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  1. Hi everybody, I started a new career game (v1.2) and put all reward slider (Funds, Science and Reputation) at 10%. My goal: to unlock the entire tech tree with the difficulty on ultra hard mode! In this thread I will report on the progress of my mission. I've already been working on the career for a couple of days and I didn't take pictures of all large events, so my apologies if my story looks a bit inconsistent. I will not report on every single contract I've accepted, since that would become real boring, really fast. Instead, I will just talk about the approach I've used and talk about some cool stuff that happened along the way. So let's get started, shall we? The beginning With all slider on 10%, money is a real issue. I had to carefully select contracts, because many of them did not return any profit. Landing my ship near the space station is also very important. This way, I could minimize profit loss from the ship recovery. I would also try to use single stage ships as long as possible. My first goals was to unlock basic rocketry, and Engineering 101. Getting science was pretty difficult with the reward slider on 10%. After several missions I saved enough science, from biome hopping, to unlock basic rocketry and Engineering. This also unlocked more contracts. With liquid rockets unlocked, I could start collecting the science near the KSC. I earned money by performing: Tourist missions Crew report missions Test stuff in flight Flying sub orbital tourist missions was very profitable ( ~1300 Funds/ mission). I just flew straight up and landing near the KSC again.Crew report missions near particular zones were less profitable because of distance I landed from the space station. I used these missions to collect the science on different biomes! In a short period I retrieved most of the science from Kerbin's biomes, which wan't much ( ~ 8 science points or something). I would have to visit the moons in order to progress any further. However, I wasn't able to get to the mun with my current available techs, so I asked the people on this forum to help me out. Many people had great ideas of increasing my science output and there were even two designs posted that would give me a Mun flyby ( thanks to @Cunjo Carl and @Streetwind for the help!). I eventually chose Streewind's design because of its simplicity. I really recommend everybody to check cunjo carls design as well. It's really something special and way past my designing capabilities. This is the Munshot, designed by Streetwind I used it to perform a Mun Flyby: After the Mun flyby I almost had enough science points to get the survivability tech unlocked. I was lucky to find a contract that gave me 1 science point after completion which is quite a big deal on ultra hard mode. Now I could unlock the barometer! With the barometer, I visited most of the biomes again to get all science points (0,4 per biome). After that, I started performing missions to earn funds to upgrade the astronaut complex, which costs 150k... I performed many test XXX mission, which gave me approximately 2000 funds per mission. I have to admit.. performing these missions over and over was a bit boring. After many of flight hours, I finally saved enough dough to upgrade the facility. I then put Jeb into polar orbit and from there we started performing EVA reports on all biomes we flew over. This gave me ~0,6 science points per biome! Hurray for me! My next goal was getting enough science points to unlock the Terrier! That thing is essential for space travel! But 45 science points is very expensive price to pay, so we'll have to think of a way to up our science output. Luckily I didn't have to think for long... After several contracts, I received a test a terrier on the launch pad mission!! Naturally I was overjoyed! I didn't accomplish the mission, but instead.. I made a rocket that hopefully could get into orbit around the mun (and perhaps minmus?). I shamelessly used part clipping to make the ship more compact. It had approximate 5200 m/s delta v. We flew towards the mun and successfully into orbit. We even had enough juice to get home! From here, Jeb made tons science points on EVA reports while skimming the surface. I don't have any pictures of this mission. We then flew home and received many juicy science points After that, we refuelled the vessel and flew towards minmus, the science goldmine of the solar system. Here, Jebb also made several Eva reports and then headed back towards the KSC. I had enough science points to unlock advanced rocketry and could ditch the terrier contract. After unlocking the tech, I optimized the ship and squeezed an extra 600 m/s delta v out of it, making it able to land on Minmu. I also received a contract for landing on minmus which would give me ~35k funds : Now, I've got enough science points (69) to unlock the tech. I'm still not sure what I'm going to choose. I'm thinking of picking Basic Science, because of the science jr module. I could also wait and save up to unlock the spark or skipper What do you guys think? Thanks for reading!
  2. Challenge: Safely re-enter then land a vessel with 1 stock part and an external command seat (with a kerbal riding it). If either the part or command seat are destroyed, the attempt is a failure.
  3. Check out the amazing and creative space stations of our last challenge! This week we have another theme for you: "Have you found a green monolith yet?" If you have found one these rare easter eggs or more share your screenshots, videos or images. We want you to have fun and share it with the whole community! Thanks to @Just Jim for the idea and help! Now we have a new thread so you can share your ideas for new challenges!
