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  1. The K-Prize Party Thread. K-Prize badge by WafflesToo (sig badges). The K Prize challenge is to make the obvious craft, a spaceplane, and make it work. All those who succeed will be included on the roll of honour and get a free back stage pass to hang with Kay Kool and the Kerbettes after their next live performance at the Dog and Booster (where free beer will be available). To enter report relevant accomplishments on a mission which actually flew, your word is good enough but images and videos are welcome. Rules 1. The craft may not lose any parts in flight, no decoupling allowed. 2. The craft must lift off horizontally, reach orbit (PE > 70,000m) and land intact (on Kerbin) ready for 'refuelling'. 3. All fuel tanks, wings (ie lift generators & aerodynamic environments) and engine parts must be stock, for fairness. Provisos to rule 1. A. Payloads may decouple from the craft providing all payload tanks are as full on decoupling as at launch and any thrust (or lift) generators on the payload were not used prior to decoupling. B. Docking is permitted providing no fuel is transferred (net per fuel type) into the K-Prize craft and then used for propulsion (it can be transferred out). Crew transfers are permitted. C. Mining and refining are permitted providing none of the resulting fuel product is used to drive the craft i.e. mined fuel is treated as payload only. +Kudos 1. Smallest ship (by weight, weight info required). Minimalist record. 2. Largest ship (by weight, weight info required). Maximalist record. 3. Highest orbit beyond Eeloo. Altitudinalist record. 4. Landing on KSC terrain. Pilot proficiency medal. 5. Landing on any KSC runway or docking in orbit. Advanced pilot precision award (1stClass for both). 6. Visiting other SOIs. Kosmokerbal Commendation. 7. Planetoid landings. Astrokerbal Distinction. 8. Payload to orbit and mined product or fuel store to Kerbin from asteroid. Utilitarial Commendation. 9. Payload to distant planet surface and mined product or fuel store to Kerbin from planet. Utilitarial Distinction. Prefixes: Exploratory applies to planetoid missions and Expeditionary applies to planetary lander missions outside Kerbin's sphere of influence. (Planets are defined as the central body in their own SOI within Kerbols SOI or gravity exceeding 0.75 of Kerbins.) Guest List (Roll of Honour.) Version 1.2 + Kertech Advanced Pilot Precision Award with with Laythe Dragon 3. - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Sickle mk 2. Workable Goblin Advanced Pilot Precision Award with QS-1 Needletail light SSTO. ChaoticPhoenix Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Tanto. n.b.z. Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Bonkers Bonsai. cikho Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with SSTO_Perrier. RCgothic Advanced Pilot Precision Award with SSTO. - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with SSTO. NoobTool Utilitarial Commendation (236.8t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Czar Galactica MK 3 EX. - maximalist record holder (1115.098t), Utilitarial Commendation (301.8t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Czar Galactica MK 4. EliteGuy3 Utilitarial Commendation, Pilot Proficiency Medal with Jeremiah (5.996t). - with Binoree I (1.910t). something Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with Heimdal. boolybooly Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Whiplash PT. - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Hefty. Kergarin Utilitarial Commendation (Duna Train : video), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Crossbow SSTO. RAINCRAFTER with Billy-Bobdock. W. Kerman Advanced Pilot Precision Award with \(*)/Bird, (cyclopean bird). rkarmark Advanced Pilot Precision Award with SSTO. Eidahlil Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Reed. Cherubiel Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Spaceplane Alpha One. tseitsei89 with Kolibri (5.200t). - with Kolibri II (4.277t). - with Kärbä III (1.295t). - with SpecialSpeckofDust (minimalist record holder 0.836t) Eidahlil Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Bulbous (0.920t). Hodari Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with X-1. Major Tom Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Full-of-Stars Mk1. Harry Seaward Advanced Pilot Precision Award x2 (east and west) with SSTO. Speeding Mullet Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class, Utilitarial Commendation (Mün), Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün & Minmus) with Mullet Dyne Crosswing (Variant 5). tosha Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Pheonix 1.4. Samniss Arandeen Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with Project Crossbow. qzgy Pilot Proficiency Medal, Utilitarial Commendation with Swedish Fish. Suicidal Insanity Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation with Atlas. Thor Wotansen Utilitarial Commendation with craft with no name. Space Yorkie with X-13 Greyhound II Spaceplane. Numerlor Utilitarial Commendation with SSTO2. Ozelui Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class, Utilitarial Commendation with Beluga mk5. Luizopiloto Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation (Mün) with X-98L BlueJay (video). Special homemade IVA dashboard award. Version 1.1 + Version 1.0.5 Guest Lists from previous versions. Gate Crashers (Dodged the bouncers.) K-Prize Gatecrasher's badge by WafflesToo (sig badges). Hall of infamy. Previous gatecrashers. Temstar insisted that upstaging Elon Musk was not against the K-Prize rules. Kokanee declared the runway to be disruptive technology. ihtoit quoted in kerbin Gazette "trial and error isn't so expensive if you leave insurance claims until after the next launch". Gojira1000 didn't mention the drilling equipment and fuel converter to the K-Prize adjudication panel since it was a minor detail. manni01 was adamant that refueling was essential for returning to Kerbin, supplied video evidence. Didnt read proviso C because it was "just the small print". micr0wave forgot which side the wheels were on, may have lost a wing... or two. JebsDead said whatever exploded wasn't very important... probably. (Presented a couple of mining videos to show how rarely explosions matter.) n.b.z. wasnt sure how to get Mirgy and her flying saucer back from Duna but was OK with that. Spartwo beat the odds but lost quite a lot of spaceship. cy4n argued that a spaceplane was a rocket with wings, suggested the K-Prize panel should try not to worry about the "drop tanks". luizopiloto considered the mission a democratic success, since a majority of parts didnt explode on touchdown. Jebediah Klerman brought a rocket to a spaceplane challenge. Felt rules were biased against vertical take off, which they are. ... can you do better
  2. Planes not flying right? I can help turn your Christmas Bullet into a Spitfire. Post a screenshot with all three SPH indicators on (like below) as well as a short description of what it's doing or not doing, and what you want it to do. I'll read it over and do my best to offer some tips and tricks to get it flying purrrrrfect. Some other examples of my planes:
  3. Hi all, I recently tried making a plane with a bunch of rover/probes (Provers?) in the back, to drop at certain locations, parachute down, then activated later to do the contracts for science on kerbin. I thought I had made them too heavy, or not included enough parachutes. But as I've read, space plane "Debris" is destroyed after the main craft is a set distance away. Is there a mod that removes this, and possibly makes terminating debris from the tracker easier?
