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  1. This report/analysis seeks to answer the question: What would the future of the Kerbals look like? Specifically in the time frame of say, 100-300 years. I’ve had the idea of creating a story set in that approximate era, but being an extraordinarily extravagant idea, this series is dedicated to finding out the specifics. I also hope that this series will help future writers help flesh out their futuristic universes as well. Things to Note: -There’s a fair amount of mods used in this series—but i’ll try to keep it at minimum -Nothing too implausible will be used (no warp drives, but certainly nuclear fusion) -If you’ve got an idea for a chapter, let me know! -The goal of this series? Consider all the essentials for world building a futuristic Kerbol System -Since I have both near Near Future Electric and KSP-I installed, a modifier lowers the output of KSP-I stuff Table of Contents Chapter I—Atmospheric Propulsion Chapter II—Propulsion for Medium-Size Spaceships Chapter III—Heavy/Super-Heavy Vessel Propulsion Systems Chapter IV—Propulsion for Small/Tiny Spacecraft Chapter V—Mixing Propulsion Systems Chapter VI—Beamed Power Chapter VII—Colonizing Moho Mod List: Without further ado, let's get started! Chapter I: Atmospheric Propulsion "It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a nuclear-powered hypersonic ramjet airliner!"-Linus Kerman A hypersonic, heavily-modified concept version of the Stearwing A300 that utilizes nuclear ramjets Perhaps we should start with something that is readily available to kerbals—flight. With jet fueled engines it is possible to reach speeds of over Mach 5. While that is excellent, major problems arise from its use—large portions of the plane are reserved for fuel, not passenger space, and a large amount of funds are used on fuel. A conventional 16-passenger hypersonic aircraft, almost half of its takeoff mass was dedicated to fuel. The main focus of this chapter is thus about finding new ways of aviation. The way in question is the powerful nuclear jet, generally produced in two varieties; turbojet and ramjet. On Kerbin they achieve speeds similar to that of the liquid fuel jet planes, with higher thrust. They perform exceptionally well on all atmospheric bodies, with tests on Duna achieving orbital velocity. Without the need to load fuel, planes could be lighter and take less time to be able to fly. A basic fighter design that can reach hypersonic speeds and reach space on Eve. Duna, where nuclear ramjets achieved an apoapsis of ~5000 km Disadvantages Sadly, this is where we must look at the disadvantages. There’s one obvious one—the radiation hazards. Shielding (though we must take in the "future tech" factor) would be very heavy, and of course nobody would want to sit next to a nuclear reactor (10% flight ticket discount for sitting next to it?).That said, they could still be used on special SSTO launches in certain areas. Second, they would be expensive (likely initially and maybe for maintenance), which would make their flights high-priced (but also keeps them from being used for missiles). A 64-Passenger concept aircraft that would use nuclear jets, with a conventional rocket thruster to reach orbit, at which point it can safely return with a powered landing. Provided enough shielding is given, they could be practically everywhere in locations with poor infrastructures and no alternatives, a fate likely for the planet Eve. End of Chapter One: Atmospheric Propulsion Next Time: Spacecraft Propulsion (Part One) Thanks for reading!