  4. Once upon a time, I ran the Doing it Apollo style challenge. Maybe it's time for a reboot. The challenge is to get a Kerbal to the Mun and back. But not just in any way - we are doing it Apollo style! Your Mun-mission hast to fullfill the following criteria: - Everything has to be started with a single rocket (no building ships in orbit or refueling in orbit) - You have to fly a LOR mission (you need a Command Module [CM] and a specialized Munar Module [MM]) - No automated piloting (no mechjeb, do your flying by hand) - BYOR (Bring your own rocket) - The rocket must be your own design Just for fullfilling theese criteria you will get thirty points. (+30) Mods are allowed, but will be listed in a seperate leaderboard. Please be so kind and document everything that is point-relevant with screenshots. (F1 for KSP-made-screenshots, F12 for Steam-made-screenshots) Also: Please, calculate your points yourself! I'm far too absentminded to do this for all of you with any accuracy. You can gain (or loose) point by achiving the following design or mission-goals Goals - 3-man Mission +10 - 2-man Lander +10 - 2-stage Lander (leave the decent-engine on the Mun) +20 - Main rocked aspargus'd? -10 (Wernher von Kerman does not like aspargus!) - Launch escape system in place? +10 - Lander stored behind the CM during ascent +20 - Lander tucked away behind some kind of fairing? +5 - Free return trajectory to the Mun +10 - Flawless landing (no parts broke off, Neil Armstrong is watching you!) +10 - Got a Munar Roving Vehicle (MRV) on board? +15 - After succesfull Mun landing dock CM and MM in munar orbit (no swapping ships without docking them first) +10 - MM disposed by crashing it into the Mun (remove Kerbal first!) +5 - Plant flag on the Mun (no cumulative, i.e. two flags don't get you 6 points) +3 - Spashing down on Kerbin (land on water) +5 - Kerbal dies -20 Additional Goals: - Deploy munar sub-satellite before returning to Kerbin +10 Points Landing accuracy (not cumulative) - Land within 5 km of Neil Armstong Memorial (NAM) +5 Points - Land within 500 m of NAM +10 Points - Land within 50 meters of the NAM +15 I was roving on the Moon one day... (not cumulative) - Test drive - drive beyond 100 meters of you lander +2 Points - Proper shakedown +5 points - Drive beyond 2.5 km of the lander - Gone drivin' +10 points - Drive beyond 5km of the lander - Are we there yet? +15 points - Drive beyond 10km of the lander MSEP - Munar Surface Experimental Package (not cumulative) MSEP must have power, probecore and at least one science-thingy - Minimalist +3 points - Deploy one experimental package at landing site - That'll do +5 points - Deploy two experimental packages at the landing site - For science! +10 points - Deploy two experimental packages 1 km from the landing site (and at least 1 km from eachother) - Science extravaganza! +15 points - Deploy four experimental packages 1 km from the landing site (and at least 1 km from eachother) Stock Leaderboard IncongruousGoat - 218 points sdj62 - 218 points Mesklin - 213 points Martian Emigrant - 198 points Numerlor - 193 points SuicidalInsanity -188 points W.Kerman - 143 points Modded Leaderboard Scarecrow - 193 points smotheredrun - 128 points
  5. I saw a challenge like this some time ago, but couldn't find it, so... Simple challenge, simple rules: Your task is to construct a vehicle in Kerbal Space Program that utilizes no more than one of each part. This means engines, fuel tanks, struts, you name it! Only one of each allowed. The goal of this challenge is to see what you can come up with under these restrictions. Will you be able to create a space station? A Comms system? Or maybe you'll visit Jool, or Eve, or (God forbid) Dres? It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish, we won't judge. Let your creativity flow and see what obscure craft you can create! Post it here, and let us see your creation. Pictures and Videos aren't required but very welcome, especially if you wish to claim a feat. 1. No Cheats - The broadest rule here, anything that alters the game unfairly or ruins the spirit of a challenge will be regarded as a cheat. Mods will be allowed, but only if they are visual/don't alter game mechanics. 2. Upload to KerbalX - This is mainly for validity, but also for those wishing to get into this madness as well! 3. No Spaghetti/Abusing Kerbals - While this doesn't have to be manned, please don't abuse the infinite EVA propellant if you do happen to have a Kerbal onboard. 4. Anything else I forgot to mention, edits pending. Those were the basics! Now, if you decide you want a challenge, feel free to make your own or challenge others. Land on Tylo, Visit Eeloo, whatever pleases you. The point is to have fun. Here's my old craft for reference: https://kerbalx.com/NightshineRecorralis/Ivy-I Proof that a simple design goes a long way (Eeloo & Jool, Woo!) I'll post a updated craft sooner or later ^^
