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  1. Yeah, lots of things need redoing. LK could probably do with a redesign, mostly to incorporate the detachable landing legs present in the real LK. It's good to see that Beale has started the process of modernizing and improving the parts, unlike some developers who just make a game or mod the way they want, and leave it at that. This mod and its maker definitely deserve more attention!
  2. Will the next release of this mod include the extras folder with the 3 seat Soyuz/ Soyuz-T and the 1.25 meter Cygnus?
  3. After several improvements, the X-15 has finally made a successful flight! Extended landing gear give enough clearance for that bottom stabilizer. Jerwin was also put through the entire Flight School course again as punishment for crashing last time. I would put Jeb in the X-15, but he was on board a space station at the time. Take off about halfway down the Area 110011 runway from KerbinSide Ascent to the B-52's altitude ceiling. The plane is very hard to control because of the extra lift that the X-15 provides. I tried pumping all the fuel to the back to keep the nose pointed up, and it worked to a limited extent. Approaching drop altitude. X-15 drop at about 6 km Rocket ignition Attempting to turn the craft back towards the KKVLA/Area 110011 complex Burnout about two minutes after separation. Highest altitude reached was about 26,800 meters. Not quite as high as the real X-15 could fly, but enough to satisfy me. Descent was a little difficult. The plane flies like a brick through the upper atmosphere, but a few kilometers above the ground, I was able to pull it out of its dive and slow it to a safe speed. On approach. I was hoping to land it back at Area 110011, but I undershot it by about 10 kilometers Bottom stabilizer separation. It nearly hit the plane when the parachute deployed. Final approach. Drag chute deployed. Touchdown! The engine broke off on landing, but the rest of the plane landed safely. Jerwin posing with his aircraft for some publicity photos.
  4. I was considering using RealChute to fit a drag parachute on the back, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
  5. Could we maybe have the markings on the side of the rocket in red for a little more color? A flag decal wouldn't be too bad either.
  6. Hmm, maybe I'll try and put the orbiter on top of a plane and practice landing like NASA did with the Approach and Landing Tests.
  7. When Proton is refurbished, will it be less powerful? Every time I launch the Proton, I can get the payload into orbit without even having to use the third stage. I know there has been discussion of reducing the length of the third stage, and I think that would be a good idea. Proton is not supposed to be as powerful as N1 or Saturn V!
  8. I sure hope Back to the Future didn't lie to us about those flying cars and hover boards...
  9. I was not talking about the average citizen in North Korea, but rather the propaganda agents and scientists who announced the "successful flight of the satellite. But that's getting a little off topic.
  10. Ah, North Korea... Just, why? They should be smart enough to know that if the satellite failed to orbit, everyone would know it!
  11. I was able to launch it easily enough, but flying down to a landing was horrible! The first time I tried it, I overshot KSC and crashed in the ocean out beyond the island airbase. The second time, I barely made it over the mountains and crashed in the plains between KSC and the mountains. You weren't kidding when you said it didn't glide very well! It quickly lost most of its lateral velocity and just fell straight down. Any attempts I made to pull out of the dive resulted in an unrecoverable flat spin.
  12. Yes, another use for the remarkably versatile Shenzou OM. I read about these in the Soyuz Owners Workshop Manual, which I got for Christmas.
  13. I use the Shenzou OM for a lot of stuff. It forms the airlock on Kvant 2 on my Mir station, as well as the Shuttle docking module. If I ever try to construct an ISS replica, the Shenzou will probably be what I use for Pirs or Poisk. Maybe I will post pictures of the crew departing from Kalmaz when their expedition is finished.
  14. Thanks! I'll see if I can refine the design. If I had turned the plane around and dropped the X-15 then, I could have tried to land back at the runway, which might have helped me to avoid that crash at the end.
