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  1. Real Scale Boosters - Parts Pack Realistically scaled rockets, heavily based on real world counterparts, with reasonably accurate stats. --------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: This is still an alpha/beta development project. New parts are still being added, and things can and will change! --------------------------------------------------------------------- Required Dependencies: Module Manager Highly Recommended: Hangar Extender (practically a must-have) QuickSearch (you can just type "atlas" or "delta" or "saturn", for example, to find related parts quickly) Kerbal Joint Reinforcement (big parts = big flexing?) Real Solar System FAR Community Tech Tree (if not playing in Sandbox mode) Currently Supported: SMURFF (as in, we have flags set to keep it from overwriting our engine masses) TweakScale CommunityTechTree and/or SpaceY-Lifters's tech nodes Supported By: Real Fuels + Realism Overhaul (support is provided from their side) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Gallery: --------------------------------------------------------------------- Included Sample Rockets (as of 0.13): Ares I Ariane V Athena Ic Athena IIc Atlas V 401 Atlas V 431 Atlas V 502 Atlas V 532 Atlas V 552 Atlas V HLV Carrack Medium (ETS) Carrack Heavy (ETS) Delta II Delta III Delta IV M+ (4,4) Delta IV M+ (5,4) Delta IV Heavy DIRECT-Jupiter (theoretical) ISRO PSLV ISRO PSLV XL Saturn I Saturn IB Saturn IC (ETS) Saturn V Saturn C-8 (theoretical) Saturn Multibody Heavy H03 (ETS) STS (Space Shuttle) Lifter --------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: These rocket parts ARE NOT stock balanced! They're using the real world mass ratios, thrusts, ISPs, dry weights, and so on. They will certainly WORK in stock, just with severe overkill. SECOND NOTE: This is still in alpha/beta development. Parts are still being added, and things can and will change! --------------------------------------------------------------------- About: This pack is intended for use with "Real Solar System", or otherwise a more realistic scale version of Kerbin (such as 6.4x scale). The parts included will likely be severe overkill in a more normal KSP installation. This pack provides a variety of "Kerbalized" versions of real world boosters. These are not meant to be true replicas. Where we've been able to get decent numbers for the real world counterparts, we have tried to get the sizes, masses, fuel capacities (in terms of mass), thrust, and ISP numbers close to correct. The art assets attempt to capture the overall shape and look of their real counterparts, matching the colors and dimensions, but perhaps not all of the details. Precision wasn't a requirement in building this pack. Rather, it's meant to be closer to the "SpaceY" art style, but functionally replicating real boosters. You will also notice that this pack includes only the boosters, and not the payload portions of these rockets. For example, the Saturn V parts are included from the bottom, up to and including the third stage (and Instrument Unit), but no Apollo spacecraft. The Space Shuttle parts will build you a working LH/LOX tank ("soon") and SRB combo, but does not have an Orbiter. The idea is to build your own payload and use realistically performing analogs to the boosters used in the real world. To that end, some adapters and fairing parts are included so that other KSP parts will function with these boosters. While some parts already have a diameter close to a standard KSP size, they're still slightly different. If it's close enough, I've included a little bit of a rim that will help hide the transition when attaching stock parts. If it's too far off, an adapter is often the better way to go. For instance, the Atlas V's first stage is 3.81m. A simple rim works in this case when attaching a Kerbodyne 3.75m tank. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Usage Notes: * Inside the "Ships" folder, there are several example rockets already assembled. * None of the engines have bottom attachment nodes, or auto-shrouds. Instead, the mod functions more realistically, with interstages that are matched to the stages that use them, and engines can be mixed and matched inside of them (space permitting). Usually you will need to place the engines first, and then snap the appropriate interstage on afterward (whose attachment node may be hidden inside the tank). * Because different rockets historically have had different staging sequences, some of which place ullage motors on the interstages (Saturn V for instance), sometimes the stage's fuel tank has a decoupler node. Attachment nodes for the interstages may be hidden inside the tank butt, and usually are aligned with the exterior fuselage, rather than the end of a bulging dome or tank butt. * Realistic numbers have been used where possible, but sometimes available data online is rounded or imprecise, or have changed over the years so they are inconsistent. Numbers may be tweaked in the future if better information becomes available. Part sizes should be reasonably correct, but sometimes we lose a half meter or more somewhere. * In the available data, SRBs often are described in terms of either peak thrust, or average thrust. In the real world they have a highly variable thrust profile (by design). In KSP they use a single, invariant thrust level. We've opted for using a number somwhere between the average and peak thrusts. You may find the burn times shorter than the real world counterparts as a result, unless you use thrust limiting. * Real world RCS and attitude control thrusters tend to be very weak compared to what we're used to in KSP. For example the thrusters in the Delta IV upper stages are supposed to have less than 0.04 thrust. In KSP that feels almost useless, so we've opted for numbers closer to KSP's usual RCS thrusters. * By default RSB uses the stock LiquidFuel, Oxidizer, and MonoPropellant, but with the correct amounts of mass, so that the performance is consistent with the real rockets. Compatibility patches for Real Fuels (for example) should be forthcoming eventually. * These rockets are reasonably stable under the stock joint strength, and stock aerodynamics, since the part count is low. KJR and FAR are still recommended for a good experience though. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Known Issues: The Atlas V 500-series procedural fairing doesn't want to stretch straight up cylindrically around the Centaur at the correct diameter. It has to widen slightly first. Career-mode costs of parts and their unlocks are all out of whack, and need a balance pass. Wishlist / To-Do: Several generic radial decouplers and Ullage/Retro SRMs. Ariane V - (added in 0.5) - Possibly add ES variant? (maybe) DIRECT-Jupiter (shuttle derivative) - (usable, could use more parts) (maybe) Proton (Russian) (maybe) SLS, CDR version - (would love to, but multiple mods already have this) (maybe) Titan III family (maybe) Falcon 9R - (would love to, but multiple mods already have this) (maybe) Energia (Soviet) (maybe) PSLV/GSLV (Indian) - (PSLV added in 0.6) (maybe) Orbital Antares (maybe) Mercury/Gemini rockets: Redstone, Atlas D, Titan II (maybe) Tsyklon, Cosmos, Vostok (Russian) (maybe) Lambda, Diamant, Viking, Vanguard (maybe) Long March (Chinese) (maybe) H-IIB (Japanese) (maybe) N1 (Soviet) (maybe) Chrysler SERV (SSTO) (maybe) Thunderbolt (Eyes Turned Skyward) (maybe) (new) Juno I/II (maybe) (new) NEXUS more selections of realistic clamshell fairings --------------------------------------------------------------------- Installation: Simply copy the "RealScaleBoosters" folder into your GameData folder. If upgrading from a previous version, be sure to delete the old one from GameData first (this is the cleanest option). Troubleshooting: There's not a whole lot to go wrong in RSB by itself. If you are using the "stockalike" patches, some problems can arise due to either ModuleManager, or CKAN screwing up the installation/removal of various mods (and thus confusing ModuleManager), or maybe there is a new mod interaction that I'm not aware of. Some basic things you can do: Try deleting "ModuleManager.ConfigCache" in GameData. Always try this first. MM's cache can get out of sync and the only way to know that the problems you're having are real is to delete this file, and fire up KSP again, and let it rebuild the cache, and see if you are still having problems. Try completely deleting and reinstalling this mod, and anything else that might be interacting with it, such as mods that make sweeping changes to fuel tanks, fuels, engines, or rescaling. Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of this mod, ModuleManager, and anything else they might be interacting with. If KSP has just recently updated to a new version, some of these mods may be broken at first. If you're using CKAN and have removed any mods with it, recently or at any time in the past, make sure those mods actually are completely 100% removed. You may have to manually delete the folders since CKAN is very inconsistent about properly removing things and cleaning up after itself. Even if a mod's folder is completely empty, the fact that it exists will make ModuleManager believe that the mod is present. If you're loading the included sample rockets, and the size and fuel capacity is all wrong, make sure you're using the right sample rockets. For a regular RSB installed, they all have names that start with "RSB". For the "stockalike" patches, you should only be using the sample rockets that start with "RSBstock". --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download From: SpaceDock -or- Curse.com -or- ksp.necrobones.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***optional*** RSB Stockalike (stockification rescale patches) ***optional*** SpaceDock -or- ksp.necrobones.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Change Log:
  2. Realism Overhaul If you want to discuss Realism Overhaul or how to use Realism Overhaul check out this thread here. Realism Overhaul is a mod that makes Kerbal Space Program behave more like real life. If you're interested in seeing what it's like to fly rockets in the real world, this is the mod for you! Realism Overhaul does this by combining and configuring other mods, and mod and stock parts to perform as their real-life equivalents. You can expect things to be a little harder, and rockets to be a bit bigger, but the scenes far more epic, and the accomplishment that much greater. Some of the most signfiicant changes include: Engines have real sizes and performance values, and use real fuels. Most of them have limited ignitions and suffer from ullage. Pods are as large as their real-life counterparts and weigh what they should. Propellant tanks have correct dry mass ratios. Solar panels don't produce massive amounts of energy, but they are lighter. Similarly reaction wheels aren't magically powerful anymore (though they still don't require momentum dumping). Contributors to Realism Overhaul: A1Ch1, Raidernick, james3838, camlost, JandCandO, Sarbian, marcelocoelhorodrigues, NathanKell, hattivat, batuhan, Ravenchant, bax-, advice-dawgg, jean400, RedAV8R, jedi95, MedievalNerd, regex, Felger, Temeter, Replica17, veskenapper, ferram4, leudaimon, BevolJ, RezzyD, Agathorn, TheKosmonaut, TheVoid2, Theysen, Phredward, ChrisPBacon, Kibbick, Niemand303, alimoncu, AjentK, pjf, rocketscience, John-Long-Silver, doktorjet, Ippo343, Dragon01, Probus, BryceSchroeder, Bsd0, asmi, Starman4308, stratochief66, StupidChris, OvidHamburg, awang, winged, rsparkyc, PhineasFreak, Zarbizaure, JoseEduardo, ctiberious, SirKeplan, Schnobs Album credits: @winged, @Chris P. Bacon, @raidernick, @Zarbizaure, @NathanKell Getting Started The Realism Overhaul Wiki contains gameplay guides to help you get off the ground: Commonly Asked Questions (with commonly answered answers) Building Your First RO Rocket Ferram's Launch Vehicle Tutorial Engine Choice and Stage Sizing Ferram on Ascent Profile and TWR How to use those Puny Ion Engines Getting Started Contributing If you'd like to talk to us, contribute, or ask for help on a bug, you can always find someone online on the RealismOverhaul IRC Channel (irc.esper.net #RO (Webchat, or use a client like HexChat) If you're experiencing a bug, please post an output_log.txt (This can be found in your /KerbalSpaceProgam/KSP_Data/ folder) Mod Choices When installing Realism Overhaul, you've got a plethora of mod choices to further customize your gameplay. This section lists mods that are supported and/or recommended. CURRENT STATE OF MOD LINKS (02/04/2017): The links provided below may reference new threads which are labeled as 1.2.2 compatible. This is due to some mod developers cancelling the development and other modders continued the work on the mod and created a new thread. The other possibilty is that the thread got deleted in the recent forum anomaly. In foresight of a 1.2.2 compatible release the most up to date threads / release pages are referenced. But until Realism Overhaul for 1.2.2 is released