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About Torquimedes

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  1. I believe I have just witnessed another (r)evolution in Kerbal aeronautics. Outstanding! And the prototype is a beauty too.
  2. Dock me for the chute to keep it fair for everyone else. I'm in it for the fun of it. I just didn't have time to develop a perfect flight profile to stretch the fuel that far. And it was funnier this way. Just look at the photo where they flame out. :-)
  3. May the Fourth be with you! I didn't have time to build a proper airspeeder, so I converted my smallest X-wing by removing the probe cores and airfoils and installing a pair of seats. I also replaced the astromech with an emergency chute. Vertical takeoff from KSC: They landed on the island airfield... ...and returned! the same continent. Same country? County? Well, they didn't make it to the runway, but they definitely made it "back" before running out of fuel and landing with the emergency chute. I included a photo with aero overlay on to demonstrate that the airbrakes do not contribute any lift. The only aero forces are body lift and drag. Scoring: "Eye of the Needle": Complete the challenge of flying to the island runway and back. 1000 points awarded. This depends on how you define "back"... "Hop on!": Carry a second Kerbal to ride in tandem with your driver. +100 point bonus. "Wet Nellie": Complete the challenge with a craft that is submersible. +500 point bonus. It is a submersible craft, as shown in the album, but I did not submerge for the island trip. "Physics Defiant": Use excessive part clipping. 250 point penalty. Up to you. There are 36 parts in a length of 3m. Pure stock, no tweakscaling.
  4. Pure stock? That is a gorgeous little sub!
  5. Folks have built trailer hitches out of almost-docked ports, allowing rotation but held in place by their magnetic attraction.
  6. I built a pair of SSTOs for the "Mastery of One" challenge, which means none of the parts match. No symmetry, including engines wings and wheels, which were the really fun bits to balance.
  7. May the Fourth be with you! [TEASER] Teaser for upcoming youtube with all three articulated stock X-wings in action.
  8. May the Fourth be with you! [TEASER] Teaser for upcoming youtube of all three X-wing models in action. Had to inline the image because IMGUR borked the embedded version.
  9. Thanks, but they don't appear to be free to use on youtube. Anyone else?
  10. Does anyone know of royalty-free music that sounds vaguely like a John Williams soundtrack?
  11. I got around to converting the Monoplane Mk1 to an SSTO. KerbalX link Mass 12.41t Cost 42,312.0 Crew Capacity 4 Part Count 19 Size 5.32 x 3.21 x 14.02 Then I built a Mk2-Mk3 spaceplane out of unique parts. Had trouble getting from the runway up to turboramjet speed, until I added the STO Panther. That is one finicky bird to fly. I was amazed it worked at all. KerbalX link Mass 32.55t Cost 42,490.0 Crew Capacity 4 Part Count 29 Size 10.18 x 6.87 x 19.12
  12. Watch the series first, in production order ( They only made 14 episodes that were aired out of order, and some not at all. The movie (Serenity) takes place after the series.
  13. Docking ports must separate by at least 1.3m before they'll dock again (thank to @Servo research). Maybe the thermometers on the upper port have pulled it slightly to the right so it wasn't aligned when they collided? If dockingports collide as in the picture above, they may decide that they are close enough to connect, but already past the point that docking is triggered, and weld together. The craft are now connected but not considered docked, and cannot be undocked.
  14. "it simulates the fact that a jet engine is inside the fuselage, not just a nozzle strapped to the back."
  15. Position an RCS ball on each side of the airbrake and they will hold their parent assembly in place against gravity (or any other force that doesn't break the hinge). I got the notion from @Servo's XB-70 wings. Static and dynamic diagrams here: