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  1. Contract Pack: Historical Progression This contract pack is designed to take you through the history of the human space program. This entire contract pack was inspired by Whitecat106's Historic Missions contracts. He has created an incredible selection of close to 700 missions! For me, that is too much, and I wanted to go through the history of human spaceflight and progress how we have done in real life. I did not want to have to launch a mission that was almost the smae thing over and over again. This contract pack takes you from the first sounding rockets to New Horizons and into the future. You will be tasked with recreating some of the most ambitious missions like the Apollo Program, Voyager and the International Space Station. It is up to you to guide the Kerbals into the cosmos through a historical progression. Some of these contracts are very involved and require you to use gravity assists to accomplish the contract parameters. Others give you the option to complete certain goals in order to gain bonuses. For example, in your Space Shuttle contracts, you get bonus funds if you land your shuttle on the Runway back at KSC. One of the best examples of this is the MESSENGER contract. It requires you to enter a polar orbit of the first planet in the solar system. We will use the stock system with the Real Solar System planets as an example. MESSENGER Contract Parameters General Goal: Design an unmanned craft to Orbit Moho (Mercury) with a minimum Inclination of 70 degrees Design an unmanned craft with an antenna (also with 3 SCANsat scanners if you have the mod installed) Launch MESSENGER Enter Orbit of the Sun OPTIONAL BONUS: Flyby Kerbin (Earth) for a gravity assist OPTIONAL BONUS: Flyby Eve (Venus) for a gravity assist OPTIONAL BONUS: Flyby Eve (Venus) again for a gravity assist OPTIONAL BONUS: Flyby Moho (Mercury) for a gravity assist OPTIONAL BONUS: Flyby Moho (Mercury) again for a gravity assist OPTIONAL BONUS: Flyby Moho (Mercury) for the third time for a gravity assist Enter Orbit of Moho (Mercury) with a minimum Inclination of 70 degrees Transmit Science Data from Space around Moho (Mercury) If you have SCANsat installed, have 80% mapping of Low Quality, Biome and High Quality Most of the missions are not that difficult or that involved, but MESSENGER was launched in 2004 after more than 50 years of spaceflight and we knew some new tricks to help us achieve an orbit. HISTORICAL PROGRESSION CONTRACTS REQUIRED MODS Contract Configurator - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/101604 Module Manager - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/55219 HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MODS These are not nessecary to use the contract pack, but it makes the pack much better Historical Progression Tech Tree @Yemo Unmanned Before Manned - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/106130 This lets you start with the proper probe cores instead of manned missions, the contract pack might not be possible to complete without this or something similar Outer Planets Mod - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/93999-112-outer-planets-mod-20-complete-overhaul-better-terrain-nicer-terrain-textures-improved-scatter-etc-21-may/ If you are playing with stock KSP, this will give you the extra planets that simulate the outer solar system and will allow you to explore these places with contracts like New Horizons and Voyager 1 and 2 Real Solar System If you are up for it, you can recreate some of the most famous missions in different scaled Real Solar Systems Real Solar System - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/50471-113-real-solar-system-v1140-july-3/ Half Size Real Solar System - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/142336-113-half-size-rss-v15/ Stock Size Real Solar System - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/138572-wip-113-117-stock-size-real-solar-system/ DMagic Orbital Science - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/59009-113-dmagic-orbital-science-new-science-parts-v132-6272016/ This gives you more science experiments to use on your various missions around the solar system SCANsat - http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/72679-113-scansat-v163-real-scanning-real-science-at-warp-speed-june-27-2016/ This provides you with parts to map the planets in the solar system. The contracts have support for Scanning missions if SCANsat is installed. Life Support Mods There are many to choose from, but I reccomend picking at least one of them. Some of these contracts are setting new duration records in space and there is no real challenge to them without having Life Support of some kind. OTHER MODS TO CONSIDER There are many part mods to consider that will give you the ability to construct realistic looking, or in some cases replicas of the spacecraft that are simulated in this contract pack. Bluedog Design Bureau (NASA / ESA) FASA (NASA) @raidernick Awesome Collection of Mods Skylab US & Soviet Solar Panels Pack Salyut Stations Soviet Spacecraft Soviet Probes US Probes Pack US Rockets Pack Antares & Cygnus Tantares NOTES The contract pack removes the World Firsts and Explore Body stock missions as we are already covering this with the pack This contract pack works with all planet packs, but you will experience some weird contracts if your Home planet is not the 3rd rock from the sun Full support for Stock, Stock x2, Stock x6.4, Outer Planets Mod Full support for Real Solar System, Half Size Real Solar System, Stock Size Real Solar System I do not know how this will play with other Contract Packs unless listed below, as it is designed to go through all major "firsts" of our space history so will duplicate similar contracts from other packs Most missions cannot be cancelled nor will they expire. There are a set of optional missions and more will be coming down the line. These optional missions can be cancelled and do not need to be completed. COMPATIBLE CONTRACT PACKS Anomoly Surveyor AntennaRange Relays Clever Sats Field Research Giving Aircraft a Purpose (GAP) Kerbal Academy Maritime Mission Pack RemoteTech Contract Pack SPECIAL THANKS @nightingale for creating Contract Configurator as well as helping me with many questions along the way @severedsolo for answering some questions I had about some contracts @Whitecat106 for inspiring me with your Historic Missions pack @TheReadPanda is streaming a career with the Contract Pack active DOWNLOAD Github Spacedock INSTALLATION Make sure you have Contract Configurator and Module Manager Installed as they are NOT included with the download Download the Contract Pack Copy to GameData folder Enjoy! FUTURE PLANS Add Remaining Missions Falcon Flight 20 - First Powered Landing of First Stage of Rocket Moon / Mun contracts will require specific biomes to be reached (want to stop players from landing on the far side) Add a requirement to deorbit and destroy Space Stations after Add additional SCANsat mission support Add additional DMagic Orbital Science Mission Support Add OPTIONAL MISSIONS Additional Mars / Duna Missions Landers Phoenix Insight Orbiters Mars Global Surveyor MAVEN Rovers Spirit Opportunity Curiosity ISS Construction Apollo Applications Program Manned Venus Flyby (this was a proposed mission using Apollo hardware) Future Missions OSIRIS Rex Asteroid Redirect Mission Mars Sample Return Mission Europa Mission Red Dragon Mars 2020 LICENSE CC-BY-NC-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) CHANGELOG
  2. Contract Configurator - A config-file based solution for creating new contracts! How it Works Contract Configurator exposes various hooks into KSP's contract system through a standard config file syntax. This means that modders using Contract Configurator can create new contracts without writing any code. The config file format has 5 basic sections: Contract Summary - This contains all the summary text, expiry/deadline dates, and reward information. Parameters - These are mappings to the stock ContractParameter classes which specify what the player has to do to complete the contract. Requirements - This is what is required before the contract will show up. Most of the ProgressTracking information is supported, along with a few other things. Behaviours - These are behaviours that are applied at the contract level. A behaviour can create additional objects related to the contract (such as spawning Kerbals), be used to store persistent data or any number of other things. Data nodes - These define new data for use within the contract using Contract Configurator's powerful expression language. And if the provided parameters and requirements aren't enough, Contract Configurator is extensible. New parameters and requirements can be added in as little as a dozen lines of code. Download Contract Configurator can be downloaded from GitHub. Source The full source and test configuration is available on GitHub. Documentation The user guide is hosted on the GitHub wiki. Change Log Version Checking This mod includes version checking using MiniAVC. If you opt-in, it will use the internet to check whether there is a new version available. Data is only read from the internet and no personal information is sent. For a more comprehensive version checking experience, please download the KSP-AVC Plugin. Recommended Mods The following is a list of mods that enhance some of the things Contract Configurator does: Coherent Contracts - this is a must for any contracts using the stock description (aka gibberish) generator. It turns the gibberish into actual understandable English! Waypoint Manager - this will help with any contract using the stock waypoint system by drawing the waypoints in the flight view. Makes hitting targets more accurately much easier! License Contract Configurator is licensed under the MIT License. RemoteTech integration (CC_RemoteTech.dll) is licensed under GNU GPL v2.0. Like what you see? Consider donating to the coffee fund! It will not go directly to supporting this or other mods under my care, but it may keep my motivation up!
  3. This One Goes to Eleven: Reports from a 10.6257x GPP Career Well, I'm either over ambitious or just plain nuts. After finishing my 3.2x GPP career, I've decided to jump into a new career at the ridiculous (but accurate per @OhioBob) full tilt scale of 10.6257x, using SMURFF at full lever. Since 10.6257x rounds up to 11, I thought the title seemed appropriate. If you aren't familiar with the reference, it comes from the 80s classic "This is Spinal Tap": Goals for this save include more exploration of the outer planets (KABOOM Kronicle never really got out past Tellumo) plus more colonization, science, and refueling infrastructure. Mods have changed quite a bit - I've moved away from my more typical SpaceY/Near Future/Orbital Science suite, and will instead be featuring the following: Bluedog Design Bureau, USI-LS, Real Scale Boosters, Kerbal Atomics, Cryogenic Engines, and the Mark IV spaceplane parts. Karbonite is still there, but with no Kerbal R&D to increase the heat tolerance and my decision to delete the large umbrella-shaped collector, resource collection will be very slow unless on the surface. I'll post more in a day or two, but here are some initial images to whet your appetite, courtesy of imgur albums working once again. Also note that this is not going to be nearly as comprehensive as my previous report, since that started seeming more like work than fun. Enjoy. If you want to check out the old thread for reference, you can find it here:
  4. Forgotten Space Program Latest Post: 2017-04-16 - Finite Arrivals -- It's happened again. Those well meaning kerbals ran off and completely forgot about their space program. Maybe there was a global crisis. Maybe they ran out of funds. Maybe the Kraken ate the ship Jeb and the Bs were in. Or maybe it was just snack time and the cheese dip was really, really good. Unfortunately nobody remembers what went wrong because nobody remembers being there. Space? Whazzat? And so years pass. Eventually an eccentric millionaire stumbles on the ruins of the long-forgotten program. Trailers. Sheds. Run-down labs. A dirt runway. Factories scattered here and there in the nearby countryside. Exploding barrels of fleas. Sharp metal bits. Gumball machines. Nuclear waste. The usual rust of a long forgotten industry. A few quick phone calls and some thousand signatures later and The Boss became the owner of their very own space program. And that's when the fun started. -- Table of Contents Volume 1: Forgotten Volume 1 Sequence 1 2015-12-03 - Forgotten Space Program, The Hydrogen Flights (this post) 2015-12-04 - Hydrogen's Last Blast, Noble Helium, Orbital Helium 2015-12-06 - Sweet Lithium, Beryllium Spheres, Boron to be Wild 2015-12-10 - The Age of the Universe, Boron Into The Mün, Beryllium Relic 2015-12-11 - Carbon Testing, The Carbon 6, Carbon 1 2015-12-16 - Carbon Scoring, High Carbon 2015-12-17 - The Dangers of C-4, Carbon For Who?, Beryllium-Coated Lies 2015-12-20 - More Boron Contract Missions..., :C=C: 2015-12-22 - 95 Years, 139 Days, 27 Minutes Volume 1 Sequence 2 2015-12-24 - A Nitrogen One, Thing C 2015-12-26 - A Little More Nitrogen, And A Dash Of Oxygen 2015-12-29 - Fluorine 1 2016-01-01 - The Six Moons of Kerbin, Nitrogen T-4, Thing A 2016-01-02 - Fixing Kelgee, Walking on Thin Nitrogen, Nitrogen Take 6, More Fluorine For Better Teeth, Oxygen Perfected 2016-01-05 - Nitrogen T-7 Volume 1 Sequence 3 2016-01-11 - The Bright Bright Neon Lights, Neon Sizzle, Neon Clones, Under The Heavy Neon Glow 2016-01-12 - Delayed Return 2016-01-16 - Salty Minmus 2016-01-18 - Taking Pictures For Fun and Profit 2016-01-20 - Release!, Return to Flight 2016-01-23 - Asylum Run, ... By Lunatics, ... Running An Asylum 2016-01-25 - Ferry Ride 2016-01-28 - The Aluminium Gang, Aluminium X-0 1, Aluminium X-0A 2, Aluminium X-1 3 2016-01-31 - Strange Request 2016-02-02 - Sonic Sensei, The Mother Of All Space Telescopes, Nitrogen X 2016-02-04 - Aluminium Cans of Boom, Housekeeping 2016-02-06 - More Housekeeping Volume 1 Sequence 4 2016-02-13 - Mission Improbable, Reduce Reuse Recycle, Nitrogen TC-12, Silly Silicon 2016-02-14 - Balanced Imbalance, Some Assembly Required 2016-02-16 - More Silicon More Recycling, Some More Assembly Required 2016-02-21 - Queen of the Airwaves, Tour of the Junkyard, Trafficking Hot Goods 2016-02-23 - A Phosphorescent Return to the Mün 2016-02-26 - Second Verse Same As The First, A Little Bit Louder And A Little More Rehearsed 2016-02-27 - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Mün 2016-03-05 - Slow Moves, Nitrogen Transfers 2016-03-08 - Memories of Tomorrow Volume 1 Sequence 5 2016-03-11 - The Mystic Mün 2016-03-19 - Operation Ice Castle 2016-03-20 - Contracting Smallprobes 2016-03-23 - Reentrant Aluminium 2016-03-28 - The Mün of Our Youth 2016-04-11 - The Crater of the First Kerbals Volume 1 Sequence 6 2016-04-15 - Ghosts and Things 2016-04-18 - Memories of the Storm 2016-04-24 - Two Star Detour 2016-05-01 - Familiar Voices, Building Anticipation 2016-05-05 - Anticipation Building 2016-05-10 - Titanium Flight Test, Titanium Boxes, The Münquake is in Another Castle, Kerbal Kerbals 2016-05-14 - Stellar[is] Launches 2016-05-20 - Silicon Sulphur Snack Strategy 2016-05-28 - Finishing Touches 2016-05-30 - Little House on the Minty Prairie, And Another Thing... 2016-06-01 - Departures Volume 1 Sequence 7 2016-06-05 - GLORY TO KERBIN! 2016-06-27 - Bugs 2016-07-10 - 99 Years, 343 Days, 2 Hours 2016-07-13 - Your Robots Are Ignoring You 2016-07-20 - Captain Kerman and... The Robot Invasion of Jool 2016-07-26 - Setting Up The Fireworks 2016-07-28 - One Hundred Years At The Edge Of Infinity, Thomlock's New Year's Rocket Eve, Infinity's Edge Volume 1 Sequence 8 2016-08-07 - Answers In Time..., More Pieces For The Jumble 2016-08-14 - ... Time In Riddles 2016-08-14 - No Kerbal's Sky 2016-08-22 - Wings of Fire 2016-08-25 - Sulphur Descending Volume 2: Continuum Volume 2 Sequence 1 2016-10-03 - Somewhere In The Dark..., Kerbin: North Mountain 2017-10-07 - Continuing From Where We Started, Continuum Volume 2 Sequence 2 2016-10-16 - Continuing From Where We Left Off 2016-10-20 - I Could Fly Here Forever 2016-10-30 - Fire In The Sky 2016-11-08 - The Jebediah Kerman, Remotely Controlled Kerbal 2016-11-26 - One Final Sunset, Leaving Laythe Volume 2 Sequence 3 2016-12-04 - The Bosses, Ghost Attack, Data Recovery Services 2016-12-11 - Chrome Plated, Missing Minmus Mishap 2017-01-22 - Adaptation, Burning Manganese, Cobalt Testing, Iron Birdie 2017-01-31 - Iron Supplements, Manganese Mün 2017-02-10 - Cobalt Blue, The Award, Into The Unknown Volume 2 Sequence 4 2017-02-25 - Infinite Departures 2017-04-16 - Finite Arrivals -- In something of a departure from my usual routine, this will be a mod-"heavy" playthrough focusing largely on the wonderful Engineering Tech Tree. Expect frequent and smaller posts, usually the same day of the mission or a very short time later. I will attempt to keep this save going for the indefinite future, but can make no promises that I won't forget what I've done and start over again. Again. And, seeing as none of the kerbals know what's out there, we may see some relics and wrecks from my previously forgotten space programs. Difficulty is my usual fare, a Career Mode game with the normal difficulty settings, no crew respawn, etc: Mods in Use (as/of KSP v1.2.2) Note: Many parts