  4. Hello all. Ive recently been refining my spaceplane building and flying (particularly cargo lifters), and come to a question regarding ascent profile. I normally keep a quite shallow ascent to keep the speed up for the rapiers to keep their 200+ Kn of thrust. When nearing the 10 Km mark, i try to gain as much speed as possible with a shallow climb. Now at what point do you switch the rapiers to close cycle mode? I've found that I can get up to 1520m/s depending on the heat tolerance of the parts used, but the last ~40m/s are gained very slowly. Am I better switching to close cycle at some point before this? And the main question: when switching to close cycle, do you pitch up, if so, how much? I've found that often I loose a lot of speed in the pitch manouvre, and I feel like I might just keep going straight (actually about 5-10 degrees of positive pitch)- the curvature of Kerbin and the speed you'redoing by now will guarantee you leave the atmosphere soon anyways.
  5. This is a companion thread to my Mk2 spaceplane parts expansion pack. While that thread will handle releases and support, WIP models and so forth will be posted here to avoid main thread clutter. I am also working on a similar Mk3 Spaceplane expansion parts pack as well as the occasional non-spaceplane part; WIP content, dev releases and so forth will for those will also be posted here. Mk3 Expansion pack This is a parts pack intended to flesh out the stock mk3 parts lineup with new engines, cockpits, fuselage parts and more, to give players more options when building spaceplanes. parts almost exclusively use MODEL nodes and stock textures, so RAM footprint should be almost non-existent. -Command Mk3 Cupola Mk3 Hypersonic cockpit Mk3 Drone Core Mk3 Inline Cockpit -Propulsion C.L.E.A.V.E.R. Mk3 dual-mode engine 'Cyclone' Concentric Toroidial Aerospike 'Fulcrum' gimballed Linear Aerospike 'Elephant' 2.5m Thrust-Reverser equipped Turbofan 'Hurricane' 2.5m prop engine 'Wellington' Mk3 basic jet 'Wipeout' TurboRamjet 'Coxswain' Orbital Maneuvering System 'Hades' Nuclear rocket 'Sievert' Nuclear Jet 'Atlas' Mk3 SRB -FuelTank Mk3-1.25m adapter mk3-mk2 tricoupler mk3-1.25m tricoupler mk3-1.25m quadcoupler mk3-inverted mk2 mk3 hypersonic nosecone mk3 rounded nose cap OMS shoulder tank -Control Chine Cap w/ RCS Chine Segment RCS Fuselage Extension RCS cap Fuselage Extension RCS segment Heavy RCS thruster -Structural Mk3 Decoupler Mk3 T-Hub Mk3 X-Hub Radial Fuselage Extension/saddle tanks, 5 variants(endcap, 2m, 4m, intake, 1.25m adapter) Radial Fuselage Extension crew cabin Truncated Fuselage Extension for Mk3 cargo bays -Aero: Chines in three flavors; short, long, endcap Big-S class wing boards - square, rectangular, and triangular Mk3 circular intake Mk3 Shock cone -Utility mk3 Service Bay w/ integrated EC/MP storage Mk3 inline docking port Mk3 shielded docking port Download from Spacedock or GitHub Changelog: Licensing The contents of this mod are distributed a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/...legalcode' This mod uses the Interstellar FuelSwitch plugin Feel free to post comments/critiques/feedback, and if any of you have ideas for parts that you simply have to have to flesh out your mk2/mk3 experience, speak up! Ideas for new parts are welcome. The list of parts on the to-do list/suggested/requested: Mk3 heavy radial/inline air intakes mk3 double-decker crewcabin inline and rover cockpits mk3 ion/nuke engines mk3 landing legs
  6. About This is the new thread for B9 Aerospace. The old thread is available here This pack adds a vast selection of new parts, introducing new spaceplane components such as new engines, cockpits, wings and fuselage systems, new structural components for orbital installations and colonies, and so on B9 was originally developed by @bac9, @Taverius, and @K3-Chris, now maintained by @blowfish and @Flashblade with help from many others Requirements The latest version is compatible with KSP 1.2.2 (build 1622). All other KSP versions should be considered incompatible. If you are on an earlier version of KSP, however, you may be able to find a compatible version of B9 here B9 depends on several other mods to make it work. They are included in the download, and listed below in the "Dependencies" section. Installation Instructions You can install with CKAN and have the dependencies installed automatically. If you are doing a manual install, open the zip you downloaded, find the GameData folder and copy all of its contents into your existing GameData folder in KSP. If you already have any of the bundled mods, check which