  2. Demum Perveniemus - "We'll get there eventually!" A KSP mission report webcomic While I'm currently writing and enjoying another fanfic comic called Plan Kappa, that project has grown beyond it's original scope, gradually becoming more story than gameplay report. This comic is an atempt to go back to basics, by doing a career report in webcomic format. Plan Kappa will continue in parallel on its own thread, and here I'll report on an entirely new savegame. Demus Parveniemus will be a completely stock career game, played on normal difficulty, but with crew respan disabled and entry purchase required on research. Chapters: 1. Week 1: The Space Report 2. Week 2: Jebediah's Rival 3. Week 3: Six days in space 4. Week 4: Frontier Station 5. Week 5-6: A Shuttle Setback 6. Week 7-11: Minmus Orbit 7. Weeks 12-13: Two steps forward, one step back 8. Week 14: The Mun Landing 9. Weeks 15-17: The Alpha Planes 10. Weeks 18-26: The Great Failure 11. Weeks 27-34: Unkerballed 12. Weeks 35-40: A home away from home 13. Week 41: Surveying Minmus Read the first chapter here:
  3. Welcome to Epsilon Aerospace The rocket company that will change spaceflight Hello everyone! With this mission report, I am trying to simulate the operations of real space companies (SpaceX in particular, because, y'know... everyone loves SpaceX)! I got the idea from @Kerbiter's successful, but now "dead" () SpaceY Inc thread, and @The Raging Sandwich's unfortunately less successful () Commercial Launching thread, both of which were trying to achieve the same goal: emulate a real life space company. And today, I too will be attempting this, with *drum roll*... EPSILON AEROSPACE (Flag coming soon) Epsilon Aerospace is a newly founded space company, with the eventual goal of making Kerbalkind an interplanetary species, and making space as accessible as possible. One key aspect necessary for these aims is low launch costs: and Epsilon Aerospace is planning to achieve that through reusability. Yes, you heard right, reusing rockets. Speaking of rockets, Epsilon Aerospace is currently developing their first rocket, an orbital-class launcher named the Albatross 1. The Albatross 1 is in the final stages of development, with the first and second stages of Flight Item 1 (FI1) currently being assembled at Epsilon Aerospace's assembly and testing facility in the remote countryside of Gael (yes, I'm doing this with GPP). Below is the first (and only, as of yet) hyper-realistic computer image of the Albatross 1: Albatross 1 Launch Vehicle Payload submission requirements + form (each and every payload will be launched as long as it follows the requirements) Mods / addons used Thanks for reading this far, and why not submit a payload for me to launch to keep this thread growing!
  4. Hi everybody, So I have been looking around on the forums and I can't seem to find a mod which shows you a mission report. (Like the one in catastrophic failure) If there is a mod for it or if there is a way to do it stock it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Hello! EvilEmotaku here. You can probably tell by the title that I am inexperienced in Kerbal Space Program. I want to go to Jool. So. Let's make it happen. In this thread I, along with any potential readers, will with follow the journey to Jool. I'll skip past the initial game. Y'all won't need to read any of that boring stuff with the Flea SRB or anything. I'll start posting updates and a summary of the prior events once LKO has been achieved. Please note that these updates will be irregular, as I am still in school. Writing, homework, and missions take take time, too, so again, don't expect daily updates.I hope you enjoy the accomplishments and blunders that will follow me along my way the the big, green planet. I also want to say that any constructive criticism is welcome, as it will help me to gain experience, and speed up the trip to Jool and its moons. Again, enjoy this thread. So basically, my mission is to land at least one manned and unmanned mission on each of Jool's moons.
  6. 3 years ago (2013), KSC sent 9 explorers to Jool to land on all 4 muns. Turns out there were 5 of them, and one of those brave explorers got stuck on the one I forgot about. This is the story of his rescue. Note: This started off as a video mission report, but after reading all of Kuzzter's Kerbfleet narratives, I was inspired to turn my mission report into more of a story with characters. So I interspersed my actual game play with clips from the actual savegame (KSP 0.235) along with "on-set" stuff in the current version of the game, using Camera Tools and Texture Replacer. So forgive the appearance of the GUI, as this wasn't suppose to be "cinematic" originally. I tried to make it as amusing as I can. Hope you guys appreciate my nerdy humor.
  7. I'm not sure about the rules of this sub, Am i allowed to post a link to my website ? I ve written an extensive mission report about the deployment of a base on Moho. If yes, here is the article ( split in 5 parts) if no, well, let me know and remove it!