from mods not listed (or listed under previous versions) are still present on spacecraft, in flight, but are "retired" and have been edited (by me) so they no longer appear in the VAB. Aviation Lights Distant Object Enhancement DMagic Orbital Science Docking Port Alignment Indicator Engineering Tech Tree Engine Lighting EVE (Waz's Build) Flag Decals Hullcam VDS KAC KAS KER KIS kOS Mark One Laboratory Extensions Module Manager Persistent Rotation Planet Shine Raster Prop Monitor Real Plume (Stock) Reentry Particle Effect SCANsat Scatterer SpaceY Heavy Lifters SpaceY Expanded Surface Lights Trajectories Texture Replacer (RangeMachine's Build) Older Mods in Use (for previous KSP v1.1.3) Older Mods in Use (for previous KSP v1.0.5) Let's get this show on the road now, ok? -- The Hydrogen Flights The "exploding barrels of fleas" were apparently not made of fleas, but were instead created to dispose of them. (Which might explain the fire and smoke.) As far as the geniuses in the engineering department could determine, the intent was to aim the open end of the barrel at the fleas and "watch them burn." The Boss thought of a different use after three interns and one such barrel flew violently through the wall of the lab and into the waters of Booster Bay. The little green geeks quickly dug around to find the parts they needed: gizmos to measure air pressure, a gumball machine painted a dark grey with a "computer" stuffed inside, a flea barrel to strap it all atop, and a large silk blanket to carry the gizmos safely back to the ground. The "computer" was little more than a couple of vacuum tubes and an alarm clock, all held together with loosely assembled wires. The clock was to ignite the flea barrel, trigger the gizmos and detach the gumball machine; the vacuum tubes were there to make it look awesome. Lacking a clever naming scheme, The Boss painted "Hydrogen 1" on the side and the three formerly flying interns rolled it to a nearby mound of dirt. Only they must've messed up the clock while moving the H-1, as the flea barrel ignited late, flew off in a weird direction, and the gumball machine detached early. Regardless, the gizmos took proper readings and proved The Boss right: These barrels weren't built for killing fleas, but for helping them fly. Science points galore! Somewhat unexpectedly, a representative from the Kerbal First Record Keeping Society showed up to give The Boss a few shiny plaques: First Launch, new Speed Records of 25m/s and 80m/s, and First Landing. The prize money was spent on some bags of corn chips and the interns were sent back to work. There was still time enough in the day for another launch. Same gumball machine with a big barrel of science (which had been previously tested on the mound), all atop yet another flea barrel. The Boss named it the "Hydrogen 2" and everybody lined up to watch it fly. The H-2 flew higher and slightly faster than anything yet recorded (that one catapult accident doesn't count), resulting in yet more plaques from the record keepers: Altitude records of 500m and 2km. The money was just enough to buy some queso dip to go with the corn chips, and The Boss kicked in a few extra kerbucks for soda. And so on the first day they partied, and The Boss was happy, for The Boss saw it was good. Navigation: Next Post
  5. I'm starting a new career mode playthrough in 1.2 on YouTube, with the goal of making Kerbals a multiplanetary species! I'll be using a handful of mods, including Roverdude's USI Constellation. I'm hoping to post a few of these a week, so please check back on my channel!
  6. Career Evolution Contract Pack The smart contract pack that fixes many of the issues in stock career mission progression. I only play Career mode in KSP because I need to have a direction, a mission, a plan. The contracts give me something to do so I can plan my missions around them. However, I have not played stock career mode since my first career. Thanks to @nightingale and his Contract Configurator mod, I haven't had to. There are amazing mod packs created by @nightingale, @severedsolo, @inigma, @Yemo and many many more. The issue I had with all of these modpacks is that they work together to some degree, but the do not necessarily progress logically because they are all from separate packs. WHAT IS THE CAREER EVOLUTION? It is a Contract Pack that takes the player from uncrewed launches like sounding rockets, to the first satellite into crewed launches that explore the solar system. There are contracts for uncrewed exploration of the solar system as well as crewed exploration that includes space stations, surface bases and more. It uses a logical progression so you will explore your nearest planetary neighbors before getting contracts for the rest of the solar system. You crawl before you can walk before you can run. WHAT ARE THE MISSIONS? Early Space Program (No Crew) Satellites (No Crew) Mun & Minmus Exploration (No Crew) Crewed Milestones Planetary Flybys, Orbits & Landings (No Crew) Space Stations (with MUCH influence and code from @severedsolo great pack) Crewed Flybys and Landings Surface Bases (with MUCH influence and code from @severedsolo great pack) WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? These contracts support all modpacks where the HomeWorld is the 3rd planet from the Sun. This means Stock, and stock resizes, RSS, all RSS resizes as well. This currently does NOT support Galileo's Planet Pack but I am looking at ways to remedy that. I HIGHLY recommend Stock with Outer Planets Mod by @CaptRobau or one of the RSS variants. The contracts are designed to take advantage of the extra planets. You MUST use a Unmanned first Tech Tree. These are the ones I recommend: Historical Progression Tech Tree by @pap1723 (me) Unmanned Before Manned by @Yemo REQUIRED MODS Contract Configurator from @nightingale Module Manager OTHER INFO This is still in beta. I am playtesting through it as we speak, but I ask for help with anyone willing to Beta test and give me feedback. Do the missions progress correctly? Are the payouts fair? Are there things I missed? Is anything broken? DOWNLOADS Beta available on Github
  7. Have you taken a new survey contract and then been frustrated when you had to keep flipping between map and flight mode to find your waypoints? Did you crash your vessel? NEVER AGAIN. Waypoint Manager does the following: Renders waypoints in flight mode. Gives a GUI listing of all waypoints and allows you to activate navigation from that GUI. Allows the creation of custom waypoints. If you want to see it in action, check it out in maxhfx's KSP Easy Mods series: Custom Waypoints @Miles Teg has provided some custom waypoint files! To use them, copy the to GameData/WaypointManager/CustomWaypoints.cfg (I'll have to add a proper file dialog in a future version) and hit the "Import Custom Waypoints" button. Included are files for the various KSC biomes and for marking off the runway and helipads. Download Waypoint Manager can be downloaded from GitHub. Source The full source is available on GitHub. Documentation No documentation, just install and enjoy the waypoints. Change Log License Waypoint Manager is licensed under the MIT license. Like what you see? Consider donating to the beer fund! It will not go directly to supporting this or other mods under my care, but it may keep my motivation up!