one is the latest version. Note that the core and HX packs come with the same version of some dependencies. B9 will not work unless installed correctly. If you're having issues, please verify that you have installed it correctly. Download Three packs are available for download: B9 Aerospace Core Pack - All of the main spaceplane parts B9 Aerospace Legacy Pack - Older Mk1 and Mk2 parts, modular wings. Requires the core pack and all of its dependencies B9 Aerospace HX Pack - Large blocky futuristic parts. Does not require the core pack, comes with its own dependencies Also available on CKAN Changelog Latest Version Release 6.3.1 Fix CryoTanks patch not working Fix wheels breaking over 10 m/s Remove wheel sounds effects that weren't working Increase load rating and brake torque of larger wheels Increase heat tolerance of Mk2b cockpits Previous Versions FAQ Q: The mod crashes the game for some reason, what can I do? Make sure that everything is installed correctly, your dependencies are up-to-date, and you are on the correct version of KSP. If you can't find the issue read this helpful topic and post the issue in this thread. Be sure to include your logs! If you are quite certain that you have found a bug, you can create the issue on our Github page. Try to provide as much detail as possible - logs, example craft, reproduction steps. Also be sure that the issue is reproducable with only B9 installed. Posts along the lines of "Its not working" or "Everything is broken" won't really help us much. Q: I don't understand a thing in those IVA displays, there are too many buttons and screens Here is a very helpful manual. Q: Why aren't you respecting stock balance? Mods should reference stock for the configs of the new parts, otherwise balance of modded game would be all over the place! While we try to respect stock balance as much as possible, there are a number of inconsistencies in the balance of stock parts that make it impossible to keep balance against every stock part. If something seem very far off of what it should be, feel free to ask in this thread. Q: I can't find those huge blocky parts from the opening image in my part catalog. Why are those missing? They were recently separated into another download as they mostly don't share dependencies with the main part of the mod and as many people prefer not to use them. Q: I can't find the modular wing pieces that are depicted on many screenshots of this mod. Why are those missing? They were removed and will no longer be developed. They are available as an optional download in the Bitbucket repository linked on top of this post, but we do not recommend using them. A far better option is using procedural wings, since you'll have just one part with just one material and just one texture covering any possible wing shape then. Good for performance, good for design freedom, good for looks. Grab the procedural wings here. Q: Why aren't procedural wings integrated into the main B9 package? Because they have entirely separate dependencies and are maintained by different folks. Merging them will only needlessly complicate updates. Pictures New Mk1/Mk2 Parts HX Parts Old Screenshots Dependencies Core Pack B9AnimationModules plugin by blowfish B9PartSwitch plugin by blowfish Firespitter plugin by Snjo and RoverDude ModuleManager plugin by ialdabaoth and sarbian RasterPropMonitor by Mihara and MOARdV SmokeScreen plugin by Sarbian Legacy Pack Depends on the core pack and all of its dependencies (not included in the legacy pack download) HX Pack B9AnimationModules plugin by blowfish B9PartSwitch plugin by blowfish ModuleManager plugin by ialdabaoth and sarbian SmokeScreen plugin by Sarbian Credits Old core team: bac9 - 3D modeling, texturing, editor tools Taverius - balance, 3D modeling, craft design, maintenance K3|Chris - 3D modeling, texturing, IVA New updates: blowfish - plugin code, maintenance, balance, coordination of new updates flashblade - various contributions V8jester and M4ck - stack node adjustments danfarnsy and JaredTheDragon - RPM fixes joshwoo69 - RT compatibility sparkybear - Part tags taniwha - Fix for planet-illuminating lights Contributors: Nazari - HotRockets Engine FX: forums jadebenn, Hyomoto, Helldiver - RPM MFD configuration. alexustas - RPM MFD configuration FPSlacker - HR exhaust pressure compensation Special thanks: DYJ C7 r4m0n Sarbian NathanKell egg snjo ferram4 Mu mrBlaQ License This work is shared under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. Dependencies may come under their own licenses. Please check dependency documentation for details.