  8. "Everyone Explores™" Consiglio Exploration Long ago in another Universe stood a mighty company that destroyed everything. Their name? Consiglio Devastations. They scoured entire Universes clear of life, either by smashing sand grains at FTL speeds. Or by tampering into the code of those Universes to cause stable higgs fields to form, expanding at the speed of light, deleting everything and everyone and rewriting physics... However, like all parallel Universes, there was a 100% chance everything will happen, and happen an infinite times over. This story will take place in a parallel Universe where Consiglio Devastations formed on Gael, a pristine world of water and super-continents located in a weird and unique system, and exist as Kerbals. They are different, less violent than their Universe munching counterparts, however they still have the... Well... full of Consiglioness if you will, inside of them, never flinching from explosions, always cheering when dangerous stunts are preformed. You get the idea.. This is the tale of Consiglio Explorations, and their rise to the stars.. Game Configs MODLIST Chapter 1 - First Flight
  9. Three words. Hi, I'm back! Let's go. Table of Contents: Prelude-The two remain. Chapter 1-Learning the ropes... Again. Chapter 2-Meddeling around the Mun. Chapter 3-Aluminum Boostershire. Chapter 4-Take to the Skies. Chapter 5-One step to the Stars. (New!) Prelude-The two that remain. The room inside the office was definitely damp. Not too cold, something like what you would feel when Kerbol was high in the sky and a cold breeze would come in from the waters off the KSC and flow through the buildings. Roughly that cold. The lighting was awful in the room as well, wi- "Listen to me. Was the Republic of Kolonia in possession of any nuclear devices when it broke apart last month?" The Kerbal, shorter than her, was being quite annoying now. This whole situation was relatively annoying. The Katax Union, although not the direct cause of the breakup of Kolonia, was an annoyance ever since Megra and I had arrived. It's not fun being reminded every second by people around you that your nation had broken up. What added insult to injury was that the majority of fragment states that had come out of the turmoil supported the Alliance of Working states. The Kerbal sighed. "Marmy! Talk to me! I'm trying to be nice here but you're seriously getting on my nerves!" "I'm telling you, I was an astronaut, not a Kerbal in the military! I don't know anything about our nukes, and I don't know if we had even had any!" "Alright. Now, tell us a bit about your space program." Us? He was the only one in the room. Ah. There were probably cameras and microphones. "Well, that would just be time wasted. You already know all you need to know, the news and your intelligence officers have definitely figured everything out already. It might be better if you told me about yours." The Kerbal moved slightly back. "Hmm. Alright. But the second I start talking, you're automatically a legal employee of our space program." "Deal." "Ok then. Welcome to the Katax Union Space Administration, or KUSA." "KUSA! Hah! That's almost like a jok-" "I can still fire you. And I'm not sure where a Kolonian would get another job out here. Anyways, we started launching right about when you were getting your second manned flight into orbit." The Kerbal smiled, as if remembering such a moment with joy and pride. Heck, he probably was. "It was old wartime technology, half a decade old. Up it went on that peaceful day. We were cheering, celebrating. You should have seen the look on everyone's faces." "It just headed into the sky. Off it went. When we received the news it had reached space, we didn't know what to say. We had done something that had only be done by one other country." "It was such a large success that the space program would be given the funding and technology straight away, and we immediately moved on to our newest version of the rocket, which, by the way, was called the Flare mk1." "The Flare mk2, however, made our second launch a bit fiery, but it was still a step forward." "Our third launch brought us once again, above the atmosphere. We collected so much data from that launch, and we were able to collect all of it from the radio antenna we had onboard the mk2.2." "It burnt up in quite a spectacular daylight fireball, which people across the Katax Union saw. The funds started to pour in from there." "We made orbit the next week." "And then it was just launch after launch." "Our new rocket design was dirt cheap, and we saw some absolutely incredible things with it. To be honest with you, from colleague to new colleague, I'm extremely jealous you have seen what's up there with your own eyes. I hope to do it too someday. My name's Rufred." "Well, Rufred." I said, "Tell