  8. CommNet Relays Ever wanted to get money for setting up CommNet network relays? Your dreams can come true with the CommNet Relays contract pack! Features CommNet Relays is a contract pack for Contract Configurator which gives you contracts for each body in the solar system (besides the homeworld, of course). The contract is to send a satellite with an appropriate dish or combination of dishes into an orbit low enough that surface missions can use the whip antenna instead of having to pack a big dish (so long as a relay is overhead, of course). Missions to your homeworld's moons are required to use an HG-5 or equivalent, missions to the inner planets (Duna/Mars and inward) are required to use an RA-15 or equivalent, while missions to outer planets or moons will need an RA-100 or equivalent. You also have to have your tracking station upgraded to the appropriate level. The contracts are generated based on the lists of planets and moons in your solar system, so you can install Outer Planets or Real Solar System or whatever you want, and the contracts will automatically adjust themselves accordingly. Additionally, the antenna requirement does not depend on specific parts, but on the combined antenna power of the relay, so it's compatible with all modded antennas automatically. If you really wanted to (and had a computer that could handle it), you could build a relay with 20,000 HG-5 antennas for Jool missions. (That said, be aware that the contract range requirements are based on stock CommNet ranges, which are in turn based on the stock solar system. I've got some patches that will modify ranges to adapt to Outer Planets and Real Solar System, but those patches assume particular balance choices for antennas and the solar system. At the end of the day, the contract requirement is just a lower bound -- check your link budgets before launch.) In addition to the basic "relay around body X" contracts, there are a few extra contracts to help improve uptime around the network. You may receive contracts to place relays in highly-inclined, highly-elliptical orbits around the gas giants, so that missions to their moons or in low orbits can stay in contact around them, as well as contracts to place relays in solar orbits to keep contact with probes going behind the Sun (and also the homeworld's parent body, if you're using an alternate solar system in which the homeworld is a moon). Dependencies CommNet Relays depends on Contract Configurator, version 1.22.0 or later. You will need Module Manager to patch the contracts for compatibility with other addons. Download and install GitHub CurseForge From there, just unzip the "ContractPacks/CommNetRelays" folder into your GameData directory. Known issues and limitations It might be cool if nightingale implemented a coverage-checking feature like there is for RemoteTech, but as things are, I use the number of relays or relay-like vessels in orbit as a proxy -- four is the minimum to get full coverage (though that could be as low as two depending on how forgiving you've set the line-of-sight "fudge factor" to be), so if you've got five ships with enough relay antennas in low-enough orbit around a body, I figure you have coverage that's good enough and the config won't generate contracts for that body. In general, I've left most of the details of your network unconstrained -- the minimum and/or maximum values in the requirements will keep your satellites within range of the ground, but it's up to you to put your satellites in orbits that are useful for your particular situation. If you find any other issues, please let me know in the KSP forum thread or on the GitHub repo's issue tracker! Version history and changelog 2015 07 24: Initial release. 2015 07 25 (1.0.1): Added NewVessel parameter to missions, so each relay will have to be a newly-launched satellite. Bumped up the maximum number of satellites from four to five (to give some redundancy). 2015 08 08 (1.1): RSS and New Horizons compatibility. Moved altitude constraints into DATA nodes so that Module Manager can affect them more easily (as opposed to having magic numbers in both the orbit parameter and the target planet selection logic). Fixed some initial "Escape"/"Orbit" requirements -- they were referring to "Kerbin" specifically, now referring to whatever the homeworld is. Also updated comments on target planet selection logic to match the actual logic used. Added a new "CoMoon" contract to be used when the homeworld is a moon. 2015 12 14 (1.2): Antenna pack compatibility New patches that allow antennas from some addons (Asteroid Day, Hangar, SSR Microsat, USI Kolonization Systems) to qualify for the contracts. Clarified contract wording. Added a dedicated agency to give the contracts. 2016 05 03 (1.3): Antenna rearrangement Moved High Gain Antenna from its own patch, now that the Asteroid Day probe parts are folded into stock. Because this will cause errors on pre-1.1 installs without Asteroid Day, this and later versions are no longer compatible with KSP 1.0.x. Removed the USI patch, since it was causing exceptions for MKS Lite users. Compatible through KSP 1.1.2. 2016 06 26 (1.3.1): Expression expansion Refactored targetbody expressions to reduce calculations-per-frame when contracts are generated. Compatible through KSP 1.1.3. 2016 07 23 (1.4): Mission Control Changes to support Contract Configurator's 1.15.3 update. Because this depends on variables introduced in CC 1.15.3, this and later versions are no longer compatible with KSP 1.1.0-2. Contracts are broken out into individual cfg files (I got tired of scrolling all over the place when editing...) The license is changed to the GPL v3 (or later). 02017 02 25 (2.0.0): Constructing New Relays Renamed to "CommNet Relays". Because it uses the new CommNet system, it is not backwards-compatible with pre-1.2 versions of KSP or 1.x versions of AntennaRange Relays. Backend logic overhauled to use new CC antenna parameter. Specific parts are no longer required to complete contracts. Adjusted some of the contract parameters to reduce duplication and increase available choices. Max/min apoapses adjusted to CommNet balance. Adjusted RSS patch. Added OPM patch. Added new "Super DSN" contract to build enormous DSN relays. Why? Because we can! Roadmap As my schedule permits, I'll get this mod released on CurseForge and CKAN in the near future. If you have other suggestions, please bring them up in the KSP forum thread or raise an issue on the GitHub repo! Credits Many thanks to nightingale for Contract Configurator (and for implementing the SemiMajorAxis() method at my request, and accepting my HasAntenna parameter), toadicus for AntennaRange (which inspired the initial revision of this contract pack), and Squad for implementing CommNet! License CommNet Relays is copyright 2015-2017 Kerbas_ad_astra. Contract configuration files are released under the GPL v3 license (or any later version). Any redistributions must use a different name and folder (per section 7c). All other rights (e.g. the CommNet Relays logo and agency definition files) reserved.
  9. Field Research - Get paid to do science! Description This is a Contract Pack that gives contracts to perform various science experiments. There are contracts for: Biome studies - collecting results from a number of experiments in a single biome. Climate studies - performing various climate experiments on bodies with atmospheres. Geological studies - performing geological experiments on various biomes of a celestial body. Experimental studies - run one experiment under multiple conditions (including experiments from mods). KSC Science - contract to go around and collect all the various small science around the KSC. Scientist Ferry - bring a scientist to a specific location to perform a specific experiment. Rare Science - contract with suggested location for difficult biome/situation combinations (eg. Splashed down at Kerbin's Mountains). Re-run experiment - contracts for science completionists - re-run an already done experiment to get a little bit more science out of it. Notes: The contract pack works for RSS and planet packs - you will receive contracts for any celestial body that is loaded in the game. This mod disables the stock "Collect Science" contracts, as they become somewhat redundant when this is installed. Download CKAN: In CKAN, Select and download the mod "Contract Pack: Field Research". GitHub: For the direct download option, please ensure you have all the dependencies before raising a support request: Contract Configurator is a required dependency and can be downloaded from the Contract Configurator release thread. ModuleManager is a required dependency and can be downloaded from the ModuleManager release thread. The Field Research Contract Pack can be downloaded from GitHub. Waypoint Manager is an optional (but highly recommended) dependency and can be downloaded from the Waypoint Manager release thread. Optional Stuff Crowd Sourced Science - You're likely going to be getting a lot of science reports with this mod. Why not make the reports into some more interesting reading with hundreds of unique science reports. Science Alert - Never miss an opportunity to collect science. Also includes a super convenient UI for collecting multiple experiments. [x] Science! - Contains a great GUI for tracking how much science is remaining for various biomes/experiments/etc. No More Science Grinding - Get 100% science from running stock experiments (no more need to re-run experiments multiple times). Waypoint Manager - For viewing contract waypoints in-flight to much more easily hit your target (recommended for the scientist contracts in particular). Source The full source is available on GitHub. Change Log Special Thanks arkie87 - For giving me the idea and getting me started on making this. DMagic - For providing code and general KSP science systems support. xEvilReeperx - For providing a great block of code to get the list of science subjects out of KSP. amorymeltzer - More general science support! ObsessedWithKSP - For all the things you do. Everyone else who posted in this thread where the idea got started. Zeenobit - For his very cool mod Historian, which I used to put together the images for this post. License The Field Research Contract Pack is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0 Like what you see? Consider donating to the beer fund! It will not go directly to supporting this or other mods under my care, but it may keep my motivation up!
