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  1. Doesn't that throw the navball way off tho?
  2. @CatastrophicFailure thanks again comrad ! Is the cockpit on straight or tilted down slightly?
  3. Reminds me of an A-4...
  4. *hits Ctrl-V* *madly smashes keyboard to erase it before anyone sees* Er, maybe this wasn't such a good idea...
  5. It... it is...? Wow, I feel like such a rebel, then! Now I just need a cause... or a clue...
  6. Year 5, Day 74... As the celebrations were winding down from the surprisingly successful mission to Tellumo, just before he passed out one of the scientists reminded us that the next window to Niven was only a couple of weeks away. And that we still have contracts. This triggered a flurry of wobbly and somewhat slurred activity as everyone starting throwing parts together in a frenzy. Then we realized we should probably be building a rocket instead. Also, all further celebration rooms will be thoroughly checked for leaky NO2 bottles before festivities commence. Anyway, built in record time was the Niven Express! Tipping the scales at just over 15 tonnes, Niven Express is a bit past was a standard Mallard can loft, so we were forced, for the first time, to strip one down to an expendable configuration. After just squeaking into a parking orbit, the second stage was dropped for a planned destructive re-entry. Except for these two flag decals, which continued flying in formation for a disturbingly long time before impacting the water at several times the speed of sound. Using a standard cryogenic transfer stage, Niven Express presses on to, well, Niven. This time, we know what to expect. Hopefully. in 133 days, we'll know for sure. 133 days later... more or less... So... we meet again... The remaining hyrolox fuels have, of course, boiled off by this point. We really need to look into a solution for their long-term storage. But fortunately, the RCS keeps working during the fairly short flight. The trajectory is tweaked to lower it into the atmosphere... ...then the transfer stage is discarded. It's still carrying our initial high-gain antenna to connect back with Gael, however. A delicate dance begins. The transfer stage adjusts its course to stay out of Niven's atmosphere and fall just a little behind the probe buss. While the buss fine-tunes its own course. The transfer stage is the only link back to Mission Control until after the aerocapture maneuver. If it drifts too far away before the main dish can be deployed, the probe will be lost. Coming in hot... This time we've brought along a proper heat shield! Tense moments follow, as the probe buss slows down and the transfer stage, er, rockets past. But it's not rockets, it's just momentum. Safely out the other side, now in an elongated initial orbit! The orbiter probe and its critical high-gain dish is finally deployed! Now we'll have a stable and lasting relay back to Mission Control. The transfer stage, while still healthy, flies off into interplanetary space. Udachi, komrade... you have served well. Once again, the orbiter is standard Walkabout-class heritage. If it ain't broke... Vlad will probably break it. After some more aerobraking to gain a more circular orbit, the lander begins its final-- Why is it exploding?!? What happened?!? What--? Oh, there it is. It's ok! Mostly. Just lost the propulsion package. Fortunately, we brought two heat shields! Despite the thin atmosphere, the lander slows to subsonic speed while still high in the atmosphere. It's a long fall before the chutes open. Heat shield discarded and skycrane deployed! Free to good home: One heat shield, slightly used. U-haul. The science team seems to have greatly underestimated the utility of Niven's atmosphere. The skycrane is hardly needed to make a soft landing. Once it's down, the real science can begin! The engineers have cobbled a mini-rover together from an old RC car chassis, the batteries from Vlad's radio, and Twinkies. Lots and lots of Twinkies. Now, we have a whole planet to ex-- What do you mean, all the landing science is still back on the lander?? Ahem, yes, well... It seems someone forgot to transfer the science files to the rover before detaching it. The rover carries a micronized high-gain dish, so now it will have to hang around the landing stage with is short-range omni until all the science gathered during the landing sequence can be transmitted back. Apparently Niven is quite the drag. No, Andrei, we are not calling the landing site RuPaul Base. aaaand shortly after the last of the lander science is transmitted back, communication with the rover becomes sporadic. Some sort of problem has developed with the solar panel, and the rover is currently stuck. And I'm getting lots and lots of red text on my screen. What is an NRE anyway? Where'd everyone go? Hello? Hey, who gave Vlad fresh batteries!?! Yup, Niven is a drag, all right.
  7. Static fire complete... and then some.
  8. Probably why that other Apollo put the LEM behind the CSM...
  9. Paraglider wing?? PARAGLIDER WING?!?!?!? SOMEONE'S FINALLY MADE A PARAGLIDER WING FOR KSP?? What sourcery is this??
  10. Well, slap me with a Kerm branch & call me Elton, I never even saw that was there.
  11. Such fascinating and far-fetched theories. I'm going with the most reasonable solution, that the planet was once ruled by an ancient race of platinum blondes.
  12. Ok, st00pid n00bie question here: How do I prevent/minimize cryo fuel burnoff? Or is it even possible? I tried sticking radiators on a tank, still getting H2/02 drain rates of .05/.03. Radiators didn't seem to affect it at all.
  13. Sigh. You just had to go & do it, didn't you? Now it's only a matter of time until we get big silly wings... and.... pointless..... decals..... Crap. I expect Vin Diesel at any moment, now.
  14. Dontcha just hate them space potholes? You oughtta file a complaint with SpaceDOT. How disturbingly trendy. J Crew is still a thing, right? I'm not up on fashion trends...
  15. Lili, by far. Gilly is a touch trickier to get to due to the irregular orbit, but Lili just seems to resist being landed on. It probably didn't help that my probe kept wanting to spin in circles harder and harder as the fuel ran out, and then it kept bouncing off the antenna.