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    [0.24, 32-bit] Near Future Technologies (22/07/14, all packs)

    This set of part packs is designed to provide generally stock-like near future parts for your space program's needs. You can pick and choose from various component packs providing electric engines, nuclear reactors, solar panels, structural parts or tech tree options. There are currently six subpacks: Propulsion, Electrical, Construction, Solar, Spacecraft and Technology. There is also a pack of example ships.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Version 0.2.0 and up of any pack is SAVE BREAKING from 0.1.x. That is, ships using these parts will NOT LOAD. If you want to update your persistence file and are comfortable with doing that, see this link for a list of part names that changed.

    If you have a previous version of any of these packs, you must delete the old NearFuture****** folder BEFORE you install an update!

    Near Future Propulsion

    v0.2.0, last updated July 22nd 2014
    This pack contains electrostatic ion engines, plasma engines and VASIMR engines. There are currently 12 types as listed to the right. The function of the engines is quite simple - power them and then profit. The two VASIMR engines however need more explaining; they start out at their lowest thrust and highest specific impulse. Use the slider in the VAB or in flight to increase thrust at the cost of specific impulse.

    The engines run on stock Xenon Gas and two new resources: Liquid Hydrogen and Argon Gas. Make sure to have enough power to run them, as shown in the VAB. Also, don't run them in atmosphere - they'll produce practically no thrust. Good luck powering many of the engines on stock parts though - they're quite power-hungry. I recommend large solar panels from Near Future Solar or nuclear reactors from Near Future Electrical.

    Included in this pack are optional ModuleManager files that change the LV-N to use the Liquid Hydrogen resource as fuel. There are also config files to do the same thing with nuclear engines from various other mods.

    Known Issues:

    Future Plans:
    • Electrical RCS systems
    • Additional engine models
    • SmokeScreen integration for better engine FX
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    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download


    Near Future Electrical

    v0.2.0, last updated July 22nd, 2014
    This pack contains electrical support parts for generating and storing electricity in the form of Electric Charge: nuclear reactors, additional batteries and capacitors.

    Fission Reactors are power generators that run on the EnrichedUranium resource. They are quite heavy and awkward to incorporate into a ship, but rewarding in terms of amount of power generated per mass. There are a few things to make them a little harder to use:
    • Heat Radiators: Place heat radiators on the surface of the reactors and extend them. Without them, the reactors won't produce much/any power. Match the Thermal Power of the reactor (noted in the VAB) to the Heat Rejection of the radiators you're adding - if the total Heat Rejection is equal to or higher than the Thermal Power listed on the reactor, you'll be fine.
    • Fuel consumption: Eventually the reactors will run out of fuel. This takes a few years, but also occurs in the background when the ship is unfocused. Refueling can be done when the reactor is shut down by EVAing a Kerbal and selecting Refuel when you right click the reactor. If you have a nuclear fuel container on board, refueling will take place. You can also use the Whirlijig reprocessing plant to recycle some spent fuel from a fuel container.

    Capacitors are new parts which store electric charge very efficiently as StoredCharge (they have 8x the electric charge per unit mass). They charge up very slowly from your main Ec reserve but can be triggered to discharge all of their energy into your Ec reserve very rapidly. This lets you run higher power engines for longer time periods. Use the right click menu in the VAB/SPH to vary a capacitor's discharge rate down to 50% of its rated maximum.

    There are also larger version of the stock inline battery packs (in 0.625, 1.25 and 2.5m sizes) for storing large amounts of Electric Charge.

    Known Issues:

    Future Plans:
    • Improved capacitor management (automation)
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    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download



    Near Future Solar

    v0.2.0, last updated July 22nd, 2014
    This pack contains various solar panels that I've sourced from spacecraft concepts. They range from small concentrated solar panels to massive blanket solar arrays.

    As of the last update there is a plugin component which adds curved a solar panel module. It's used to make the curved panels work correctly.

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    Known Issues:
    • Some of the larger solar panels can get stuck when perpendicular to the sun

    Future Plans:
    • Extendable 3.75 -> 10 or 15m panel
    • Shrouds for smaller panels
    • More panels (PM me if you find some cool ones, I'm always on the lookout)
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    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download


    Near Future Construction

    v0.2.0, last updated July 22nd, 2014
    This pack contains structural components. There is a large truss set that can be useful when building bases or large spacecraft. There are also a number of skeletal-style stack adapters for mounting cluster engines or just looking cool.

    Known Issues:
    • The storage octo-girders for Argon and Liquid Hydrogen will be cosmetic only unless Near Future Propulsion is installed

    Future Plans:
    • Small truss set
    • Docking ports
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    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download



    Near Future Spacecraft

    v0.2.0, last updated July22nd 2014
    This pack is dedicated to space station/craft components. Currently it focuses on adding a small integrated lander with an advanced command pod, engine, fuel tank, landing legs and storage container.

