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  1. Here's an interesting idea -- and, yes, I bet many have already discovered this. I just rendez-voused a big, hulking ship with a space station. I didn't want to dock it, but just keep it close. They are currently 245m apart and the target-relative speed is 0.4 m/s, orbiting the Mun at an altitude of 50km. How fast are they drifting apart? Well, before you answer that, the orbital period of these two has been adjusted by me to be just 1 (one) millisecond apart. (As close as I could get it with RCS.) 51m 21.588s and .587. So the question really is: "how far apart can they drift?" And the answer is "not much". The closer you get them when you synchronize, the less it's likely to be and very likely always within quick "vessel switch" range during the whole orbit. I really like this: "invisible tethering"! A few hundred meters is a very easy trip for a fuel tender to make from an OFD (Orbital Fuel Dump) to a client vessel. OK, so here's another good question: "why would you want to do that?". (Here's my answer: "sick to death of the Kraken".) [Somebody's gonna chime in to ask incredulously: "you didn't know that?" Very good. Take a number...] --- After I read this thread, I decided to put five space stations into orbit around Kerbin. One of the CommNet tutorials describes the usage of the Law of Cosines. You can use it to adjust the orbital period of one ship to acquire a rather exact line-of-sight distance to another, e.g. the distance equivalent to 72 degrees ahead in the orbit. You can get within a few meters. But it is then tuning the orbital period down to milliseconds that really holds tight formation.
  2. What did you do in KSP today?

    Perfect! Yes. That is what I want. I assume you achieved this by placing the links side-by-side on the same line and I further intuit that this is superior to a table for the same effect because it allows the browser to break the images vertically for small-screen devices. (Resizing wasn't my issue.) I will try this next time. Thank you. Update: @Geonovast Also, it appears that the slide-show feature operates for all images on the post, including ones in subsequent spoiler sections which is provides the Ultimate in User Preservation.
  3. What did you do in KSP today?

    Not thumb-nails, or at least, not their conventional size, as they would be too small to engender any interest. In the general case, I'd like two screen-shots side-by-side in the width. Big enough to see what is in each screen-shot and have interest captured, but easy enough to scroll on by, because I'd aim to have all screen-shots fit on a page or not much more. (I have had, on occasion, to scroll through 40 pages of shots I didn't want to see, so I figure the Golden Rule applies.) And I'd like to provide the option that the interested reader can see a shot enlarged and then easily slide to the next, if interested. So, I'm looking for that middle ground. I'd settle for a format of one "heading" shot followed by the rest in a spoiler, especially if I could make the one-click slide-show available. Scrolling full-scale shots is not much fun.
  4. Well, how about this. I've imagined something like this now for a couple of years.
  5. What did you do in KSP today?

    At least nobody has brought up the rustbucket rocket vehicles I slap together. [Uh, I think I just did. ] I'm not gonna be throwin' stones this day, brother.
  6. What did you do in KSP today?

    I often try to imagine what it was like living behind the Iron Curtain.
  7. What did you do in KSP today?

    Yup, the table is an in-between measure. A spoiler would mean that people who might enjoy my schtick would just scroll on by. In some cases, I've put up the first screenshot and then the rest in the spoiler... I'll revert to considering use of that again for people who can't afford large monitors. But this one HAD to be a cartoon strip. It was yelling for it. Thanks for the feedback. UPDATE: OK, maybe a 5-row, 1-col table would have worked better... I'll experiment.
  8. What did you do in KSP today?

    Sorry about that. I'm posting them in a 1-row, 5-col table, which means the pictures render quickly on a desktop so people who prefer to skip my schtick [and there are a few -- I know, because they write in! ] can just scroll on by... (I liked the cartoon strip feel to that, too.) Then if you click the first shot to enlarge it, you can use a right-arrow to go through a slide-show. Hadn't thought about small screen devices... I'll have to rethink it.
  9. What did you do in KSP today?

    This is Lt. Col. Dunry Kerman. He grew up on a small wheat farm outside Kermansville, Kermansas. Now he's an Engineering Specialist. When he enlisted in the Space Force, the recruiter told him he was in for the "ride of his life"... ...the recruiter mentioned nothing about working conditions.
  10. I do this all the time and call it a security feature.
  11. What did you do in KSP today?

    Designed and tested a big-wing VTOL SSTO for Duna a few weeks back. Foxbat R2. Enormous fun. The big wing area is important on Duna. The one last detail was how to get it into orbit from Kerbin. I tried most of the vehicles in my repertoire and, most fervently, my new F.A.R.T. which is designed for exactly this kind of mission. But that big Foxbat wing throws everything off balance in the thick Kerbin atmosphere. Well, I thought... let's fight wing with wing and gave it a shot on top of Brikoleur's Warangai Maathai... Mission: success.
  12. What did you do in KSP today?

