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  1. Some Kerbals have found a briefcase containing this paper PROJECT COMMSAT LSI PROJECT COMMSAT IS LSI'S NEWEST PROJECT OUR PLAN IS TO SEND COMMUNICATION SATELLITES AROUND CELESTIAL BODIES IN THE KERBOL SYSTEM. THREE SATELLITES HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED AROUND KERBIN: COMMSAT 001, COMMSAT 002, AND COMMSAT 003. COMMSAT 001 IS LOCATED BETWEEN KERBIN AND THE MÜN COMMSAT 002 IS LOCATED BETWEEN THE MÜN AND MINMUS COMMSAT 003 IS LOCATED ON THE EDGE OF KERBIN'S SOI THE SPECIFICS OF THIS PROJECT MUST BE KEPT SECRET TO AVOID COMPETITION Not much else is known about this 'secret' project by 'LSI'
  2. SP-1 MISSION Payload SC-Relay 1 (type: Relay) aboard the Arrowel rocket. Launched date: June 9 2017 Screenshots: Rocket Arrowel on Launchpad Liftoff Maximum Aerodynamic Pressure No screenshots for Main Engine Cutoff and Stage 1 Separation. Orbit Burn Stage Two Engine Cutoff Payload Deploy Payload SC-Relay 1 successfully deployed 400km above ground at t+ 1hour 23m with 424 remaining fuel left.
  3. All of my contracts are either rescue someone from orbit or to launch a satellite in some incredibly specific orbit. The satellite part seems impossible at my current tech level so im left with rescue contracts but im not sure where to even start.
  4. http://Imgur.com/kl4Xdpb Everything works fine until I try to make my gravity turn and it tilts north and goes out of control. Ive tried throttling down as I ascend but it still happens.
  5. I made a SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch simulation with the deployment of a dummy satellite and the recovery of the first stage on the drone ship. I always love seeing the lives launches from SpaceX and I just wanted to do it in KSP so we can see it from a better angle. I used some mods like : - SpaceX Launch Vehicles crafts - Environmental Visual Enhancements - Distant Object Enhancement - Stock Visual Enhancements - PlanetShine - Camera Tools - MechJeb
  6. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Take an asteroid and put it on a collision course with Kerbin, then send up another space ship to redirect it. I'm kidding. All you have to do is just put a small, energy efficient satellite into orbit. RULES: You can use mods. You can use any way of transportation you want (SSTO, Rocket, HyperEdit, F12, etc.) You CANNOT be void of any source of power. It MUST have a power source of some kind. For extra humour, use the nuclear engines on your rocket. You're reducing energy but causing a slight fallout. For proof, you must take a picture/video. Not that typed confirmations are wrong, it's just that I'd like to know if you legitimately did it or not. Your satellite must be small. That's the only limit. Rocket size, plane size, orbit size, those don't matter. The satellite size does. Can't wait to see what y'all did! Most importantly, have fun! (...but if you do the asteroid one, let me know.)
  7. Hey, it's me again! (Hopefully I didn't multi-post this time...) Got anotha' video for y'all. Link is here. I launched a small, environmentally-friendly satellite into orbit around Kerbin with a large, powerful, slightly unnecessary rocket! Enjoy!
  8. Hi guys, So I saw this contract and it would gave me a lot of money, so i accepted it. The agency wanted me to make a satellite and send into a specific orbit around the mun. I am now orbiting the mun but the inclination is terrible. How can I change it? I tried Normal and Antinormal maneuver nodes but none of them worked. Delta V=2251m/s Bye for now. EDIT: Lol nope i figured it out.