  15. Well, the X-15 program isn't going well... X-15 underneath the wing of the B-52. I used one of the runways from KerbinSide for realism. The bottom stabilizer was destroyed during the takeoff run. Ascent to the bomber's maximum altitude, which in this configuration is about 8 km X-15 release Rocket ignition Too bad the crew on the B-52 will have no hope of survival due to the physics range. I emptied all the fuel from the plane for drop tests and forgot to put it back in, so the engine burned out after only a few seconds. Dropping whatever is left of the lower stabilizer shortly before landing Final approach Drag chute deployed. I don't think real X-15s had drag chutes, but I added one to mine. Somehow managed to crash at an ideal landing speed and relatively flat terrain. You had one job, Jerwin. One job.
  16. Time to make an X-15 replica with the B-52!
  17. Finally able to show the first mission to Kalmaz 1 Launch of TKS spacecraft on a Proton The rendezvous window was at night, so I didnt get very many good images of the ascent. This is one of the better ones, after first stage separation and escape tower jettison Orbit achieved, the third stage was mostly useless, I probably could have put this ship in orbit using only the first and second stages. Rendezvous took about three or four hours to complete, which in my opinion is quite good, especially considering the altitude and inclination of the orbit. Approaching Kalmaz 1 The clearance between the solar arrays worried me at first. I forgot to test to make sure that the FGB could dock at the aft port Clearance is a little tight, but it fits. Beginning reconnaissance operations. Kalmaz 1 has several other cameras onboard, I just took the screenshot from this camera because the filter looks cool. Kalmaz sees all, knows all, feels all.
  18. This would be nice to see. Would it be possible to make a tweak which adds a larger, three seat Soyuz? The IVA for the TKS VA capsule could be used for the DM.
  19. Hmm, maybe you could rescale Cygnus to be 1.25 meters. It would still be smaller than the ATV, but it would be much closer to its actual size. I have always thought of the small docking nodes being like the docking ports used in Soyuz, ATV, and the shuttle, and the medium sized ones as beig like the Common Berthing Mechanism, which Cygnus, HTV, Dragon, and all of the modules in the USOS use.
  20. Thanks! The station's first crew has arrived at the station on a TKS, unfortunately, I cannot post pictures of it right now.I am planning on sending Kalmaz 2 (hehe, how original) to Munar orbit for photo reconnaissance and possibly Kalmaz 3 to Minmus. I also have a Mir replica in the works, I just have to add Priorda and the shuttle's docking module. One thing I noticed with both my Almaz and Mir is how OP the Proton is. I was able to send Kalmaz 1 into a 240km polar orbit while barely tapping the fuel in the third stage. Every single Mir module I have launched didn't require the third stage at all, even though I deliberately wasted as much fuel as I could during the ascent.
  21. Here's something I've been doing... Launch on board a Proton The station is in a polar orbit so it will have an oppurtunity to photograph every spot on Kerbin Almaz in orbit. A three member crew will be sent on a TKS for a two month expedition. The station has several cameras on board for top secret photoreconnaissance.
  22. Finally! I have been looking for a good shuttle replica to use. I wonder though, would it be possible to convert this into a Buran type ship?
  23. Ha, Alabama is the worst place on earth when it comes to weather. One day it will be 100 degrees Fahrenheit (I don't know what that would be in Celsius), the next it's 30 degrees out and raining! No snow though, so Christmas is always a little boring.
  24. That parachute looks great! one thing you maybe could add to the IVAs would be space suits in storage. Maybe in the Soyuz OM you could put a suit, maybe without the helmet or gloves attached to it?
  25. Yeah, I don't know if you've ever seen the inside of a Russian style station module, but they do look closer to the middle Salyut part. The big part at the rear of the station looks the worst to me, partly because it is oriented incorrectly. The "ceiling" of the module should be on one of the sides of the module, and the "floor" should be on the opposite side. If you still don't understand, here is a link to a video tour of the ISS. The Russian segment is towards the end of the video, but it gives you a good look at both the DOS and FGB style modules, as well as the Soyuz OM and ATV.