  10. OK, so here is the breakdown: A new (heavily) modded Career Save with the goal of accomplishing a few of the Challenges that I am interested in. The primary Challenges at the moment are the Doing It Apollo Style - Redux, The Ultimate Jool 5 Challenge, and the Interstellar Rendez-vous idea. I am sure there will be some more that I come across as I play through this save, but those are the ones for now. This Career will use the SETI Unmanned Before Manned Contracts and Tech Tree. Other major mods include all of Near Future Technologies, KSPI-E, Kerbin Shuttle Orbiter System, TAC Life Support - because why not make an already difficult challenge even harder?, SCANsat, DMagic Orbital Science, Kerbal Construction Time (Dev Version), and a whole host of others - the number may change based upon how many times I break my computer For the Jool 5 challenge: -No barred mods will be used for the challenge ship's construction, orbital assembly/refuelling, or the vessel itself. I'll post as many screenshots/videos (if I can figure that out - tech neophyte here) as I can. That Challenge may even involve 2 missions, one for the Jebediah's Level (stock science experiments) and one for non-stock experiments - we'll see how ambitious I get. For the Insterstellar Rendez-vous Idea: -The following changes have been made to the Extrasolar solar system mod pack (Valentine red dwarf star): (changes courtesy of @AndrewDrawsPrettyPictures) This will move Valentine 4 lightyears or so away from Kerbol. For a general "thing": -Kerbin Environmental Institute will not be used until after I have done at least 1 or 2 launches.... (I find it kind of cheaty right at the start) Without further ado here are the important bits: KSP 1.2.2 build (not sure - will add later) Gamedata folder: Mod list: We'll have to see how this goes, I haven't run this many mods before! Updates and reports to come!
  11. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting for your entertainment and delight, Exploration Plus - an overhaul of the stock Exploration Contracts. So, I really like the new Exploration contracts introduced in 1.2, but they aren't without their problems. Do I really need to prove that I can rendezvous or dock around every body before I can move on? Aren't the skills transferrable? I also feel like your progression can get bogged down, as you only have one of these contacts at a time. So here is an attempt to fix this: Features Multiple exploration contracts at a time. The moment you perform a flyby of a body, the mod will encourage you to push to the next one, while offering follow up contracts for the body you just reached. Works better with Monthly Budgets. The stock exploration contracts make heavy use of parameter level rewards, which my Monthly Budgets mod doesn't like, as it can't intercept the rewards. This pack only uses contract level rewards, so if you are using Monthly Budgets the budgeting system will work better. Better Progression. No more "must perform a rendezvous/docking around x body before you move on" - You will be asked to demonstrate your skills once around the homeworld and then we assume you know what you are doing. Even if you are dragging your heels on that mission, the other contracts will still generate. In addition, if you miss any of the "minor milestones" (returning, planting flags etc) you'll get a follow up mission to finish it off. Obviously this will disable the stock Exploration Contracts Fully Planet Pack compatible - The screenshot above is from Galileos Planet Pack, as that's what I'm playing at the moment. I can safely say, if it works on that one, it will probably work on almost any planet pack. If you do find any issues, let me know. Known Issues: Rewards have been generally balanced against what the stock contracts would pay you, but there may be some hiccups. For instance, "Mopping Up" assumes you have missed all the potential milestones and pays you accordingly. If you find any others, please report them. [Not really a bug] - You'll get a "perform a spacewalk" mission, even if you've already done it without the contract. Unfortunately I can't check for this. Licensing CC-BY-SA 4.0 Download First you'll need Contract Configurator Then grab the pack from here Acknowledgements As ever thanks to @nightingale for Contract Configurator.
  12. This mod does what it says on the tin... it introduces a budget system to Career Mode KSP. Unlike some other budget mods, which just add money on top of what you already have, this one will cap your "maximum budget" based on your repuation. I'll explain what I mean further below. Features Monthly Budgets: Every 30 days (configurable) a monthly budget will be allocated to you, primarily based on your reputation (although it takes into account a couple of other factors). If your current funds are less than the budget allocation, your funds will be adjusted to match the new budget. (So, if you say have 100k funds on hand, but the mod was going to allocate you 500k, your funds will be topped up to 500k. If you held 600k, your costs would be deducted, but no budget would be awarded this month. Contracts will (usually) not have a cash payout/advance. Instead, whatever you would have gotten will be converted into reputation instead (at a conversion rate of 1 rep for every 10,000 funds) when you complete the contract. So you get it in the next budget cycle. The exception to this is contracts that pay out when you complete a parameter. You'll still get the funds for the parameters (mainly because I haven't figured out a way to make it transparent that the payout is 0 on these, without just pulling the funds away when you complete it, so the game will tell you you got paid, but you didn't). You'll also still get payouts for World First milestones (cause thats kinda the point, to encourage you to go exploring rather than worry about contracts). New to Version 2.0: This can now be disabled. Kerbal Deaths are punished. When a kerbal dies, a hefty reputation penalty is applied. The Kerbal government takes the lives of it's astronauts very seriously... so your funding will be slashed if you have many deaths. (reputation is reduced by a quarter, so a high rep program has more to fear from this than a low rep program). Massive thanks to JPLRepo for this bit, as he basically wrote it for me. Costs Running a space program is expensive, kerbals need to be paid etc. When calculating your budget, costs for wages and any active vessels will be deducted before the budget is awarded. If no budget is awarded, the costs will be deducted from your available funds. Configurable - Most aspects of the mod are configurable. See below for more details. *NEW* Emergency Funding - So you need to mount a rescue mission, you are running out of life support, but you've blown your budget. What do you do? With version 2.0 you can now access "Emergency funding" for 10% of your reputation (and therefore next budget). This has diminishing returns, and will completely cease if you access it 10 times in a row. If you don't use it for a few months, the levels of funding will gradually recover. Configuration: Most options are configurable. Options can be set in the stock difficulty menu. If that's not flexible enough, look in your save for "BudgetSettings" and the options are there. Licensing Licensed under the MIT License Icon made by Freepik from Flaticon.com Download Not mandatory, but I've balanced the default values assuming that Kerbal Construction Time is installed - so would recommend that mod. https://github.com/severedsolo/MonthlyBudgets/releases Source https://github.com/severedsolo/MonthlyBudgets
  13. Are you tired of your Kerbals not being able to reach the highest levels without planting a flag on Duna? Ever wondered how planting a flag on Minmus shows your engineers how to fix wheels? Enrol your Kerbonauts in the Kerbal Academy today! What does this do? Simply put, it's a series of contracts that will allow your Kerbonauts to advance their skillset, by actually doing the things that relate to their skill set. So, to give you an example, the Pilot training scheme will make your Pilots learn to change orbital inclination, how to do flyby's of various bodies. Scientists will have to go out and, you know, actually collect science. Only after they have demonstrated their skills in their field will experience be awarded. One thing to note: This is not a contract pack in the conventional sense of "do this and get paid". This will cost you funds. To be precise, you will have to pay (approximately) 100k (on normal - scales with difficulty level) for each level advanced using this pack. Why you ask? Well, most of these contracts can be completed without leaving the Kerbin system, and I felt there needed to be a trade-off. Besides, it's not like Funds are a problem in Career anyway. Available Missions: Known Issues/Workarounds Other Stuff This contract pack will disable the stock rescue missions by default, as they are a horribly cheaty way to get new kerbals perfectly valid player choice, if you like that sort of thing, and this pack already provides a way to recruit new kerbals cheaply. This mod includes version checking using MiniAVC. If you opt-in, it will use the internet to check whether there is a new version available. Data is only read from the internet and no personal information is sent. For a more comprehensive version checking experience, please download the KSP-AVC Plugin. In order for Engineers to advance through the program, vehicles must be marked properly. So a lander (with legs) should be marked as a lander (by clicking rename vessel in the flight scene), stuff with wheels should be a rover, and stations and bases should be marked as such. If you don't do this, you won't see any Engineering contracts offered. Licensing Kerbal Academy licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Download Highly recommended you grab through CKAN (where available) However, if you insist on installing manually you will need: Contract Configurator Kerbal Academy Pack Acknowlegments @nightingale as ever for his tireless work on Contract Configurator (you rock!) My wife for creating the Kerbal Academy flag for me.