  7. Welcome to Spaceplane Innovations, the online leader in executive Spaceplane sales. Dropping tanks is so yesterday, earn back some self-respect by going fully-reusable today! We have Interplanetary leviathans and nimble Mun Hoppers, Single-stage-to-anywheres and Cargo-carrying brutes. All capable of high crew capacity and total galactic dominance. Shop now, the SSTO of your dreams is just a click away. We also make rockets. View the full catalogue! Click to view the full catalogue! Artemis Class These spaceplanes are the biggest of the bunch (so far), consisting of 3 Mk3 fuselages side-by-side, with the ability to carry an enormous amount of cargo/crew to many different interplanetary destinations. The Archangel is the first of the Artemis line, and has the ability to easily go to Duna or Mun with 60 Kerbals, and pilots who have a good grasp of gravity assists will find further destinations, such as Eeloo, very possible as well! Video - Mun mission Video - Eeloo mission The Artemis is a monstrous spaceplane capable of carrying 124 kerbals to LKO with just over 4,000 m/s of DeltaV to spare. It can't fly quite as far as the Archangel, but it is quite capable of going to Laythe and back without refuelling. Video - Laythe mission Archangel Download Archangel Download Archangel v2 Download Artemis Download Argus Class These spaceplanes are big, brutal, and capable of interplanetary missions without breaking a sweat, independent of mining or refuelling. WARNING: You will need to replace the landing gear on the Argus II and Engadine with larger ones if you're playing in 1.1 or later. The Odyssey will work fine though. The Argus was built as a Bop SSTO, but in the end was mainly used for Duna cargo missions and Eeloo voyages. It doesn't work so great in 1.05, and so is no longer sold by Spaceplane Innovations. Video - Eeloo mission Video - Duna mission The Engadine was the hugely popular successor to the Argus, packing more DeltaV and a massive 20 Kerbal capacity. So far it has only been used for Mun landings, but we at Spaceplane Innovations believe it could easily be used for Duna returns too. Video The Argus II was built following the success of the Engadine as an ultra-long-range SSTO. It has more m/s of DeltaV in LKO than any other SSTO produced by Spaceplane Innovations. Video The Odyssey was built to replace the legendary Engadine. doubling its crew capacity while retaining its high range. Duna and Gilly missions are well within its capabilities, as well as Eeloo and Jool for those who have mastered the fine art of gravity assists. Video - Mun mission Make no mistake: these planes are unruly, bulky, unbalanced and difficult to tame. They are therefore best suited to more adept pilots who understand gravity assists and how to efficiently ascend from Kerbin. They're hard to master, but for those with the patience to learn their functions the pay-off is huge. Argus II Download Engadine Download Odyssey Download Acacius Class Acacius ships have an IRSU on board and are capable of refuelling themselves using mining equipment. These are at the forefront of exploration, and are the best "single-stage-to-anywhere" planes we offer! Only one model is currently available for consumers: The Acacius 2 is the first SSTO produced by Spaceplane Innovations to feature the "Single Stage to Everywhere" guarantee. Doesn't do Tylo. Or Eve. Or Jool. These craft are ideal for beginners who want to get to grips with gravity assists or the Jool system, without having to worry about fuel. WARNING: You may need to replace the landing gear with larger ones if you're playing in 1.1 or later. Video Acacius 2 Download Dune Class Before the Argus class, there was the Dune class. The second oldest class of spaceplane made by Spaceplane innovations (after the discontinued Revenge class), these are lightweight, agile, and pack enough DeltaV for Duna, Minmus, Mun and Gilly. Flybys of planets further out are also possible. Dune 3 is the latest and greatest in this class, sporting 3 seats and a cosy interior. These are moderately difficult to use, but experienced pilots shouldn't have too much trouble. WARNING: You may need to replace the landing gear with larger ones if you're playing in 1.1 or later. Video Dune 3 Download Phantom Class These SSTOs are the little-brothers of the Argus Class, and are slightly larger than the Dune class. WARNING: You may need to replace the landing gear with larger ones if you're playing in 1.1 or later. With room for 6 kerbals, the Phantom class is currently offers 3 models: The Minmus Trainer is the easiest-to-use SSTO sold by Spaceplane Innovations, and was specifically designed to train budding kerbalnauts in the fine art of Minmus SSTO-ing. Only the instructions are available for purchase, so that pilots can also learn how to build an SSTO too! Video (SSTO Tutorial) The Mun Phantom was the first Phantom Class SSTO packing enough DeltaV for Mun and Gilly landings, in addition to being able to do Duna flybys. Video The Mun Phantom 2 is a modified version of the Duna Phantom, packing a spacious cargo bay for all your rover carrying needs! Video The Duna Phantom is able to carry 6 kerbals to Duna and back, all in a sleek Mk2 fuselage! Video Video (SSTO Tutorial) The Laythe Phantom is capable of taking 2 kerbals to Laythe and back without refuelling! Craft file has been altered so that it won't enter a flat spin when the fuel tanks are empty now Video Mun Phantom Download Mun Phantom 2 Download Duna Phantom Download Laythe Phantom Download Vulture Class These SSTOs are designed purely for LKO missions. Vulture 1 is the first publicly available model in the Vulture class, capable of carrying 6 Kerbals comfortably to either a polar or equatorial orbit. Vulture 1 download Matlon Laboratories Matlon Laboratories is a new company, designing cutting-edge rockets, shuttles, stations, bases, rovers, and much more! SSTOs are still very-much exclusive to Spaceplane Innovations, but for anything else, Matlon has you covered! Brutus is a high-capacity Space Shuttle, and uses Solid Fuel boosters and 3 Vectoring engines to lift the orbiter into space. Played a key-role in the construction of the SkyBase Space Station, which was commissioned following the destruction of SpaceLab during the Duna Attacks strikes Video Sparrow is a seaplane packing every science experiment unit in the game, in addition to communications tech and a deployable mini-sub! Video Monolith Station aims to bring stations to the masses, being a space station capable of being fully assembled in 1 Launch Brutus Download Sparrow Download Monolith Station Download
  8. So when I came in for a landing My spaceplane keeps rolling out of control once it goes below 27,000 Meters. It basically doest the motion you do when you press A and D. It is uncontrollable my whole place is symmetrical, anyone knows what it could be?