    I was genuinely astonished at the end of Take 2 to have made it to the surface. Vall suddenly became Vallhalla for me. Finally making it to a Jolian destination makes me feel like I have just passed the halfway mark and entered Part 2 of KSP.
  13. Thanks for your interest, @XtraChrisP. Two shots, one of the Hawk lander/tug and the second of the new fuel pod I mentioned. Until recently, vehicles had to rendez-vous with a space station to refuel in preparation for interplanetary departures. In addition, having many vehicles attached to a space station eventually becomes an invitation for a Kraken gate-crashing party. So I'm thinking that the Hawk/fuel pod combination might be a nimble method for taking fuel to a nearby ship. One more component in my fuel chain may be found here: Minotaur. I will definitely give the asteroid capture a go. Do you recommend trying a smaller class of asteroid first, or go directly to Class E?
  14. What did you do in KSP today?

    Take 2: Accelerated Mission to Land on Vall. Take 1 and Take 2 of the series Run, Icabod, Run, were shot on Sunday in five hours on an accelerated schedule, easily satisfying High Kommand's 18-hour ultimatum. General (soon-to-be four-stars) Kerman became even more of a hero on Base, although the usual adjective in use remained "pig-headed". Even Werner von Kerman had to grudgingly express some admiration for the General's ability to learn from his own knucklehead mistakes and show real grit to overcome them. The conclusion to the series, Take 3 (because the format requires 3 takes) will be attempted by the end of the week and posted. Stay tuned and wish us luck.
  15. Run, Icabod, Run

    Take 2: Accelerated Mission to Land on Vall -- Gen. Icarus Kerman in command, KSC Mission Control. Mission vehicle comprised of: Mk 1-3 capsule: crew Jebediah Kerman, Bill Kerman, Bob Kerman Hawk lander Omega ion drive Aquila transfer booster a) Initial transfer burn takes place in a 120 x 70 km orbit. Aquila Mainsail engines have been retained and are in use. Werner von Kerman looks on with a grave visage, silently shaking his head in disbelief. b) Apoapsis has been extended to 1,200km. Another 1,600 m/sec required for Jolian rendez-vous c) Second burn in the transfer series under way. Mainsails should have been jettisoned. (von Kerman knows better than to say anything.) d) 3x spent Jumbos jettisoned along with their Mainsails. at the finish of the burn, the trajectory looks proper for Jool. e) but after the mid-course inclination adjustment, not so good. The transfer burn and inclination adjustment should have been planned together. Werner is now chuckling. f) Tylo is on the other side of the system, so we conclude [stupidly] that it is out of reach. Mission Control searches for contact with Vall. a) approaching the maneuver for Jool capture. b) Jool orbit secured. Only the mighty energy reserves of Ion Power could have pulled this off, I think. c) looking for Vall capture. Had wanted the outside but settled for the inside. d) a paltry 19.7 m/s. Almost a ballistic capture. e) Vall Yahoo!! f) beautiful sight but after a painful decision. General Kerman breaks it to the boys: rock-paper-scissors. Bill Kerman is selected to EVA and occupy the External Command Seat on the Hawk. There is not enough fuel to take the capsule down to the surface as planned... [Bob Kerman and Jebediah Kerman high-five triumphantly as soon as the airlock door has closed on Bill Kerman as they know very well that the next phase of the mission is Certain Death.] a) Bill Kerman has strapped into the "rodeo seat". His knuckles are feeling frozen. LF=500, OX=610. Werner in Mission Control is muttering, "I haf told you to take panelz! Zose electric gizmoz haf bin sucking your fuel all zis vile!... Now you haff NONE!" b) capsule is jettisoned to remain in orbit. Jeb and Bob have started a game of backgammon. Bill valiantly retains the electrics to start the tricky de-orbit procedure... c) OK! That's enough! Good bye, Omega!! Now we need the raw power... d) ...of Puff engines!! Ha ha, you crazy fools. (We're saving the Reliants until the very last moments...) e) WHAAAAT?! VALL!!!! Landed!! Jubilation at Mission Control! Bill does not speak for at least a minute. He has wet his space suit, which has overflowed... f) Bill stands in his sodden space boots, pondering for time interminable and finally fills in the caption on the flag, Icha-BODD!. It reads... "General Kerman, never forget: you received your fourth star, courtesy the heroic effort of Colonel B. Kerman" Mission Outcome: Astonishing Success Days Since Last Injury: 0 And so General Jeremiah I. I. Kerman was promoted to four-star general in the Kerbal Space Kommand. His job was safe. His mid-life crisis was over. And he was free to return to the Space Plane Hangar and wear his favorite overalls! "ICHA-BOOODDDDDDD!!! Have you forgotten it's our ANNIVERSARY!!! Why aren't you HOME yet??!!!"