me the rest about KUSA." "After that, it was just probe after probe after probe. We scattered communications satellites in various orbits around Kerbin, which dealt with the small error of lack of cummunications." "Some days we had these launches that were so incredible, everybody would come out to see them, especially the ones early in the morning, because the rocket would tip into the sun's light far before the ground, and it would just flare up in metallic reflected light." "We actually first learned about the end of your program when we launched another high orbit communications satellite, which we had launched slightly too low. It turned out ok, and pulled through, but it passed right over your space center. Radar images proved it was in wrecks. I'm sorry to tell you this, but a fair share of cheers and rounds went around when the news got out." "We shot out probes everywhere." "But of course, there comes a time when you can't randomly throw probes up the gravity well, and so we set up a powerful Stationary Orbit satellite above the Katax Union. You had a few of those, right?" To this, I just nodded. We put up two, and TellDeuterium. They were probably offline and tumbling now. "After that, we developed a rocket, that, although slightly pricey, would surpass anything that had been put out into our orbits before." "It worked perfectly, and we had so much fuel left over in the probe that we decided- Hear this- We decided to send it to Duna." This shocked me. These guys had never been to interplanetary space, let alone the Mun, and they already had a probe on the way to Duna? They really hadn't been asleep whilst we were up launching our probes. Rufred was obviously excited. "The photos are amazing, Kerbin really does get so small!" "The last launch we did put another communication satellite into a super elliptical orbit." He took a breath. "And that's where we are now." I wasn't buying it for one bit. "So you're telling me that you've had one accident in your whole program?" "Well..." "We've also lost a booster after its engines cut off. We only have one photo of it, and that was just after it lifted off, mainly because the camera crew was running for their lives." "So. That's our space program." "Well, it's a nice one, that's for sure. How can I be assured that I won't be put into some death contraption and flown off to my doom?" "I'm not going to answer that. Now, if you'll excuse me, I am going to request for you and Megra to become citizens of the Katax Union. Legally, you are the only two people from Kolonia left in the world."
  10. Over the past 8 weeks, i planned, built and flew a mission i wanted to do for a long time. Here is the report and the craftfiles. Enjoy, download, comment! Frank Special thanks: Major Jim - for his awesome stock hinge system and tons of comments during construction of the crafts Raptor 9 - for his inspiring craftfile page Note: All crafts are completely stock, with the exception of the satellites. They will require the SCANsat mod. Complete Mission Album: Edit: 2016-11-26 - Here is a clean link, so you can view the album, that was linked here, directly on IMGUR, as the inserted albums do not display correctly at the moment: Profile: Mission: Orbital Assembly* Central Engine Block - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Central Inline Tank - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Left Engine Block - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Right Engine Block - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Left External Tank - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Right External Tank - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Habitat|Lab Section - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Payload 2 - T4 Kerberos SLV-H Payload 1 - T4 Kerberos SLV-SH Heat Shield - T2 Pegasus I Payoad 3 - T2 Pegasus I with special docking vehicle Crew - T2 Pegasus III with Mosquito crew carrier * listed in correct launch order Mission: Orbital survey of Duna and Ike (prior to crewed mission*) Duna Hi Res surface scanner - deployed in high polar Duna orbit Duna Biome scanner - deployed in medium polar Duna orbit Duna Lo Res surface scanner - deployed in low polar Duna orbit Ike Hi Res surface scanner - deployed in high polar Ike orbit Ike Biome scanner - deployed in medium polar Ike orbit Ike Lo Res surface scanner - deployed in low polar Ike orbit Duna transfer stage - deployed in very high polar Duna orbit (serve as comms-relay for Duna SOI system) *delivered on a T2 Pegasus I with interplanetary transfer stage, satellites listed in order of deployment Mission: Duna Trek DTV Bring crew and equipment to Duna Break up into 2 vehicles - One stays in orbit around Duna, the other moves on to Ike Re-assemble Return crew to Kerbin orbit, then break apart for