  6. The Moho Challenge We neet to talk. About Moho, this tiny, obscure rock close to the burning ball of plasma that is Kerbol. When it comes to exploration, Moho is often dismissed as too tiny, too hard to reach and too hard to land at. But still: Moho is a planet in need of exploration! I challenge you to send a mission to Moho! Scoring You will get 30 points just for reaching the Moho SOI. So even a flyby qualifies for this challenge! However, a lot of additional points can be earned: Mission parameters: +10 points: Reach Moho SOI with a manned craft +40 points: Land your craft of the surface of Moho +10 points: For each landed Kerbal (capped at 30 points) +40 points: Return (i.e. land or spash down. If a few parts rip of, it's fine. But not just crashing) at least a part of your vessel to the surface of Kerbin +10 points: For each Kerbal returned to Kerbin from the surface of Moho (capped at 30 points) Science: +10 points: Transmit some kind of science from the Moho SOI (not cummulative) +10 points: Transmit some kind of science from the Surface of Moho (not cummulative) +10 points: Return some kind of science from the Moho SOI to Kerbin and retrieve it. (not cummulative) +10 points: Return some kind of science from the Moho surface to Kerbin and retrieve it (not cummulative) +20 points: Return a surface sample from Moho and retrieve it. +30 points: Collect science from two different biomes +20 points: Explore the Mohole (use your own discretion on what accounts for "explore") Misc: +5 points: Plant a Flag at Moho +10 points: Leave behind a science station (need probe core, energy, sciency thing and antenna). Mods that grand additional information (e.g Kerbal Enginer) are fine, as are cosmetic mods and so on. No part mods or mods that automate flying. I open to suggestions for more goals. Leaderboard Stock Foxster - 215 points Physics Student - 125 points Modded -
  7. Easter Egg Hunt By: Dr. Dank The Challenge: Visit each and every Easter Egg in the game. CHEATS are enabled! The fastest time wins! Categories: Legit Uses only stock parts. And, no MechJeb Modded Uses modded parts. MechJeb is allowed! Computerized Stock, but with MechJeb Rocket Engineer No cheat menu, stock parts Winners! Legit Category Modded Category Computerized Category Rocket Science Category
  8. This is a continuation/expansion of a Challenge posted a while back by @jasonden reacting to Elon Musk’s scheme to launch 100 passengers to Mars and return to Earth in a reusable spacecraft. The original is here: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/148926-the-elons-problem-challenge/&page=1 The goal is simple: Take 100 Kerbals (or more) to Duna and return them safely to Kerbin in a reusable (or mostly reusable) spacecraft. The Rules Are: No Cheating (Debug menu, Hyper-edit, Hacking the save file, any “cheaty” mods, etc.) Informational and control mods are OK. Purely visual mods are OK. Entries using modded parts will be scored separately. (Unless the difference is really small) Kerbals must be in pressurized containers, at least during atmospheric flight and interplanetary travel. Scoring is based on cost per Kerbal, which is: Fuel Cost + Cost of any parts launched but not recovered on land* One Craft To Duna. Multiple Launches are OK, Multiple Landings are OK, but the sections must constitute a single craft for the trip to Duna and the trip Home. Fuel Recovered doesn’t count against cost. ISRU is OK except on Kerbin. (i.e. no launching the ship empty, drilling for fuel, then claiming you have no fuel costs) *As discussed in the original, rockets recovered from the water aren’t really reusable, so to count, it has to land on land. Exceptions include: Landing on a floating platform, some other landing scheme where the rockets are protected and you can tell a good story about why they would be OK For my first attempt I copied Musk’s Plan as closely as I could, but there were other good solutions too! Be creative! I’m getting the scoreboard started by pulling in the entries from the original, but hopefully we can add to it! I also want to open it up to other planets/moons as well, so If anyone wants to have a go, I’ll put up some separate categories: Easy Mode: Mun, Minmus Laythe Mode: Laythe Little Moons: Ike, Gilly, Pol, Bop, Vall Big Rocks: Moho, Dres, Eeloo Bigger Rock: Tylo Expert Mode: Eve** **Before I get too many replies saying “You Maniac!” Yes, I realize it is quite impossible (or at least wildly impractical) to have a reusable ship to Eve and back. But therein lies the challenge! Sure, you’ll need some monstrous beast that sheds most of its stages to get to orbit, but how cheap can you make those parts you leave behind? I don’t know, let’s see if anyone can do it at all first. Score Board: Duna - Stock: 462: NoobTool --- 150 Kerbals. Single Launch in a fully reusable Spaceplane 532: Clancy --- Followed Musk’s Plan, No wheels, No Parachutes. Landed Booster on floating platform, refueled with 2nd Launch. Lots of careful aerobraking 1640: Thomas H. --- One launch, SSTO booster, Minmus refuel, careful atmospheric entries to avoid needing heat shields 2240: burner_nn --- Many distributed launches, modular design, link up in LKO for Duna transfer, modules separate again for Duna/Kerbin EDL --- I’ll add and update the score boards as more entries come in. Happy travels!
  9. I think it would be cute to see a kerbal zipping around the ksc on a tiny ( or gigantic), hover board. Once you get your results, I would love to see them down below. Look forward to seeing that soon, and have fun. Requirements for Challenge Allowed: Mods, sas, kerbal has to be visible in command seat, must hover above ground, must have video or picture of kerbal on top of VAB with hoverboard, can use jet or lift surface spinner, and you must have fun doing it! Not Allowed cheats, wheels( this is supposed to hover), must be intact after course is finished. Mission Guidelines 1. Start on runway 2. Go through one of the R&D tunnels 3. Circle the mk1 memorial in the center 4. Go to the launching pad 5. Align on top of pad 6. Hover up into the air until over VAB 7. Land on VAB helipad 8. Plant flag 9. Land on edge of runway where you started. 10. Have fun!