  9. Mission Briefing JoolSatTM (Werner said we needed the TM to make us sound more serious, and not ludicrously stupid with this mission) is a mission about placing orbital surveying satellites around Jool, because the moons weren't enough. Call it overkill, I sure did, but in this mission three satellites must be consecutively launched. Without refuelling. From an SSTO. And the satellites must form a pentagonal shape because here at the KSC we have OCD, and a variety of other acronyms we pass off as qualifications to make us sound more... qualified. Mission Objectives Build an SSTO capable of holding 5 satellites that can perform orbital surveillance. Or at least try, we don't really mind. Take off, and survive the ol' spinning-out-at-25000-meters-and-crashing scenario, or avoid it completely. The latter is a better choice, I guess. Reach Kerbin orbit. From here you can go anywhere, but we want you to go to Jool. Or die trying. (We aren't responsible for any deaths). Go to Jool, and reach low Jool orbit. Avoiding the thick, hot atmosphere of Jool is advised. We don't want the SSTO returning home half melted, or not returning at all. Deploy the satellites, all three of them, in the shape of a triangle. (Summoning the Kraken is optional, the shape is a gift, he won't mind. I think). Return home, and land at KSC or the airfield next to it on that island I can't reach with my helicopter. If possible, post an image or a video of it. This is optional too, Jool is camera-shy sometimes, and so am I. The Rules The only mod you may use to assist you is the Mark 4 Spaceplane mod. Nothing else. Reason being, the Mark IV Spaceplane parts are BIG and have BIG engines. Really nice. The height of the satellites in relation to Jool should be 300,000m high. All three satellites must be in working order. We'll try our best on the ground to build them that way. You may make good use of gravity assists. Or die trying. No cheats allowed. That upsets Werner. How do I win? Get your satellites as close to Jool as possible (300,000m above the surface to be precise), and as circular in orbit as possible. Should you succeed, post your apoapsis and periapsis with a screenshot (or video, those are fancy). There are two leaderboards, one for the most circular orbit, and another for how close your satellites are to the target. Good luck, and try not to blow anything up! JoolSatTM Leaderboard for Most Circular Satellite Orbit 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. JoolSatTM Leaderboard for Closest Satellite Orbit to Target (300,000m) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  10. someone tell me how to launch a satellite properly and what maneuvers to do to have it orbiting kerbin for stupid people
  11. Soooo,i made this mapping satellite,and i want to share it with the whole KSP community! The satellite: The rocket: (feel free to copy the satellite and the rocket,but dont forget to give credit) Launch in 3..2..1 LIFTOFF! SPACE! LATER... Yaaay,a successful orbit! Look how much ore there is!
  12. So you wanna learn which antenna is the best,huh? Well take a look at this chart! Part Radial size Cost () Mass (t) Max. Temp. (K) Tolerance (m/s) Tolerance (g) Electricity (⚡/Mit) Net transmission speed (Mits/s) Relaycapable Communotron 16 Tiny 300 0.005 2 000 7 50 6 (20.0 ⚡/s) 3.33 × No Communotron 16-S Tiny 300 0.015 2 000 7 50 6 (20.0 ⚡/s) 3.33 × No Communotron 88-88 Tiny 1 500 0.1 2 000 7 50 10 (200.0 ⚡/s) 20.0 × No Communotron DTS-M1 Radial mounted 900 0.05 2 000 8 50 6 (34.3 ⚡/s) 5.71 × No Communotron HG-55 Radial mounted 1200 0.075 2 000 7 50 6.67 (133.3 ⚡/s) 20.0 × No HG-5 High Gain Antenna Radial mounted 600 0.07 2 000 8 50 9 (51.4 ⚡/s) 5.71 ✓ Yes RA-2 Relay Antenna Radial mounted 1 800 0.15 2 000 8 50 24 (68.6 ⚡/s) 2.86 ✓ Yes RA-15 Relay Antenna Radial mounted 2 400 0.3 2 000 8 50 12 (68.6 ⚡/s) 5.71 ✓ Yes RA-100 Relay Antenna Radial mounted 3 000 0.65 2 000 8 50 6 (68.6 ⚡/s) 11.43 ✓ Yes It shows which antenna is the best,got it? Good! BYE!!!!