  9. I am not sure if there is anyone out there who is as OCD as myself. I really want to see a texture where the underbelly of a space plane has black tiling for it's heat shield. There are a bunch of mods that exist for space planes like MK2,3 expansions and the MK4 system. However none of them have the option to have a texture like this. Is there anyone out there in the forums who feels the way I do on this or has any desire/plans to implement some sort of a change like this?
  10. Hello everyone! I have not really been interested in spaceplanes/ssto's,but today,i built my first fully functional spaceplane! I present: Mk1 "Arrow" Spaceplane It has airbrakes,it has ladders,it has everything! Here it is in action: I hope you enjoyed it!
  11. Today I made 2 SSTOs with around 20 launches and every time I launch one it slightly steers to the right, when I was first playing with small (Mk0) Jets I got small steer to the right as well. Any real explanation for this? Downloads for 2 SSTOs mentioned: SSTO1 SSTO2
  12. This is a dead simple challenge: * Build an SSTO spaceplane. Must be purely RAPIER powered, although you can use as many or as few as you want. Must be a winged, HOTOL conventional spaceplane. * Take off from KSC runway, get to an orbit of at least 70x70, return to KSC runway. Simple. * No parachutes or other against-the-spirit trickery. Fly to space on wings, establish an orbit, fly back to KSC as fast you can. Wheaton's law applies; if in doubt, ask. * No mod parts, no performance-altering mods (except for optionally FAR). Informational mods are fine, but fly it yourself; no Smart A.S.S. or other autopilots. * Separate leaderboards for stock aero and FAR. * Prove your time with a screenshot showing you in orbit and another showing you stopped on the KSC runway. Extra shots detailing the whole flight are welcome. * Post your craft file as well. * Fly in the morning if you want a well-illuminated ship. Demo Run Orbital return time of 20:07. I know that I can do better than that. Can you? Full album at http://imgur.com/gallery/yGcVO Craft file at https://www.dropbox.com/s/wt8jqrlps5kjbir/Kerbodragster.craft?dl=0 LEADERBOARD STOCK Obi_Juan, 11:09 Nefrums, 11:17 Wanderfound, 16:57 NightshineRecorallis, 19:17 FAR
  13. Moderator edit: This thread is now deprecated, please move over to the new thread for continued discussion of this mod: Thanks to blowfish, and numerous other contributors for continued support and development of this mod for KSP 1.05, and now, KSP 1.2.2. This pack adds a vast selection of new parts, introducing new spaceplane components such as new engines, cockpits, wings and fuselage systems, new structural components for orbital installations and colonies, and so on. COMPATIBILITY Compatible with KSP version 1.2.2 (build 1622) NOTES If you find yourself with out of memory errors, try 64-but version of the game. RECENT CHANGES Release 6.2.1: Changes: For KSP 1.2.2 Replace remaining firespitter animation modules with ModuleAnimateGeneric Add EVA range to some animations Fix RPM color tags Remove hover function from VTOLs as it was causing them to overheating Add editor-attachable node to shielded docking port Use new SmokeScreen feature to reduce memory consuption of exhaust effects ____________ Release 6.2.0-pre: Changes: Fixes for KSP 1.2 Use new part categories (thanks flashblade) Fix some previously inconsistent part categories (thanks flashblade) All data transmitters to all command pods and Kerbnet access to all drone cores (thanks flashblade) Adjust subtype names to that they display better in the editor Fix FAR patch on Mk2 Intake Cockpit Use custom tank types in B9 rather than default B9PartSwitch ones - for now they are identical ____________ Release 6.1.2: Changes: For KSP 1.1.3 (didn't really require any changes) Fix mesh switching issue on R1 RCS Port Fix flipped node on T2 tail Fix lights illuminating planets from orbit (thanks taniwha ____________ Release 6.1.1: Changes: For KSP 1.1.2 (didn't really require any changes) Fix RPM resource displays (credit to danfarnsy) Update DRE patch (also danfarnsy) Fix FAR voxelization on S2W parts Known Issues: DRE patches may still need work TweakScale support not yet implemented in B9PartSwitch ____________ Release 6.1: Changes: Updated for KSP 1.1 Get rid of KM_Gimbal, as most important functionality is now stock and it will not be maintained Fix smoke effects Increase response speed on some thermal anims Move landing gear to broken, since they are broken (no way to fix them without the source files, plus they were already legacy) Adjust cockpit thermals to be more in-line with stock (thanks flashblade) Add tags, thanks sparkybear for the hard work Known issues TweakScale does not work with the part switcher Some MFD screens have some issues ____________ Release 6.01: Fix L2 Atlas effects persisting after flameout Fix smoke effects not showing up on all engines Fix legacy Mk2 crew cabin not working for contracts ____________ Release 6.0.0: Integrate bac9's beautiful new Mk1 and Mk2 parts Move nearly all fuel/mesh switching to new plugin, B9PartSwitch Move old Mk1/2 parts to legacy Update all compatibility patches (some untested) Remove fuel switching in cargo bays - there's really not that much space Remove Virgin Kalactic as a dependency Make HX pack independend of core Pylons are now integrated into podded engines Bring back the airbrakes (now functional for no apparent reason) Combine textures on HL Extension B and RCS blocks Remove MP_Nazari folder - it just messes with things Improve thermal anims on HX HPD Fix patches applying to procedural wings Dependency updates Many minor tweaks ____________ Release 5.4.0: Full compatibility