  10. Hello guys ! Would you be interested in a small YouTube series of a Stock, single-launch Grand Tour ? Anyways, here 's a trailer : (hope you like because there are more to come !) I also hope this is the correct place to post this. If not please accept my dearest apologies. LeXav
  11. COMPETITION CLOSED Welcome to the official 2017 G.K.R! In this challenge, you have one goal: to drive a rover to the exact north pole and return back to the KSC as quickly as possible. Rules: There can be one kerbal on board. The only non-stock parts that may be used are FAR, mechjeb, or KIS(or any other autopilot systems) The only propulsion systems that may be used are rover wheels, jets, and mono prop engines. It must not (intentionally) leave ground level. You must post pictures showing MET at start and finish. It ends on 3/25/17 Have fun!
  12. A lot of people knows what is the Jool 5 challenge. I've know. Land on all the five moons and return to Kerbin but if you're starting KSP and you at least pro for dock and land on Mun and Minmus why not land on the two moons of Kerbin and get back to Kerbin? Dificulty ranges: Easy: Refuel allowed, Hyperedit allowed, all sizes allowed and no maximum weight allowed. Normal: No Hyperedit, all sizes allowed, refuel allowed max weight 60 tons. Difficult: No Hyperedit, max size 3.75 meters, no refuel and max weight is 40 tons. LEGEND: Max size 1.25 meters, no refuel, max weight 20 tons only, no IRSU and no docking . The Ultimate!: Maz size 0.625, no refuel, max weight 5 tons only, no IRSU and no docking No Hyperedit Obviously... Stock mode!: ANY mod is not allowed even MechJeb or Kerbal engineer. let's say that is a Ultimate mode with pure stock KSP! The Clock mode!: It's easy because all sizes are allowed, also Kerbal Engineer or MechJeb BUT! You need to complete this mission on 20 Days! I've do it at the difficult mode. Can you complete the LEGEND mode or a very difficult mode?? Put below in comments Lot of thanks to TheGamerAlchemist who maked the challenge on YouTube! : Also thanks to Agencia Espacial Kanada - Kanadian Space Agency...! : And I forgot to share this thanks to Teil Teilnehmer! Who was the first to put it on Youtube !:
  13. a challenge with story: you have some rich housing marketers and landlords that'll invest BILLIONS. but before they'll invest they tell you: "The housing market is going crazy. A house worth 6 months pay 5 years ago now costs 40 years pay and we want YOU to fix it. We want you to expand the housing market to other planets. We'll invest in you space program but you need to prove that you're capable of this expansion. If you can launch a REAL 4 kerbal house, and not a silly looking base but a real looking house to the mun then we will invest that 2 billion kerbucks and start planning for the expansion. AND if you can launch a 6 kerbal house, again realistic looking to a planet, other than kerban of course. Then we will invest triple that and give you half of the houses you land to own, as well as paying for getting the houses there. We'll even pay double that if you can get it to eeloo." That's exactly what they said and its you job to complete it. Unless you DON'T want that 2 or 6 or 12! billion kerbucks and chance to own half of all the housing outside of kerbin. good luck:)
  14. this is a challenge to crash into the sun as fast as you can. you have to have a video of you doing it, from launch to crash, the timer will be of the real life time it took so no speeding up video and no physics warp. time warp is allowed. only rule: no cheats, stock or non stock but must be said which. it can be any controllable payload. if you just can't have a video then post a picture of the complete craft and the time, what my time is shows you what kind of time I'm looking for. my attempt, which won't count towards the leader board: leaderboard: 1. Cunjo carl with 3:15
  15. Mission Challenge: Build an Interplanetary Ship that can go until Jool, Use it to Drop 1 Ship on each planet Sun - Jool, also the moons, that needs to land, an perform atleast 1 Science Experiement! Manned! Im trying now for 3 Hours and i still havent managed to do this! Mods are allowed as long they are: 1. Ballanced //Well... 2. No Warp Drives etc. 3. no Supply Systems ONLY for Building //i think you need to assemble this in orbit, The Drop Ships for each Planet dont have to be the same, also on planets you cant land you dont have too... (Jool, Sun, etc.) Have Fun HurricanKai
  16. In an exercise in precision landing and both over-engineering and micro-engineering, I go to the mun and back THREE times in a single launch without using any docking, mining, refueling or gameplay mods! A lot of testing and work went into this video so I hope you enjoy it!