  13. This mod provides the player with a new line of probe models called the K-Sat series, with integrated power (storage and generation) as well as buildt in antennas. It is usable in stock KSP, but it truly shines when used alongside Remote Tech, where the buildt in antennas can be put to good use. Alongside the probe cores the K-Sat series also includes some accessories, such as structural pylons, fuel tanks, stand-alone antennas and science equipment. It also comes with a brand new engine made specifically with satellites in mind. All parts are balanced to work equally well in all game modes. The probe cores may seem a bit costly in career, but the cost is taking the nuclear generated power into account and is actually a bit low compared to the stock nuclear generator when measured against charge per second. Mass has been calculated by comparing all integrated functions to stock parts. Download the mod here: SpaceDock -=::::::::v::::::::=- So how does it work? Just use the parts provided to build satellites. The upside compared to stock probes is that all K-Sat probes come with integrated power storage and generation and buildt in antennas. In a stock game the antennas are regular data transmitters, but when used with Remote Tech the K-Sat probes will provide several options for building various com networks. You can also use the new engine to get a bit moire Dv for your satellites, as it is has a very high Isp in vacuum, and you have a selection of structural pylons to choose from. If you so choose, you can also equip your satellites with the new inline science part that comes with all four sensors buildt into one. The K-Sat Series also includes a fuel tank, a stand-alone dish and an inline battery bank capable of storing 500 units of electrical charge. Can it be used in KSP 1.1? Yes. But Remote Tech has not yet been updated, so for the time being playing in 1.1 will only provide you with the stock functions. So integrated power and data transmitters, but no RT antennas. I think part A should do thing B instead! Balancing the gameplay has been trying since I have done it alone. Input and suggestions are therefore very welcome, please post your thought and I will take them into consideration for the next build. I found a bug! Good. Please share it in a post below, and I will look into it. Pics or it didn't happen! -=::::::::v::::::::=- Installation 1. Locate your gamedata folder in your KSP installation. For example, if you are a Steam user it should be something like Steam/steamapps/common/Kerbal Space Program/GameData 2. Double click on the downloaded zip file (PzL_Ksat.zip) to open it up. 3. Drag and drop the folder named 'PanzerLabs' into your GameData directory. 4. If asked, allow windows to overwrite content (In case you have other PanzerLabs mods installed) 5. For KSP 1.0.5 drag and drop 'ModuleManager.2.6.18.dll' into your GameData directory. 6. For KSP 1.1 drag and drop 'ModuleManager.2.6.21.dll' into your GameData directory. 7. Have a Gin & Tonic and enjoy the game. License This work uses the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. For a full legal text, go to: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode This means that you can: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. Under the following terms: Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. This work is distributed along with Module Manager, as permitted by the license of that particular work. Credit (and a deep gratitude) for Module Manager goes to it's original creator ialdabaoth as well as to the current caretaker of the project, sarbian. The forum thread for the original release can be found here: -=::::::::v::::::::=- Changelog 1.0 -Lowered the heat production of LFE-808 "Bolt" by a significant amount. It should no longer cause critical overheating of parts attached to it. -Changed the name of the tripod girder from "K-Sat Structural Support A" to the correct "K-Sat Structural Support C". -Changed the description of the tripod to differentiate it more from the regular structural support. -Added cross feed toggles for all Structural Supports. 0.9 -Initial Release.
  14. EDIT: THIS MATH IS WRONG. I don't know what's inaccurate in my math, but it's outright wrong. I can't even get 500km satellites to work in a triangle and talk to each other. I'll work on it when I get some time but if someone beats on this and figures out where I made the mistake, please let me know. So I spent a bit trying to get myself figured out on what is the minimum altitude for a triangular comm sat system on Kerbin and sat down with all the math I needed. Attempting to do that I realized I needed a picture. While I was at it, I figured I'd make it pretty so I could share it. A LKO Comm Sat network needs to roll at a minimum of 281 km orbital height. Punch this up to 350k and you should be golden. If you're not concerned with atmospheric distortion, anything above 200km will work. The outer network (assuming MG-5s), to stay in comms with each other, can fly at most 3,799 km orbital height with 1 MG-5, 7,598 km with dual MG-5's. This isn't to say they can't reach Kerbin with that giant ground based DSN, but to be able to relay to each other. Hope this helps. Edit: Almost forgot to add the actual final equation if you need it for another body. Rp is the Radius of the Planet you're orbiting, Ra is the Radius of the planet + atmosphere (Ie: Kerbin is 600km radius, + 70km of atmo, so Rp = 600 and Ra = 670), Rs is the satellite's final orbital height. Can't get the radical sign to show up so SqRt(3) is the square root of 3. Rs = SqRt( ( (Ra * SqRt(3)) ^2 * SqRt(3)) /3 ) - Rp For Max Network intercommunication, the equation is (Max Comm Distance = Mc) Rs = SqRt( ( Mc^2 * SqRt(3)) /3) - Rp
