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  1. The wait until next year is impossible... But now that most people are staying at home there would be a huuuuuuge player base to test alpha features, I know I would
  2. Thanks to 1.0.5 we now have MK1 sized ISRU units so I could finally build an SSTO I was dreaming about since I've first used an ISRU: an SSTO that can refuel itself, yey :D It can reach easily an 130KM orbit, refuel at a gazstation stationed in orbit, go to a moon, extract 2300 dV from an ore field and head back to Kerbin. It has enough battery power that it can mine infinitly with max time warp so refueling only takes several RL seconds (several weeks/months ingame though). Sadly I haven't figured out how to transit from one moon to another and land on it with only 2.3k dV, which means that moon hoping always goes via Kerbin. En route to Mun: [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753331513616/DF7DACAB5E625BB8B225034957A6874EC2658791/[/IMG] Refueling at gazstation in LKO: [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753324126719/D18633557A230AE8E455C4E7658A8BC0F8299EEC/[/IMG] Mining ore and refining to fuel: [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753327756244/32E8EE8E5566CDED733FA08F225E70E57FF66C9B/[/IMG] Take off: [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753327755465/79F38AC5B37C23E9CB99266B5C419495FB6BE7B0/[/IMG]
  3. F3 says the link between the side and main tank broke, at least that's the first message after "Lift Off". I had a closer look and found indeed an error, one of the side tanks wasn't properly attached. I fixed that but the plane still explodes as soon as I pitch with the same F3 log. @Venus: of course, this is the next generation self-fueling space shuttle NASA never dreamed of building :D As long as I don't pitch over 20° the plane is very stable and given the rocket power (lift off V~150m/s) I should be able to pitch well over 40° soon after liftoff and climb to 10k as fast as possible, if it wouldn't break apart this would be the plan anyways. Could it be that MK3 parts are just not made to be attached to eachother sideways so to speak?
  4. This is driving me nuts, I've made an MK3 version of a succesful MK1 SSTO I have, same design just bigger parts and more power. Additional tanks are attached to the main tank and the wings to the side tanks. The MK1 version is very stable, can roll, loop and so on. The MK3 version explodes as soon as I pitch over 20-25° no matter how gentle I try, SAS or no SAS, with or without payload. The rapiers are too weak in low speeds which is why I take off with the help of the rocket engines resulting in a much higher TWR at launch (1.5), that's the major difference from the MK1 version. In both planes I've shifted with the offset feature the side tanks a little bit into the main tank which makes them very stable, no wobbling of any parts. I wonder though if the forces in a 200t plane are just too strong or the MK3 parts are too weak for their own weight. Or does anyone see something wrong in my design that's causing it to explode? Explodes when pitched over 20°: [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753331496973/48D68FA7D4402D658817B9AF008AF73C70B41C04/[/IMG] [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753331497551/51CFF8E7F757FAE93693C55A88F3C69D2F15E137/[/IMG] This one works perfectly and is very stable, build after the same principle, only smaller: [IMG]http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/644374753331513616/DF7DACAB5E625BB8B225034957A6874EC2658791/[/IMG]
  5. Usually when I don't have any other games to play or when a new update arrives I fire up KSP and play for some weeks or months, then put it aside again until the next time. Clocked over 300 hours this way over the past 3 years, best 20-something $ I've ever spent on a game.
  6. I desperately need that new mini ISRU and drill for my next project
  7. As far as I know you can only cut them or load a previous save, happend to me too several times.
  8. The problem was indeed the suboptimal launch window - I tried it again just now and let time warp for half a year to the optimal launch window. I needed some adjustments to make after the burn because contrary to the calculated path I didn't get into capture range, a small 100dV burn corrected this and I ended up at Eve with a Pe of 60'000km. The difference this time was, that my satellite's orbit followed Eve's for a good time, no "X" to speak of. It cost me only 1000 dV to bring Pe down to 700km and into orbit around Eve aligned polar, another 1000 brought Ap down too. Pitty only that thanks to the thick clouds I can barely make out an ore-rich landing side but that's another story. Thank you everyone again for helping me out @Warzouz: MJ for me is usually quite reliable if I don't choose to ignore it's suggestions. Only issue I have is that it does not calculate the amount of trust my engines produce 100% correctly and thus the predicted path does not always correspond with the path I end up after the burn. Thanks anyway for the mod suggestion but I stick to MJ because it get's always updated right away when a new KSP version is out, it's the only mod I use at all, plus astronomers visual pack.
  9. When I execute the next node it does already warp to the launch window at max speed (orbit at 640km) but waiting 1.5 years still takes several minutes I didn't want to spend starring at the screen. It's silly and in the end I've spend more time waiting than if I'd initially took the optimal launch window. Or did I misunderstood you, does the alarm clock instantly warp to the set time?
