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    What is the one mod you couldn't play KSP without?

    I play with different sets of mods just to see what it is like. But there are a few that I feel are must-haves to make the game fun. MechJeb Nertea's mods (opens up so many more options for ship design) KAS/KIS (gotta have something to do besides plant flags) KJR Chatterer KAC (not needed early on, but essential later) RealChute (so much better than guessing how many chutes to spam onto a ship)
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    Boring company

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    Boring company

    1 kVA = 1 kilo Volt Ampere = 1 kW /PF PF is "power factor" and represents the power lost in the circuit due to a differnce between the phase of the voltage and the current. So if you supply 1 kVA to a circuit, it ends up doing less than 1 kW of work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_factor It's a thing with AC power because AC is complex (with imaginary and real components). Only the real part of the power does work. The imaginary part is lost to the power factor.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    (As far as you know, anyway....)
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    [1.4.3] Near Future Technologies (1.4.3ish)

    I have similar issues with some of the Cryo Engines and NF engines. As they seem to be purely visual, I have ignored them. It's possible, however, that they could be an issue with FAR if the FAR voxel-based lift and drag doesn't see the shrouds. But FAR is not released for 1.4 yet.
  6. Can't they afford to hire someone who can do a good photoshop? Look at how those wheels are clipping into the ground.
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    [1.4.3] Near Future Technologies (1.4.3ish)

    Yeah, I had a similar problem with TAC-LS. Mostly I avoided it by tossing a solar panel onto the ship and TAC-LS was happy with that. Also you can set TAC-LS so that losing electricity doesn't kill your crew.
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    Sea-Level on Oblate Spheroid

    Sea level is literally the sea level, but "mean sea level" is a datum. And since the sea level itself has been changing over time, then the datum either needs to also change over time or else be identified as, for example, being MSL in 1950.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    The true weapon of the future is good health care, public education, increasing global wealth, and sufficient food to avoid starvation. Avoiding wars in the first place is better than fighting them.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    That's OK; I hardly ever want to shoot the ground anyway.
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    Biplane Spaceplanes?

    The real purpose of biplanes is/was twofold. 1) Structural strength. Back in the day, airfoils were very, very thin. So the structure to carry the wing loads couldn't always fit inside. And with fabric skins, the skins couldn't carry the loads either. So truss-type structures were used, and that worked well with biplanes. 2) (related to 1) Wing loading. A biplane has twice as much wing area for the same planform, so it has half the wing loading (lift/wing area). This eased the structural requirements. Also,planes with low wing loading tend to be slow but maneuverable, which was handy for the early WW1 fighters. The combination of structural strength and lower wing loading is also why many modern acrobatic airplanes are biplanes. However, for high speeds you tend to want very small wing areas and very high wing loading, leading to airplanes like the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_Series A spaceplane obviously has to be designed for very high speeds.
  12. It was basically just a PR stunt. Of course, to some extent the entire manned space programs of both the USSR and the USA were just PR stunts at the time. Tereshkova was apparently selected because she was a skydiver. It also fit the Soviet PR that she was a factory worker rather than a military test pilot. It was essentially the same kind of PR stunt that NASA tried to pull with Christa McAuliffe -- "citizen in space" sort of thing. Anyway, she's still around. Perhaps you could ask her opinion on the subject.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    Plasma is hot gas, yes, but it's hot charged gas. So a plasma weapon is a particle beam weapon, right?
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    All mad scientists should have a death ray. www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040510
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    NASA will reveal new discovery made by curiosity

    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-finds-ancient-organic-material-mysterious-methane-on-mars No, they found that the methane was seasonally variable. Yes, this seems to be it.