Ever wish you could send a whole bunch of ships across the solar system without having to do the transfer burn for each ship, one at a time?
Well now, you can Burn Together!
|V5 update video:
How it works:
Rendezvous the ships with each other and kill your relative velocities.
Select a vessel to be the leader, which you will control.
Set other vessels to be followers. The followers will mimic the steering, rotation, and thrust of the lead vessel, AND hold relative velocity using RCS.
(Or, press All Follow Me, and all nearby ships equipped with BT will follow your active craft)
If the lead ship's TWR is higher than its followers, throttle will be automatically limited.
(new) Warping: During on-rails timewarp, followers will be locked in relative position with the leader (no more drifting away).
(new) Rovers: Landed vehicles will now use wheel throttle and steering to follow leaders. (Only tested with stock parts so far).
Download alpha v5.1 here. (Source included)
If you want the module built into your command modules and you don't want the extra part:
1. Install ModuleManager
2. Extract the included zip file called "BTforCommandModules.zip"
3. Delete the parts folder.
-timewarp lock occurs only if followers are within 0.1m/s of leader
-fixed loss of followers during high timewarp
-added some rudimentary rover support
-ships lock in position during timewarp
-added the rest of the 10 action groups for the "AG Mimic" function.
-works with ModuleEnginesFX now (for new .23.5 engines and hotrockets(?))
-Added "Toggle AG Mimic" button to make followers copy leader's action groups. (Currently only supports landing gear and lights)
-Added action groups for main functions
-TWR matching now takes engine throttle limit tweaks into account.
-leader ships with higher TWR than followers will now have their max throttle limited.
-followers will now cut engines if the leader runs out of fuel
-improved RCS kill rvel function.
-followers use RCS to kill relative velocity to leader
-part indicator light (red: off, blue: follower, green: leader)
-BT turns off when vessel is uncontrollable (command module detaches, probe out of electricity, etc)
-followers automatically activate SAS and RCS.
-Initial alpha release
-followers use sas to copy leader's attitude
-followers copy leader's twr.
-Firespitter engines compatibility?
-slight RCS drain during timewarp (to account for maintaining formation)
-Eventually use steering to help reduce follower's relative velocity, not relying only on rcs. This will help with atmospheric flight. (will have to wait till steering improves)