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  1. The reusable lifter just made it's first successful flight. It's surprisingly powerful, especially the second stage, which can do the entire circularization burn by itself and still have a good bit of fuel left over. Having issues getting the rocket stable, though. It always seems to want to flip.
  2. One of many good tips to come from the Open Source Aesthetics Thread, I think. It's not perfectly circular with 3x symmetry, but I think it is with 4x.
  3. Thanks Also, thread has been updated with a new ship; the Hamster. Might also make a variant on the Hamster's lifter soon, refined for cheaply carrying small cargoes to orbit (Falcon-9 style recovery to reduce costs). The Mining Dropship will take a while, since it's much more complex.
  4. Probodobodyne and the Experimental Engineering Group present: The Deep Space Exploration Catalog; putting the 'Mental' in 'Experimental' since. . . Approximately five seconds ago! Interplanetary Exploration Series: IEV-9 "Insight II": Probodobodyne's latest interplanetary exploration vehicle. The Insight II is practically a mobile space station, capable of hauling freight, fuel, and small crafts to the edge of the Kerbol system. Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rjzhaf8f078g9zz/IEV-9 Insight II.craft?dl=0
  5. The fourth ship I've built so far using that Nuclear Lightbulb engine, 532 parts and over 370 tons. Just need to get it into space before I post it and one or two other ships also using the Lightbulb (I used hyperedit for the pic) The lifer will probably look something like this (pic is of predecessor). The side struts will prevent it from falling apart, and the huge, ugly mound of boosters on the bottom will blast it into space.
  6. Stock Nuclear Lightbulb. Coming soon to an irradiated wasteland near you!
  7. How can I find the highest mountain on Eve (visually) and what are it's coordinates? How much Delta V is needed to launch to orbit from the highest mountain on Eve? How big of a concern is re-entry heating? How fast can a MK2/MK3 ship be going before it burns up in Eve's atmosphere? Between Mammoths or Vectors, which would be better for a VTOL SSTO from Eve's highest mountain? Any other recommendations for how to build this thing? I'm getting ready to build an Eve SSTO, either taking off vertically or horizontally, with refueling on the surface and once in orbit ar
  8. Thanks 0.73 at Kerbin sea level, 2.83 at Duna sea level and 0.96 at Laythe sea level. All of these get higher as it burns fuel.
  9. IT IS COMPLETE! After going through the hell that was refueling this thing in orbit (and coming up with an interesting design for a reusable refueler in the process, which I will post later), I have finally been able to conclusively test the Erebus and make sure it is actually SSTE capable. The OP has been updated with new pictures, stats and the download for the latest version. Thanks The bi-couplers on the top do look a bit like muscles.
  10. Another success! It is now a VTOL SSTO, unless you count the launch clamps Now I just need to refuel it and give it a mining/processing module, then it should be a true VTOL SSTE. Although it only gets into orbit with a mere 60 Delta V left in the tanks, refueling it will still be much cheaper than that launcher was. I've also done loads of smaller changes and fixes, which have increased the Delta V when in VTOL mode by about 2000 and increased the TWR so it can VTOL with a full tank of fuel and 6% of it's weight in cargo (about 18.5 tons) on Laythe.
  11. Success! As you might be able to see, I replaced the Terriers and Aerospikes previously used for horizontal flight with six Vectors. It's lost about 800 delta V, but the insane TWR it gets now is more than enough to get it into Laythe --and possibly even Kerbin-- orbit from sea level. I'm going to polish it up and test it a bit more, then post the final version here. I believe there's a good chance this could become a VTOL single stage to everywhere.
  12. Although the Fierbird proved more than enough for transporting cargoes to the surface of Duna or other low-gravity celestial bodies, it was not practical for tougher missions such as putting base modules onto Tylo or Laythe or carrying heavy payloads between planets. The Erebus was designed to do both of those things and then some. Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vmolbswndjkdlry/Erebus.craft?dl=0 (comes with mining/processing module in the cargo bay) Features: VTOL capability: The Erebus has three Vectors and two Thuds on the bottom, which allow it to vertically take off
  13. The download in the OP has been replaced with one that has fixed decouplers. Thanks Thanks Didn't even notice that niche while building it, but I imagine it'll be useful when carrying rovers with antennas or other things that poke upwards.
  14. Named for it's uncanny ability to recover from situations that would cause most crafts to undergo rapid unplanned disassembly. The Phoenix CTS (Crew Transport Shuttle) may not be able to haul cargoes like the Firebird, it's bigger sibling, but it's increased range and speed make it ideal for scouting ahead to find Ore or transporting small amounts of Kerbals between bases in Duna's Sphere of Influence. Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u503f5d8t72xl7y/Pheonix.craft?dl=0 Features: Crew transport capability: Space for one pilot and two passengers Vertical an
  15. A mid-sized Dropship, the Firebird is designed for transporting Rovers to and from the surface of Duna. Thanks to the "Moar Vernors!" strategy used by it's creators, it is extremely agile, stable and ideal for carrying oversized or lopsided cargoes. Imgur album that shows more of the features: http://imgur.com/a/CqfDp Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5k4ufjyp1r4v4ok/Firebird x2.craft?dl=0 Features: Descent Autopilot: With an experienced pilot, the Firebird can be landed simply by setting the SAS to keep it retrograde and adjusting the throttle. Claw
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