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Features and changes in the latest version (3.5alpha - skipped versions due to major part revisions)
1. Two all new launcher parts set. The Orange 'NASA' set of tanks, engines and boosters has been remodeled and is now known as the 'Jupiter' launching system. The 'Energia-Buran' style tanks, engines and boosters have been remodeled and are now known as the 'Blizzard' launching system
2. Tanks now include an upper section that interfaces with the nosecone or interstage adapter and includes flight computer (SAS) and reaction wheels as well as fuel.
3. The engines exist in single standalone versions (1.25m but quite powerful) for use on 2 new adapter plates (3.75m) or with other parts. They have normal gimbal ranges appropriate for traditional rockets. There is also a "packaged" version in 3x (for the shuttle) and 4x (for the Blizzard main tank) that have the high gmibal ranges (and thrust vectoring) needed for use with the shuttle stack
4. The inclusion of optional engines and adapters means that traditional rocket launcher stacks are possible to build. These represent shuttle-derived launchers like Jupiter DIRECT, Ares and SLS as well as the standalone Energia and Vulcan launchers from the soviet era. Look for these options to be expanded in future versions to enable more "Shuttle derived" designs.
5. New boosters: 4 and 5 segment NASA-style SRBS for the Jupiter system and a Zenit-derived radial and stack liquid booster named "Zenith" for the Blizzard system.
6. New utility parts; a booster decoupler with built-in sepratron ejection motors, a version of the separator without decoupling action that you can place anywhere on a booster, and a new External Tank decoupler to attach the shuttle to the tank. The nosecone for the Solid booster also features sepratron motors (from the red ports)
7. Interstage adapters for both the boosters (1.75m to 2.5m) and the external tanks (3.75m to 2.5m) - both with built-in decouplers
8. The Shuttle wings with built-in intakes, fuel tanks, and engines have been redesigned to share the base model and elevators with the big 'Odyssey' wings; both shuttles have a very similar profile now.
9. A clone of the cargobay with a new door animation to compensate for the intakes on the Intrepid wings. The animation will be refined later.
10. The tail fin model was slightly tweaked; it now has an attachment base.
11. All new parts were rebalanced with actual volumes and masses derived from stock part scales. Pack function should be very close to the previous function. Please report any issues you discover.
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