we kindly ask you to check the download links provided in the respective threads to grab the version which is compatible to 1.1.3 if you intend to do a manual install. Most mods have a version history on either spacedock.com or github.com. Dependencies These mods are required for Realism Overhaul to function correctly. CKAN will automatically install all of these mods for you when you install Realism Overhaul. Advanced Jet Engine Ferram Aerospace Research Kerbal Joint Reinforcement Module Manager Real Chute Real Fuels Real Heat Real Plume SmokeScreen Recommendations These mods are recommended, and installed by default in CKAN. They are not required, and you can install all or none of them to your own liking. B9 Procedural Wings Connected Living Space Deadly Reentry Filter Extensions Hangar Extender KSP Automatic Version Checker MechJeb - see the RO wiki for more info Procedural Fairings Procedural Fairings - For Everything! Procedural Parts RCS Build Aid Real Solar System Remote Tech Semi-Saturable Reaction Wheels TAC Life Support Test Flight Texture Replacer (Green Mods are highly recommended, orange ones add to realism, but also make the game more difficult) Suggestions These mods are supported part packs that make it easier to build rockets. We suggest installing at least a few of these. New Mechanics: DMagic Orbital Science Kerbal Attachment System SCANsat New Parts: AIES Aerospace ALCOR ATK Propulsion Pack Atomic Age Community ISS CryoEngines FASA Forgotten Real Engines KW Rocketry Launchers Pack Near Future Tech Porkworks Habitation RLA Stockalike Soviet Engines Real Scale Boosters RN Antares-Cygnus RN Proton & Soyuz R7 RN Salyut/Soyuz/Vostok/Voskhod RN Skylab RN Solar Panels RN Soviet Probes RN US Probes Pack SSTU SXT Taerobee Tantares Tantares LV Universal Storage Ven's Stock Revamp (Mods followed by a * are not currently installable via CKAN, those colored blue add engines) P Installation To install Realism Overhaul you can either use CKAN, or do things manually. Pre-Packaged installation via CKAN CKAN is an excellent tool for installing mods in an orderly fashion. We have prepared a set of installation packages for the mods in Realism Overhaul. Here follow instructions for how to install via CKAN (alternatively check out the CKAN User's Guide): Start out by creating a clean installation of KSP. (If you don't, beware the dragons!) Next, visit the forum thread here and download the latest release here. Place ckan.exe in your KSP installation directory. CKAN offers you two modes of use. You can use the graphical user interface, as explained below, or you can use its command line interface. If you wish to do the latter, check out the CKAN user's guide for more information on the command line interfrace. Launch the CKAN GUI by double-clicking the ckan.exe in your KSP directory Use the Filter to find Realism Overhaul Select Realism Overhaul to install Click Go To Changes Proceed through the menus to select your installation. Watch CKAN install Realism Overhaul and all the other mods for you Launch KSP. Enjoy! Alternative: Manual Installation If you don't like automation, there's always the old 'by hand' way: Start with a fresh, unadulterated, install of KSP. Download and install the required mods. Ensure you have the most up to date version and have followed their respective installation instructions. Download and install Realism Overhaul itself. To do so, download the zip archive and unzip all folders inside its GameData folder into your KSP/GameData folder. Launch KSP. Enjoy! IMPORTANT - DELETE YOUR OLD REALISM OVERHAUL FOLDER Realism Overhaul Github Release Page (DOWNLOAD HERE - latest 1.1.3 release version) Source Changelog. Changelogs going further back can be found in the old Realism Overhaul thread, an even older Realism Overhaul thread, and the RedAV8R Realism Patch thread. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 1.2.2 PRERELEASE - UNSUPPORTED / WIP [04-01-2017 / Version as of 03-22-2017] Following the GitHub link provided below will guide you to the current development release for Realism Overhaul for KSP version 1.2.2. At the moment this is to be used at your own discrection as no support will be provided in this thread. Creating an additional KSP install is highly recommend as things might break and a clean KSP install for Realism Overhaul is highly advised to avoid old leftovers from possible former mods. Installation for this prerelease is manual at the moment - NO CKAN. You have to grab all the mods listed in the OP above and check their 1.2.2 compatible downloads and install accordingly to their specific instructions. Another option is to open the GoogleDoc which can be found at the GitHub release page - courtesy of @rsparkyc, who created a nice spreadsheet covering all of the mandatory mods and their download links for a working Realism Overhaul install in 1.2.2. https://github.com/KSP-RO/RealismOverhaul/releases/tag/v11.4.1 Feel free to test and give feedback or supply your own configs and work for Realism Overhaul in 1.2.2 - stay tuned for the officially supported and public release! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WIP (PATCHES WELCOME!) Please see this Google Spreadsheet for the Current WIP or desired mod packs. Help updating and creating configs is always welcome! Just jump on the IRC channel (details above) and offer your help! If you fix something in one of these packs, please submit it to the Github Repo instructions here.] Career Mode Realistic Progression Zero incorporates career mode into Realism Overhaul. Note that at this time not all modpacks are supported, see the the RP-0 post for more details. Visual Enhancements RSS Visual Enhancements by pingopete improves the visual appearance of planets and clouds, and it's looking excellent so far! Other Things to help make RO/RSS more enjoyable: Calc.xls by NathanKell This mod was created by NathanKell and RedAV8R. Currently maintained by NathanKell, stratochief66 and SirKeplan. (Contributions by many others. If you were missed in the contributors list at the top of the post, PM Theysen and he'll add you). License CC BY-SA
  3. Is there any mods that allow me to play RSS as if I was playing vanilla KSP? I know I can use SMURFF or Realism overhaul to make the rockets realistic but I am sick of building huge 1000 ton asparagus monsters just to get a single kerbal to land on the moon. I used KIDS in the past and had a blast exploring the real solar system with kerbal sized rockets but now its not supported and I can't find any alternatives. Help.
