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About Theoderich

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  1. Today I landed a spaceplane that had sent a satellite to orbit. The tricky part: after colliding with some space debris half the left wing was missing. Made for a very tense descent, but I landed it, somewhat. The slowest I was able to hit the ground was some 50 m/s , but the crew survived, and so did part of the fuselage
  2. I spend alot of time to reenter my newest spaceplane. It flies fine , being just a small modification of a tested plane, it delivered a sat to orbit and had just enough fuel to get back into atmo... but I accidentally put two engineers in it. Which I didn't notice until I released the sat and suddenly there was no SAS anymore. Reentering without SAS or A joystick is..tiresome. But I slowed down to a safe mach 2.4, now I need to turn around and land this Edit: Landed. slightly behind the runway, but hej, a bit of taxing back to it is nothing
  3. I crashed, repeatably, back to desktop. Which is sad, since I wanted to fly my difficult to land but fast plane back to the KSC. By the time it got there it should even have been easier to land thanks to CoM shift.
  4. Nice plane, I like the idea of building the "wing" using MK II parts But I like your little construction tug even more. Very stylish
  5. Today was a good day. Mostly. Jeb got rescued from the mun, and brought back scientific knowledge I can now put into use for spacplanes ( aka: finally got turbojets). My basic Com Sat system around Kerbin stands, I fulfilled a handfull of contracts, and Nebe Kerman is out on her way to leave kerbins SOI for a brief hop. Was originally only to be a minmus flyby, but hey, she had the dV and supplies
  6. What a genius trick. I should try that someday.
  7. You dear Sir or Madam are a very patient human being. A manned Ion powered ship... And you better hope there are no ear crawling mind control insects on Duna, just in case I could think of a few uses Especially good for reducing part count or complexity. And although my career safe is not there yet, once I get to station building again I definitely need this size. Those Station Science parts can get really heavy.
  8. I only started playing 2014 and I did leave Kerbin's SOI ..4 times? Two of them only for about 5min to get high above the sun science. And twice to send probes to Duna/Eve, whihc never got there I know, it is an amazing little feature for both Keuropean and Afrikan swallows.
  9. A common KSP problem I think One's intuitive gauge for speed gets a little warped. How often did I try to land a plane or wait for something on chutes to finally touch the ground because it was going sooo slow. As in: My car can't even go that fast.
  10. That first craft looks very Corellian.
  11. Yeah, my favorite kind of rover I usually put one engine in the front, one in the back so that I can't get stuck on buildings
  12. Glory to the Republic! I missed your show, good to see it is back.
  13. I just flew a spaceplane to orbit and back. It was my first time and it was... tense. Getting up was easy, courtesy of the supposed to be wing mounted engines from Karbonite ( or Karbonite+). Being obviously meant for airliners they pack a insane, and dangerous punch when mounted to a small one Kerbal craft. It makes the start a bit dangerous because at full throttle it could easily reach Mach 1 on the runway, but having experienced that before with a even smaller plane I used for survey contracts ( which nearly hit Mach 1.5 over the distance of the runway) I was prepared for the cautious controlling it needs to pull up without breaking to pieces. Reentering was going well as well, despite an accidentley steep approach, overshot KSC by about 150km, turned around and went back on jet engines and then took 7 tries to actually land it. Because I had forgoten to test how well it behaved as an actual airplane it basically refused to fly below 160m/s, below 140m/s it dropped all resemblance of flight and went into drop like a stone mode. I was never great at landings, but landings at 500+ kph.. .yeah. Good thing terrain is so flat around KSC. I landed about halfway down the runway and took the length of another 3 or 4 runways to slow down enough to venture turning around.
  14. I can't decide. I got two big moments, both rescue missions inside Kerbin's SOI: The first was back in .22 I think: Bob did have plenty of life support, but not enough fuel and was just barely able to get into orbit from the mun using all fuel and but a few drops of RCS. Not having realized that I could simply stick two capsules together, I pondered how I could save the poor guy, and finally send a rocket up with Jeb at the helm and a IR custom build claw on top. It was my first rendezvous ever, with a 60° inclined orbit around mun going the wrong direction. And somehow I made it and send them both back to Kerbin, separating again halfway so that they enter atmo with half an h distance. The other was in .25: I had parked a prototype of an interplanetary ship around mun for testing and science gathering. The lander was stranded on the surface after a rather inefficient landing, so I send the automated miner after it. so far so good, but then the munar night came, and being bad at precision landings I had not enough fuel to get them both back up without doing some mining first, but no sun, no mining By the time I realized this about 4h of electric charge were left. So I send a slightly overpowered ship to the rescue. Basically just a capsule a few LS packs and a 2.5m fission reactor with thermal engine courtesy of KSP Interstellar. And I made it in time. After a ridiculously inefficient but fast burn for the mun, a minor course correction after the SOI change and a 1min 20sec suicide burn with a TWR around 6 or so I managed to get there on time and link the two craft with a KAS pipe. It was in itself not the most complicated maneuver, but trying to land close to the target while the mun zooms at you at a quite alarming rate was quite a thrill. - - - Updated - - - I once had something like this back in.24 or .25, FAR+DRE, and for me it was was a science lab and the big command pot. I went in ultra cautious, bringing my orbit down to 71 by 72 km before even starting reentry.