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  1. The year is 9302. The Mun has been impacted by a huge asteroid and Kerbin is flooded. Begin on an evolved Kerbin. Its continents have moved, its mountains and topography vary drastically. Set many millenia after the Kerbals first took to space, the general culture of former 'Kerbin' has changed drastically. Because of this change, the planet is significantly different - it's known as Gaia and all interplanetary voyages are strictly forbidden by the global government - You must convince them to fly once more. The entire planetary system has overcome a drastic change. A near miss with another star has caused many planets and moons to be captured by Kerbol. Your adventure awaits; take to the stars once more and prove that the eagerly awaiting space-faring Kerbals still have a future. NOTE: you MUST launch KSP in 64 bit mode for the mod to work. You can do this by heading to your KSP directory and running KSP_x64.exe Wanna help out with science definitions? Go here and drop some text for us! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KFyW00RYYT-LUMb3_mV1jNM19knurAzFA0ZnDhh4b9Y/edit?usp=sharing This mod adds more planets and moons to land on whilst keeping the stockalike feel to the game. I have revisited the entire Kerbin system and added a bit more variation to the different planets and moons, making you feel the joy of exploring them once again. Other features: Precise, handcrafted terrain suitable for Rockets and Spaceplanes! Atmospheric bodies! More desert environments! Science values and lore Eye-pleasing colours 4k Textures Gas giant(s)! Realistic atmospheres! Scatterer configS Science definitions Custom Asteroids support New visual effects (Credit Artyomka) DOWNLOAD FOR KSP 1.3! If you feel as if you enjoy the mod thoroughly, feel free, but not inclined to, leave a small donation in return. Thanks DISCORD: https://discord.gg/akSFm4v Installation Instructions: To install this mod, download the mod from the link below. After that, unzip the folder and browse to your gamedata folder. Drag and drop all 12 files and folders from the mod to Gamedata. Credits and special thanks: I would like to say a MASSIVE thanks to the following members: @Galileo for his help with sorting my polar distortion issues out - one of the highest priority bugs which was making me test out my hair @The White Guardian for his amazing planet creation tutorials that have helped me get off the ground (no pun intended). He has also made the cloudmaps that that mod uses, which look awesome! @JadeOfMaar for the ultra-cool resource configs that the planets use! @Raptor22 for his very honest feedback. He's helped me iron out an awful lot of terrain and visual related bugs and brush up on the nitty gritty features and through his detailed replies, he has definitely pointed out some critical errors. @Artyomka15 for creating the Instantiator plugin. Without it, the accretion ring on Olu'um wouldn't be possible. Go check out his mod! http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/157864-122-wip-instantiator-a-plugin-that-allows-you-to-create-accretion-disks-custom-star-coronas-nebulas-even-more/ If you have any concerns regarding bugs, drop em down below KNOWN ISSUES:
  2. Reworked Stock System [v1.0] About Reworked Stock System is a modification that improves the stock system by changing by replacing terrain. Screenshots ( More screenshots in spoilers) Moho Eve Gilly Minmus Duna Ike Dres Laythe Vall Tylo Bop Pol Eeloo Changelog Coming soon... New biomes for reworked planets. New Duna terrain. Better surface textures. Installation To install this mod you have to: Install Kopernicus. Download mod release from Github Remove old mod directory from your game data folder ( If exists.) Unzip downloaded .zip archive. Move contents of mod GameData folder into your game GameData folder. Run the game. Dependencies This mod requires: Kopernicus Credits Ikarus and Demin uses Phobos height map from http://planetpixelemporium.com/ I also used textures from this page as a base for editing. Eeloo uses Moon map from http://depthfields.com/downloads/tag/moon-displace-heightmap-craters/ Eve uses Tekto height map from Outer Planets mod, all credits for this map goes to OPM developers and contributors. Special Thanks to: Thomas .P and other Kopernicus mod developers. CaptRobau and other OPM mod developers. Polish KSP community. Download Primary Download, Spacedock: https://spacedock.info/mod/1176/Reworked Stock System Secondary download, Github: https://github.com/Bill2462/Reworked-Stock-System ========= LICENSING ========= The contents of this pack are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). Enjoy
