes by, an impactor probe one area down to a very low-altitude view. The scan level determines the effective altitude of the map zoom on the fly, etc.
  4. A 35 MT lump of steel is not a payload (early SLS will be 70 MT, not 35). If the goal is interplanetary spacecraft, volume matters. The principle selling point of SLS becomes 140 MT at 8.4m diameter, not just the mass. New Glenn will do that kind of diameter, though a smaller mass. Can the payload be assembled on orbit? Then is the HLV more or less expensive then 2 launches, etc? The bottom line is that you need the payload first. You can arbitrarily decide you need 8m, then you can find out later that 9m would be better, but you planned the LV before the payload, so you're hosed. 450 MT to LEO. Now we're talking. It's also mostly reusable, though those drop tanks are likely a non-trivial expense.
  5. Such a fog of war system would be awesome, but only with the following added to it: 1. The solar system is randomly generated, so repeat players don;t already know about them. 2. Data can be gained via instruments on spacecraft that not only unlocks appropriate resolution images of worlds, but also unlocks data about the planets useful in spaceflight. 3. That useful data includes tools to use it (a trajectory planner for atmospheres that works only to the extent you have data on that world's atmosphere, the more data, the better the predictions. Then fog of war is interesting, and maintains a sense of exploration.
  6. If those payloads are not funded to exist when the vehicle does, then you don't need it.
  7. Any HLV program that requires a certain launch cadence (assume, say 2 B$ a year in program costs) needs to have payloads first. Set mission goals, then build a vehicle.
  8. The purpose was as a jobs program.
  9. Why replace SLS when it already has no payloads? Unless you have some payloads, indeed X per year worth, the replacement is "nothing."
  10. They apparently scraped off the top couple of meters of soil in the area (fenced in) where they allow visitors and buried it elsewhere. It churned up the soil quite a bit, and there are some chunks (my piece is about thumbnail sized) mixed into the soil---it didn't hurt that we brought a Geiger counter with us when we went. Didn't feel bad about taking some when the surface is not pristine, anyway, and is new dirt added back to the site. It's open the first Saturday inApril (March?) and October each year. A friend has a sheet about the size of a small dinner plate---when he was stationed at Bliss, they flew up there and landed outside the visitor area were there is a lot more of it and he liberated some.
  11. Messed with the latest SSTU dev version:
  12. This ^^^ is 72 years old this July 16th from a few hours south of my house:
  13. Saw it this morning. We all liked it (wife, and both kids).
  14. @Starman4308, IMHO, the ISRU units are in fact pretty light if you are suggesting ISRU on places like the Mun. Why? Because mining regolith requires massive industrial operations since you need what is effectively a front loader to scoop regolith, then pour it into a hopper, and the tailings need to be moved as well. The typically stock problem is that one size fits all. It's just like the lack of propellant choices that should have pros and cons. The irrationally antirealism crowd invariably complain that it's too complex, but what different props offers is pros and cons, which leads to multiple alternative mission architectures (assuming that the cons are actually modeled). The same goes for ISRU. An ISRU unit for the Mun should not work at all the way a Duna units works taking CO2 from the atmosphere, for example. The different "biomes" (should be "geome," as none have life outside Kerbin) and the scanner should say what's in a spot, then you have to build an ISRU that works just in that kind of spot.
  15. Yeah, my daughter did a Marvel movie fest last summer from the US to Milano. I watched a series of different things. I should have just gotten wifi and posted nonstop here, lol.
  16. Sadly the tread is for maximum fuel economy. Business class is simply too expensive for the vast majority of us (my dad flew Concorde once, back when he was commuting to work in the UK from our home in Connecticut, and some airline strike or another delayed him, so "he" (his company, lol) ponied up the cash for Concorde to get home for the weekend). What's worse is that flights are longer now than when I was a kid for this reason. Trends are really all going the wrong way, as composite aircraft can be pressurized to lower altitude and greater humidity, allowing more comfort for the now slower, more economical flights. I'm not saying that SSTs won't be a thing again, but for most of us it will be farther away than walking past the elite in the front of the plane now, with their glasses of champagne and dancing girls (they have dancing girls up front, right?).
  17. Went from snowing to cloudless, and sunny. Supposed to be around 70F (20C) today. Where my house is, local sunrise is far later than normal, the sun just hit the kitchen at 8am, technically sunrise is 5:58am, but there's a mountain in the way, lol.
  18. To the extent any part of the current career system is fun, I would actually agree it is early on. Much past that point, there is no possibility of failing at anything reasonable. The caveat for my play is I don't do stupid contracts. A contract could be very challenging, but if I cannot suspend disbelief that it belongs in my program, it doesn't belong in career. Krazy Kwests don't cut it for me.
  19. You should update the OP to show 1.2.2 compatibility.
  20. Only 68.7 km to go!
  21. A week or two ago it was 90 in town, low 80s at my house (1500' makes a difference)... today it's snowing.
  22. I play a stock career every new update, then come post about it on the forum for many months, so I guess my favorite period of KSP career is afterwards, complaining about it.
  23. Yeah, but the fairing recovery vessel apparently never left port.