  4. WHAT IS THIS? Constellations (formerly known as RSS Extrasolar) adds solar systems that exist in real life in their (for the most part) exact positions, along with the exoplanets that orbit within them. This mod is to be used with Real Solar System, making for a nice endgame goal once you have done everything you can. I divided all of the stellar distances by ten, so it is easier to traverse space. However, it is still necessary for you to install some additional mods such as Interstellar Extended, so that Jebediah will be able to live to see the day that humankind reaches its curious arms into interstellar space. SCREENSHOTS ----------------------------------------------------------------------- PROXIMA CENTAURI B TRAPPIST-1G / JOOL KEPLER-1229B ---------------------------------MORE--------------------------------- CURRENT SOLAR SYSTEMS TIPS AND TRICKS WANT A BIT OF A CHALLENGE? ---------------------------------------------------------- DOWNLOAD FROM SPACEDOCK ---------------------------------------------------------- UPCOMING FEATURES CHANGE LOG License: BSD
  5. Hello and thank you for choosing to fly your payload with Epix Launch Services. We are the ONLY community launch provider for RSS/RO so far. We aim to provide the most accurate launches on the forums. Our current rockets are Zeus- 301,311,321,331,641 and 651 Orion- 7930,7940,7910 and 7915 here are some images of launches of our various LV's Submit payloads here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V974De3AFrYTczvG6uvR3tJcKK3YwMVAfxPmrWHGBhw/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true Mission controller requirements: In order to join, us we want you to have a few requirements so you can effective assist us. Real Space Program is entirely a group effort, therefore we need every member to contribute as best as possible. So here is a list of what you will need in order to join (role specifics listed below)(bullets in bold are required): Non-Mission Control Requirements: Skype, Discord (primarily text portion, mobile app acceptable) College Level Mathematics, some wiggle room. Able to run a KSP save with Realism Overhaul (RO), Real Solar System (RSS) and all of their dependencies (as well as all mods listed above). Specifically able to make Launch Vehicles. Knowledge for planning and coordinating. Knowledge to code within kOS, KRPC. Mission Control Role Requirements: Decent Microphone Good internets speeds Discord Chat Software (for Mission Control Discussions- during launch) Able to attend launches (semi-regularly. We can make exceptions, but only if mentioned before a launch!) Mission Control Role Specific Requirements: Port Forwarding (Astronaut/Booster/PAO) Additional Programs (Various Roles)
  6. This is the story of the Kerbals of Earth, the third planet from the star Sol. Some time in the recent geological past, an unknown disaster brought devastation and extinction on a global scale. Once a paradise of forests and oceans teeming with life, Earth is now a blasted wasteland where small communities of these tenacious little green creatures struggle for survival, striving to rise from their subterranean origins and conquer the surface of their world, and its heavens. A handful of powerful companies rule over the Kerbal communities and control access to the world's dwindling supply of resources. These companies have agreed to sponsor a small team of visionary engineers and scientists who believe that the future of their species – and an explanation as to their origins – may lie in space. Together, they found the Omelek Space Centre on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is the story of Camwise, a resourceful space engineer who proves to have an uncanny ability to survive and get his crew home, even when the odds are stacked against him. It is also the story of Bartdon, a truculent senior investigator trying to hold the space programme together despite facing pressure from without and treachery from within. This is the story of the Kerbals of planet Earth and their attempts to reach out into the Solar System. Reach out they will indeed, and find more than they bargained for. The Camwise Logs is also a KSP Real Solar System / Realism Overhaul play-through in career mode. Certain part mods are used, and occasionally part configuration files are adjusted, but these will always reflect plausible – if not yet feasible – near future technologies. Hyperedit is occasionally used for the purpose of setting certain scenes (or repairing bugs and glitches), but all space missions are launched and flown legitimately, under full manual control of the author (ie: no mechjeb). All vehicles perform according to the specifications described in the story. PART ONE: THE MOON VS. ME PART TWO: THE VIEW FROM PHOBOS PART THREE: LUNACY PART FOUR: TOO BIG TO FAIL PART FIVE: L'ENFANT SAUVAGE PART ONE: THE MOON VS. ME "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" Albert Einstein. YEAR 6 DAY 45 Now, then. My name is Camwise and I am, until the circumstances change, stuck on the Moon. Yes, Luna, the Moon, the natural satellite of planet Earth; not the Mun, or whatever they call it in that computer game played by some of the kids back home who dream about becoming astronauts. What was it called again...? Anyway, back to the problem at hand. I was sent to Luna as the engineer of the first two-kerbal crew to set up and occupy what shall be the first long-term Moon base. That is, if we manage to build the damned thing before we starve to death. Yes, as you can see if you examined the telemetry, our lander toppled. Before embarking, I had naturally expressed my concerns to the designer of the aforementioned vehicle, Karanda. She happens to be brilliant at aerodynamics, and made some invaluable contributions to the spaceplane programme, but this lander is certainly not one of her better efforts. She fails to grasp some of the fundamentals of flying where there is no air. To say it is top-heavy would be putting things mildly, but even I had not foreseen that the landing legs would impede the thrust of the radial engines that were supposed to ensure our soft touchdown at Drygalski crater. You would have thought she would have run the necessary simulations... It's not as if having engines that actually slow down a Lunar lander are mission critical, right? As it was, my pilot Catbeth had been faced with two choices: extend the gear and make a new crater on the lunar surface for the next team of engineers to drill into, or attempt to touchdown by canceling our velocity just above the surface and extending the gear at the last moment. Fortunately she had chosen the latter, but despite her best attempt at sticking the landing, the lander had tipped anyway. OK, fine. The good news is that we are still alive, and I can live with sleeping on the walls of our capsule for the foreseeable future. At least we have a ton of supplies for our long-term stay on the Lunar surface while we wait for the Island Space Port to come up with an idea for getting us off this rock, don't we? Well, not quite. The majority of the ton of supplies in question (2.4 metric tonnes actually, as well as the capsule that is our ride home, two spacious habs, a service module with large solar panels and a rover), is still circling the Moon in a low polar orbit. Some of the modules are as little as thirty kilometers above our heads. I'm pretty sure that if I go outside and squint at the sky for long enough, I will catch a glimpse of the sunlight glinting off metal as our salvation skims silently over the grey and dusty landscape at one-point-six kilometers per second. Now, of course we weren't sent here to helplessly watch our gear fly past, so let me explain. We will have a lot of work to do once the first modules touch down. But they will only touch down if the water drilling rig continues to extract H2O at the planned rate. If the electrolysis units and cryocoolers that are supposed to turn the water into liquid hydrogen and oxygen work properly. If the cryogenic fuel doesn't boil off faster than we can produce it. If the shuttle we intend to refuel and fly to pluck the modules from orbit performs to spec, just like Karanda's brilliant single stage lander was supposed to. That's a lot of “if”s, I know. But meanwhile, while the tank of this huge machine I'm operating slowly fills up with water extracted from the lunar regolith, I have nothing better to do than tell you about the series of events that brought us here.
