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    The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    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).

    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 ready for 'refuelling'.
    3. All fuel tanks, wings (lift generators) 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 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 (it can be transferred out). Crew transfers are permitted.


    Kudos
    1. Smallest ship (by weight). Minimalist record.
    2. Largest ship (by weight). Maximalist record.
    3. Highest orbit. 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. Utilitarial Commendation.
    9. Payload to planet surface. Utilitarial Distinction.
    Prefixes: Exploratory applies to planetoid missions and Expeditionary applies to planetary lander missions outside Kerbin's sphere of influence.


    Guest List
    (Roll of Honour.)

    Version 0.23
    SargeRho with X-04 "Raven".
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Skylon.
    boolybooly Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with Diamondback R.
    - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Shuttle 2.
    whistlehead with Soothsayer.
    The Jedi Master with Fencer Mk.1.
    RocketPilot573 Utilitarial Distinction (Minmus 15t) Advanced Pilot Precision Award with VelocitorSSTO-HL.
    kahlzun Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Rapier_Test_Rig.
    Dooz Advanced Pilot Precision Award with The (Rapier Free) Hawking.
    SparTwo Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün) with 'don't have a name' Mk1.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Sabre (video).
    - with Sabre-B mk2.
    NikkyD Advanced Pilot Precision Award with x-glider v1.
    Overfloater Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Space Plane Mk1.
    - Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Laythe, Duna), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Astroliner IV Comet.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Spaceplane MkII.
    - Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (Laythe 20t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Mega Comet (video).
    - Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Laythe), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Astroliner.
    PatchouliKnowledge Advanced Pilot Precision Award with CrowTengu.
    sploden current minimalist record holder (1.136t) Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Minisistilikio 3.
    Redshift OTF Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Cormorant XI.
    immelman Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Duna), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Big Silly Bird 2.
    - Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Laythe), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Big Silly Bird 3.
    Broman Utilitarial Commendation with Cargo SSTO MkI.
    Mesklin Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Mun Goblin.
    - Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Laythe), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Blossom bat.
    jmiki8 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Puli Micron.
    - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Puli SAT.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Atomic.
    irongut Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Stiletto 1a.
    numerobis Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Laytheill.
    Sniper-Worms Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün & Minmus), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Cydonia.
    capi3101 Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with the Auk-IV.
    Romphaia Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Siskin.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus) with Phoenixhammer MK1-N.
    Tarmenius Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with the Distesa (SSTO-R 3).
    Naluski Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Supafly-1.
    Fellow314 Utilitarial Commendation (32t Mun), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Cargo Twelve i.
    - Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Duna) with LR2 v NMJ.
    Rodyle Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Space Plane 1.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Space Plane 3.
    - Exploratory Utilitarial Commendation (Duna) with the Eagleray Carrier.
    Rune Utilitarial Commendation (station parts x6 liftoffs with refuel), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Broadsword.
    RogueMason Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Adder Mk1 (not a Cobra MkIII).
    Damaske Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Midget Beta 1.
    kepicness with NISP-VTOL.
    LordFjord Utilitarial Commendation (ship parts 2x launch with refuel), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Wasp Mk5.
    that1guy Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Hellion III.
    zeppelinmage Utilitarial Commendation (2 sats), Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Pilot Proficiency Medal with Earl of Sandwich.
    Kasuha Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Duna) with the reversible craft Kaeris.
    - Exploratory Astrokerbal Distinction (Laythe), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Kaeris.
    ABalazs Advanced Pilot Precision Award with X-901-AR.
    airbus_sai Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with SSTO Jet Mk1.
    bsalis Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Excalibur (VTOL capable).
    Sensi Pilot Proficiency Medal with Reinbacker.
    RebelFreedom Advanced Pilot Precision Award with ThunderCougarFalconBird (VTOL capable).
    Sgt. Cookie with Dawns Flower.
    Cerberus738 Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1stClass with Pelican Mk II.
    FCISuperGuy Advanced Pilot Precision Award with the KSV Phoenix.
    - Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with revamped KSV Phoenix.
    Naten Advanced Pilot Precision Award with the Aquarius-C.
    Hejnfelt Advanced Pilot Precision Award with WASP SSTO (hotseat 2.1t).
    PUNiSH3R Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Fallingleaf.
    Mecha Pants Utilitarial Commendation (x2, station 11.2t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st class with Arrow V Cargo SSTO.
    Redwizard000 with Space Moth MK I.
    noname 117 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Caracara SSTO.