  3. _____________________ Kerbol Origins _____________________ Welcome to Kerbol Origins, a mod that aims to recreate all the SQUAD planet ideas that never got implemented, like the Gas Planet Two (GP2), Gas Planet Three (that is actually a giant rocky planet) and many more. The mod has been fine-tuned to be as stockalike as possible and we made sure that it fills most of the gaps the stock Kerbol system has. Many of the celestial bodies added by this pack are proceduraly generated, which means that they have a lower memory footprint, but others use heightmaps and while they are not entirely procedural, they offer much more detail than the procedural ones. _____________________ Pictures _____________________ (click on images) _______________________ Recommended mods _____________________ - by Amarius1 - by Nils277 - by Valerian _______________________ Lets meet the new planets! _____________________ Faz: Harvest: Rega: Sarvin Keelon: Corolet: __________________________________ The team! ________________________________ @amarius1 - Lead Developer @Nils277 - Part Creator @Olympic1 - Career Intergration & Tweaks @The White Guardian - Career Intergration, EVE Clouds & Tweaks @smokytehbear - FF Ribbons __________________________________ Thank you ________________________________ Thomas - For developing and mentaining Kopernicus KillAshley - For teaching me most of the aspects of planet creation CaptRobau - For teaching be the basics long before Kopernicus could even load PQS mods Olympic1 - For being a good friend and collaborating with me in all of my projects Sigma88 - For giving me advice and giving everyone over #Kopernicus a good laugh ___________________________________ Installation ________________________________ Download the mod files from any of the buttons at the top of the page Download the Kopernicus dependency from GitHub Merge downloaded GameData folder from both mods with yours ??? PROFIT! !WARNING: When installing new versions of the mod, NEVER merge the new version's files with older versions, but instead, delete the old ones, before. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Known Bugs: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ To do:
  4. Cerillion This mod adds a planet called 'Cerillion' to the Kerbal solar system, as well as it's four moons - Mavis, Shirley, Jacob and Disparia. Cerillion comes bundled with several configurations for other mods such as EVE, as well as hand-made textures, including an 8K cloudmap. Cerillion is entirely procedurally generated, has full science support as well as 15 unique biomes to explore. If that's not enough, we've got you covered! Cerillion has various strange geological anomalies to visit and fly through. It's orange atmosphere has a strange composition, but does contain enough oxygen for jet engines to function. Also, I love it when people make videos of this planet! Official Trailer Facts about Cerillion - a recordbreaking planet pack: - For the first time in history of KSP planet packs, a planet pack features easter eggs in the form of custom 3D models. - For the first time in the history of KSP planet packs, a planet pack features custom terrain scatter models (with working textures!) Image Gallery Downloads Pick one of the following websites. Current version: V3.0 'Earthshaker' SpaceDock (V3.0) Google Drive (V3.0) Old versions:
  5. Hi all, The question is simple, how do I export SE (Space Engine) textures for the new mod I am making
  6. [1.3] Suthe Planet Overhaul Mod [Version 1.4] This planet mod replaces the entire stock system and renames the Sun. This solar system vaguely represents the real solar system, but I've optimized it as I see fit and made this as a result. -Cardinal markers are light-boundaries, my own form of forcing no-light boundaries upon getting closer to one than the Sun, you will no longer have access to sunlight, as for now you will need nuclear reactors and your own lights. -The Sun (Suthe) is now a red dwarf, making for a more "orangey" tint to the solar system. Descriptions, inward, out: -Abpion, a scorched, but massive planet near Suthe. Its golden surfaces are not lava, although it may be tricky to tell that apart from a distance. Perhaps it is gold. (Model export bug) -Meathe, a tidally locked semi-ocean planet. Half of its surface is always staring at Suthe while the other half is a large ice cap which perpetually stares into the outer solar system. On the day-night terminator, there are ice caps on the light side, so you may land there and establish a base with ease. (Add storms) -Smeale, a tan-pink gas giant. It does not have large moons but it has three asteroid moons within its rings. It is conveniently close to Kerbin so as long as you can reach the asteroids there, it would be relatively easy to plot large operations in the inner solar system. -Talia, a blue-green continental world. It has mostly oceanic regions, although several massive continents separate the oceans. In addition the KSC is situated on several islands above the equator, so plot missions carefully when launching! In addition Kerbin has a moon, Laythe, which is a grey moon with its own oceans, continents and ice caps. -Athode, a purple-pink planet with many small craters and an overall rough surface. It has one ice moon, Ike, with its own craters. -Asford, a semi-ice and semi-ocean world. It has relatively few clouds as its surface is cold, but not cold enough that the atmosphere will freeze onto its surface. Also, it has one moon, Risian, with no atmosphere and cracks lining its surface. -Asteroid Belt, contained with it are four major objects. Moho, a large, hilly, and cratered world. Also in this belt is Gilly and its moon Kitt, both of which are asteroids. Finally, Dres, now a darkened rock with several craters of which are blackened. It's previously anticipated that these craters must be a way of entry to Dres' core. -Kropus, a large tan gas giant. It has two moons, Mun and Eve. The Mun is a dark grey and red planet. Above it is Eve, a green planet with few continents but a large ocean and is a planet which is expected to feature vast amounts of life on its surface on varying degrees from plants to large wild animals (of which isn't possible in KSP, but roleplay as you ease). -Sermanius, an ice planet between