with KSP 1.0.5 Lots of bugfixes Rebalancing of parts for new aerodynamics B9AnimationModules added as a dependency, source is available here. This plugin provides more customized animation modules CrossfeedEnabler is no longer a dependency KineTechAnimation is no longer a dependency HX parts split into a separate archive due to separate dependencies (check the bitbucket link for the download) FAA Q: The mod crashes the game for some reason, what can I do? Make sure that everything is installed correctly, your dependencies are up-to-date, and you are on the correct version of KSP (1.1). If you can't find the issue read this helpful topic and post the issue in this thread. Be sure to include your logs! If you are quite certain that you have found a bug, you can create the issue on our Github page. Try to provide as much detail as possible - logs, example craft, reproduction steps. Also be sure that the issue is reproducable with only B9 installed. Posts along the lines of "Its not working" or "Everything is broken" won't really help us much. Q: I don't understand a thing in those IVA displays, there are too many buttons and screens Here is a very helpful manual. Q: Why aren't you respecting stock balance? Mods should reference stock for the configs of the new parts, otherwise balance of modded game would be all over the place! While we try to respect stock balance as much as possible, there are a number of inconsistencies in the balance of stock parts that make it impossible to keep balance against every stock part. If something seem very far off of what it should be, feel free to ask in this thread. Q: I can't find those huge blocky parts from the opening image in my part catalog. Why are those missing? They were recently separated into another download as they mostly don't share dependencies with the main part of the mod and as many people prefer not to use them. Q: I can't find the modular wing pieces that are depicted on many screenshots of this mod. Why are those missing? They were removed and will no longer be developed. They are available as an optional download in the Bitbucket repository linked on top of this post, but we do not recommend using them. A far better option is using procedural wings, since you'll have just one part with just one material and just one texture covering any possible wing shape then. Good for performance, good for design freedom, good for looks. Grab the procedural wings here. Q: Why aren't procedural wings integrated into the main B9 package? Because they have entirely separate dependencies and are maintained by different folks. Merging them will only needlessly complicate updates. HOW TO INSTALL Double-check whether you are using KSP version 1.1.3. Your root KSP folder should already contain a GameData folder. Merge the GameData folder inside the download with it. Do not extract just GameData/B9 Aerospace/Parts folder alone, the mod won't work this way. With a proper installation, you should have multiple new folders in GameData alongside with Squad folder that was there originally. Do not try to move the part folders elsewhere or sort them using category subfolders, that will break resource linking in all configs. Do not remove or skip installation of any plugins. INCOMPATIBLE MODS As of Release 6.2.1 and KSP 1.2.2, these are the known incompatibilities: None currently Other incompatibilities are unknown. Please report them to blowfish if you find any. 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  14. Get a space plane into a orbit (it doesn't have to be perfect) using only air breathing engines. HINT:You can do a speed run in the stratopause and burn prograde just before you leave the atmosphere. It can be a bit challenging to get enough speed to force glide on prograde long enough to complete your orbit. Tell me if you have another idea of how to do this. Insert screenshots or videos of your plane and its orbit!
  15. This is my SSTO, the Neophron VI (named after a genus of vulture), capable of going to the Mun and back. Specifications: Part Count: 88 Mass: 72.560t Height: 4.6m Width: 22.8m Length: 20m Here it is on the Mun. It can make the trip no problem. Here it is after a successful Mun trip, back on the runway. Here it is in the SPH. Here you can really get an idea of its shape. This flies nice and stable, and I really like the wing shape, it might be my new favorite craft.
  16. So, in my career I have been searching for low cost ways to get crew/cargo into orbit. I do have a functional Falcon 9 replica (no barge), but that still costs money. So, in short I need an Mk2 or Mk1 SpacePlane that can SSTO and dock. However, I do not have the Whiplash, RAPIER, Goliath, Vector, or Aerospike engines. Any tips/designs? Thank in advance!
  17. Stock Aero Grand Tour Demo: Kerbodyne Planet Hopper Album at http://imgur.com/gallery/ujLIL -- Stock Aero Grand Tour Part 2 Album at http://imgur.com/gallery/F3vzM
  18. So I've been poking around with 1.2 off and on between another project I've been working on, and I've decided to go bang my head on the wall to create a reusable spaceplane with as low a tech as I can get my hands on. Preferably without upgrading anything (thus, 30 parts/18 tons) and max tech level 4 (the 45 cost tree region). While doing this, and after banging my head on the wall repeatedly, I decided I'd poke my head in here and see if anyone had been taking up the idea... and haven't seen much. I love Thrimm's work, but his lightest is a 25tonner. I haven't seen much else out there. So, has anyone been successful at this so far? I assume someone (or many someones) have, so if you know of them, would you be kind enough to point me at them for some ideas?
