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X-Plane of the Day The collaboration series is back, and this time, it's a nearly 12-week issue of virtually every American X-plane from the Wright 1903 Flyer to the X-37 reusable orbiter, with extras! If you are unfamiliar with ___-of-the-Day type series, @Servo's Jet-of-the-Day is the origin of this format Specifically, this thread showcases the KSP replicas of contributors who signed up here: Temporary: There are still a few open slots---If you want to take on an Aircraft/Spacecraft, keep your thread traffic in the OPEN SIGN-UP thread. ABOUT THE ARTICLES: if you would like to write an article for your craft, you can. If you go this route, (1)Send it to me (PM's), or (2) tell me (in whatever way is most convenient) that you would like to make the post; I don't wanna steal 'likes,' per se. Articles should follow a loose formula: include basic info and a data table of the actual craft, everything else is creator's discretion. Current Contributors: @dundun92 @KenjiKrafts, @MiffedStarfish, @Munbro Kerman, @NotAnAimbot, @NorthAmericanAviation, @qzgy, @Servo, @swjr-swis, @TheEpicSquared, @Triop, @Yukon0009 To start things off, we begin with the first flying heavier-than-air machine From @swjr-swis November 1903: Wright Model 1903 Flyer Using knowledge of Otto Lilienthal's studies in lift and Samuel Pierpont Langley's studies in thrust production, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright began experiments with a biplane kite in 1901 on the dunes of Kill Devil Hills and Kittyhawk, North Carolina to devise a method of controlling an aircraft, soon to be known as wing-warping. All three major points of flight---control, lift, and thrust---would come together on December 17th, 1903 to produce a 120 foot long (36m), 12 second duration flight of a heavier-than-air machine, the first the world would ever see. It would spawn unbelievably rapid development---almost 50 years later, mach 2 would be surpassed. The only conventionally controlled surfaces were those affecting yaw and pitch; roll authority was given by putting torsional stress on the wings, also known as "wing warping" swjr-swis' craft description: " EVA the pilots and walk onto the top wing above the command seats, they’ll be in range to board them. Stage to eject the separators that hold the prop rotors. Focus on each of the props and add full roll trim. Enable flaps (gear AG), set SAS stability, and stage to release clamp. She will lift off around 40m/s without inputs. (Optional: wait to clear the runway and stage to release the wheelbase). Flight is easy and stable (even without SAS, ~5% pitch down trim at cruising speed) but be aware that like the original, pitching too hard can cause her to flip over very easily. Happy first flight(s)." " The Kerman sisters, owners of a machinery factory near the KSC, inspired by some old faded blueprints of an ancient flight mobile found in a cave nearby the KSC, decided to test its airworthiness." Download Link: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/Kerman-Flyer Tomorrow's Craft: Bell XP-83 "Airacomet"
Hi everyone! Update 1.2 has just entered Experimentals! We’re eager to finally start the next phase of testing and getting ever closer to the 1.2 release. During experimental testing a crack team of experienced and hand-picked KSP players will throw everything they’ve got at the game to make it bend, blend and break in many ways. The goal is to catch as many bugs as we can, and to make the game as stable as it can be before we make a public test build available. Those of you who’ve been around for the 1.1 update will remember that we released a ‘pre-release’ test build for everyone to have a go before we officially released the update, and for update 1.2 we plan to do the same thing. Once the pre-release builds are available you’ll only be able to opt-in via the Steam betas, or through the KSP store. We hope you’re as excited as we are about the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates and Fly Safe!
BlackWolf Aerospace eXperimental - ROMBUS Kerbal Space Program Mod by Lupinarius BWA-X - ROMBUS Curse Forge: http://kerbal.curseforge.com/projects/bwa-x-rombus-pack Spacedock: http://spacedock.info/mod/743/BWA-X - ROMBUS GitHub: https://github.com/Lupinarius/BWA-X/releases License: CC-BY-SA-4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) This is my first Mod for KSP and is still changing, but it is primarily stable and has been tested for playability. This Mod contains the following parts: * three custom pressurized toroidal LFO tanks * two fun "Cube" tanks not associated with the ROMBUS * one large and one small high temperature parachute. * two adapter Service Module tanks, 2.50m to 3.75m and 1.25m to 2.50m * two "Size 3" 36 port Truncated Aerospike engines, one each in LFO and Hydrolox with a 6:1 Fuel/Oxidizer Ratio (See Historical Note Below) * three different length "Size 3" LFO tanks, and three in Hydrolox, with 6:1 Ratio to match the engines * two decoupling, radially attached cryogenic tanks containing a 6:1 LH2/LOx mix by default This Mod requires and includes the following dependencies: Module Manager Website: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/55219 Source Code: https://github.com/sarbian/ModuleManager License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) Community Resource Pack Website: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/83007-11-community-resource-pack-050-hydrates-and-gypsum/ Source Code:https://github.com/BobPalmer/CommunityResourcePack License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) This Mod recommends the following mods: Crossfeed Enabler (Pre KSP 1.05 Only) Website:http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/69286-10-crossfeedenabler-v33-may-11/ Source Code:https://github.com/NathanKell/CrossFeedEnabler/ License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) Modular Fuel Tanks Website:http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/64117 Source Code:https://github.com/NathanKell/ModularFuelSystem License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) I have created two separate module configuration files for MFT which are located in the Modules subfolder and they are called, "BWAX_modularFuelTanks.cfg" and "BWAX_TankTypes.cfg" Historical Note Background When I first decided to take up modding KSP I found a very interesting, although unfinished tutorial about how to create parts in Blender/Unity. Just like the creator of the video (YouTube handle is TechyBen) I was interested by the unusual shapes of the tanks in the tutorial. I was actually so intrigued by them that I decided that I must find out what spacecraft they were from, and that I must make something like it to share with others in KSP. It took me a while but I did finally find out what proposed space vessel those fascinating tanks belonged to, and have also created the basic parts to make a vehicle similar to it's small first run version. It was the ROMBUS vehicle. THE ROMBUS Phil Bono of Douglas Space and Missiles Company (later McDonnell Douglas), designed the ROMBUS vehicle in the 1960's as part of what would become the Douglas Saturn Application Single Stage To Orbit or SASSTO vehicle concept. This vehicle was designed at the same time as the NEXUS booster and first ORION concepts. It had a much larger military based variant called ITHACUS and the PEGASUS was to be a civilian point to point sub-orbital model. this later spawned the HYPERION which later contributed to the PHOENIX B and it's developments eventually went into the very cool DELTA CLIPPER Project. A PDF about the history of the PHOENIX VTOL SSTO which includes some background about the ROMBUS and the Douglas SASSTO should be available at: http://www.1000planets.com/papers/phoenix-history.pdf FUTURE DEVELOPMENT If you can provide me with advice on any of these, or simply wish to give constructive feedback I am very happy to hear it! 1. Add animated covered parachute hatches to the top of the radial fuel tanks, so they can be used as a habitat when empty, like the original design. 2. Add limited emissive animation to the thrust ports on the engine, while maintaining the heat-shield animation ability. 3. Add texture switching and/or tank switching options via Firespitter or Interstellar Fuel Switch.