  14. Contract Pack: Bases and Stations READ THE FAQ BEFORE REQUESTING SUPPORT. Introduction A complete overhaul of the stock Space Station and Base missions. Featuring no fewer than 15(!) extra missions for your stations/bases when they are in orbit. Also stops continuous "build a new space station" or "build a new base" missions. You'll only be asked to build one if there isn't one already on that celestial body. The Pack This pack will completely disable the stock space station (and build a base) missions, and replace them with my own flavour of missions: The Missions Additional Mods that are required or supported by Bases and Stations. (that isn't to say other mods won't work, but these are the ones that B&S is specifically aware of). Contract Configurator by nightingale - available here - REQUIRED DEPENDENCY Module Manager by sarbian (included in download, but also available here) - REQUIRED DEPENDENCY StationScience by ethernet is highly recommended because it's one of my favourite mods and the pack is specifically written with it in mind. It is available here NearFutureElectric available here TAC Life Support available here USI Life Support available here IFI Life Support available here Contract Pack: Tourism Plus by nightingale is also recommended The Legal Bit This pack is licensed under CC BY-SA-NC 4.0 It also contains elements of CosmoBro's Base Construction pack (with permission) which is licensed under MIT License (see below). I have sublicensed this under CC-BY-SA-NC 4.0. Contract Configurator is licensed under MIT License. Mini-AVC is licensed under GNU General Public License v3 Thanks/Credits Massive thanks to Nightingale for all your help, and Contract Configurator - without which this would not be possible. Thanks to metl for your time, patience and massive amounts of code contributed to this project. Thanks to CosmoBro for allowing me to take over Base Construction Agent Flag by Dale Humphries on www.flaticon.com and is licensed under CC-BY 3.0 Known Issues Possible problem with vessel definitions. More Data needed. Please see this post if you can help. ScienceExperimentModule may require a scene change before it will complete once you recover the science at KSC. This is a minor enough issue that I let it through the net. I think it's a CC bug and nightingale is investigating. Life Support checking is... sloppy to say the least. Don't rely on the pack telling you to send up a crew only when you have LS on board. Check first (working on this) Planned Features .Changelog Installation I highly recommend you download from CKAN - however, if you really insist on installing manually, see the link below, and grab Contract Configurator and Module Manager from the Dependencies section. Download: https://github.com/severedsolo/KerbinSpaceStation/releases Source: https://github.com/severedsolo/KerbinSpaceStation/releases
  15. I really like the satellite contracts in KSP, but I get fed up of KSP asking me to move my Remote Tech or SCANsat probes. So, I decided to try and fix it. I present to you: Clever Sats. A replacement for stock Satellite Contracts. How is this different to the stock Satellite contracts? Intelligent target selection. Instead of just picking anything that "might" be a satellite at random, you will only be asked to move satellites deployed by this pack. Like your remote-tech comm relay where it is? That's fine, CleverSat will leave it alone. Moved your sats into a constellation? Don't worry about it. CleverSat knows that satellites in a constellation should stay in a constellation. (please see known issues). RemoteTech Integration - CleverSats will not ask you to deploy a satellite unless you have 50% RemoteTech coverage (assuming you use that mod of course). Highly recommended that you combine this pack with the RemoteTech pack by nightingale. What sort of contracts can I expect from this pack? Right now, I have these missions: The basic "launch a satellite into orbit" mission. This is pretty much like the stock missions. The harder the contract, the further out, and the wilder the orbit. You'll probably find that one star contracts will give you mainly equatorial, low orbits. Three stars, well all bets are off. Create a satellite constellation - this is a bit of a clever one. It will try and find two satellites which are close by. If it finds them, you'll be asked to synchronise their orbits. Any satellites that are part of a "constellation" should be ignored by other missions (but see Known Issues) Move a Satellite - this is basically like the stock enhanced contracts, you'll be asked to move your satellite to a new position. Move a Constellation - move a constellation of satellites to a new position. Repair a Faulty Satellite (Coming Soon) - Decommission a satellite (Coming at some point - maybe.) Deploy a GPS network Please feel free to suggest more. Known Issues: One satellite in a constellation may not be marked as protected, and you may be asked to move it. Probably some reward balancing issues at the moment. On the move a constellation mission - the orbital parameters will be displayed multiple times (one for each sat in the constellation). I know how to fix this, I just haven't got round to it yet. Special Thanks @nightingale as ever, for his tireless hard work on Contract Configurator. Installation: Highly recommended that you install from CKAN (when available). However, if you insist on installing manually you will need: Module Manager (available here) Contract Configurator (available here) The CleverSat contract pack (duh) (available here) License CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 This mod includes version checking using MiniAVC. If you opt-in, it will use the internet to check whether there is a new version available. Data is only read from the internet and no personal information is sent. For a more comprehensive version checking experience, please download the KSP-AVC Plugin Source available at the release link above.
  16. if I could embed, this is my glorious flag! okay! this is my first mission report! um...how do I start this? lets start with the modlist! and that's the modlist, yet I still call it lightly modded...strange... and here are the pictures of my great and powerful space career so far! ooh ooh! and GIFs! cant forget GIFs! okay, by now you should have skipped through all of those photos, glancing all of my glorious failures, and such now to the first thing! my Rover! here's a picture of the Rover, or I'll just stop talking like this: my first rover that actually worked, wasn't all that a success, Named Kavvor after...random letters, it went badly from the launch, the Glovma OLV usually has a very stable launch, never varying from 90* or wherever you needed it in polar launches, but due to the offset center of mass of the payload the rocket wanted to drag northwards, leaving the rocket on a highly inclined orbit of maybe 4* inclination relative to the Mun, the badness didn't stop there. https://db.tt/jyikUamJlC during the ejection burn the transfer stage wanted again, to drag southwards, so there was even more inclination, not all that important, but it still was signaling even worse things to come, the sky crane designed for landing the probe was expected to probably get to orbit after deploying the rover but due to a mistake in building the fairings, it ripped off both of the expandable solar panels and a deployable antenna, so no comsat. the sky crane when landing the rover was supposed to lean forwards and be decoupled so the rover didn't crash straight down and stand straight up, but here comes the offsetness again. during the capture burn, the transfer stage burned a bit to long and put the rover on a suborbital trajectory, so I just went ahead and tried to land on Minmus. I went ahead and decoupled the safety of the transfer stage, looking back, if I simply landed with the transfer stage I could've saved the mission, oh well, but I detached the sky crane and tried to land, but since the size was smaller, the CoM indifference was much greater, making the spin happen, the spin made the spacecraft...well...spin! it messed up the landing and made the speed stay the same throughout the first burn, I combated this by doing multiple smaller thrusted burns and having the SAS point always towards prograde (because I had no way to make it point "retrograde") it worked, but it didn't give me enough time to slow down, so I was forced to go back to full thrust, it didn't work. even though that didn't work, I managed to do something productive, I just decoupled and went flying (and I cheated a bit, I used timewarp to stop the rotation) I landed upright(ish) but lost one of my back wheels, and I'll let the pictures do the talking, you've read enough https://db.tt/AOYKjtyZnb https://db.tt/p8yeSeyXrS https://db.tt/zQZsQoOavB https://db.tt/U6H3FQD5Tw yeah, I crashed... if you read through all of this, thank you! feedback is appreciated, next time I will have more pictures and hopefully less text! Thank you!
  17. Increase the variety of tourism contracts available! Have tourists visit your stations, and build new attractions for them! (image credit MalevolentNinja) Description This is a Contract Pack that gives contracts to take tourists into space. There are contracts for: Taking tourists all around the Kerbin system. Taking tourists to your existing stations and bases. Building space tourism attractions. Taking tourists to your newly built attractions. Unlike the stock tourism contracts, all tourists for a given contract want to go to the same place. You'll also start receiving tourist contracts for 20-50 Kerbals to visit your attractions at a time. There are 10 randomly regenerating tourism contracts and 4 one-time contracts that progress your space tourism program. Will you be able to build the space casino and start printing funds? Download CKAN: In CKAN, Select and download the mod "Contract Pack: Tourism" GitHub: For the direct download option, please ensure you have all the dependencies before raising a support request: Contract Configurator is a required dependency and can be downloaded from the Contract Configurator release thread. ModuleManager is a required dependency and can be downloaded from the ModuleManager release thread. The Tourism contract pack can be downloaded from GitHub. Waypoint Manager is an optional (but highly recommended) dependency and can be downloaded from the Waypoint Manager release thread. Optional Stuff It is recommended that you install Waypoint Manager, as there is one contract that involves touring the KSC, and it will be more difficult to hit the waypoints without it. The contract pack works for RSS and planet packs - there's a late-game contract to visit gas giants that will pick up any gas giant loaded in the game. Source The full source is available on GitHub. Change Log License The Tourism Contract Pack is licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0 Like what you see? Consider donating to the coffee fund! It will not go directly to supporting this or other mods under my care, but it may keep my motivation up!
  18. Strategia - A Brand New Strategy System! Description Strategia is a revamp to Kerbal Space Program's strategy system. All the stock strategies are removed, and replaced with new and unique strategies. The first set of strategies are special mission strategies. These strategies will give you advance cash and bonuses to certain milestones for completing a high level objective as part of your space program. They are dynamic, so they will work with mods that change the stock solar system by adding or changing celestial bodies. Be warned though - if you cancel one of these strategies without completing the objective, you will face a heavy penalty! Crewed Missions Once we've proven we can get a Kerbal to orbit and back, we need to continue to break new barriers. We have a choice of nearby bodies that we can get to. We choose to go to <insert celestial body here>, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Uncrewed Missions The costs of sending a Kerbal to another planet are astronomical compared to those of sending a probe that we can leave behind. Why don't we send some probes to our neighbouring planets to gather science autonomously for us? The remaining strategies are the standard strategies - these give a bonus while active, and can be active for as long as you like. Astronaut Training Program Our standard training procedure is to treat newly hired astronauts as a disposable commodity to greatly reduce the cost of unscheduled disassemblies. Still, some argue that training our astronauts before putting them on top of a top of a ton of explosives will result in a lower mission failure rate. The cost of setting up the program will be high, nevermind the cost of actually training the astronauts. What do you say, do we want the right stuff, or the almost-good-enough stuff? Massive Scale Launches We've found some investors who are willing to sponsor us if we're able to launch colossal structures into space in a single launch. We'll have to employ some truly Whackjobian construction techniques to get these things into orbit. Contract Slot Machine These agencies seem to think they're doing us a favour offering by us these ridiculous contracts. Why should we be penalized for being choosy? By closing our books to the public, agencies will have no idea what we're willing to accept. There might be a little chaos in the contracts we see under this model, but if we're only choosing the best ones, then who cares?!? To Boldly Go If we want to get the most research possible done out there, we need to explore as many new biomes as we can. Government grants from exploration programs will ultimately help us fund further exploration and research. Probe Frenzy If we want to do some research, then probes are the way to go. What we save on sending Kerbals out there can be spent on a vast fleet of autonomous probes. Local Science There are so many research opportunities right in our back yard. We should focus on local research to bootstrap our space program. That way when we do make it further out there, we'll be sending the best technology we can. Stagnated Research There are several conservative groups on Kerbin that think we've gone too far, too fast. We're not about to shut down the space program, but maybe slowing down our development of new technology to appease these groups will get us some goodwill and ensure that they don't burn down KSC? Free Ice Cream We've come up with a crazy idea - giving out free ice cream at the space center. The public will absolutely love us. If we push the program far enough, we'll get better rewards for rescuing Kerbals (they'll get ice cream when they land!) and maybe even be able to get a discount on hiring new astronauts. FREE. ICE. CREAM. Media Circus To make a reputable space program, we need to ramp up the media involvement. Cameras everywhere, coverage 6 hours a day, 426 days a years. Of course, this could easily backfire if we have any... accidents. Pilot Focus Clearly the most important role among our astronauts is that of the pilot. Without a skilled pilot, nobody is going to space today (or any other day). Shall we build our space program around our brave pilots? Engineer Focus Where would we be without our engineers? They make sure everything is in order to get the other astronauts up and down safely. Shall we build our space program around the skilled engineer? Scientist Focus The scientist is the key role that we need to focus on. A skilled scientist knows exactly which sample to send back to maximize our science gain (we can only fit so many Mun rocks in those capsules). Shall we build our space program around our brilliant scientists? Download CKAN: In CKAN, select and download the mod "Strategia". GitHub: For the direct download option, please ensure you have all the dependencies before raising a support request: Contract Configurator is a required dependency and can be downloaded from its release thread. Custom Barn Kit is a required dependency and can be downloaded from its release thread. ModuleManager is a required dependency and can be downloaded from its release thread. Strategia can be downloaded from GitHub. Source The full source is available on GitHub. Change Log Special Thanks sarbian - For mods like ModuleManager and Custom Barn Kit that make my life a lot easier. smjjames - For the ridiculous amount of bugs he found during the beta phase. License Strategia is licensed under the MIT license. Like what you see? Consider donating to the coffee fund! It will not go directly to supporting this or other mods under my care, but it may keep my motivation up!
