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About eloquentJane

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  • Location All the planets. All of them.
  • Interests Space; designing spacecraft; writing sci-fi/fantasy stories.

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  1. Locked because the mod is old and outdated and appears to have been confusing new users.
  2. While I personally don't know a whole lot about how these mods work, I get the feeling this particular question might be better suited to the USI thread since it's about disabling parts of USI.
  3. Ultimately the point of the discussion is the heat shield rather than parachutes, and it does have its uses. It's good for small science return missions, and it's also probably quite effective for protecting small outlying parts of a vehicle which aren't covered by the area of a 1.25m shield.
  4. They still work based on pressure limits too, so if you want them to only activate close to the ground you can set a high pressure limiter. The "deploy when safe" setting (which is the default for most parachutes) acts essentially as an override so that if you're travelling too fast when you're at a pressure level where your parachute could deploy, it still won't deploy until you slow down.
  5. This isn't ideal. However, parachutes do have a "deploy when safe" option that guarantees they'll only deploy when at a safe velocity.
  6. Wait... When did you become a moderator? Congrats btw :)

    1. eloquentJane


      It was quite recently. And thanks.

  7. Rep is likes. When you like someone's post their reputation increases.
  8. Thread has been moved to Suggestions subforum.
  9. Very nice mission @Fraus! You've completed the Munar Sortie challenge and earned the relevant badge. It's all stock, right?
  10. I'm not sure I agree. Though the Molniya orbit is used for communications satellites just as GEO often is, their specific goals are not identical. GEO is used most commonly for communications with near-equatorial latitudes, while Molniya and similar orbits are used for communications at higher latitudes. And also, despite the lower delta-v budget, it might be more expensive to use a Molniya orbit for continuous coverage (depending on launch method), since it takes 3 satellites in different Molniya orbits (with their ascending nodes at 120 degree angles around the equator) to obtain continuous ground coverage.
  11. Moderator now, I see.




  12. It's not like a geostationary orbit. The Molniya orbit is a highly-inclined and eccentric semisynchronous (half-day) Earth orbit designed specifically to provide good coverage over Russia (or the USSR at the time it was first used). But it's not really comparable to a geostationary orbit in any way other than the fact that it's good for communications satellites. The Molniya orbit is used because of an effect that KSP doesn't simulate: attempting to beam a signal anywhere on the surface other than directly below the satellite (or vice versa) takes significantly more power for the same signal quality, with power requirements increasing as the angle the signal makes with the ground decreases. A geostationary communications satellite therefore struggles to provide good signal quality to locations at higher latitudes like Russia (without a more powerful and thus more massive antenna system), and so the Molniya orbit exists to get around that problem. It's also easier to reach a Molniya orbit from Russia than a geostationary orbit, because there's no need for an inclination change with the Molniya orbit.
  13. If you want to refuel at the KSC, you could always click "recover vessel". Hover over the altitude meter and that option should appear whenever you're landed at Kerbin. You'll have to relaunch the vehicle to fly it again, but you won't lose any progress. For refueling elsewhere, you can use docking ports, but with a plane it's probably easiest to make a rover equipped with an Advanced Grabbing Unit.
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    Locked at OP's request.
  15. Can I be a launch provider and a payload provider? I specialize both in launch vehicles and deep space exploration vehicles, so I think both roles sound interesting (though if I have to pick one it will be launch vehicles).