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Thread: Basic Aircraft Design - Explained Simply, With Pictures

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    Basic Aircraft Design - Explained Simply, With Pictures

    Hey KSP folks! The Space Plane Hangar remains a conundrum for quite a few, and since it's one of my favorite parts of KSP, I wanted to shed some light on concepts that might help others build their own successful aircraft.

    In retrospect, this is something between a design and basic concepts of flight tut, but whatever, here goes!

    Basic Aircraft Design .craft pack - Here is a basic .craft pack I've put together with some stupid-simple designs taking different approaches.

    And the easiest plane to fly ever, the EZ Trainer Mk7 "Just hold the S-key" Edition.

    ~The tut is an embedded image, you should see it below this text. It may take some time to download.

    Alternate Mirror:

    French guide, by Varsass -

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    Please include a link to this thread in your post for your translated version. In addition, please private message me a link to your translation so I may include it here. Thanks!

    v28.1 - Added section for Angle of Incidence, asymmetric thrust compensation, landing gear positioning, minor fixes
    v25.1 - Minor fixes and rephrasing, spelling corrections
    v25 - Expanded drag force, landing gear, CoL relative to CoM, Added section on AoA, several other fixes
    v20 - Clarified the relationship of CoL to CoM, neutral stability
    v19 - With an additional 50% material; center of thrust, center of lift, edit fixes on existing articles
    v11 - Turbo infused with 100% more knowledge!
    v7 - Initial Release
    For a more realistic drag model, check out Ferram Aerospace Research:
    Last edited by keptin; 9th September 2014 at 00:24.

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    I see no pictures..
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    Hmm, I just changed hosts, it should work now. I added some mirror links at the bottom of the OP if it doesn't.

    *10/9 Edit* - Updated the tutorial with 100% more knowledge!
    Last edited by keptin; 9th October 2013 at 23:18.

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    Thanks! Needed this a lot. Very well done.

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    Good job, glad to see you added a much needed section on CoT, hopefully more people will know what causes their jets to start spinning out at high altitudes (or weird orientations).

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    Humorous, and informative. Even more veteran KSP pilots can pick up a thing or two here. This deserves to get stickied.
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    Massive props for this thread!

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    Most definitely one for the Drawing Board!
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    Upvote. +1. Would read again.
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