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  1. Hello. How do I unlock or increase the current size limits on procedural wings?
  2. I would be very interested in the mod's revival, especially since the two vessel/one switch after uncoupling bug has been fixed.
  3. Isn't including launch clamps in the design a sure-fire way to spawn your rocket above ground?
  4. Incredible work! Do you have an idea of how Kopernicus changes the way colliders load?
  5. Hi! My RSS 1.2.2 install of B9 Procedural Wings has parts limited to 16m in size. Sometimes, I need to extend the wings to even greater sizes. How do I do this? I cannot find any setting in the .cfg files that might affect the maximum part size... Thanks!
  6. Hello guys! This is a general question - I'm not hunting down bugs or reporting errors. The Balloon tanks + SMURFF + Procedural Parts mods allow for extremely lightweight propellant tanks. I'm talking mass ratios of 300+. Are these realistic? Or are these the result of SMURFF acting upon the procedural part masses after RealFuels has already modded their masses? Thanks!
  7. These are incredible! I like the Pegasus's return-booster the most... the under-body wing surfaces are very well done!
  8. I've been inspired to re-start a stock career game, remove all part mods and performance modifications just to participate in this challenge. My entry for STS-1 a/b: Album: I hope to continue the remaining progression challenges.
  9. Holy hell, I went from a calm wonder at the space-station design to gripping panic that reminded me of the early days playing KSP, when my space-planes spun tail-first through the upper atmosphere on re-entry. Applause.
  10. Well, if we set hoop stress to 5.8GPa (Zylon's tensile strength), P the hydrogen pressure, and have r/2t the variable, I can work out some stuff. We want to maximize the pressure but minimize the mass. Overall, we want the maximum mass ratio for the tank. A few excel tables later, I get: Points of interest: -Tank mass ratio is independent of radius and wall thickness, only tensile strength counts -I used 90K temperature, which means liquid oxygen can be kept as coolant. -Ideal gas law gives 2.668kg of hydrogen per pascal per cubic meter at 90K. With A-36 Steel, mass ratio is 0.63 With Zylon, mass ratio is 6.27. With monocristalline silicon, mass ratio is 8.12 With carbon nanotubes, mass ratio is 73. With graphene...... mass ratio is an incredible 150. Thoughts on this method?
  11. Understood. What what about working the other way around: finding the maximum tank pressure a material can hold?
  12. Hi! Super-carbon materials with extreme tensile strengths allows for tanks to withstand very high pressures. Chilled hydrogen gas at high pressures (700 atm) can reach densities equivalent to liquid hydrogen. If we could compress the hydrogen further, could we reach hydrogen densities higher than simple liquid hydrogen? What is the maximum pressure that a tank made out of carbon nanotubes can withstand? So, at a pressure near the limits of the performance of super-carbons, what hydrogen density can we get?
  13. @UnusualAttitude Ooooh that's a smart thruster. It drives an electric current through the propellant by starting with a tiny puff of plasma, and as the electrons are stripped away, the amount of conducting matter increases and increases and with it the current (current is number of electrons moving, so more plasma more electrons...). It's like electrically stripping the atoms of their electrons in the cheapest way possible!
  14. Is that you? If yes... serious respect.
  15. @UnusualAttitude A rock band and kids?! That's a dad band. The chicken are silently judging you.