  7. I want to share/store documents and plans I (and others!) make for interplanetary missions. I intend to start with basic/boring information, like ballistic coefficients, heat shield information, etc.that will be useful to see for planning a mission. I intend to draw from data of actual carried out or planned missions, but feel free to post information about missions you've carried out with the full RSS/RO/RP-0 stack in KSP 1.1 or 1.2. For starters, I've got this document which lays the ground for a Venus balloon mission. A heatshield is required to slow the craft down at Venus, of course, but the idea is that a balloon/probe combination would be great for gathering information from Venus. I also have the notion that using a balloon would be the best way to attempt to bring a probe back to Venus' orbit from the surface of Venus. Once the balloon & payload are up past most of the atmosphere, a rocket could be used to rise the rest of the way to orbit. https://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/SSPO/SP/VenusUpper/Presentations/gage_VenusEntryBalloonsUAVs.pdf
  8. add it so you can switch versions like you can go to 0.16 also i would like 5 meter parts because they would be much more powerful and we could launch are creations and have less part count and it would be less laggy so you could fit the bigger payloads in fairings also you should add RSS in the game nathankell made i like it very much. and also clouds and scattering effects for planets and in astronomer's visual pack.
  9. Warning: This is a Development Version that requires mods without official stable releases for the latest Kerbal Space Program version, and it could be necessary to compile some of them from their source code, like RealHeat. Sufficiently Realistic Progression Zero General Development Feedback and Discussion License: CC-BY-NC-SA DOWNLOAD (Source included): Older versions: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B45cFsYMm_H-Y1dYdW5rUThXT28 0.1.1 : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B45cFsYMm_H-VW5Zd2dlR24wSkE This is a fork of RP-0 and RealismOverhaul which unlike them does not require RealFuels, initially created for personal use, intended to achieve the following: Make rockets, engines, etc behave as realistically as possible without replacing the default ModuleEnginesFX and without requiring specific configs; Convert some but not most real engine specs from RO besides RealFuels-exclusive specs like ullage, feed system and limited ignitions to Stock. Late game contracts tailored for and full compatibility with Umbra Space Industries Kolonization and Extraplanetary Launchpads; Career balance and custom contracts that are challenging, maybe near-impossible sometimes but without grind. Rewards might be excessive as of now; Career progression from sounding rockets to building and sending an interstellar generation ship into an escape trajectory out of the solar system. The Current features are: Contract pack from sounding rockets to not so near future kinds of missions like building factories in outer space. (WIP, not fully tested) Like in RP-0, some probes lack attitude control. Extra, usually heavier avionics parts are needed to control rockets (WIP and still requires balancing). Near all engines have limited throttle. A generic patch sets up hopefully realistic throttle limits to complement what SMURFF does to stockalike engines. Oxidizer is treated as an abstraction of Liquid Oxygen, and likewise, it is mildly cryogenic. Should only matter for weeks long missions. (uses SSTU boiloff) Liquid Methane rocket engines. For now only the Raptor: while there is a setup for BE-4 a lookalike part in a mod compatible with 1.2.x is needed. Stats are WIP and may change once more data becomes available. Both ProceduralParts and SSTU tanks are patched to support Liquid Methane loadouts. Generic overhauls of electricity, solar power, reaction wheels and others to bring their stats closer to what real ones would have. The nice RP-0 Tech Tree with a few extras, a generic patch for stockalike parts with rebalanced prices(WIP) for the demands of a realistic scale solar system. Custom-configured engines and command pods mostly adapted from Realism Overhaul configs to work without RealFuels, like the Apollo CM/SM, Rocketdyne F-1 etc. Stock PartUpgrade functionality added. Unfortunately, unlike RealFuels engine configs, they cannot be rolled back in the editor after their purchase. Again, this is experimental and right now requires some mods without stable 1.2.x versions. Known Issues: Part Upgrades do not work correctly with SSTU engines.This is a limitation that will probably be fixed in a future version of SSTU. Required Mods: Community Resource Pack Community Tech Tree Contract Configurator Cryogenic Engines Custom Barn Kit Ferram Aerospace Research (Development Branch) Firespitter Core (Plugin only) Kerbal Construction Time (Development Branch) Kerbal Joint Reinforcement Module Manager Procedural Parts RasterPropMonitor Real Chute Real Solar System Real Heat (Must be recompiled. If I get confirmation from @NathanKell it's no problem, I'll post a download link to an unofficial RealHeat.dll compiled for 1.2 later) RemoteTech SMURFF SSTU TAC Life Support or USI Life Support. It might be possible to try this without RealHeat, but the results of atmospheric reentry may become unexpected and radiators will become necessary in situations which in reality would not require them. Part Upgrades Note: Once you have researched a part upgrade, you cannot revert to older specs. Sometimes it's better to not upgrade, specially because some upgrades mostly changed reliability in real world and TestFlight isn't compatible with the latest version of KSP to simulate such detail. Maybe never, because having too many failures the player isn't directly responsible for would oppose the goal of avoiding grind. These are basically RealFuels engine configs from RealismOverhaul translated into Part Upgrades which override each other. RemoteTech Note: For convenience, every probe and command module will feature a passive omnidirectional antenna once you have researched Basic Avionics. Further research in avionics will automatically increase their range and improve their transmission rates. Recommended Complementary Contract Packs: Tourism Plus Bases and Stations CleverSat if you want one more reason to launch satellites besides SCANSat and RemoteTech. Highly Recommended Mods: Advanced Jet Engine B9 Aerospace Parts and Procedural Wings Blizzy78's Toolbar Connected Living Space (experimental in the master branch) Dynamic Deflection Editor Extensions Redux Extraplanetary Launchpads - Custom contracts available for it. FASA - For Mercury, Gemini, early rockets and launch clamps. Anything without lander legs, wheels or docking ports still works. Delete parts already available in SSTU. RaiderNick's Soviet Spacecraft - for the Vostok and Voskhod. Flight Manager for Reusable Stages(FMRS) (Experimental) Kerbal Alarm Clock KerbalAtomics Kerbal Attachment System Kerbal Engineer Kerbal Inventory System kOS or MechJeb - if you really don't want