    Guest Lists from previous versions.



    Gate Crashers
    (Dodged the bouncers.)


    K-Prize Gatecrasher's badge by WafflesToo (sig badges).


    Hooligan Labs, acquitted on all charges...
    Maxed Rockets, didnt want to come back anyway.
    evilC, denied accusations of short measures saying "I found it like that."
    Climberfx parts did not conform with KU common market standards policy.
    pinolallo, confessed to using experimental technology. Quoted in Kerbin Gazette, "gate crashing is kind of a hobby for me, my FatBob modified lifter for example." Presented "Theory of STOL Craft Design" to the press, available at all good book stores. Publicised secret crew shuttle test flight.
    cpt_nosh accidental fuel pump activation was accident.
    Kappa73, on returning from Laythe told reporters that mid-flight ship disintegration is perfectly normal, nothing to worry about. Complained about Kerman Bros plumbing.
    Psycho529 prefers the Mun to Kerbin anyway.
    Lazer Cut landed on the wrong planet, claimed it was deliberate.
    Rosarium blamed saboteurs.
    PotatoOverdose made no secret of refuelling on Laythe... many times over.
    japa what goes up doesnt always come down.
    Cupcake opined that gentlemen prefer VTOL, supplied some most funkadelic demonstration videos.
    Auriga exploring the universe in a Spaceballs Camper Van (video).
    ihtoit inadvertantly supercharged nuclear engine, landing strip no longer needs lights. (video)
    - claimed "the force made me do it!" (Xwing video) (TIE fighter).
    Technical Ben told all who would listen "Kraken is more than a mere rocket!" supplied promotional video at no extra charge!
    VincentS having some technical difficulties with the "not crashing" bit. Claimed losing a fuel tank on Duna was no accident.
    WafflesToo blatantly attempted to distract the K-Prize judges with a one act play (and video).
    Spartwo admitted creative interpretation of altimeter readings. Made persistent attempts to distract the bouncers.
    Cinocal likes to swing baby yeah (wings that is) !
    zekes insisted that shuttles are spaceships too.
    Rhomphaia took the view that any landing Jebediah could walk away from was a good landing.
    El wonso quoted in Kerbin Gazette "In fact you can change the laws of physics."
    British_Rover said distributed landing technique was experimental.
    RTK admitted enjoying rulebreaking.
    Dr.Moo provided easy listening video evidence at the hearing.
    Taki117 took the view that using uncertified parts was fun.
    SeventhArchitect felt modifying certified parts was perfectly safe, not bodged at all.
    SeanMirrsen denied possessing a 2025 sports almanac.


    To start the ball rolling (I previously posted) a little screeny of one I made earlier. This space plane is in orbit, but it has yet to land successfully... can you do better :p
    Last edited by boolybooly; 14th April 2014 at 08:50.

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Craft files would be nice by the end of this challenge. Making space planes is hard! making SSTO space plane is extra hard.
    Can\'t wait to see what people come up with...

    One question. Vertical launches are perfectly ok right?
    -CEO and founder of Victor Aerospace Industries-

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Woot! I have an SSTO spaceplane in orbit at 230km, I\'ll land at the KSC and upload the pics, watch this post!

    Update: Aircraft failed to return to Kerbin, the weight distribution was such that the engine flew through the airframe and the craft disintegrated, I have another more stable plane but I need to get out in this sun, it\'s been cold for so long here.
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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Edit : adapting the post to carry honour rolls from the previous versions.