  15. You can put any booster you want on there, but i provided one that can get it out of kerbin SoI. Check the fairing release settings. If it's only 2 parts it may bump the satellite. https://kerbalx.com/transitbiker/kerbnik-4a More to come soon from the kerbnik (unmanned) and kermnik (manned) family of spacecraft! Enjoy! - Andy
  16. This Contract....it now took me 1 hour to almost perfectly align my satellite orbit to this contract..but: +-10.000m on a 15 Million Kilometer Orbit... is this game serious? This isnt enough??? Any help? Is this really that absurd, that orbits have to perfectly align, at this orbital speed, where 0.1 m/s makes 10.000m Orbital difference? Holy. Im in career mode and need that money from that contract :/
  17. This isn't quite a rocket exchange thread, so I think this fits in more here. Looking for some inspiration on communication satellite carriers. I like having junior docking pockets on my satellites, so at later times, I can fly out to them and refuel and/or greatly change their orbits at need. Especially useful with some contracts stating an existing satellite needs it's orbit altered. Or you're just docking an upgrade to it, expanding it's capabilities. But that docking port usage tends to mean my generally sleek rockets have these ugly, lumpy sticks extruded at somewhat random intervals and I just can't seem to design something that does the job, without looking like my satellite emplacers have cancerous tumors. Note, I also usually play with RemoteTech mod, although sometimes I turn that off, so Im looking for inspiration on manned carriers, or something I can modify into manned.
  18. Hi, guys! I simply love KSP! I already read many things here, but i can't find a good answer to position a satellite. That is my first post around here. I have this contract, that I must position a satellite in a geostationary orbit around Duna "in line sight x". I can't find a good tutorial or calculator to do this. The orbit is quite simple to achieve, but I must do in a way that when the probe arrives at the apoapsis (in a Hohmann transfer) it must be at the line of sight. That is my problem. I know that should have a balance between the orbit radius and the "ejection angle". I found tutorials to do this in Kerbin, but i'm quite curious with anything and/or the mathematics. In my example, i'm at 238km and should go to 2880km. I don't know how to calculate where my relative angle to the sight area burning. Any one could please help? ps - without mods, pls
  19. So I installed the RemoteTech mod and started doing the satellite omni network tutorial here: http://remotetechnologiesgroup.github.io/RemoteTech/tutorials/c16network/ Then I ran into this bug while trying to set the orbital periods: The omni network tutorial I linked above states that the satellites' orbital periods have to be quite exactly synchronized. I'm totally new to this mod and therefore I have to ask if it's still possible to sync these satellites' orbital period so that they don't drift out of contact even with the decay bug present? Or am I just wasting my time with this for now? I'm thinking of doing the savegame editing that's explained in the bottom of the tutorial, so that their orbits decay at the same rate. I read somewhere that the decay was dependent on part count or craft mass somehow. Therefore I assume this should work assuming that the satellites are identical?
  20. http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2016/160519.asp
  21. *** Recommended: BDA to function as intended Trajectories for easier orbital aiming *** Guys look! I made a video for it! Download this gloriousness from here CurseForge or SpaceDock (^Will be updated more often here^) What is planned? Why? Wanna see it? Thanks to Mr. Manley for being awesome and playing with this mod back when it was in its "hay-day"(?) and was actually maintained by the original dev. lol Log
  22. Hi guys, I've read a few posts regarding this subject, however I've failed to understand them. First. I'll explain what I am trying to do and why. I am using antenna range in lieu of the 1.2 KSP update which is alleged to add something similar. I currently have a probe landed on Minmus that loses connection when it cannot "see' Kerbin. I wish to place three satellites in an equilateral triangle formation which should be able to provide a constant connection. I have worked out that the minimum altitude required for this is 60km with 120 degrees of separation. I plan to put the satellites into a higher orbit than this to provide additional clearance for the signal from the surface of Minmus, I believe a higher altitude also provides longevity in terms of resonance between the three satellites. The three satellites are currently attached to a single vessel which is in an orbit of (or about to be in an orbit of) 60km x 20km. I understand the first satellite can deploy and burn prograde to 60 x 60 at any time. My questions are; What is "resonance" anyway? How do I work it out/alter resonance characteristics? And how do I work out when to deploy the second and third satellites from their given orbit into the desired orbit? I hope this all makes sense and my objectives are clear. I'm not an uneducated individual, however my maths skills are pretty poor, so terminology may need to be explained - though I did manage to workout the height of the orbit by simply constructing an equilateral triangle within a circle/orbit which is twice the radius of the given body (Minmus R = 60km. 2R = 120km. Altitude = 60km). Though please correct me if I have misunderstood this method. Thanks everyone!