Jool and the next planet, Trobus. This is likely an ice belt, between these two planets. It is likely a large ice world could have developed given Trobus and Jool didn't, first. Vall has three moons, two of which are asteroids and the larger, Karthis, is a dwarf object with cracks dotting its surface. -Trobus, a large ice giant, has two moons of its own, with one having its own moons. The first moon is Kleas, a cratered ice moon with a special impression on its surface. The second moon is Rothian, a certainly unique pink-white-blue gas world. It is unknown what material lies in its atmosphere, or perhaps could life be present on it? Both of its moons are Ulston, an ice planet with a thick haze making the surface invisible (with EVE), and Loade, a bright copper planet with an ice sheet covering its surface. -Outer Objects, these objects are anywhere from dwarf planet Eeloo and Minmus to comets such as Bop or Pol. None of these stock planets have been changed from their original forms but they're likely going to be dark in the future, so it'd be a unique context nonetheless. I may try tossing some extra planets into this area though, given anyone wants one or a few. Credits: -Kopernicus team, for their work makes this mod possible -KillAshley, some code of his helped me make mine, and he has some great mods! -Galileo, for some troubleshooting assistance and inspiring a semi-realistic style in my mod. -The other Kopernicus planet designers for their efforts helped mine. -Myself, so you all can download a mod as interesting as mine. To-Do list: -Add detailed textures to the planets, and add some extra details to some (volcanic eruptions, etc.) -Add asteroids in the asteroid belts and comets. Also, ring asteroids in less fine rings. Finally, gas giants receive asteroid moons around their outer SOI's. -Add compatibilities to other mods. Suggest one, and I'll try my hand at it. -Add special clouds to Meathe and Ulston. -Any minor bugs to fix. I'm not the best with troubleshooting higher-order problems, however. -scatterer team for the retextured lensflare and overall mod. -SciDefs (So far I don't have very many), so I will accept suggestions. -Optimize current features. Reviews/Videos: Images: Download: https://spacedock.info/mod/1275/Suthe Solar System Overhaul Mod Several warnings I would say is: -Use 64-bit KSP, 32-bit will simply crash -Use scatterer, the mod hasn't been optimized for stock KSP.
  7. Description This Plugin is a continuation of KCreators "KittopaTech Ingame Terraforming" plugin, that can edit the stats of planets at runtime, via. a Graphical Interface. The original KittopiaTech was mainly developed by KCreator, with some additional content by Kragrathea (Utility code) and Gravitasi (ScaledSpace fixes and more). Their work was modified by BorisBee (initially, he's pretty inactive now) and myself, Thomas P., to be more modular, stable and user-friendly. Because Kopernicus offers us already a fully functional API, we decided to change the goals of this plugin. Instead of a standalone Planet-Editor, this is now an add-on for Kopernicus. This has many additional reasons, for example, the messy config-saver / -loader. What has been changed? Complete rewrite of the UI-Code (Planet_GUI.cs) Replaced the ConfigLoader with a ConfigSaver that can export dumps of the planet in a Kopernicus compatible format Added an option to completely remove a PQSMod. Seperated ScaledSpace export and PQS-Texture export. Made the Instantiation-Button functional, via. hacking PSystemManager to spawn a body that is instantiated from the systemPrefab. It's still hacky, and it can break some mods. Added Support for HeightColorMap-Landclasses Completely new LandClass-Modder Support for editing PQSMod_VertexPlanet.SimplexWrapper and NoiseModWrapper PQSLandControl.LerpRange editing Improved Particle-Editor Reworked the Map-Exporter, so that it uses a Coroutine to generate the maps. That means, that exporting maps no longer freezes your game, but it still takes some time until the generation is finished. But at least, you can do other things in the meantime. We have added Support for editing PQS-Materials. You can now load MapSO's and Textures through a FileBrowser Improved Ring-Editor, you can now edit rings after creation, delete the selected ring. Curve Editor for editing FloatCurves Reworked Star-Fix code, to use StarLightSwitcher Added a ScaledSpace editor, and moved the export buttons to it ScaledSpace and Texture updater save to disk automatically now Added Support for adding / removing oceans, and for adding PQS to gasplanets You can now enter whatever you want into the numeric fields. If the value isn't parseable, you get a warning and Kittopia won't apply it. Removed all apply buttons, Callbacks are used now. To-Do List Readd support for GroundScatter Maybe other things? Suggest something! Screenshots http://imgur.com/a/YzoeS Download Grab the latest KittopiaTech release from the GitHub repository: https://github.com/Kopernicus/KittopiaTech/releases You can open the Ingame-UI with Ctrl + P License "The KCreator license" KittopiaTech incorporates Kopernicus, which is licensed under LGPL. Source https://github.com/Kopernicus/KittopiaTech Like my mods? Please consider supporting me and my mods on Paypal! I would greatly appreaciate it, since I don't get much money anyways. However note, that this doesn't grant you anything special, but it will help to keep my motivation up. Therefor it's just an extremly nice way to say "thanks".