  19. Hello everyone! I'm new to the forums (I probably should have checked these forums out ages ago though as I have been playing before 1.0 4 years ago) so I would first of all like to say how much of a good job people are doing to keep these forums a nice place! But I would like to ask what are some tips to get me going on spaceplanes as I have had much difficulty throughout these years getting them to go a few inches above the ground before they blow to pieces. I get the general idea of center of mass in front of center of weight but my spaceplanes still don't seem to work that well, and also I have found jet engines can't produce enough thrust to lift any plane I create off the ground even though I have 2 air intakes on the plane! It would be nice to know what I could possibly be doing wrong! It would be very appreciated if someone could give me some tips on ways to make my planes more stable and why mine could be simply flipping out of control! Any advice is appreciated!
  20. Wageera Aerospace, the same people who brought you the Kearjet Bussines/Leisure Jet, have the pleasure of bringing you a new design: The N2 Personal Shuttle is a SSTO spaceplane, designed to carry 1 crew plus baggage to orbit or to a space station and back in a safe and economical fashion. It is an excellent spacecraft for pilots seeking the challenge of precision flying and the ultimate in speed, and for space programs in need of a cheap way to level up their pilots, and bring science and crew to space stations and back. This spacecraft can reach anywhere on Kerbin either via long-range atmospheric cruise or a faster suborbital hop, and will always achieve orbit safely and with margin to spare as long as you follow the instructions provided here. In most cases, even if you somehow have managed to run out of fuel during climb, as long as your apoapsis at the time is at or near 65 km, and your speed is above 2 km/s you will be able to limp into orbit with the translation RCS system only. The amount of ΔV remaining after orbital insertion will depend heavily on the launch profile used and the parameters of the target orbit but the best we’ve seen in testing is 347 m/s ΔV remaining when inserted to a circular equatorial 71 km orbit. The usual ΔV remaining after inserting into a 100km circular equatorial orbit is about 300 m/s ΔV plus about 600 kg of monopropellant, wich is more than enough to perform a rendezvous and dock to a refuel station with very wide margins of safety. After refueling in orbit, you can get up to 1.44 km/s ΔV. A typical cruise speed in atmosphere is about 1300 m/s (Mach 4.4) at 26 km altitude. Basic capabilities: Stability: Very stable in all regimes, up to and including hypersonic reentry. Just trim it as needed and it will fly hands-off, no SAS required. Stalls: Due to its mixed canard/elevon design, this spacecraft will not stall, but, upon reaching critical angle of attack, pitch authority will be lost, and the nose will drop, with no tendency to drop a wing as long as reasonable yaw angles are maintained. Stall recovery is the same as in a normal aircraft, but be conscious that it will take more height to recover. Achieving the critical angle of attack is almost impossible whenever full power is applied. Other unusual attitudes: For all tested anormal pitch, roll and yaw attitudes at speeds below Mach 1, centering all controls will result in either immediate self-stabilization or a mild dive from which you can then recover by slightly increasing pitch. Anormal attitudes above Mach 1 were not tested, due to the obvious risk, but our best guesses engineering models indicate that the spacecraft should recover in the same way. Aerobatics: The N2 was not designed to perform aerobatics, and consequently pitch and yaw are too sluggish for aerobatics, but it still can do cool aileron rolls and barrel rolls with ease. Variants: The plane comes in two variants, fully fueled, and jet fuel only, so you can easily fly a lighter, higher performance model for short hops that do not require oxidizer or monopropellant, without having to waste time manually editing fuel tank levels and worrying about potential center of mass issues. Included in your download, in classic Wageera Aerospace style, is a VERY comprehensive Pilot's Handbook with everything you might ever need to take the N2 Spaceplane to orbit and back. Download from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7TPwnJRH1AYQ2pjLVdzaEVEbk0/view?usp=sharing
  21. I probably should have posted it here instead of inside another thread. I know copying posts is frowned upon so just follow this link http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/27292-what-did-you-do-in-ksp-today/&page=1144#comment-2861953
  22. So, I decided to finally try to make a spaceplane SSTO. It's all going well, until i got to the altitude where i need to switch mode. My engines didn't change mode, so i used the action group i set to change their mode. Didn't work. Ok. I tried manually changing their mode. Still didn't work. I've tried everything, and the Rapiers won't change mode. I've restarted the game (as well as my computer), i've done everything i can think of and it just won't work. can someone please tell me why this is happening? Craft file: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bx91FQJHP8inZkI5QWs5OTFNaXM?usp=sharing NOTE: I haven't tried deleting and redownloading my game. I think it may be because of some modifications i did to the squad folder in order to attempt to make a mod, but i still don't think it should of made the difference that it did.
  23. A quick demo of how to hit KSC every time in a spaceplane. When you hold the angle of the nose about 7 degrees above prograde, you get the best gliding angle and your impact point will steadily move downrange of the initially plotted ballistic arc. The further you point your nose away from "best glide", the less this effect till, at large angles, it actually causes the impact point to move closer. Whilst you can pitch down, left or right to acheive this effect, i recommend UP because it takes you away from the thicker atmosphere and gives you a respite from re-entry heat. As you can see, this mk1 doesn't have much problem with re-entry heat. Possible reasons for this 1. Inline cockpit is quite far back. The fly by wire unit has a pointy antenna thing on the nose, that moves the bow wave well forward of the cockpit. 2. large wing area means it stays high until it has lost a lot of speed. 3. engine pre-cooler makes a good radiator. As do the jet nozzles on the rapier. these parts surround the cockpit.