either, disable RemoteTech's light speed lag. Hangar Extender Precise Node Procedural Fairings RCS Build Aid Real Scale Boosters - For real rocket engines exclusive to it. Sigma Binary - simulating the real way Pluto and Charon orbit each other. Perhaps a Real Solar System + Centauri Dreams interstellar mod will happen one day. Ship Manifest - besides its many conveniences, it is required for the unmanned soil sample recovery missions. Stage Recovery SXT Taerobee Trajectories Transfer Window Planner - Tip: due to Earth's axial tilt, you must align your orbital inclination with the Moon instead of an equatorial orbit for this. TweakScale USI Kolonization - A Real Solar System balanced career mode compatible with Kolonization was the reason SRP-0 started. Warp Everywhere or Time Control Waypoint Manager Recommended Mods: Bluedog Design Bureau CactEye Telescopes Civilian Population Revamp DeepFreeze Continued EVA Parachutes and Ejection Seats HooliganLabs Airships, for HAVOC Infernal Robotics (Experimental - go here or here for parts) NearFuture Technologies Persistent Thrust Real Plume RSS Date Time (should work in 1.2, if not it will have to be recompiled) RSSVE, if the performance drop from running it and the GFX mods it requires is acceptable. SCANsat SpaceY and SpaceY Expanded. USI Karbonite+ USI Orion Nuclear Pulse Propulsion Special Thanks To @Shadowmage and all who helped in the development of SSTU; To @NathanKell and the contributors of Real Solar System, RealismOverhaul and the RP-0 Team; To @Kerbas_ad_astra for SMURFF, which both inspired and is essential for this mod. To @ferram4 for Ferram Aerospace Research. To @RoverDude for the Umbra Space Industries mods. To Squad for not being afraid to bet on an once almost completely neglected niche genre and to all who contributed with the development of Kerbal Space Program To everyone who ever contributed to every mod listed here and to the KSP modding community in general. And I hope everything is OK with this development thread and first post here. Changelog: 0.1.1 Improved the code and recompiled ThrottleControlledShutdown.dll Recompiled RP-0.dll and included its modified, stripped down source code. Adapted all RealismOverhaul patches for Bluedog Design Bureau and added a few more. Included all rescales for SXT aircraft parts from RO. Adapted more patches from RO for stock parts. Fixed the fuel mass ratios for the MAKS spaceplane engine and added MAKS fuel settings to SSTU tanks. Hopefully it is very close to reality now. CECE-Methane upgrade for Bluedog Design Bureau's RL10 as yet another liquid methane engine.
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  11. I am very new to RO and RSS and when I am crafting my new rocket, it has negative mass and center of mass was well below the rocket. Picture 1 Picture 2 When launching, the rocket crash and clips with other parts.
  12. I have recently returned to KSP and was looking forward to the integrated telemetry and wanted to try the RO / FASA / Historical Contracts mods. After a few days playing with the available pre-release versions on GITHUB I seem to have everything working except for RealHeat (which appears to be abandoned?). The early game USSR craft seem to be a bit under powered and the Saturn V only has a TWR of .31. I've tried merging the pending pulls on FASA/RO GIT's but the mass and thrust are right (maybe not counting all the engines?). Anyway, I was just wondering if there is anybody else that wants to collaborate on getting RO working again, or should I just wait it out? Happy Landings! -Dead
  13. I was trying to create myself a RSS "modpack", but both because I'm lazy and because I'm bad at searching stuff, I can't find any lists of mods that I must have in order to play RSS correctly. Is someone willing to write a list of mods (just the list, I'll find by myself all the downloads) that I need?
  14. I was wondering if anyone has built a successful STS in RSS/RO/RP-O game, I've been trying for around a month to get one to fly, orbit, and land with no success. I'm using KSP 1.1.3 since that was the last stable RSS/RO/RP-O build and I have a sweet saved game on it in the late 70s with a maned Mars base, large space stations around Earth, the moon, and Mars, orbiters around all the planets except for Pluto.
  15. Venus she's easy! or maybe not. She's hot, and has great tracts of land. Not that its a high pressure arrangement to sample her wonderful science. It will take more time to float to her surface than to do three full moon missions. Playing a Career mode game (Hard setting except for load/save allowed) using RSS as my baseline mod. This is a 1.2.2 game so I’m using SMURFF, SpaceY and other mods to get to an acceptable power to weight ratio for launches, Using tweakscale and procedural fairings, SXTcontinued and near future mods for extended tech tree parts, community tech tree and SETI for an unmanned first push, TACLS for life support and I'm full enforcing a cleaned up orbit ( If i have to delete space junk it costs me 100k funds) and use Stage Recovery to get funds back (Set 7k Burnup Speed and 7-14m/s Landing, otherwise default) I tested various re-entries to make sure the 7k Re-entry speed was actually survivable for my designs. SCANsat and CactEye pad out the game but I’m using Comnet with only KSC ground station instead of RemoteTech for communications. Um oh and 104 mods in my CKAN installed list total... I have Saturn Second stage Nuclear and Timberwind nuclear engines in custom modded items, generally don't use them, specifically only on missions leaving from above 500km orbit. None of the designs is dangerous outside of the basic nukes in space argument. I use a minimum of 12m from crew compartments as a design requirement for nukes. Some of the more extreme nuclear engine design would warrant more though. If I’m using a Timberwind 450 the engine is likely 30m+ back just because of the amount of tank it needs to be useful. Regardless once i get the SSME available it was all that for main and second stages. I use Solids only if really needed or its a real simple mission. After Luna I started deciding what to do next, mars window was way out and I started to investigate Venus first. Time to set up comms. I probably could have got away without the comnet first but I believe its the first step given how many missions have failed because communications are crap. It also eliminated the need for huge antenna on the landers and probes. COMSATS Venus Comsat Network, sent 4 relays in an array planned aero-braking to drop dV, middle of aero-brake maneuver, deflated heat shield, and ejected compacted relay sats, barely staying out of atmosphere, each sat had barely enough maneuver 680m/s to get circular in a reasonable Eq. orbit. in trying to switch craft during the near disaster, got locked onto the structural frame that the relay sats coupled to during transit, (just some pipe sections a de-orbit motor and small probecore, mechjeb, antenna and batteries, one small solar panel). nothing burned up, very close but high drag really slowed it down fast. followed to ground, it litho-braked