  8. I've decided to discontinue this mod. While I am perfectly capable of developing it, my PC specifically dislikes planet mods which of course means I am not able to test any new additions. If anybody would like to revive this mod then feel free to contact me. This is my second mod for KSP so again, do bear with me as I am still learning. A redo of this mod: The Original Kerbol Mysteries Presenting the re-imagined Kerbol Mysteries mod, the point of this mod is to add some interesting new stars, planets and moons. Let's dive in shall we? STARS PLANETS MOONS TO BE DONE Add a white dwarf star (i'm hosting a competition for the name!) Give Aquatica a Moon (i'll also host a competition for it's name, Aquatica-B is a placeholder!) DOWNLOAD Spacedock LICENSE: MIT REQUIREMENTS Kopernicus INSTALLATION Move "KerbolMysteries" folder from the .zip file to the GameData folder. KNOWN ISSUES Moving the camera underwater on Aquatica during the daytime seemingly puts you in a dark void with light only coming from Lobrek (is only a graphical glitch, don't worry) Re-entry also does not align with the atmosphere's height. In map view, double clicking on Lobrek from Kerbin (and potentially any body in the Kerbol system including Kerbol itself) may cause crashes. (This is so far an issue only I've experienced, tell me if you manage to reproduce the error). Lobrek's orbit line freaks out, this is only a graphical issue within Kopernicus so I cannot fix this. Lobrek's "aura" is too big, will be fixed by next update. Any advice, tips and people willing to help with the project are greatly appreciated.
  9. 1.) On Kerbalism, is there a way to widen the GUI? 2.) I have been looking at planet mods and I cant seem to find one. All of them revamp the current system into the real one. Im looking for planet mods that adds new planets and moons that doesn't change the existing ones. Is there a mod like that? Thanks.
  10. Welcome to the official forum thread for ASSO. This is the main mod for all of my mods and currently has on addon: Ace's Galactic Expansion Version 0.1 Changelog: Screenshots: Download: https://spacedock.info/mod/1288/Ace's Stock System Overhaul Link for AGE Add-on:
  11. Welcome to the release Thread for Ace's Galactic Expansion This is an interstellar planet pack for KSP Please post your screenshots below!! *Requires Kopernicus* Download: https://spacedock.info/mod/1258/Ace's Galactic Expansion?ga=%3CGame+3102+%27Kerbal+Space+Program%27%3E Requires Ace's Stock System Overhaul Thank you to @MeerkatMan25 - Co-developer (MeerkatMan handles all creative stuff like science defs) @Galileo for his brilliant advice @StarCrusher96 for his star Corona and great advice @The White Guardian for his great tutorials without which this would not be possible Recommended you play with KSPI-E Changelog: Screenshots: All Rights Reserved
  12. Suthe System Image Album: http://imgur.com/a/bkKer Description: This mod replaces most of the stock KSP system and renames (only) the Sun. From closest to farthest from the Sun (Suthe), you will find: -Tylo, a scorched, but massive planet near Suthe. Its golden surfaces are not lava, although it may be tricky to tell that apart from a distance. Perhaps it is gold. (Model export bug) -Meathe, a tidally locked semi-ocean planet. Half of its surface is always staring at Suthe while the other half is a large ice cap which perpetually stares into the outer solar system. On the day-night terminator, there are ice caps on the light side, so you may land there and establish a base with ease. (Ocean Bug) -Smeale, a tan-pink gas giant. It does not have large moons but it has three asteroid moons within its rings. It is conveniently close to Kerbin so as long as you can reach the asteroids there, it would be relatively easy to plot large operations in the inner solar system. -Kerbin, a blue-green continental world. It has mostly oceanic regions, although several massive continents separate the oceans. In addition the KSC is situated on several islands above the equator, so plot missions carefully when launching! In addition Kerbin has a moon, Laythe, which is a grey moon with its own oceans, continents and ice caps. -Duna, a purple-pink planet with many small craters and an overall rough surface. It has one ice moon, Ike, with its own craters. -Asford, a semi-ice and semi-ocean world. It has relatively few clouds as its surface is cold, but not cold enough that the atmosphere will freeze onto its surface. Also, it has one moon, Risian, with no atmosphere and cracks lining its surface. (Ocean Bug) -Asteroid Belt, contained with it are four major objects. Moho, a large, hilly, and cratered world. Also in this belt is Gilly and its moon Kitt, both of which are asteroids. Finally, Dres, now a darkened rock with several craters of which are blackened. It's previously anticipated that these craters must be a way of entry to Dres' core. (Gilly has model bug) -Jool, a large tan gas giant. It has two moons, Mun