  23. RELEASED! A new thread will soon be up in the released forum, but you can allready download the mod at SpaceDock: DOWNLOAD :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: First in line to be introduced we have the very first step in the K-Sat series: Pzl-BB 888. It's intended to be more of a DIY probe, with more flexibility but less integrated parts. As far as antennas go, it only features an always-on launch omni (500km) but it still provides a small battery bank and a trickle of power using a miniscule nuclear generator. The most interesting part of the design is without a doubt the fact that it is hollowed out, making it possible to place the fuel tank inside the probe, keeping the spherical shape of the probe intact. It is also the only probe core in the series that allows surface attachment, and it has it's own dedicated support pylon available, giving it lots of options for bringing scientific equipment along for the ride. To further help with that last part, I've also made an inline part containing all four basic enviromental experiments: Temp, Pressure, Grav and Acc. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: This probe is called PzL-LO 242 and it's the first of the LO models. It lacks a dedicated dish, but more than makes up for that with a powerful omni (5Mn). I carries 500 units of electrical charge in it's integrated battery bank, and a small nuclear generator provides 0.3e/s, slightly more than the BB 888. During this test flight we also attached our latest stand-alone battery bank, the EC-500, capable of storing 500 units of charge. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: The next step up from the 242 is the PzL-LO 1138. It comes with a 2.5Mn omni and a 50Mn dish with a standard 45 degree cone. It carries 600 units of electrical charge and provides 0.4e/s using a slightly beefed up version of the K-Sat integrated nuclear generator. Provided that at least one solar panel is included, the power will last through Kerbins darkness time at altitudes of up to 1,500,000 meters. Also presented below is the K-Sat Fuel Tank A. It's half a meter tall (10 centimeters taller than the Oscar) and carries 27/33 units of fuel. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: The last step in the LO series is the PzL-LO 1142. It comes pre-packaged with a medium ranged omni (3Mn) and a dish capable of reaching Kerbin from the edge of the planets SOI (80Mn). It is also by far the most capable model in the series as far as power production goes, with 0.5e/s produced and 700 units of charge stored in the internal battery banks, making it possible to operate trhoughout the darkness time at a keosynchronous orbit. We also get a look at the all-purpose structural girder, K-Sat Structural Support A, with cross-feed for fuel and... not much else. It's there to glue stuff to. Lastly, we have the first stand-alone dish, the K-Sat COM-D1, an interesting dish with a very specific purpose. It's limited range (15Mn) and an unusually narrow cone of angle (12.5 degrees) makes it more or less useless for all other tasks other than communication with The Mün, but the upside is that it requires much less electricity to run than most other dishes, and on top of that it has it's own small battery bank. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: K-Sat LFE-808 "Bolt" is PanzarLabs in-house engine. It's designed specifically with satellites in mind, and as such it is almost useless in atmospheric flight, but has a very good Isp in vacuum. The trust is slightly lower than that of the "Spark" engine, but the Isp makes up for it and then some. It comes with custom made engine FXs and heat emission. The actual values are subject to change as I'm still balance testing it, but right now it has an atmospheric Isp of 110 and a vacuum Isp of 340, with a maximum thrust of 14.
  24. I made a craft that can send a satellite to orbit with only sepratrons! https://kerbalx.com/He_162/STO I also made a version that can take a kerbal up! Sadly, not down, that would require 200 more sepratrons at least. DOWNLOAD SOON
  25. I took a contract to launch a keosynchronous satellite and one of the conditions is that I must put it in orbit in such a way that it maintains a line of sight to "Site XM-3D". Exactly how does one fulfill that?? I have the satellite in orbit and as far as I can tell it has a clear line of sight but the condition won't complete