    Version 0.22
    Pipcard Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Swallow.
    pa1983 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with HOTOL.
    Mesklin Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Ikar (dV 8288m/s).
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Mun>Minmus>Kerbin>Mun>Minmus>Kerbin) with Ikar.
    - Exploratory Kosmokerbal Commendation (Tylo) with lander drop, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Dedal.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award (x2) with Arrowhead SSTO.
    pinolallo Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Mun) with FatNose "space jar".
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Mun + Minmus) with FatNose "space jar".
    Cupcake... Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Duna) with Bulldog SSTO (stylish video).
    - Jeb dances to Chris Rea, also Exploratory Astrokerbal Distinction (Ike +Minmus +Mün), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Carpathia.
    that1guy Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Cetus I SSTO (nightflight video).
    WafflesToo Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation (2 probes) with Fireball-II (rocketplane video).
    - Pilot Proficiency Medal, Utilitarial Commendation (3 geostationary sats) with Pelican-K.
    bombo1 Pilot Proficiency Medal with The Hawk.
    drewscriver Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation (Minmus>36t), current maximalist record holder (125t) v.22 with the wing-swinging Changeling. Plus discretionary "pilot most likely to become a Bond villain award" v.22.
    BigFatStupidHead Pilot Proficiency Medal with Stiletto -d.
    Col_Jessep Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mun) with Ivory Hawk.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Ladybird.
    Sirine Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Albatross.
    that1guy Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with Pices 1 SSTO (video).
    barrenwaste with Untitled Space Craft.
    El wonso Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation (2 probes), Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with SSTO X1 Probe++.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class, Utilitarial Commendation (2 probes), Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with SSTO X1 Probe++.
    11Bravo49417 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Lame X.
    sploden Advanced Pilot Precision Award, current minimalist record holder (1.14t) with Minisistilikio 2.#
    immelman Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus) with unnamed craft.
    Cinocal Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Delta G2.
    Tarmenius Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class, Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus) with La Folie.
    g00bd0g Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün) with spunky nuke.
    winginson Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Valkyrja-C.
    Ravenchant Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with the Sokol.
    GraviTykillz Advanced Pilot Precision Award with the Bat.
    xtremespino Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with NightOwl (video).
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Sparrow (video).
    annikk.exe Advanced Pilot Precision Award with SSTO (3.22t).
    Spartwo Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Arrow.
    bsalis Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Duna) with Boxkite.
    leafty Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with Aeris 4A - Aerospike Edition.
    Rosarium Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Spirito ASAAA.
    that1guy Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with Pisces IV.
    Mecha Pants with Dodo SSTO.
    British_Rover Utilitarial Commendation (satellite), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with R&R Launcher.