and Eve. The Mun is a dark grey and red planet. Above it is Eve, a green planet with few continents but a large ocean and is a planet which is expected to feature vast amounts of life on its surface on varying degrees from plants to large wild animals (of which isn't possible in KSP, but roleplay as you ease). (Eve has ocean bug) -Vall, an ice planet between Jool and the next planet, Trobus. This is likely an ice belt, between these two planets. It is likely a large ice world could have developed given Trobus and Jool didn't, first. Vall has three moons, two of which are asteroids and the larger, Karthis, is a dwarf object with cracks dotting its surface. (Model export bug) -Trobus, a large ice giant, has two moons of its own, with one having its own moons. The first moon is Kleas, a cratered ice moon with a special impression on its surface. The second moon is Rothian, a certainly unique pink-white-blue gas world. It is unknown what material lies in its atmosphere, or perhaps could life be present on it? Both of its moons are Ulston, an ice planet with a thick haze making the surface invisible (with EVE), and Loade, a bright copper planet with an ice sheet covering its surface. -Outer Objects, these objects are anywhere from dwarf planet Eeloo and Minmus to comets such as Bop or Pol. None of these stock planets have been changed from their original forms but they're likely going to be dark in the future, so it'd be a unique context nonetheless. I may try tossing some extra planets into this area though, given anyone wants one or a few. Existing planets may be changed upon requests, however. -Currently there are several issues to fix and some developments have yet to be made. These will be listed: Compatibilities (to be finished): Planetshine, CustomAsteroids, Science mods. If there are any you may like to suggest, link them to me and I will work on it. Bugs: One scatterer ocean issue to date, will address. To-Do: Add SciDefs and biomes. Perhaps tidy up some planets and fix them for a release.
  13. Creating Procedural Planet Textures (Heightmap & Colour) using Adobe After Effects Abstract To create an Adobe After Effects template that will allow for the generation of Planet/Moon Heightmap and Colour Maps for use with KSP by utilizing fractal noise layering to allow for ease of use by those that may not understand noise generation or subsequently, PQSMods/libnoise functions. The Adobe After Effects project can be download and used from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zss8ydp80zm6h7b/Planet Textures.aep?dl=0 ----- I recently rediscovered the power and effectiveness of After Effect's Fractal Noise libraries whilst working on unrelated projects and considered that it would be a powerful tool when used to create base textures for planetoids in KSP; if utilised correctly. Due to the way After Effects generates the noise, most noise created would be generated outside of the -180 to 180 degrees phase and therefore would not be seamless in the workspace and also the noise is created in a rectangular image space and therefore there would be significant 'pinching' distortion at the poles. To rectify this, the noise image space can be distorted using polar deformation to remove this issue and finally some manual seam blending can be introduced using a small mask to cover any inconsistencies that blends in with its surrounding environment. Finally, the resulting greyscale heightmap can be colourized depending on the lightness using a custom gradient scale to create a coloured ScaledSpace texture that varies with colour proportional to altitude. These textures can be rendered out of After Effects (at 8192x4096 in the attached project) for further use within KSP or for additional image manipulation work. The greyscale heightmap can be passed through a normal map generator to give you the bump map to be used in-game (remember that KSP uses inverted Red to the Alpha channel and the Green channel duplicated to RGB). Anyway, I have done some quick and dirty previews as to what can be achieved with not a terrible amount of effort, as you can see, bodies with complex and noisy terrain can be generated alongside those with mostly flat, rounded slopes: The above planetoids have all been generated using textures rendered straight from After Effects with the normal maps used being from the http://cpetry.github.io/NormalMap-Online/ tool by utilizing the greyscale heightmap. Above is a preview of one of the example bodies shown from Front, Left, Back, Right, Top & Bottom respectively to show the total lack of polar 'pinching'. Mini-guide Below I will list the respective stages of the process within After Effects to allow for the easy use of the attached project above. Panel 1: Noise Layers In this panel, you are required to generate the main features of the terrain by using multiple layers of fractal noise to build up a greyscale, rectangular base for your heightmap. As you can see, in the example