    The Mk3-9 Command Pod has full RasterPropMonitor integration to run internal props and the various digital displays. The plugin is bundled with the download, so no need to go and grab it.

    Known Issues:
    • There is a strange visual bug when fully zoomed out in the right window of the Mk3-9 IVA

    Future Plans:
    • 0.625m combo standard/drag chute for the top of the Mk3-9
    • 2.5m inline command pod
    • Finishing the IVA for the Mk3-9 Pod
    • Finishing the IVA for the PPD-24 Utility Pod
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    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download


    Near Future Technology

    v0.2.0, last updated July 22nd 2014
    This pack uses TreeLoader to add new technology options to the late game. This greatly improves the experience of using the Near Future Propulsion, Electrical and Solar subpacks, so I highly recommend it.

    14 new nodes have been added in three distinct paths: Nuclear Power, Solar Technology and Electric Propulsion. They branch off from logical locations in the stock tree and attempt to provide a meaningful progression to the player.

    Make sure to read the installation instructions included in the download!

    If you don't use this pack, don't worry. Parts will be distributed into the various nodes of the stock tree without any problems.

    Known Issues:

    Future Plans:
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    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download


    Near Future Example Ships

    v0.2.0, last updated July 22nd 2014
    Looking for some interesting example ships, or some pointers on how to build something with the new parts? Look no further than this download, which contains example vessels using NFT parts for your perusal. I can't say for sure which contains parts from each pack (they tend to be mixed), so I recommend installing the packs first before using these.

    If you think you've made something super cool and unique, feel free to PM me, I'll see about including it in the download!

    Known Issues:

    Future Plans:
    Download v0.2.0 (Primary)

    Download v0.2.0 (Tertiary - Dropbox)
    [Spoiler: Recent Changes (v0.2.0)]
    Historical changelogs are included in the download

    All of the above packs are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This means that you are free to share and adapt the materials only for non-commercial purposes and when providing appropriate attribution. Any derivatives must be distributed under the same license. This of course does not apply to any of the bundled plugins of whom I am not the author. RasterPropMonitor, CrossfeedEnabler, KSPAPIExtensions and ModuleManager are all distributed under their own licenses, details can be found in the provided links.


    Do you like this pack? Well, I use up tons of coffee modeling it - I would greatly appreciate if you felt like contributing some change to my fund. I can repay your gratitude by working with you on particular parts, even (within reason)


    Many thanks to Majiir for providing me with hosting!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Is this compatible with KSP Interstellar?
    A: There is no supported compatibility, however, the engines can be powered by KSPI's reactors and the solar panels will function just fine. Balance, however, will not be great.

    Q: Will you add fusion reactors?
    A: As soon as a prototype reliably produces power.

    Q: Is there RealFuels/ModularFuelTank compatibility?
    A: No, but it is planned eventually.
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    Awesome Now, let's see if it's possible to stack enough solar panels and reactors to run these engines at full power
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    Woo! It got released early!

    I guess I don't need to study for that math test tomorrow...

    Addons making your game crash? Try this!

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    Are these scaled to reality, or at least to Kerbal reality? If so, pretty awesome. By the looks of the pictures good job on the models too, they look stock enough while still different.

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    Aw, I found a bug already. The radial xenon tank is rotated in an odd way, i must have broken it at the last minute.

    Quote Originally Posted by Camacha View Post
    Are these scaled to reality, or at least to Kerbal reality? If so, pretty awesome. By the looks of the pictures good job on the models too, they look stock enough while still different.
    Thanks! The goal was to make them look like they fit with stock, roughly.

    They are indeed scaled to kerbal-like properties based on the stock ion engine, so they should be relatively balanced. Well, depends on what people find I suppose.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mekan1k
    No craft files? Too bad...
    Trust me, you don't want my 30 second test craft .

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    Excellent work with these drives/reactors. They blend with the stock parts remarkably well, especially considering what they're based off of. I'm looking forward to using these for orbital tugs and interplanetary ships.

    I've found a potential problem though. With the VASIMR drive, it seems like the thrust might not be quite centered, or perhaps there's a problem with the 1.25 meter reactor's center of mass. I created a pretty basic test craft consisting of a VASIMR drive, 1.25 meter reactor, a couple of inline 1.25 meter batteries, and a small 1.25 meter xenon tank along with a small probe core, however whenever I throttled up it wanted to pull hard to one side. I'll do further testing on it and the other engines later to confirm my findings, but I wanted to mention it just in case it is a real problem.

    Also, how many units of energy are required per second for the various engines?

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    Insta-download. Looks awesome.

    Re: texture reduction. Just...tell him not to strip the darn alpha channels for once, or your FX will be ruined.

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    looks nice, I love mods that fit with the stock parts. Are the heat tolerances of the parts set up properly (or at least at about stock levels) or will I have to change them manually so it works with deadly re-entry?
    I don't always enter the atmosphere at 6km/s, but when I do... I activate my single small parachute 10,000 meters up and land safely

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