    Version 0.21
    Sean Mirrsen Advanced Pilot Precision Award with The Padmasana.
    boolybooly Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Tern II.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Long Ranger III.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Long Ranger II.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Milligan Jet.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Deuce.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award (x4) with Milligan Jet K-Prize.
    ayhc with Trefoil Mk2 KP01.
    carazvan Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün) withAnt SSTO.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus) with Ant SSTO.
    - Utilitarial Commendation (5t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Bee pSSTO.
    - Bee pSSTO (25t).
    kushi Advanced Pilot Precision Award (x2) with Aoife H-10 DLKO.
    Pirke Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün) withthe Shotgun Hawk.
    tavert Advanced Pilot Precision Award with MinK 1a.
    Rosarium (220.01t) Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation (72t) with Immane.
    Analog Addict (video) Advanced Pilot Precision Award (x3) with SP v4o stock.
    Stochasty Advanced Pilot Precision Award, current maximalist record holder (258t) with Eve Plane.
    - +gallery of Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinctions to Duna, Dres, Laythe & Vall, Eeloo with Vethrfolnir.
    - Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Eeloo) with Eve Plane.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Moho) with Vethrfolnir III.
    pa1983
    Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (18.9t Duna), Advanced Pilot Precision Award withFalcon XIII Galaxy STOL.
    - Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (36t Duna), Advanced Pilot Precision Award withFalcon XIIIB Galaxy STOL (video).
    - Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (22.76t Laythe), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with *Falcon XIIIC Galaxy STOL (video).
    - *Altitudinalist record holder.
    - Utilitarial Commendation (9t) with Falcon XIV Kosmos (video).
    - Historical archive video Falcon IV Transport (Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award).
    Tarmenius Advanced Pilot Precision Award with SSTO 4 Resparcia.
    jaws909 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with the A-15 Skyshark.
    drewscriver Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Chalice Mk4.
    - Utilitarial Commendation (20.59t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Chalice Mk4r.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus) with Dragonshy.
    ThePseudoMonkey Utilitarial Commendation (18t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Iron Buzzard.
    Crowella Utilitarial Commendation (4.5t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st class with CISPA Expedition Carrier.
    KarmaComa Advanced Pilot Precision Award with The Styx.
    BeTa77 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Featherweight.
    Poppins Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Wolfbullet.
    bombo1 with Passenger Shuttle ssto.
    Cupcake (video) Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Scythe Mk2.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus, Mün) with Magpie.
    sploden current minimalist record holder (1.14t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Minisistilikio.
    zekes Advanced Pilot Precision Award with ZoPL Debulist.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with ZoPL Pip Mk I.
    Hejnfelt Advanced Pilot Precision Award with AirWalker.
    RogueMason Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with Space Soarer 1.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Hyper Dart.
    - Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus with Mün flyby) Cosmic Flyer.
    Pinolallo Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st class with lightSSTO (x2 runs).
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st class with FatNose "Rondine" (amphibious).
    Moar Boosters Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction (Duna, Gilly, Mün) with DunaVentura B1.
    British_Rover Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Blackbird_MOD.
    Gravaar Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with Spider MkV.
    Scarecrow88 Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Diablo.
    WafflesToo Advanced Pilot Precision Award with VeryTinyPlane (video).
    Troma3D Utilitarial Commendation (2.53t) and Advanced Pilot Precision Award with a mystery space plane.
    ATuinhek Astrokerbal Distinction (Mün) with 3-man SSTO.
    VincentS Utilitarial Commendation with SSTO II
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Kosmokerbal Commendation (Mün) with Scout SSTO.
    bsalis Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Explorer.
    Landge Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st class with VindiGator.

    Version 0.20
    Kuris Advanced Pilot Precision Award with an unnamed small and agile spaceplane.
    meyst Advanced Peoples Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with glorious Yggdrasil.
    zekes Kosmokerbal Commendation with ZoPL Endeavour.
    - with ZoPL Kiwi.
    - Exploratory Kosmokerbal Commendation (Duna) with ZoPL Kiwi.
    pa1983 Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (45T to Duna) with Falcon XC Jumbo Transport (213.64).
    - current Maximalist Record holder v0.20. (video)
    - Utilitarial Commendation (72.92t), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Falcon XI Hercules.
    - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Falcon XI Hercules (video).
    - Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Falcon XII Skymaster Transport (Video*)
    - * Includes FREE Awesome Construction Video.
    Tarmenius Advanced Pilot Precision Award with La Paix.
    heavylifter Advanced Pilot Precision Awards x4 with Sweetmidge, Sweetmite, Fairfly (5.18t) & Bat.
    CHR1SZ Advanced Pilot Precision Award with HyPerformance.
    Cal'Mihe Utilitarial Distinction, Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Starspeeder.
    Jod Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with KASA Moth IX-C variant.
    sploden Advanced Pilot Precision Award with The Chair.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Hummingbird.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with The Bumblebee.
    tavert Advanced Pilot Precision Award with unspecified MinLKO iteration.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award with MinLKO 6d
    - current Minimalist Record holder v0.20, 1.51t, with MinLKO 8b
    Tiron Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Ravenspear Mk3-F.
    Kappa73 Exploratory Astrokerbal Distinction (Laythe), Advanced Pilot Precision Award with SSTOck.
    meeki Advanced Pilot Precision Award with meeki-SP-LV45.
    WafflesToo (video) Utilitarial Commendation and Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Aurora.
    Cupcake with Scythe.
    Cinocal Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Cheyenne Drop Ship w/M577.
    nerdboy64 Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with HS-210 Photon.
    Cranium Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Falcon X2.
    giggleplex Advanced Pilot Precision Award with VTOLSSTO.
    bsalis Advanced Pilot Precision Award with Valkyrie.
    that1guy (video) with Orca XIII.
    Tarsus (video) Advanced Pilot Precision Award 1st Class with X-13.
    Tryptophan Pilot Proficiency Medal with The Oracle.
    kahlzun Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Astrokerbal Distinction (Minmus) with Swoop.
    - Advanced Pilot Precision Award, Utilitarial Commendation & Distinction (Minmus) with Swoop-Cargo.

