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    [1.0.4] Extraplanetary Launchpads v5.2.1

    This is the new thread for Extraplanetary Launchpads as skykooler has asked me to officially take over the project. Old thread

    A nice quick tutorial writeup by Starstrider42.

    Kerbas_ad_astra did up some graphs of kerbal contribution.

    A bit of a writeup I did on Direction survey stakes.


    Known Issues:
    • there is a problem with older versions* of Science Alert causing EL builds to fail. Should you have trouble with EL and Science Alert, be sure to install the latest version. *(prior to 1.8 and reappearing somewhere between 1.8.1 and 1.8.3, but fixed again in 1.8.4)
    • Procedural parts stored inside KIS containers may not have the correct masses.
    • Resources in parts inside KIS containers inside KIS containers (KISception?) are treated incorrectly and become RocketParts.
    • EL itself doesn't particularly care about the KSP patch version (.2 vs .4), but KSPAPIExtensions does



    A review of EL done by TinyPirate:


    Download: Extraplanetary Launchpads v5.2.1.
    Release notes:

    Source code (GPL): github.
    Issue tracker: issues

    Required Mods:
    • Module Manager to allow pods to become workshops (albeit poor quality). NOW REQUIRED to enable engineers to build stuff.
    • Kerbal Inventory System.Required for the use of the survey stakes, but otherwise optional.


    Mods I consider essential for getting the most out of EL:


    As an alternative to Kethane, Karbonite is available and there is a Karbonite adaptation available. Note, however, that MKS has built-in support for EL, so you do not need this patch. Also note that MKS hides most of EL's parts as it provides its own versions.

    At this stage any pad, the runway or the dock can be used landed, splashed or in orbit. When landed or splashed, operation is exactly as it was before. When in orbit, the new ship is spawned "docked" (docking ports not required) to the construction dock and must be released (the build menu will be unavailable until the new ship has been released). To release the ship, right click on the dock and click "Release". Once the release bug (see below) has been worked around, the new ship will slowly drift away (as expected for two objects in orbit).

    Survey stakes (new feature in 4.3.0 and requiresKerbal Inventory System) work only when landed and they need to be carried around in a KIS container or on the back of a Kerbal, and can be attached only to the ground or a permanent feature (such as the launchpad at KSC, or at least they could while I was testing in 0.24.2). To use stakes, place some on the ground, configure them (details in the release notes), and use a Survey Station (also new in 4.3.0, but for now is a clone (separate part) of the hitchhiker can). As of 5.1.90, survey stakes now require the use of the mallet (new part).

    Station before any construction begins.


    The hab module has been built and moved over with a little tug.


    D'oh, not enough parts to build the tank.


    After shipping up some more parts, the tank is built and being moved into position by the station's tug (which was built just before the hab module was).


    Checking out the new workshop:



    Last edited by taniwha; Today at 08:21.

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    Well best of luck with the take over, and looking forward to what the future holds!

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    I'm glad to see you in the primary maintenance role. You've done good work with EL so far.

    Would you write a bit about your general goals for EL development? Where do you see the mod in the near and far future?

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    Great news. Looking forward to what you have in store.
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    I got so excited that there was a new update to EL... Oh well!

    Congrats on the official change and I'm looking forward to see how things go from here.

    As the old thread has been closed I'd like to continue a conversation we had going on it, here. I'm still having issues with the mod though I think I understand the mechanics now. I successfully - by modding a ton of ore into the hex surrounding KSC in sandbox mode - created a base that will mine ore, smelt metal, and then create rocket parts. I then used those 3 resources to build an assemblage on the smaller, newer launchpad.

    And then everything exploded and I literally cannot access that save game. KSP freezes and I have to kill it with task manager. Luckily it's in my sandbox game but I simply can't use this mod in my career game if that's a possibility.

    Is this common? Was there something I could/should have done to prevent it or at least make it less likely?
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    5thHorseman: sorry to disappoint. However, there will be more updates. I'm working on improving the resource section of EL (I got my hands on some fantastic maternial).
    Last edited by taniwha; 12th July 2014 at 03:59.

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    Will there be a tutorial? The previous one's biggest fail was that there was no tutorial.

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    I do want to do something along those lines. I'm still fighting with getting recording to work (linux), but I've made a little progress and have some ideas along those lines. I also want to do an in-game tutorial like Kethane's.

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    Any chance of smaller versions of the Smelter, Auger, and OMD? Like 1/2 or 2/3 scale. Especially the Smelter but they all seem unnecessarily large and cumbersome.

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    As someone who managed to fly a wheeled Smelter (the bigger original .......) to Duna and land it, I concur... Smaller please. And maybe a different shape, just to make it easier to design around. Engineering that thing as a deployable item from Kerbin was nightmarish and used up every parachute in my inventory.

    Just sayin,

    That said Glad EP will continue and hope you have as much devving it as we have playing with it

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