above I have layered 6 noise layers to create the shown effect. The parameters listed against the Fractal Noise effect can be changed to alter the generated noise to your liking with a dynamic preview being shown in the composition work space. Ensure to layer blend your multiple noise layers to obtain the result you desire. Panel 2: Polar Distortion This panel requires no input by the user and simply takes the generated image from Panel 1 and applies the polar distortion required to create an even and consistent terrain distribution at the poles. Panel 3: Seam Blend for Heightmap The source image from Panel 2 is shifted horizontally by half a phase to show the seam error in the center of the image space. The mask in this composition can be resized, the feather adjusted and the opacity altered etc. to try and completely remove the seam whilst maintaining a good transition in the terrain on either side. This process can be seen below: This finalizes the greyscale heightmap for your body. Panel 4: Colourization The Colorama effect is applied to the source image from Panel 3 that allows you to create a gradient map that is directly proportional to the brightness of the texture. Many effects can be created here in the way that LUTs are used to colour terrain maps, realistically or not and even to reflect habitable Earth-like worlds. In the example below a simple rocky style gradient has been applied. Panel 5: Spherical Preview In this panel, you can rotate the colour map on the X, Y and Z axis (Y axis being the most useful) to give a real time preview of the body as a sphere. ---------- Once you are happy with your terrain maps, simply add Panel 3 and 4's composition frame to the render queue and generate your heightmap and colour map textures respectively. Ultimately, a Kopernicus config will be required to be written to use your textures to create the body within KSP. ---------- Disclaimer: I appreciate the fact this may not be a desirable way to generate terrain for use within KSP as basing your terrain of a heightmap texture can cause some rough, pixel'y terrain at the pixel boundaries... especially on larger bodies. Nonetheless, PQSMods still remain a confusing matter to many people and this method may be "good enough" for some to achieve the results they require. I post this up as a fleshed out proof of concept and nothing more.
  14. Hello! I've put together an image of some planets I have spent the last 2 weeks making. I would like to ask you guys whether I should compile this and turn it into a mod for you to use. The only reason I am asking this is because the creation is still in its beta/early stages. There are only 5 planets, though they are mostly complete (still lacking biome maps for three of them). I'll add a poll and the images below so you can make a vote!
  15. What struck me when reading about the "super-Earth" type of exoplanet is that many people seem to assume these planets are either like terrestrials in our Solar system, or mini-Neptunes/Gas Dwarfs. Reading more about this struck me as I realized an "in-between" exoplanet type probably exists and many of the superterrestrials discovered to this date. These two papers https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.08088 https://arxiv.org/abs/1311.0329 are rather enlightening on this matter. For example of what struck me: Also, on Wiki This basically suggests that there is a class of planet that: - has a solid or molten lava surface - at the same time, has an atmosphere that is H/He rich, and while FAR lighter than Neptune (for this reason I would say calling them sub-Neptunes is not really accurate as the pressure and temperature, as high as they are, are orders of magnitude lower than those in the water mantle of Neptune), still much denser, hot and crushing than Venus (pressure on the surface of Venus is 9 MPa, the pressure on a hypothetical 5 ME/2 Earth radius planet is 2 GPa or 222x as much as on Venus, one of the theoretised pressures for Kepler 11b is 1 GPa). Now, these planets have some unimaginable surface conditions, but unlike Neptune, you can still say there is a surface there, and to compare, the pressure at the top of the water mantle of Neptune is 200 GPa or 100-200x as much as at the surface of these planets (the temperature at the top of Neptune's mantle is 3000 K). In case of Kepler 11 b, this atmosphere is likely to be steam/supercritical water (a sort of an inbetween phase between liquid and gas). So, basically, there are probably many planets that are not really terrestrials as we know them from our Solar system, but not ice dwarfs like Neptune let alone gas giants like Jupiter. Of course, if we ever get there, exploring them would be the ultimate challenge of building landers, but the chemistry and processes (as they might feature processes we know from Neptune along with terrestrial geological phenomena like volcanoes) might be very fascinating. 