with the sacrifice of one of the spent couplers and I got my first Venusian data (telemetry & temperature). The Comsats got me a few more experiments and squarish 1200km orbit network (Intended to be 3000km). SCANSATS Scansat probes went out next, didn't have SAR yet. Radar altimetry, Biome scanner and Survey scanners along with High orbit and Low Orbit Science Sats, discovered that venusian day is longer than its year! Very long scan time, skipped two useful transfer windows. As the last of my Apollo moon missions finished scienceing the crap out of the moon I sent a second science/Scansat wave. SAR high altitude, recon and Survey detail sats along with my missing space science. Took a while to get all the gravity scans. Kerbal Alarm Clock estimates took front stage. My first comsats & scansats went to mars during this time so it was hectic. Descent to the surface! Originally I had intended to ignore Venus landings unless the were historical missions from RSS Historical missions pack. However the ease of landing space junk on the surface made me prioritize it given the shorter transfer and delay times for manned missions and sample return. Venera Missions, first two missions sent using my best guesses and did not include all the instruments since I did not have all at this point, using DMagic's instruments also. Midlands for the win. Stopped using the Inflatable shield because it was to hard to control drag, and it flipped on my first mission, lucky that a couple of solar panels was all that was lost. Landers overbuilt soviet style. Found out parachutes won't deploy at 12m/s in 70atm. drogue shoots in pre-deploy would not stop spinning, but full deploy brought the landers down straight. Any lifting surface is detrimental to landing except maybe airbrakes/gridfins. Reality is that they probably melted on the way down since they didn't include temperature control of any kind. past initial re-entry anything that is dropped will make it to surface probably with a safe speed (kinda 12m/s seems like max on higher terrain). Major Probe Volley! After re-design of the probes, left me with R2D2 looking canisters filled with science I tried sending two for testing. Mainly finding more accurate landing position. The agonizing wait during the drop! don't like x4 physical landings regardless of speed, read a book, made some tea. Determined that below 50k altitude ASL engines are indeed totally useless. Determined total batteries i could get away with. Solar is great assuming they survive re-rentry heat. Next eight came in as a docked cluster. Horrible experience with all eight lagging my computer. They consisted of unmanned landers, transmit only, everything possible to fully transmit, all biomes. Still very slow descent, probes hit 11m/2 without drogues, tiny landing gear, set of small airbrakes. Temperature was not an issue, though activated thermal panels cooled the pods. Even at 4xphysical time warp the descent was horribly long, cheated gravity to x10 for the 4th and later probes just to lessen the real time spent on the mission, took over 4 real hours to get all biomes sampled. Noticed during the first and second mission that engines and RCS became useless for anything except re-entry phase, determined 300-800 m/s of retro and 40-50 RCS got a good accurate landing, both mechjeb and trajectories projected over shot landings. Rovers might be faster than planes on venus. Trajectories as usual seemed more accurate. Sample return! Attempt one consisted of a real simple pod, stack of ascent rockets, stack of batteries and eight ducted fans. ran out of batteries at 20km, drag was to high for the system to get up. Second try replaced most of the batteries with capacitors and almost made it. The ducted fans didn't have enough thrust to get me above the point I needed for thrust on my bottom stage (4xlarge Ullage motors with flat ISP). floated back down. Third try, nukes, capacitors in drop pods, more ducted fans (too many). the ducted fans started crashing the computer with some bad interaction of mechjeb's dV calculation. Think it had something to do with staged capacitors, the ducted fans and some kind of circular calculation. After 12 program restarts including one full on computer freeze I gave up on the ducted fans. I think it can work. Fourth try, Balloons! Used the HL inflatable parachute. Made it too small. I didn't see the dirigible icon in VAB so I undersized the balloon and it wasn't enough to get me up to 50km. Also discovered the kraken hates unbalanced balloon lifted craft, spinning it until my probe core sped off at Sol escape velocity. Try Five. Bigger balloon, used RoverDude's control pod. was great but in dropping from the balloon frame I clipped a tank and blew up. Try Six. made it to orbit. Barely 165x147km Orbit and forgot a docking port. Using a Timberwind 45 design basis Nuclear rocket for everything except initial separation and orientation. Tumbled a lot, need cleaner separation and deploy-able control surfaces. Spinning and very slow ascent to be safe enough. Agonizing pain of slowly changing inflation of the balloon as the velocity dropped below 10m/s. Going above 30 resulted in explosive spin (actually five iterations of this design blew up on ascent) because I got impatient and inflated too fast. Try Seven. Changed balloon “Cirrus” real lift variant, started including life support (TACL) and more support in general. (return vehicle prepositioned in 350x350km EQ orbit). Lift vehicles started passing 500k for the missions, plus one 180k refueling mission in my planetary band parking orbit. Determined need for 140+ days on orbit life support and ~100days transit (3500m/s dV transit + 3000dv to bring it into parking orbit for re-use). So generally needing 13k dV for fast missions. Total life support of near a year. Loaded Solyent Green/Red life support mod for TACL. Tested 5 iterations most problems were hard to control on drop, re-entry. Had one burn up too bad for use, two had hard landings as they came in at an angle and fell over. Try eight. After a successful orbit and rendezvous and realizing my rcs balance and SAS sucked on the final manned return pod, removed all but 5days LS from pod. Pod is located inside a set of cargo-bay modules, Three cooling stages are included, larger amount of RCS. Has about 1200dV to spare for any orbital maneuvers. First unmanned test, drop from balloon at 0.35atm, drop first stage tanks, drop second stage tanks, drop third on way to circ burn, mechjeb ascent.... takes me in 180deg counter orbit. 14kdv to get plane change. /sigh Second test I get to balloon separation and drop, launch and start up, run into balloon and explode. Load and try again, manually pilot, then beginning the ascent guidance to nice clean 350k orbit. Try Nine. new design includes sepatron to get balloon spun away from vertical. Full flight plan unmanned test including return using a large nuke powered 5m transit bus. Optimized the balloon to get a stable point of 100m on earth, gave me >1atm on venus lift final so ascent using my normal motors is possible, Used timberwind 45 again as ascent motor and staged the tanks on layered side pods. Transit bus includes LS reprocessing, cargo bay with supplies and excess life support equipment space for 3 crew (Intended for one man missions) that includes an earth orbit return pod. Is 10tons of Fairing excessive? 