    Version 0.19
    Maxed Rockets Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award 1st Class, Utilitarial Commendation (36T) with SPO-18A, SPO-28 & SPO-48.
    pa1983 Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (36T to Duna) with Falcon X Jumbo Transport (video).
    - Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction (10.98T to Laythe) & special lifetime awesome award...
    + Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award to island runway with Falcon X Jumbo Transport (video).
    - Expeditionary Utilitarial Distinction to (43.26T to Duna) with Falcon X Jumbo Transport (video).
    + Maximalist Record (v0.19) with 210.81T take off weight.
    - and again.
    zekes with Belle I.
    - Exploratory Kosmokerbal Commendation with Debulist.
    admiralducksauce Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with Hot Dog II.
    Tarsus Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award 1st Class with X-4.
    AmpsterMan Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with Daedelus.
    Rosarium Astrokerbal Distinction with Nettuno SSTO.
    SirJodelstein Pilot Proficiency Medal with Space Dragonfly.
    boolybooly Astrokerbal Distinction, Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with Gnat.
    SecondGuessing Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award, Kosmokerbal Commendation with Almalgest I 'Swift'.
    kahlzun with SSTO Prototype III.
    Plur303 Astrokerbal Distinction, Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with Nuke SSTO MK III.
    JebDynamics Utilitarial Commendation, Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with Extended Range.
    pinolallo 2x Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award 1x Pilot Proficiency Medal with 3KPrize (triple mission).
    bsalis Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with VTOL SSTO.
    BikeKayakSki Advanced Pilot Proficiency Award with Better Glider.

    Version 0.18.0
    Lost in space due to unfortunate rollback incident.
    kepicness discovered lost record of NISP 7.1 whitebird.

    Version 0.17.0

    boolybooly, pilot proficiency medal, with Diamondback.
    ***Astrokerbal Distinction*** with 'Moon Wing'.
    Return from Ike landing with 'MoonWing XL'.
    Gossy, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award* with 'Falcon 3'.
    Archangel Lucifer, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*, with 'Widowmaker'.
    with 'Space Wing'. And ***Astrokerbal Distinction*** with 'Hellfire'.
    Also with 'Maverick'.
    G Addict, with 'Bifurcator XN'. *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*, with 'Bifurcator X'
    sloth, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award* with 'Daedalus K'.
    bsalis, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*, with the VTOL capable 'Avenger'.
    Suzaku, with 'K-17', v17 minimalist record holder with 'XK-17'.
    kepicness, with 'NISP V.I' nuclear spaceplane.
    *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*,with 'NISP V.II'.
    ***Astrokerbal Distinction*** with 'NISP IV'.
    Klilidiplomus, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*, with the 'Sky Guardian'.
    Foursch, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*, v17 maximalist record holder, with 'Delta Wing IV'.
    ***Astrokerbal Distinction***, v17 altitudinalist record with 'Vulcan'.
    zekes, **Kosmokerbal Commendation** with Zokesia Precision Lifter 4.
    souza, with Nexus SSTO 2.
    RadiationKing, *Advanced Pilot Precision Award*, with 'Orbiter III'
    Hooligan Labs, Kosmokerbal Commendation with 'Third Time Lucky'.
    Rogue Mason, with the 'Ceres SSTO Soarer'.