de-orbit Rhino Lander Land on Duna Construct Habitat Ground mission - get samples from 3 different biomes Return to DTV Octopod Lander Land on Ike Deploy Habitat rover Ground mission - get samples from 3 different biomes Return to DTV Solar Bird Perform high altitude atmospheric scans of Duna Move to parking orbit, to serve following missions Mole science carrier Assist in orbital assembly of Solar Bird Perform high orbital survey Download .zip file: [STOCK 1.1.x] All mission craft, packed for orbital assembly, including launchers [added 2016-05-16] Action-Groups: 1 - toggle DTV LV-N engine blocks 2 - toggle RCS blocks 3 - toggle DTV equipment (solar arrays, antennas etc.) WARNING: DONT DO, WHILE FRAME IS CONNECTED TO DTV 4 - jettison mission crafts from transport frame WARNING: DONT TOUCH THESE WHILE PILOTING DTV 5 - toggle return stage engines 6 - toggle descent stage engines 7 - cut drogue chutes / deploy main chutes 8 - deploy cover / toggle rover reaction wheels 9 - deploy payload 0 - toggle equipment (solar arrays, antennas etc.) Abort - launch return stage / jettison de-orbit capsule of DTV Mission Infos: The Crew Command Valentina Kerman - DTV Pilot and Mission Commander - stays on DTV Bob Kerman - Chief Scientist - stays on DTV Duna Landing Team Jebediah Kerman - Rhino Lander Pilot Catly Kerman - Science Officer Dandrin Kerman - Field Engineer Ike Landing Team Jean Kerman - Science Officer Bill Kerman - Chief Engineer Mission time: Launch Date 1y 327d 02:03:23 Return Date 4y 234d 05:20:12 SCIENCE: 4.006,8 from recovered data +500,0 transmitted from Science Lab +188,0 transmitted Crew reports Ike biomes: Midlands (LZ-01) South Eastern Mountain Range Eastern Mountain Ridge Lowlands 30 different science reports were brought back Duna biomes: Lowlands (LZ-01) Midlands Highlands 33 different science reports were brought back Analysis & necessary optimizations (already done in the downloadable craftfiles): - Add docking port to Ike lander transport frame - HOW COULD I FORGET IRGS HNGN… - Add fuel to landing stage of Ike lander to prevent suicide burn as only option - Add antenna to Ike ascent module - Check action group on Ike landers RCS thrusters - Add antennas to auxiliary tank module - Remove shroud from doublepacked inflatable heat shield due to jettison bug - Remove shielded docking port from science module, as it is bugged (may not release docked craft) - Add searchlight to Mole science carrier Optimizations for next mission (not done in the downloadable craftfiles): - Add second hinge to Rhino rear cargo ramps to prevent it from falling off from phsyics wobble - Close hinge mounts to prevent ramps from falling off due to landing gear bug, resulting in wobble - Add monopropellant storage to DTV, current load is sufficient but very limited - Add reaction wheel to DTV to save more RCS monopropellant - Move mass of DTV to the middle of the craft for better aerobraking capabilities (prevent flipping) - Remove 1 or 2 tanks from the DTV as it carries far too much liquid fuel You have done it, this is the end
  11. This is my first mission report. Currently I don't have much else to say about that. Here we go! Mods: Atomic Age Community Tech Tree Hyperedit (I don't plan to use it for this save) Snacks (hence the title) FMRS Kerbal Alarm Clock MechJeb Kerbal Engineer KAS KIS RealChute Table of Contents: Chapter 1 (OP) Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Part 1 Part 2 Chapter 1: It begins One day, RnD director Wernher Von Kerman and Flight director Gene Kerman decided to start a practical space program, abandoning the model rockets and snack payloads of the past. Instead, they decided to use capsules with a kerbal inside and an even larger snack payload. And so they built the Courageous Mk1. They loaded the rocket, whose mission was dubbed the Courageous I, on the launchpad, which could hold the rocket well despite being built for model rockets. After that, Wernher had to fix a staging error to keep the famous kerbonaut, Jebediah Kerman, alive. Then Gene had to accept some contracts. Gene, after announcing the mission was go for launch, counted down. "10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...0...Liftoff!" Launch was nominal. For some reason, however, it tipped on its side after SAS was disabled, and after the parachutes were activated. It righted itself after the parachutes fully opened. The rocket landed softly and without a scratch, that is until it tipped over. SSSSCCCCRRRRAAAAPPPPEEEE!!!! Jeb was successfully recovered. Everybody was happy. The usually grumpy accountant Mortimer really liked the 100% recovery refund and the money from the contracts. Walt, who ran public relations, enjoyed the reputation from the contracts. Wernher liked the 30 science gained. What wasn't known was how far the program would go...