750k funds to orbit, a refueling and off it went. Mission went great, max inflated to balloon from ground level, it goes supersonic immediately and starts climbing fast (150m/s peak), drop the science and landing gear stage just as take off happens. Nice stable verticle ascent with a little wobble. Fins might help be they are hard to include. Ballon shot clear and spun off to the side, ascent arced nicely past it and almost all my spare dV went unused. Docking went a little rough, not sure if its the Covered Jr. docking ports I used. So now I have an extra emergency return vehicle in orbit. 5million Funds well spent. Time for Real Manned Mission(tm). Manned (Womaned) Mission! Valentina did the first mission solo 144days of waiting, 96d+102d transit, 5 seconds of EVA (hot hot hot), and many minutes of up and down above venus. Now for 7 more times, all in transit, Valentina sits in the abort return vessel. A spare lander is coming along also. Rescue mission at worst case or if I miss a biome target. Best case 1.2m worth of orbiting space junk. Thought about exploring using a rover or folding aircraft, but its way to slow unless I’m right on a boundary even then its a serious mission to get one and also have the balloon launched rocket in the same place. I kinda doubt i could even get close enough for a rescue mission to actually work. Should have positioned a grapple rover to avoid to EVA problems (fire clad space suits). Now on to more missions, to places like the canyons (looked kinda dunish to me) as harley kerman plants his flag...too hot, oh well maybe just the EVA report. I wonder why he had that red bar over him during his EVA. I think I heard him swear at the ground control. Glad I installed chatterer also glad I didn't waste weight on the ladders. Kerbals must be highly compressible mushrooms! Manned mission ascents on venus involved, SAS set to radial out, gridfins retracted, set balloon inflation to 100%, drop landing stage and speed off into the sky. Final peak ascent speed 192.5m/s at 12-15km. Crossed 50km at 150m/s and dropping rapidly. oscillated at 0.80-0.63atm ~55-56km. Set mechjeb for ascent 350km -180deg Inclination (because 0=180deg on Venus for no apparent reason), Ascent path numbers [60km, 100m/s, 250km, 1deg, 35%] Let go of balloon, fire engines, active autopilot. Orbit 350x349km with 1600-1800m/s maneuver fuel, meet up with transit bus at 300km orbit. Off equator I had the bus maneuver a bit for plane changes. In those cases I had left it in a higher 500km orbit and it performed most of the plane maneuvers. Venus Rotates so slow that I didn't ever spend more than 500m/s to get co-planar even considering the lack of control over launch window. Only needed 100-300m/s to compensate for any bad timing in the Hohmann transfers. That said I’m pretty sloppy with rendezvous maneuvers. Really want RP-0 1.2.2 now, need to try this again. (Am i a masochist?)
  16. This mod plans to bring RSS to stock size This mod is a WIP so bugs are expected What does it do? Makes all the bodies stock size, so yes, Kerbin size. Is it compatible with Eve and Scatterer? Yes! Both are included in the download! The sunflare used in this pack is from this mod: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/138919-112-11-galileos-sun-flares/ License is CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Donate to the " Get me a new computer fund" https://www.paypal.me/sDaZe Anything helps, thanks! DOWNLOAD HERE! https://github.com/Galileo88/SSRSS/releases You also need to download RSS Textures, Sigma Dimensions and Kopernicus for this mod to work! RSS Textures - https://github.com/KSP-RO/RSS-Textures/releases Sigma Dimensions - https://github.com/Sigma88/Sigma-Dimensions/releases/tag/v0.6.1 Kopernicus - https://github.com/Kopernicus/Kopernicus/releases/tag/release-1.2.2-2 PLEASE DO NOT REDISTRIBUTE ANY OF THE TEXTURES INCLUDED IN THIS PACK WITHOUT ASKING FOR PERMISSION KNOWN ISSUES: - Clouds do not show up in main menu - Scatterer (atmospheric haze) does not show up in main menu or in tracking station - Small amount of "z fighting" between ocean and land on Earth. I'm working on a fix. To get the correct look for the Moon, you MUST install the optional RSS-Textures included in the DL ChangeLog: 2.0.3 - Updated city light textures ( Day and night) - Updated Mars's Scatterer - Made Mars's Clouds better - Updated Jupiter's Auroras - Updated Saturn's storms - Updated terrain level for all bodies - Updated Auroras for Earth - Updated Earth's clouds - Fixed timewarp issues around Titan - Updated the cloud shadows on Earth to make them more realistic and you should get better FPS - Fixed other minor bugs - Updated the sunflare - Updated Earth's Ocean 2.0.4 - added 6 hour kerbal days - Better SVE performance - Added Ground textures to all bodies (WIP) - Reduced download size - Other little fixes
  17. Hey gents! I've made it! Just like Macollo few years ago! Thanks for him for inspiring me! It was very hard, i think it's one of the hardest achivements in Kerbal Space Program! This mission took me a month of real time but it was totally worth it!
  18. Commonwealth Joint Space Agency So, this is my new RP-0/RSS mission report series based out of two launch sites- one fictional and one real. Next post will go up when I feel like uploading and editing images.
  19. Check out new series I have on my youtube channel where I do my career in RSS RP-0.
  20. Hello, Are there any mods besides the realism overhaul suite which allow a lifting re-entry by offsetting the command pod's center of mass? I am currently playing a 10x scale game in 1.2.1 with SMURFF, as RO is not ready for 1.2 yet. Also, which mod within RO allows this? I might be able to install it into 1.2 by itself. I am having some G-forces trouble doing purely ballistic re-entries (have the crew unconsciousness enabled) and can't seem to perform the maneuvers I could back when playing RO in 1.13. Thanks, Max
  21. Hi, So I started playing Real Solar System yesterday and I quickly discovered the stock parts weren't powerful enough to launch anything that weighs more than a few tonnes to LEO. That's why I would like to hear some suggestions for mods I should use. By the way I'm playing version 1.2.1. Thank you.
  22. I've been trying to fly the GN Drive powered (vertical) spaceplane over the Earth in Real Solar System for quite some time now. The problem, though, is that I never managed to really shed off the orbital speed during the atmospheric entry, and attempting to land the SSTO at that speed resulted in the ship itself blown up like fireworks. The only way I could find so far is perform a reverse-thrust with the GN engine in docking mode, but I'd like to find another way if possible. I'm using the stock parts for now, though I would like to have this problem solved before I install more advanced mods like FAR.