55 Cancri is also sending some rather interesting signs that it is probably something we have not seen yet: http://www.space.com/32416-super-earth-55-cancri-e-super-hot-weather.html http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150506-volcano-planet-space-cancri-astronomy/ Yet, despite the temperature differences suggesting a thin atmosphere, one was indeed discovered, and it is a hydrogen/helium one with a mix of... probably hydrogen cyanide: https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1603/ So here is some conflicting evidence. On one hand, the large temperature variations and possible evidence of volcanic ash blocking emissions suggests a relatively thin atmosphere. On the other hand, spectral evidence suggests a hydrogen/helium atmosphere. On one hand, the planet is 8.63x as massive as Earth, so it could have gathered a H2/He envelope. On the other hand, it is on an extreme torch orbit, worse than Kepler 10b and Corot-7b, which have practically no atmosphere, according to transit data. Yet this one has, yet no H2O was detected (while for a Neptune like planet it is the major component), drastic temperature variations, possible volcanism... yet it apparently retained some light gases. The radius is 2x of Earth, mass 8.63x of Earth, so it is much denser that the 5 ME/2 Earth radius hypothetical "borderline" planet. That would suggest it has a hydrogen atmosphere, but one with a lower surface pressure than 2 GPa. Basically, what I am saying is that some exoplanets might have hydrogen/helium atmospheres that have high pressures, but have not retained the extensive hydrogen envelopes like Neptune or Jupiter. I think planets like this might be frequent in torch orbits, as the gravity holds SOME of the light gases, but not everything. The result might be an unholy Venus/Neptune hybrid with features common to both ice giants and terrestrials. But this does not end, apparently, some planets managed to grow to Neptune like masses while being so dense that they are clearly fully terrestrial and free of any H/He envelope: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/hcfa-afa053014.php The planet likely has a superheated ocean of water, but no helium or hydrogen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler-10c However, there are also apparently planets as light as Earth with an extensive light gas envelope: http://www.nature.com/news/earth-mass-exoplanet-is-no-earth-twin-1.14477 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_dwarf So, apparently, planets can be Neptune sized and terrestrial, Earth sized and with a huge gas envelope, or anything in-between. This is also why I don't really like when people throw terms like "super-Mars", "super-Earth", "super-Venus", or "super-Mercury". I think there is a very big factor that determines what a planet is like and that is - how exactly did it form and in what conditions. A planet is more that its orbital parametres. Sorry if this got too long. Just had an urge to air my thoughts and stimulate a discussion. I personally feel that the obsession of astronomy about finding "Earth-like" planets limits our horizons and knowledge. I am fascinated by bizzare planets, even those that probably have no life (through the soup like atmospheres of "borderline" planets might have surprises waiting for us...), and think apart from the joy of knowledge and aesthetics (when we eventually manage to photograph them) they might eventually offer a lot to humanity. EDIT - In addition, planets like the ones with a big, but not quite ice giant atmosphere (like the "sub-Neptunes" mentioned in the paper) might offer life bearing conditions if they are rogue planets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_planet#Retention_of_heat_in_interstellar_space
  16. Note: this is not yet downloadable, nor will it be until it or many others are complete. Yesterday morning I decided "Hey. Let's make planets!" After 7 long hard hours of analysing and doing my best to interpret the Kopernicus format, my first ever planet is nearly complete. The planet is called Olei (placeholder name, pronounced: "Oh Lie" or "Oh Lay") I've spent most of today ironing out the issues for it, and making the next two planets for a *possible* modpack! The next planet is called Dusk, because well... It looks like (dust?) Dusk! It's aimed at a smaller, non-atmospheric version of Duna with a more brown texture. Those spots are NOT volcanoes, just brighter splashes of colour. Reference orbit body: Eve at roughly 12,000,000m Here's Niebos, an earth-like planet. The black on the surface will be replaced with water once I learn how to do that. It has an atmosphere depth of 60,000 and some very rough terrain, as I'm still getting used to SpaceEngine. There are flat beaches to land on, similarly to Laythe, with some great base-making spots. Please, if you have a moment, I'd really appreciate some feedback on these planets. If you want me to turn this into an official mod, please drop a reply below! Have a GREAT day!