  12. Before I start, I will introduce the modlist: Scatterer SVE Tantares Tantares LV Tantares Fairing Extention RealPlume DMagic Orbital Science Tarsier Space Technology Cacteye Taerobee Kraken Science Mechjeb CoolRockets Vaporvent AIES Chapter 1: A Beginning of an Era It all started with a crazy kerbal... As Jebediah Kerman was strolling by the lab his mind flashed back a few days ago, when sccientists had stuffed some sort of explosive material into a barrel. The scientists said it would be used for burning things very quickly, but Jeb had other ideas. He thought that if he pointed the nozzle straight at the ground, it might propel an object into the sky. And so, he set up a testing facility, and slapped on a cockpit, parachute and some fins to a barrel. He named it the Flea. And so the Flea was ready to fly! As a small group of spectators gathered, Jeb climbed into the cockpit and primed the engine. A few moments later... There was a loud roaring as the barrel ignited and literally flung the contraption into the air as it belched out flames and smoke. The launch was a total success, and Jeb splashed down a few minutes later. Jeb caught the attention of the public, and before long he had a government backed Space Agency, with the hopes of conquering space. To be continued...
  13. Since yesterday was the launch of Apollo 11, I decided to recreate the launch in KSP. So, I will post this mission report as it goes along, posting one post a day to summarized what happened on that day in real life. As for today, I will post what happened today and yesterday. So, lets begin! Chapter 1: Day 1 Yesterday, July 16, is the launch of Apollo 11 Here Jeb, Bill and Bob get ready to launch. The launch tower retracts before launch T-minus 10, 9, 8 , 7 , 6, 5... 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition... Liftoff, Liftoff for Apollo 11! We have cleared the tower! The rest of the launch is rather boring, so I hadn't took pictures of the launch. The third stage igniting to plot a Moon Intercept. And that concludes our first day. Chapter 2: Day 2 The second day is rather ineventful, so there are only four images: Apollo 11 with Earth and Saturn (in the upper left) Another view of Earth and Saturn A shot with Saturn on the upper right and Mars on the right A view of Earth from the cockpit And that concludes Day 1 and Day 2!
  14. So full disclosure: never even been to Duna but I've put quite a few hours into this game and love messing around with mods for it. Haven't played in while - since before the game hit 1.0 - and I'm looking to satisfy that KSP itch yet again. This time I'm looking forward to not only streaming my progress but putting together this handy dandy mission journal together. I've been inspired by some of the other threads here as well as some youtube series like HatBat's and MaceyDean's wonderful work. As a result, I'll be putting the journal posts together from the perspective of a Kerbal working in the organization and try to keep things in-character as much as possible. First though, I've got to explain a few things. Like many modders however, I have trouble restraining myself from absolutely bloating the game with a ton of mods. To combat this, I've come up with a system that forces me to make some choices and earn points to "purchase" mods. I call it meta-modding. Here's how it works: KSP Meta-Modding This will involve me playing Career mode in Kerbal Space Program and using a Kredits system to "purchase" mods I want to use in my playthrough. Credits will be earned from views/follows/subscribers/donations I get to my various channels and groups online. The breakdown of which follows: Twitch: 1 view = 1000 credits 1 follow = 10000 credits YouTube: 1 view = 1000 Kredits 1 subscriber = 10000 Kredits KSP Forum: 1 view = 1000 Kredits 1 reply = 10000 Kredits Steam Group: 1 new member = 10000 Kredits Donations: 1 USD = 50000 Kredits The cost of mods will be determined by their current viewcount of their thread in the KSP modding forum. Most mods range from a few hundred thousand views to a couple million for more of the popular ones. This will hopefully result in a fun playthrough and help me limit my modding obsession while creating a fun, interactive experience for all of you. Stay tuned!