    [Spoiler: Version 0.15.2]
    [Spoiler: Version 0.16.0]

    Gate Crashers (early days)
    (Dodged the bouncers.)

    Stevenator1, borrowed someone else's spaceship...
    sss, the public inquiry blamed a computer malfunction...
    keptin, wings fell off...
    dogon11, denies ever using black market engines...
    Baneblade, engines dropped off at an inconvenient moment...
    Phoenix Aerospace, confessed to using counterfeit rockets...
    Shazi, advertising situations vacant in 'KSP Piloting News' jobs section...
    Suzaku, still refusing to pay airport tax...
    a7i20ci7y, insists that using uncertified boosters is perfectly safe...

    Previous post content...

    I'm a watchin' sal_vager, I'm a watchin'.

    Quote Originally Posted by hebdomad View Post


    Craft files would be nice by the end of this challenge. Making space planes is hard! making SSTO space plane is extra hard.
    Can't wait to see what people come up with...

    One question. Vertical launches are perfectly ok right?
    I welcome your enthusiasm hebdomad. Did you see rule #2?

    Rule #2, the launch has to be horizontal by which I mean has to happen on the runway and begin with horizontal movement, after which you can fly it any way you want. 8)
    Last edited by boolybooly; 10th March 2014 at 12:04.

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Damn... well there goes my one and only SSTO that might have parts 'accidently' fall off...
    -CEO and founder of Victor Aerospace Industries-

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Made this over the weekend,

    The Wespe:

    [spoiler]
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    Gets to at least 70km, all one piece, 2 stages, enough RCS fuel for orbital maneuvering, and enough jet fuel to do a controlled landing. All 0.15 vanilla parts.
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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Looks like my glorified rocket approach is... iffy.
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    It needs the drop at the end of the runway to get airborne, is barely capable of a 70 km orbit, and has a L/D of ~2 with empty tanks and below ~2 km altitude. It cannot safely ditch on water. Land capability is currently unknown. =/

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    When the rocket fuel tanks finally get separated from jet fuel ones (0.16 i think), I\'m sure this challenge would be much more challenging. The Rocket fuel tanks simply carry so much more for their weight.

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Heh, looks like I need to step up my spaceplane game. The one spaceplane I\'ve gotten into orbit ran out of fuel doing so, partially due to mis-routed fuel lines, and ditched a pair of lower-atmosphere engines, an SRB, and the landing gear (attached to the engines and SRB) on the way up. (The pod decouples and lands via parachute. I\'m not that mean.)

    First, though, I need to build something that can rendezvous with my stranded spaceplane and nudge it back into the atmosphere.

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    Re: The K Prize - 100% reusable spaceplane to orbit and back

    Quote Originally Posted by Salda007 View Post
    Heh, looks like I need to step up my spaceplane game. The one spaceplane I\'ve gotten into orbit ran out of fuel doing so, partially due to mis-routed fuel lines, and ditched a pair of lower-atmosphere engines, an SRB, and the landing gear (attached to the engines and SRB) on the way up. (The pod decouples and lands via parachute. I\'m not that mean.)

    First, though, I need to build something that can rendezvous with my stranded spaceplane and nudge it back into the atmosphere.
    You have no idea how much I have tried to do that. Try and try, space is huge. I still haven\'t had a plane or ship that can do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by zombiphylax View Post
    Made this over the weekend,

    The Wespe:

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    Gets to at least 70km, all one piece, 2 stages, enough RCS fuel for orbital maneuvering, and enough jet fuel to do a controlled landing. All 0.15 vanilla parts.
    Tested your design out, I really like it Worked fantastically, got a stable 150km orbit, and brought it back down on the pad

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