  17. Planet labs Hello fellow kerbanauts!! I would love to announce the development of The Official Planet Labs mod pack!! The company Gave me the go ahead and said they loved what im doing, so with that and with there permission, i bing you guys the OFFICIAL Planet Labs Mod Pack!!! the company designs and manufactures Triple-CubeSat miniature satellites called Doves that are then delivered into orbit as passengers on other missions. Each Dove Earth observation satellite continuously scans Earth, sending data once it passes over a ground station. Together, Doves form a satellite constellation that provides a complete image of Earth at 3-5 m optical resolution and open data access. Small size and a relatively low cost enable the company to quickly prototype and test new designs, while avoiding a loss of significant assets in a disaster. The images gathered by Doves provide up-to-date information relevant to climate monitoring, crop yield prediction, urban planning, and disaster response. This is the Dove! This pack will include the DOVE Imaging Satellite and the Sat Deploying Device (the box that deploys the Doves on the Canadarm 2 on the ISS). Below are progress images that will be updated frequently and remember that this is a big WIP. im about to move onto Animations.. but i have to learn them because i dont know anything about animations... all help in that field is welcome!!. i hope for all the feedback i can get! and i hope you all like the models! License: CC-BY-NC-ND
  18. I've recently begun developing a planet pack and I'm running into some texture issues so far, if someone could let me know what's wrong here, I'd appreciate it: Code for moon: The image below is the Color map (upper left), the Normal map (lower left), and the VertexColor (right) map. Once I launch the game, the in-game moon looks like this:
  19. Imagine if there was a planet with such high gravity and no atmosphere, it was begging to be used for gravity assists... But, there is a catch; it is nowhere near a flat planet, in fact, it's quite the opposite. 40 kilometer-high mountains, a ludicrously short day, combined with its low-orbiting moon (about the half the size, but twice the annoyingness as Ike) make exploiting its precious gravity a gamble. Yet, it's tantalizingly close orbit to Kerbin makes it such an irresistible option. Will you take this chance to reap the rewards? Requiring just a little more fuel to get to than Minmus, this planet can be a valuable resource to your missions. Just make sure not to crash... With a diameter close to that of Vall, but having a mass so high that it has a density roughly 1½ times that of Kerbin; its gravity will be much higher than that of Kerbin and potentially Eve.
  20. So I've been trying to add planets using Kopernicus and everything appears to be going well. However, there are a few technical questions that remain, if anyone could answer would be super helpful! What is the correct or preferred format for Normal maps? I've been using .DDS, DXT5 format with so-so results. I tried using DXT5_NM but my planet vanished. I've also tried using a normal full color normal map (normally hued blueish) but that also causes my planet to vanish, so instead I use a gray scale. Also tried a .PNG format as some have suggested- but my planet also vanishes.
  21. This mod has since been integrated into my new pack Kerbal Visions. I've wanted a Sedna analog for my own sandbox saves for a while now, but no one has ever made one. I whipped this together with KittopiaTech in about an hour. This is basically just a slightly undersized Minmus that has been recolored and re-seeded. Since we don't know what Sedna looks like, I think that this is a pretty good approximation. Out in the Hills Cloud, Sedna is unlikely to suffer many impacts, especially large ones. NOTE: By default the mod is set for OPM. Open the Settings.cfg to enable stock orbits. Features A poor man's Sedna analog that looks a lot like Minmus but more purple and weird Discover a world you've totally seen before, but harder to get to - kinda like Dres, but even less lovable! A texture that you could probably make with MS Paint and a Minmus map if you tried Full compatibility with OPM and GregroxMun's Planet 6 mod Enjoy!
  22. Welcome to the Dres Plus Development Thread! Here I will post the latest updates for my Dres Plus mod that aims to make Dres feel loved. At the time of this post, this is what the mod will add: Changes to Dres: Dres is now 950 km in radius. (Was previously 138 km) Dres' surface gravity has been increased to 2.1 g. (Was previously 0.115 g) Dres has rings! Dres' inclination and eccentricity have been changed to be more similar to the other planets', making Dres easier to get to. Added Opaki: (Name may change) Ocean moon of Dres. Completely covered with a greenish liquid, except at the poles, where there are two big landmasses. Has a thick greenish atmosphere, but it only extends to 40 km. About half the size of Kerbin. (305 km in radius) Added Ovum: (Name will probably change) Rocky moon of Dres. Orbits Dres in such a way that it appears to spin around Opaki. About 1/3 the size of Opaki. (112 km in radius) Right now it's just a resized Mun. I plan on adding a third moon that will just be a large asteroid. (Probably around a class V) Here is a screenshot of the view from the north pole of Opaki. (The atmosphere at this point isn't the right color, and the height map needs to be refined) I will release more screenshots as time goes on.
  23. I edited Kerbin with Kopernicus mod and the wrong side of the planet is lit up, i have no idea how to fix it. And i have no idea how to remove oceans on Kerbin. To fix : Issue 1 - Convert the normal map to ".dds", Issue 2 - Add this to the config file : @Kopernicus:AFTER[Kopernicus] { @Body[Kerbin] { @Template { removeOcean = true } } }
  24. In your opinion, which planet is the best for a base? For me it would probably Minmus because it has really flat places.
  25. Is there a mod that lets you collide asteroids to make planets? (I know the "Kopernicus" mod)