  17. Stock Weapons Challenge! Contrary to public misconception, stock weapons ARE a thing, and I want to see your creations! The Challenge: Build & Deploy a custom weapon using only stock KSP parts. WATCH THE STOCK WEAPONS CHALLENGE VIDEO TRAILER BELOW INSTRUCTIONS Build a STOCK weapon and deploy it against a specific target. You may only use parts from Stock KSP, no BD armory of course, other mods are ok as long as they don't provide any unfair advantages. You must use KSP Version 1.0 or later. To complete this challenge you must meet the following requirements: 1) Picture, GIF, or Video of your weapon. 2) Picture, GIF, or Video of the aftermath of your deployed weapon. 3) You MUST call your target (ex: VAB building, or a specific craft, or "ENTIRE RUNWAY") 4) You MUST prove your weapon works (accuracy be damned!) Impress me!
  18. this is a challenge to see how many probes you can get into kerbin orbit in one launch. rules: 1. the probes can be intended for what ever you want. 2. ONLY ONE LAUNCH, that's the point of this challenge. 3. the probes all have to be on one craft at some point. 4.it has to be one vessel getting into orbit, then the satellites will be released for it to count. 5.it can't be just a big launch station on the ground. look to rule 4. 6. it has to be at least a 200 km orbit. 7. you have to prove that you did it, preferably a video of the launch but pictures are fine as well. 8. proof that you didn't cheat. no infinite fuel or anything. 9. the probes have to be self sustaining. you can't just launch a load of small probe cores and call it good. 10. each probe must have: the ability to gain and store power, an antenna (not just a built in one), the ability to orient itself with some sort of reaction wheel (built-in or not) and the ability to control it. when you make an entry there will be two categories: modded and UN-modded. if you have any modified parts on the craft its considered modded. there will be two running scores, each for the categories. if you have a question just ask. even more so when it comes to rules. lag has besieged my attempts. good luck. p.s. how do you post pictures? the modded winner so far is: TheEpicSquared at 16 satellites. the UN-modded winner so far is: doctor davinci at 225 satellites. my record: 240 Un-modded
  19. While going through the forums, I found a thread for a challenge mission to send a manned craft to Comet ISON in Kerbal Space Program. I found that very interesting, but just one problem: No comet. So I though, "How about creating a mod that adds in comets for different level of KSP challenges?" You probably can guess where that idea went to... The Process The Kopernicus Komet Challenge Mod is both a planet pack, but a challenge too. It will add in 5 new comets to the Kerbol system, living up to what that other thread couldn't live to see. Each comet is a different difficulty level, from super-easy (depending on your Kerbal's cooperation) to highly difficult. There will also be different objectives that you can incorporate into your mission. After completion, a participant must list the following: Game version (Duh) Mods used (more on that in a sec...) Amount of Kerbals (If you used any) SCIENCE gathered Mission time Your destination These factors will determine your score. If someone were to do the easy comet and the easy objective, they would get little points, and vice-versa. They will also get a Badge of Completion (once I can make it). A participant is free to compete as many times as s/he wants to. It is allowed to try to beat your score from the same comet and/or difficulty level. The Comets! As said before, the KKCM will add in 5 comets. This is a list of those comets, in order of difficulty: Enecke: The Comet Encke analogue and the Level 1 comet. Its orbit does not vary much, going from a region slightly closer to the Sun than Eve to the orbit of Dres. Enecke has a radius of 55km and has 8.35% the gravity of Kerbin. Its surface is rather smooth, making landings slightly easier. Bordelly: The Comet Borelly analogue and the Level 2 comet. Its orbit is similar to Enecke's, stretching from Moho to Dres. However, this comet is smaller (radius of 31km), has lower gravity (6.2% Kerbin's gravity), and has a shape which makes landings more difficult. Hallali: The Comet Halley analogue and the Level 3 comet. Hallali's orbit is much more extreme; the periapsis is around Moho's orbit, while the apoapsis is 1.3x farther out than Jool. The advantage is that Hallali has a radius of 72km and 9.76% Kerbin's gravity, along with a relatively smooth surface. Luvoy: The Comet Lovejoy analogue and the Level 4 comet. Luvoy's orbit varies from 3.5 million km to 213.87 million km. It has a radius of 40 km and 4.91% the gravity of Kerbin. Encountering this thing is pretty challenging! KISON: The Comet ISON analogue and the Level 5 comet. KISON has the most extreme orbit, getting as close at 450,000 km to Kerbol, and as far away as 563 million km. This comet is rather large (88km radius) and has somewhat strong gravity (10.6% Kerbin's gravity), but the surface is covered in peaks and fissures. KISON is a comet for only the most confident and experienced players. Scoring The 5 comets are worth the same amount of points as their level. For example, going to KISON will immediately give you 5 points. As said earlier, their are different objectives that can give you certain amount of points. Here are the objectives and how many points they give: Probodobodyne Run: Take a probe to a comet and mine at least 20 units of ore (Adds 2 points). Science Fest 1: Send an unmanned vessel to a comet to collect at least 1500 Science (Adds 3.5 points). Science Fest 2: Send a manned vessel to a comet to collect at least 2500 Science (Adds 4 points). Kometary King: Using a manned vessel, collect every possible science situation (Ex: gravity scan in space low over midlands) with all the reproducable experiments. (Adds 6.5 points) System Jumper: Take a probe that will hop between at least 3 comets and collect more than 5000 science (Adds 7 points). Jeb's Challenge: Take a kerbal to more than 3 comets, collect science from every location on/around that body, and aquire more than 10000 science (Adds 10 points!). All of these objectives require the vessel returning to Kerbin one way or another. Depending on what mod you use, however, your score can drop. Mods listed in green will subtract just 0.5 points. Mods listed in blue will drop 1 point. Mods in orange drop 2 points, and red mods will delete 5 points. Kerbal Engineer/Kerbal Engineer Redux MechJeb Other calculative mods Tweak Scale Star Packs (IA-Revived, Other_Worlds, etc.) Kethane and other resource mods Extraplanetary launchpads Planet packs that add other bodies inside the Kerbol system Mods that change the KSC's location New Horizons HyperEdit Kerbodyne Plus Uncharted Lands Kerbalkind's Destiny (when it's released) Space Y and Space Y Expanded Near-Future Propulsion and Near-Future Electrics DMagic Orbital Science There will be different categories based off of score: Bob Level (1-3 points), Bill Level (4-7 points), Val Level (7-10 points), and Jeb Level (10+ points). The Best of the Best Bob Level: None Yet Bill Level: None Yet Val Level: None Yet Jeb Level: None Yet Planned Features Over 4 biomes per comet. Particle trails I dunno? Suggest something you guys want to see!
  20. At this time, i'm almost ready to succeed the reddit w30*2017 challenge in hard mode - launch a ship from Kerbin, land on Eve, mine Ore, take off and bring 300 Ore to Gilly. Still struggling to bring the ship from Kerbin orbit to Eve orbit (in one launch)
  21. May Someone In The Community Volunteer To Create The Badges Please! Thanks! Hello everyone! I'm Rebooting the old Eve's Rock Challenge. If you want to see the original thread, Click HERE Landing on Eve is simple. Landing a Kerbal on Eve and returning him safely back to Kerbin, however, is the closest you can get to the challenges NASA was facing in the real-world Moon landings. Your rocket need not only be big (though it necessarily will be), but it has to be well-designed to boot: you need to strike the right balance between enough thrust and enough fuel. The surface of Eve is littered with the debris of launchers that were almost good enough. Trying to include any kind of safety margin will quickly inflate the project to ridiculous levels -- and keep in mind that you somehow need to get your lander up from Kerbin and to Eve in the first place, and put it down in Eve's high gravity without creating a debris field then and there. There will be no scoring system and no leaderboard because really, returning from Eve is quite a feat of itself. However, there will be a badge for you to keep once you have completed the challenge. (Badge in Process) And to spice things up a little, there will be several levels of achievement: Level 1, I can do this: retrieve a soil sample from Eve and return it safely back to Kerbin. Level 2, Let's get serious: return a sample from Eve's oceans as well. Level 3, Going all the way: land at (and launch from) an altitude of less than 500m. Jebediah's Level: all of the above, without parachutes, wings, or control surfaces. For Science!: ignore all of the above, but strip-mine at least three biomes for their science and return the results to Kerbin -- in duplicate! Rules & Restrictions: - stock physics - no glitch exploits (do I even have to say this?) - only stock parts, except where I don't care (see below). - part clipping: be conservative. - there have to be pods/hitchhikers for all Kerbals involved. No seat-only lifters. -Multiple Launches are allowed (Please show pictures of every single launch) There will be 2 modes. A stock one and a Modded one. The aerodynamics on Eve has changed quite alot since the old thread, I will enable Part Mods(Info Mods such as Mechjeb/KER counts as stock. I should be able to access your craft file without installing any mods). You MUST Clearly State What Parts Mod You Are Using. Mining on Gilly will be alright, but ramscoops will be not. Mining on Eve itself is not OK. Talking about refueling: in LKO, I will be content if you showcase your solution once. After that, you may resort to magic. No need to actually fly a dozen boring milk runs. However, I do want to see a solution that seems halfways adequate. Don't tell me you'd deliver the fuel a spoonful at a time. About the "For Science!" level: Basically, you have to return two command pods full of experimental results (science containers are explicitly forbidden for this one). Overachievers may also land at sea level without parachutes, but there's no extra points for that: this level isn't about the biggest baddest lander, it's about making a sensible mission. Submission Guidelines: I want to see a well-lit money shot of every vessel involved (ideally, one should be able to recreate your craft from screenshots), and enough material to give me a good impression of what your mission looked like and how it played out. I don't need to see every single maneuver node and all of your twenty asparagus stages in action, but you should provide one picture every thirty seconds