  24. We all do it don't we? Put 3 CRG100 back to back, fill with orange tanks, cluster the cargo bays with so many engines you can't see them, then put a pair of Basic Fins on as wings. Roar off the end of the runway stalling at mach 1, barely miss the water, zoom to orbit. The thing is, Werner Von Kerman's allotment is at the end of that runway, and he's getting quite fed up with Jeb upsetting his chickens. So, the challenge is to show something that can takeoff and land horizontally using a bit less runway, whilst still getting to orbit. The Rules Stock parts and physics obviously. Informational mods are allowed. SSTO please - I do often build spaceplanes with drop tanks and boosters, but i can't see a way to allow that in this challenge without people abusing it. No VTOLs. Sorry but that is a completely different challenge. For takeoff and landing from Kerbin, lifting engines are not allowed. For other planetary bodies, you are allowed to use RCS and Verniers if you wish. No parachutes or Separatrons. I think a true STOL SSTO should just be "fuel and go", and not have to worry about repacking chutes or replacing rockets. Parachutes wont help at these landing speeds anyway. The vessel will carry a single large mk2 cargo bay with two Science Juniors as payload. The vessel should be manned and the Kerbal needs a proper pod (no deck chairs or ladders to heaven). On clipping A blanket "no clipping rule" could make this unreasonably hard, it may also stifle some innovative approaches. In my play testing of this challenge, you may want 3 different kinds of engine on this small SSTO. For example, I'd very much like to have tried this with one Panther, One Rapier, and one NERV. Without clipping, you're going to have some most un-fun off-axis thrust issues. I just spent my morning trying to build a stock Space Shuttle, I don't want to go there. So, I will allow engine clipping so long as it's fully disclosed and so long as there is no way to accommodate your selection in a symmetrical way otherwise. For example, if you want one rapier and one whiplash, clip away :-) OTOH, if you're asking for a RAPIER with two junos, the RAPIER can obviously sit centrally and the junos hang off the wings, no reason to clip. One Whiplash, one nerv and two terriers? Well the whiplash and nerv can cohabit, but the pair of terriers can sit either side without violating any laws of physics. You are also allowed to clip cones onto the back of any engines that have an unused rear attach node. I don't feel this is cheating, you are simply bringing the drag values of a RAPIER or other rocket engine down to what nodeless jets like the Whiplash and Panther experience. But no clipping fuel tanks please and your cargo/service bays need to be big enough for any items you feel you need (batteries, radiators, reaction wheels) without clipping them inside each other. Categories and Scoring Ok there's two ways of doing this. My first idea was to have three classes of SSTO. Orbit, Minmus, Duna. Entries in each category would be scored on the total of takeoff run ength (when full) and landing run length (when empty) on Kerbin. Details for this version of the challenge, below However, I'm tending away from this, because of the difficulty in measuring takeoff and landing run length. So, keep it simple. The challenge is to have wheels off the ground by the second set of "Piano Keys" on the runway. At the takeoff end The STO (Short Takeoff to Orbit) award goes to any vessel that can do this and reach orbit. The STM (Short Takeoff to Minmus) award goes to any vessel that can get airborne by the piano keys, reach Minmus, land there horizontally on the flats, and come back to Kerbin. The STD (Short Takeoff to Duna) award is for any vessel that can get airborne by the piano keys, land on Duna horizontally, using only wings, RCS and vernors, no parachutes or lift engines. Oh yes and here's proof btw, that it can be done. My design is clearly not optimal. Two nervs is obviously excessive on something this size. One rapier is actually ok for speed run, but the subsonic climb to orbit wastes a lot of fuel due to low TWR of rapier in subsonic mode - some junos or panthers would really help. Also note how low wing loading plus wings angled with incidence makes it hard to fly fast unless you're going very very high up. So high in fact that the engines flame out first So I'd recommend using low wing loading or incidence, but not both together. On the bright side, look at how easily it climbs away once the nervs start up. It lifts itself above the atmosphere at quite low speed and the orange glow dies off. No heat whatsoever.
  25. I don't really think this thread belongs in Spacecraft Exchange, because I'm not actually showing off my own designs... but we don't exactly have a thread for "requesting" designs so lesser of known evils I suppose... but I digress, I'm seeking a Mk.3 Passenger spaceplane, for the purpose of quickly getting newly hired Kerbalnauts experience in, shall we say a 'supervised' environment. Minimum capability that I'm looking for here: -must have at least one Mk3 crew passnger cabins -capable of interplanetary flight (Dres or farther) -VTOL landings on low-grav moons and planets -full science package -capable of powered re-entry & landing to KSC -Stock parts If you're looking for additional challenge(s), in descending desirability: -capable of launching one, or more, mid-size satellites approximately the length of the mk-2 (short) cargobay in a single expedition -NOT be self-refuelling, provisions for external fuel drop tanks or docking to refuel yes, but no mining and refining mounted -FAR & stock aero capability friendly -Aesthestically pleasing, not simply function over form. And just because I want to try and fall within the boundaries of this sub-forum, the CSF SSTO that I've designed so far (although still haven't actually flown her)