  10. Thank you all for your answes, a lot of usefull stuff here. Aerobreaking is not really available for me as I am trying to position a satellite with a survey scanner in a polar orbit, hence no heat shields or anything that a satellite usually doesn't need. Funny thing though, when I tried it once I felt right through the athmosphere and crashed on the surface, the satellite didn't burn up. Anyway, I think this is my problem: As I said I use MJ's porkchop advanced planet transfer which does all the calculations for me. When I clicked on "asap" it didn't change the launch window at all, it was the same as "lowest fuel", but I was impatient and chose via the chart a window that was only several days away instead of a year and still cost me about as much dV as my second last stage offered. What I didn't pay attention to is my orbit on arrival though and it kinda was intersecting like a flat X. Now that I read it it makes sense and probably explains why "asap" didn't change. I'll try it again today and use the optimal transfer window, hopefully this will get me better results
  11. Well the thing is, when I venture off to Duna I only need something over 1.5K of dV to orbit and shift orbit to polar, if anything I would've guessed that trying to orbit a planet on a lower orbit would use less dV. So in other words, there's no way to reach Eve and need only something around 1-2k dV to orbit?
  12. Hello all, I can reach Eve without problems at a Periapsis of 1400km but once there I cannot established orbit, no matter what manouver I try I need around 4-5k of Dv/s to get any Ap at all and I only have around 2k left. My orbital speed is quite high at ~5600m/s so I wonder, is this always the case when you try to orbit Eve, do you need an insanly high amount of Dv/s left to get into orbit or am I doing something wrong? I use porkchop selection to rendezvous with Eve and some manual fine tuning on Kerbol (sun) Pe to get my rendezvous Pe down from 60'000km. I didn't choose the optimal launch window which would've cost me only 900 Dv/s to escape Kerbin because I didn't want to wait a year, instead I chose a window that cost me 1900 Dv/s but was only 7 days away. I tried aerobreaking through the athmosphere but the engine on my satellite is only useful in space with a TW/R of 0.19 Is this where my mistake lies, does the difference in Dv/s add up to that high orbital speed I seem to have to work against? I'm not that good at orbital math so I hope someone can help me out or clarify what's going on.
  13. milosh

    Europa Report

    I just watched this movie and I believe it's a must seen for every KSP fan, as someone on imdb said: if NASA would be to make a movie, this is what it would look like. Also it kind of shows how my Kerbals must feel when I'm bouncing around a foreign planet, I promise I'll take better care of them from now on
  14. What happens when you recover "Launchpad", do you get tons of concrete in return?
  15. Succesfully landed my Mun Base today which has housing for 12 Kerbals and a science lab, can mine for ore and process it to hold more than 4000l of fuel, I love it if a plan works out Launch mass was 900t, the station itself is something over 80t: Choosing the right landing site: Deceleration burn: All set and done:
  16. Astroneer might be a game some people wish KSP to be, I for one sure hope it won't go in that direction. Guess people are just different and have different reasons why they play KSP. To me, exploration per se was never the main goal, it was always about building stuff and the exploration part was just a means to get more creative as in: okay I've managed to build an SSTO who can reach Mun, now build one to land on Eve. Personally I don't even need career mode, the only reason I play in career is to have some consequences when losing a Kerbal and that science modules actually work. But they could've implemented this in sandbox and I would've been fine - in fact I played the first 200 hours solely in sandbox because back then career was a mere joke anyway. Nowadays the only thing I appreciate about career are the contracts because it's more convenient to have someone offering you a new idea on what to do than thinking about it yourself. Besides, some contracts present a challenge which I've never would've put myself up to in the first place, like building a Mun Outpost with a housing for 12 Kerbals, Mining Operation and 4000l of fuel storage. Figuring out how to build this and how to bring it to Mun is what keeps me going in KSP and I think my Mun outpost will be awesome More often than not I find myself thinking about new designs in the minutes before I go to sleep, under the shower or on the train to work but also when I read about concepts in sci-fi books or the latest stuff NASA is up to. That's what KSP is to me, like a childs dream, a means to be a rocket engineer without having to do the math or the constant battle with congress for budged. I've an idea, I build it, I succeed or I fail and try to improve on it. A smooth design and building process is much more important to me than a story or "stuff todo".