or so. Leave the altimeter, navball and resource panel open during ascents, and if you use MechJeb/KER, also keep the delta-V and orbital info stuff on the screen. Launches from Kerbin need not be as detailed, but I want to see that you launched and didn't just teleport into orbit. I reserve the right to request stockified craft files of your vessel as it is awaiting liftoff on Kerbin and/or Eve before accepting your entry. If you use rovers / planes / whatever, please don't go over the top with pictures of your vehicle in action. Of course I want to see how it works (especially how it reaches the ground, and any specialties like entering the water or sumsuch), but for purposes of what you did, a single map view with a few annotations easily beats one hundred pics of a rover between dunes. Please be kind to other people's bandwidth: use a gallery if possible. If you absolutely have to spam a dozen pics in a forum post, have the decency to convert them to JPEG. Short videos of key events may be helpful, but the emphasis is on "short": seconds, not minutes. Provide the following data: - weight and part count of the vessel on the launchpad - weight and part count awaiting liftoff on Eve - the approximate price tag of your entire mission, if at all possible - game version - mods used (Please include info mods such as Mechjeb) - tell me how you found your landing site. "I tried until I got lucky" is perfectly alright, but inquiring minds want to know. - if there's anything that your are especially proud of, be sure to point it out (provide a direct link to a picture if applicable). - please also mention the things that didn't work out so well / required a lot of saveloading / you would do different next time. PEOPLE WHO MADE IT Stock: Modded:
  22. First I have to give credit to Nexter's Lab. I got the idea for this challenge while watching one of his videos. This is a challenge to make a paper airplane and see how far you can glide. Post your attempts here or on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JollyRogerAe... Distance will be measured from the Launch clamps. No Mods. Planes must be stock. Parts allowed for the plane: flat wing sections, Elevons/control surfaces(no winglets or shuttle parts), cubic struts or I-beams, struts(spacetape), 1- RTG or 2- small solar panels, 1- small battery(100 electric), 1- small SAS unit, 2- radial decouplers, up to 16 seperatrons(no other boosters or engines), minimum 1 command seat. Rules: 1- No more than 70 parts for the plane itself. 2- Seperatrons can only be attached to the 2 decouplers. 3- I'm looking at the distance from the launch clamps. 4- No infin-glide(if still possible) 5- Launch from runway using launch clamps. 6- Land in the water intact. 7- F3 to show craft status and have the launch clamp marker visible. 8- Must have at least 1 Kerbal on board. 9- Thrust on the seperatrons must be above 75%. You may use anything you need to get the Kerbal onto the plane but no capsules or cockpits on the plane itself. Current Leader Board: Foamyesque - 46.1 Km Honorable mention: Herbal Space Program 44.5 Km(Thrust below 75%) Moarmau5 - 38.2 Km sebi9960 - 38.2 Km The Optimist - 38.2 Km Xenro66 - 24.6 KmJolly Roger Aerospace - 20.8 KmBilly Winn - 12.9 Km Category Entertainment
  23. challenge me to create your creation and I will test it
  24. Greetings, Kerbal-naughts! I propose a challenge for those who seek one, a stock multi-rotor aircraft capable of long distance flights (we'll say ATLEAST 100 km, though if you'd like you can go wherever you want, and back perhaps :0) I myself am not very good at creating propellers from the stock parts, but from the amount of people that play Kerbal Space Program, I'm very sure there's a couple of people out there who would find this an easy challenge, and in that case build it. REQUIREMENTS: + Must be at least 2 rotors, there is no maximum number + Must have the capability to carry cargo ~5 tons minimum + must carry at least 2 Kerbals (why not?) + must be stable in flight ~No wobbling + NO CHEATING (infinite fuel, part offsetting is OK) + must have pics + Impress me. ||||| ways to impress: Limited parts, bring it to another planet, make it small in size, or make it massive and carry a 100 ton payload, Just do something cool Anyways, Have fun! - TheKorbinger
  25. Your mission: Launch a ship to Kerbin orbit, completely unguided (i.e. the only interaction you have is to hit the spacebar once to launch off the pad), using nothing but SRBs. Note: Challenge allows use of timers from Smart Parts Continued (see rules below). It's doable in pure stock without the timers, but there's no separate category for pure-stock entries. Background: This challenge is inspired by Ōsumi-5, the first successful Japanese satellite, launched in 1970. It was put into orbit aboard the Lambda 4S launch vehicle: a four-stage rocket entirely powered by solid fuel, that had no guidance or control systems at all. As described here, Lots of additional discussion (with plenty of numbers) here. This immediately struck me as one of the most Kerbal things I ever heard, so naturally this challenge was the first thing to spring to mind. The rules: You must put a craft into orbit around Kerbin. It must be powered solely by solid fuel. No engines that are supplied by liquid fuel or any other propellant. So, basically, just SRBs, plus Sepratrons and/or LES if you like. It must have no control input whatsoever, other than the initial stage action to launch it off the pad. In other words: you launch it, then completely hands-off. You just sit there and