  19. Downloads: SKB on SpaceDock.info Say thanks by donating? Want to say thanks for the mod with hard cash, wonga, dosh etc.? All donations go to the caffeine fund. BORING STUFF/LICENCE
  20. I had an idea of adding building that would be in the game usually used for the career mode. Like for tourism you could actually do fight to city and airports to get cash, and you need to do it in a certain time to get cash. and adding cities to show kerbal has a population at least
  21. Cy4n Manufacturing Co. - Skills are free. Fuel is not. All craft are stock unless noted otherwise. Launchers: Kerbaled Spacecraft: Probes: Subassemblies:
  22. WARNING: This not just a contract pack! It is a totally different way to play career mode. Do not install this on a currently-running career, or uninstall it once installed; I'm not sure what would happen. But if you DO try it, tell me what happens WARNING: This is an alpha release! What does that mean? It means if it screws up your career game, it's not my fault . Please report it but do not expect sympathy, only thanks for the bug report. You should NEVER install this and use it on a current career anyway, even when it's considered a solid release. This is for advanced users who want to modify some of the core gameplay mechanics of Kerbal Space Program's career mode. DESCRIPTION: This contract pack does 3 things: Screws up R&D to the point where you can't use it. Science - therefore - is meaningless in your career. You can ignore it, convert it via a Strategy, or whatever. Adds one contract per part, the cost of which is relative to the part's cost and the reward of which is the use of the part. There is no part testing, no going to Moho or traveling 1500m/s. No right clicking. You take a contract, pay the up-front cost, and get the part. Easy peasy. (You don't notice this in-game, but will see its effects) Sets up each part in it's own hidden tech tree node. This means you don't get to - or have to - unlock a set of parts. You only unlock those parts you need. For many of us, this could significantly lessen the visible parts while building in the VAB. Never use that micronode? Don't take the contract. Ever. It'll never show up in your list. NOTES: The basic starter parts are still available from the start. You gotta have SOMETHING to attach your test parts to! You should turn negative funds ON, or you may accidentally cheat by accepting a contract you can't pay for! The first time you load Mission Control the game may pause as it generates over 200 contracts, one for each part. It will be much quicker from that point on. You pretty much MUST use the new "All" tab that Contract Configurator provides. The Available tab will be way too crowded whenever you have a lot of money. If you have a low resolution, you may have to scroll to see all contracts even when everything is collapsed. There's not much I can do about this. Ironically, this was better before they added the new part categories. DOWNLOAD: Spacedock GitHub INSTALLATION: Within the install zip file is a GameData folder. Within that folder is a ContractPacks folder. Within THAT folder is a PartsUnlimited folder. Put that folder in your KSP GameData\ContractPacks folder that you got when you installed ContractConfigurator. See Requirements below. REQUIREMENTS: Contract Configurator (This is a set of configs for that mod, after all) Module Manager (but what doesn't these days?) COMPATIBILITY: This mod will hopefully be compatible with most if not all other part mods. I tested it quickly with KIS and it seems to work just fine. It may have trouble with any procedural parts mods that unlock size upgrades incrementally, but honestly I don't know how those mods work and don't use them. I'd love to know if they work or not, and if they don't work I'll see what I can do. CHANGELOG: 0.1: Initial test release - missing only balancing of part costs, agency art, and descriptions. Any and all mods should be supported unless they add their own part categories (like Utilities, Pods, Aero, etc) BUGS: You can accept contracts in many situations when you don't have the available money to pay for them. This is outside of my control, but I'm releasing anyway because in KSP 1.2 you can enable "Allow Negative Funds" and your funds show up in red. In previous KSP versions, negative funds was an option but didn't display in red so were confusing. Contracts do not auto-complete in Mission Control. You must exit out, let them complete, and then to back in. It's clunky, but not too bad as you generally won't be taking more than a few of these contracts at a time. TO DO: Balance part costs. Right now most of the contract costs are 30 times the part's cost to unlock in the stock game. I think that'll be okay but I want to balance it between being able to unlock things super quick (which is bad) and slogging through endless missions to earn enough cash to unlock an I-beam (which is also bad). Let me know if you think costs should be higher or lower, and I'll be testing this myself. Part images in the contracts. I don't know if this is possible but if it is, I'll find a way to do it If it's not, I'm working on a "descriptive.cfg" to modify those parts with particularly uninformative descriptions, to better describe what part they are and what they do. To keep the number of contract folders down, I may combine certain categories, like say Payload and coupling with structural. I'm not sure yet if this would be better or worse. Opinions welcome. LICENSE: GNU GPL3. THANKS: To nightingale. Not only for making Contract Configurator and making countless changes to it to accommodate my inane requests, but also for endless patience in helping me understand his frighteningly configurable mod. DONATIONS I do not need donations, but if you want to contribute, please donate to SpaceDock:
  23. Something I started messing around with for myself, posting to get opinions, what else could be done to make tweakscale more career friendly? This is a set of module manager configs that will alter how much you can scale parts when using TweakScale. I love the mod, but for a career game it really messes with the progression of unlocking larger parts as you go. These are the things the configs are intended to accomplish. A new intermediate size is placed between each of the stock sizes, so the size progression becomes this. 0.3125 ,0.625 ,0.9375 ,1.25 ,1.875 ,2.5 ,3.125 ,3.75 ,4.375 ,5.0 ,6.25 ,7.5, 8.75, 10, 12.5 In general, parts can go down two steps smaller and up one step larger from their base size. It gives most parts 4 different size choices you can jump to on the size progression list, but you can still click the bar to get any size in-between (im considering removing this, and only letting you pick the sizes listed above). Scaling is removed from all crewed parts and science parts. I feel this is needed to keep the gameplay balanced. You can still make quite small probes, but scaling things gigantic is a thing of the past. I intentional did not touch the Infernal Robotics tweakscale configs. It works by making new SCALETYPE configs that have a limited range and then assigning them based on the defaultScale value. It seems to work pretty well with all my part mods, you can see my mod list in my sig. I'm going to go through all the parts I have installed and check everything, but so far things seem promising. https://github.com/eberkain/TweakScaleLimited/releases Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  24. I think that in the career tech tree, unmanned probes should come BEFORE manned crafts and parts. It makes no sense to send kerbals up before satellites. (That is, if you can get "Stayputnik" not to stay-put :P) It would be way more realistic and easier starting, since you don't have enough money to keep hiring and killing more kerbals. -Thanks for reading
  25. I have long considered putting up a career game writeup, a recent savegame mashing mod switch has given me just the opportunity I needed. I run a pretty heavy mod list comprising a mix of realism (make it harder) mods, and parts/diversity (make it easier) mods. I hope that by holding myself to maintaining this writeup I will curb my incessant urges to swap and change mods about which results in many many restarts Although I use realism mods, I do not try to recreate historical craft, I build from scratch to perform the job-in-hand. I have played Kerbal quite a while, but not yet long enough that a SSTEloo is "Just something I knocked together" I am still pretty new to some of these realism mods, so I will be learning as I go. (What better way to do rocket science?) Modlist; Difficulty Mods 'Other Mods' (Parts, pretty-fiers etc) Custom difficulty settings, 100% science and reputation, 120% funds and with 200% penalties on all. No respawns, (sorry Jeb you will have to shut the cloning facility) reverts and quicksaves only for glitches and simulations, any human errors will be lived with (or not) and be part of the story. All other options on hard. All launches are from KSC unless otherwise stated, the other sites are there for remotetech ground stations. Notes on Kerbal Construction Time, I put all my starting points into a single VAB buildline, giving me 0.8 buildspeed, I will make a note in each post about if/when I add points to this. So without further ado, let the explosions commence! Progress Updates 1st quarter Audit. 2nd quarter Audit Launch Vehicle Comparison @ Day 227 3rd quarter Audit End of Year 1