  17. It was far worse whan I had only a single Skipper engine attached, those two LV-T30s are an improvement [edit]: changed "Sailor" to Skipper, dunno why I though it's called sailor lol
  18. Sorry I just get back from work and couldn't answer earlier. First off, I don't know why but when I did a flight just yet to take some screenshots the problem wasn't so severe. The engines still got overheated a bit but I managed to get into 150K orbit without it exploding. I then increased AP to well over 1000k and the overheating was completely gone. I thought maybe they released 1.05 but it's still 1.04 so I don't know what I've done differently this time - demo effect anyone? Anyways, as you see in the following screenshot I fly the most basic rocket to achieve a high orbit of 10'000k for my sattelite (needed for a mission). I usually set ascend guidance->show navball to reach 150k orbit and go from there to the desired orbit, flying manually. The four "boosters" (onion routing to main booster) begin overheating at 30K already - which I can somewhat understand given how close they are together: The two remaining engines start overheating at 70K: And are this hot at 200K: As I said, this flight was much better, when I started this thread my main engine did explode around 130K so I'm guessing that ascend plays a role. Usually I begin my gravity turn around 3-5KM when I've reached ~150m/s and then follow the marker on the navball. The rocket is very stable, no wobbling or anything, it could just use some more RCS when in orbit. Note also that I've toyed around with the debug menu and in the end didn't know what the original settings were. So I've deleted my physics.cfg to get the default values back and never touched it again. Did I screw up something by doing so or is there any error in my rocket design or how I fly? In any way thank you so much for investing your time in this thread and trying to solve my problem
  19. I saved three of my Kerbals who where stuck on a station (the upper part) around mun for the past 5 months doing science experiments. This has become my main activity the past few days, gathering Kerbals that are scattered around the system
  20. Thank you, I will try this So only one mistery remains: what to do to prevent overheating rocket engines in the first place? I've build a lifter with a Sailor attached to an orange tank and no matter how little I throttle up so I barely increase in speed during ascend, TWR just slightly over 1, it will always begin to overheat around 70km and be useless around 120km. I tried the same with two LV30 (the 1.25m ones with fixed gimbal), they begin overheating around 80km and get useless (read: 100% overheated) around 140km orbit. How is one supposed to make long trips with such engines that can barely take 5 minutes of burning time, what am I doing wrong?
  21. First order of business for me is to build some refuel stations into the needed orbits as I like to make interplanetary trips in a SSTO or with only one or two stages left of a rocket. I usually have a station around Kerbin at 640km, one at ~150km and one around each planet I visited which I use for my return to Kerbin. Once those stations are build I refuel them every 3-5 missions before launching for a new mission.
  22. Actually you are right, I just read this morning in a sci-fi book about the problems of getting rid of heat in space lol. Guess I'm just not used yet to the new additions. Is there a way to cool the engines with radiators? Just to try it out I've slapped some large radiators at the fuel tank and hoped this will help (which it didn't), other radiators that would fit onto an engine (rocket, not jet) I couldn't find.
  23. I fail to see the logic in the overheating mechanics of engines. I mean I can somehow live with the fact that they get overheated (though in real life any designer of an engine that overheats before it makes even LK(E)O would lose his job pretty soon) but what I don't understand, why don't they cool down if not used in a 150KM orbit? One would suspect that out of athmosphere it is pretty chilly outside and heat would dissipate quite quickly but no, I was warping through time in the space center for 7d and when I switched back to my rocket, the engine was still overheated exactly the same as 7d before. Anyway I think this hole overheating mechanic is broken, the engine should begin to cool down the instant it gets shut down, especially when there's no air worth speaking of to cause friction on it. This really got on my nerves yesterday so I eventually decided to disable failure to temperature completely in the debug menu. I then managed to get into the desired 10'000km orbit I needed for a mission and discovered that they finally cooled down, so there seems to be a height where they recover from overheating, does anyone know what this height is?
  24. I'm just reading Seven Eves from Neal Stephenson, a writer I very much like for being more science than fiction. The plot of the book is that *something* hit the moon and made it explode into seven pieces (the fiction part). Scientist than quickly calculated those pieces will shortly begin to slam into each other and causing first a white sky and then hard rain as they call it in the book, millions of asteroid slamming into earth for the next 5-10'000 years, obliterating all life. Mankinds solution is to escape into space stations and the second half of the book will focus on how mankind returns after 5000 years back. (This you can read all from the backtext of the book so no real spoilers here ). I haven't read the book completely yet and as of now they only speculate what could've caused the explosion of the moon, maybe a black hole went through or some aliens practiced target shooting. But if you can somehow break the moon appart it'll be pretty much game over for earth for various reasons.
  25. Well I managed to save my Kerbals by restarting the game, going to the space center and warping there for more than 24h until the station was on the dark side of the planet. For some reason it didn't explode then and I could EVA my Kerbals to the capsule. I would've almost lost them anyway because I chose a way to steep reentry, thank the devs for the debug menu I tried to reproduce it by accessing the station while on the sun side of the planet but it didn't explode anymore. It's really time for 1.1 so I can finally clean the whole installation and start a freshly new game, hopefully without corruption
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