watch it complete its mission. No interacting with the ship in any way. This includes not just control input like WASD, but also adjusting tweakables, etc. No SAS turned on. No active reaction wheels at all (not that this matters, with SAS turned off and no player input...) No aerodynamic control surfaces (fixed surfaces only). (again, not that this matters, with SAS turned off and no player input...) With the exception of two specific mod parts (see below), it must be pure stock only. No modded parts at all, other than specified below. No mods that affect game physics at all. No mods that affect ship control at all (such as MechJeb, or the flight computer in RemoteTech). No modification (e.g. via ModuleManager) any of the characteristics of stock parts. You can use the stock game's built-in editor tweakables, that's it. Mods that have no physical effect on the ship at all are fine (e.g. visual F/X like PlanetShine or Scatterer, or info displays) There are two specific mod parts that you ARE allowed to use. These are from Smart Parts Continued. The two specific parts are: The AGT-Timer (full name: AGT-Timer Timed Action Group Trigger). This is a timer which, when activated by a staging action, will wait a set time limit before activating the next stage. The Drainex-1 (full name: Drainex 1 - Fuel Sensor and Action Group Trigger). When you stick this to an SRB, it will activate the next stage when the SRB burns out. To be clear, none of the other SmartParts parts are allowed. Just the above two. No time warp allowed. This one's a bit subtle... it's to avoid a sneaky back-door way for the player to get some control of the ship. Turning on time warp will instantly stop all ship rotation, which is an unfair magical "stabilization" of the ship. So, don't. Physics warp is allowed as a timesaver, if you like, as long as you're not exploiting it to cause some sort of kraken effect. Some gotchas and warnings: When launching your ship: after it goes to the pad, wait a few seconds before taking off, so that the initial physics oscillations have a chance to die down. Very tiny perturbations to the initial angle of the ship can have a big impact on its eventual orbit! Don't run RealPlume. Turns out it's not just a visual F/X mod; it affects engine performance. (Thanks to @tg626 for tracking this down.) Submission guidelines: Just post in this thread, with the following items included. Please share your .craft file somewhere public (e.g. dropbox, Google Drive, whatever) so people can download and try it out. (The fun part here is that the .craft file is all that's needed, since no piloting is involved. Anyone can just hit spacebar on the launch pad and see how it flies!) Include either a screenshot or a brief description of your craft on the launchpad. Provide the following information (which, of course, can be checked by anyone who downloads your .craft file): Mass on launchpad Mass after achieving orbit Periapsis altitude Apoapsis altitude Orbital eccentricity. This is calculated as: (Ap - Pe) / (Ap + Pe + 2RKerbin), where RKerbin is Kerbin's planetary radius of 600 km (or 600,000 m... be sure that all three numbers are in the same units!) Payload fraction. This is defined as orbital mass divided by launchpad mass. A working example Here's an example that I put together as proof of concept, just to get the ball rolling. It's not trying to be "the best" at anything, it's just the first thing I built that actually gets to orbit by the rules above. The winners: A few categories here. I'll update as people post results. The "Just Do It" Award: Just get to orbit, by the above rules. Any orbit is fine. There's no "rank" or "top" here, it's just a complete list of people who have done the challenge and posted their results, in the order received. I'll include myself at the top of the list, due to my example above. @Snark @ManEatingApe (entry) @HydraZineSoda (entry) @tg626 (entry) @Starman4308 (entry) The "Precision" Award: Get into the most circular orbit, defined as having the lowest eccentricity. Top 10: 0.0208, @HydraZineSoda (entry) 0.0699, @tg626 (entry) 0.101, @ManEatingApe (entry) 0.213, @Starman4308 (entry) The "Efficiency" Award: Get into orbit with the highest payload fraction. Top 10: 20.5%, @ManEatingApe (entry) 6.52%, @HydraZineSoda (entry) 5.47%, @Starman4308 (entry) 0.36%, @tg626 (entry) The "Pee Wee" Award: Get into orbit with the smallest possible launchpad mass. Top 10: 11.65t, @HydraZineSoda (entry) 22.265t, @tg626 (entry) 30.6t, @ManEatingApe (entry) 165.728t, @Starman4308 (entry) The "Totally Kerbal" Award: This is a completely subjective category, based on my personal opinion. It's for listing people who go above and beyond the call of duty by achieving insanely ingenious things using only the above rules. Landed on the Mun? Orbited Kerbin and then landed on the runway? Got to orbit without using any of the allowed SmartParts mentioned above? Something else that makes people go, "holy heck, how did they do that?" Here's your chance to show off! Items presented here in chronological order of submission. Not gonna try to "rank" these. @ManEatingApe (entry), for submitting the first completely stock entry. No timers at all, it's pure stock! (I also like how his design manages to put no probe core at all on the launched ship.) @tg626 (entry), for a beautiful replica of the actual IRL Ōsumi satellite, including aerodynamic spin stabilization. (With style points for deorbiting the last booster stage.) @Starman4308 (entry), for an ingenious Rube Goldberg contraption. (Multi-stage... in pure stock!)