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  1. Very interesting topic.  Some thoughts:

    1. Kerbal Konstructs has a kind of airport direction aid ("Landing Guide") but it's not set up for ILS and would not be satisfying to IRL pilots.
    2. If there were some kind of Navigation Aid Definition standard (of a kind of "config file" kind that multiple mods could conform to), I'd be very willing to augment my airports with definition files.
    3. I have been interested myself in building a rudimentary mod to support enroute and approach navigation but I wouldn't have the skill to do anything IVA (hence #2, which would open things up to modders to use a common "backbone").
    4. I do use Atmospheric Autopilot to enter coords for an IAF (Initial Approach Fix) to approximate the flavor of an instrument approach (typically VOR).  (Sometimes pointing the camera skyward to simulate zero visibility as I fly the approach to "minimums".)
  2. On 4/7/2022 at 11:56 PM, king of nowhere said:

    I really need to find a way to safely detach those boosters

    If you're not already using them, ejection SRBs can be helpful.  (E.g. Sepatrons and even Fleas.)  They only need to nudge a discard in the right direction.

  3. [click + arrow => slideshow]




    A lonely ORB has been eking out a living mining/refining fuel on the surface of Moho.  A Mule is mounted atop, receiving the precious fluids to take back to space, but it can carry only a limited amount of OX.









    Finally, a larger, Goblin miner (left-hand) has arrived in a 45-degree incline with only 3% fuel remaining by the time it finds and docks with HXZ6 Zenith space station (such as it is, middle-hand, pictured with an older model Mule, right-hand).  The space station has only enough fuel to make a Goblin landing "risky".  Space Command decides to make an exception and "dot 'I's and cross 'X's", this time.  We wait...









    Meanwhile, a much larger-scale Atlas miner lurks above Moho, in a strange and quarky, left-hand orbit...  A Spider has gone out to attempt a vain retrieval but everything now hinges upon the Goblin..






    Nevertheless, Space Command is (literally) drinking champagne as we type this.  Fingers "dotted and crossed"...

  4. In the "You Can't Win Them All Department"...

    Just ending a 3-day long weekend which -- although it was far from enjoyable -- has finished OK (I hope).

    Following a behind-the-scenes module update(???) on Feb23rd, scene changes and quick saves were crashing with little evidence in the log except sometimes normal log messages "Saving Achievement Tree".  Nothing to identify a culprit.

    (I've been working on this "world" since January 2018 (4 years), so you can imagine my life has been flashing before my eyes.  Ouch.)

    I've been wrestling with this all weekend and, after doing lots of system maintenance, it's all suddenly come good: which is entirely consistent with some transient, erroneous mod update.

    Not much point in posting this except that if anyone else out there chimes in "me too", I know I will feel better.

    Call that the "Misery Loves Company Department".  Or the "All's Well That Ends Well Department". 

  5. On 2/23/2022 at 12:36 PM, Krazy1 said:

    Nyan Cat?


    @Martian Emigrant

    Yeah, you also get it when your Module Manager (no, I don't know what that is) decides you have fallen "out of date".

    So, I've just had that, too.  And now, KSP 1.11.2 does not boot up...

    For seven years, I have heard of these woes: "too many installed mods will eventually call the boot Kraken".

    Being superstitious, I have therefore severely, strictly, religiously, obediently, obsequiously limited my mods to the Absolute Minimum[tm].

    O me miserum.

    The last lines in the KSP.log before the 'hang' read:


    [LOG 17:45:35.027] mobilelaunchpad_19.fbx
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] pontoons.fbx
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] pontoons_diffuse.dds
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] ramp_normal.png
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] 1001_base_color.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert groundtransition.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert groundtransition_highquality.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert groundtransition_lowquality.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert groundtransition_mediumquality.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert groundtransition_ultraquality.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert runway sand.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] desert runway stone.mat
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] mobilelaunchpad.prefab
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] woomerang_groundobjects.prefab
    [LOG 17:45:35.027] woomerang_launch_site.prefab
    [LOG 17:45:37.105] Scenes:
    [LOG 17:45:37.105] kspMissionEditor.unity
    [ERR 17:45:41.806] Failed to decompress data for the AssetBundle 'Memory'.

    [ERR 17:45:41.811] Failed to load asset bundle from file:///home/kmk/env/games/KSP/

    [EXC 17:45:41.982] KeyNotFoundException: The given key was not present in the dictionary.
        System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2[TKey,TValue].get_Item (TKey key) (at <ad04dee02e7e4a85a1299c7ee81c79f6>:0)
        Expansions.ExpansionsLoader+<InitializeExpansion>d__22.MoveNext () (at <dc0e5f458c0f4571ad839b9c4153f347>:0)
        UnityEngine.SetupCoroutine.InvokeMoveNext (System.Collections.IEnumerator enumerator, System.IntPtr returnValueAddress) (at <7d9ec060e791409ab3eb85c61e312ed6>:0)
        UnityEngine.DebugLogHandler:LogException(Exception, Object)
        ModuleManager.UnityLogHandle.InterceptLogHandler:LogException(Exception, Object)
        UnityEngine.Debug:CallOverridenDebugHandler(Exception, Object)

    Yeah.  Unhappy.  I should use the correct pharmacological term: 'strung out'.  No KSP...

    My spoiler above looks like an installation corruption, rather than directly a mod failure[1].  But since the Nyan Cat, Harbinger of Meteor Strikes, I've had a couple of Sudden Exit Syndrome manifestations, followed by persistent.sfs corruption/truncation (requiring quicksave surgery).

    Not happy, Nyan!!

    [1] but since mods are the only thing that get updated (by Module Manager(??), whatever foul omen that may be), I suspect that a bogus mod change has corrupted the base KSP installation as a "kick-on" effect.

    "Out, clever pox!  Out, I say!!"


    Happy ending.  Module Manager has straightened things out for me now...

  6. 2 hours ago, kerbiloid said:

    it is much more obvious and natural

    No doubt nothing was obvious and people found out the hard way after a lot of trial & error.

    I can guarantee you one thing, though: "the very first person who suggested 'medium-rare' got burned at the steak for his bloody suggestion...".  But nowadays, all gourmets know this is the right way.

    So it goes with invention: only the last inventor of a valuable concept lives to get credit for it.

  7. A complicated scene ... and the work of the last few days:  [click + arrows => slideshow]

    lCI3s85.jpg    9guJnpV.jpg

    I had just launched a couple of High Energy Transfers to Duna while simultaneously commencing exploring  & mining operations on that planet; when I thought it might be nice to send a brace of Shuttlecocks to see how they perform on the red planet (despite that requiring the single NERV engine to operate well enough in 20% atmosphere)...

    I discovered the Shuttlecocks were not stackable, but hit on the idea of sending up an Asterisk space station hub to mount five of them.  After refueling all those at my KX2 Pole Star space station, I've assembled the Asterisk/Shuttlecocks with an Escort transfer injection booster and we are Go for launch.

  8. 20 minutes ago, Krazy1 said:

    the infamous 06 runway

    Ha ha!  Nice try and bully for you.  +1

    KSC Command Airfield Protocol clearly states that the specific purpose of R6-24 is for "aircraft carrier landing practice":)  You, sir, are a barnstormer!

    You might also like R15-33, in front of the SPH doors...  (I sometimes (try to) use it after a long day flying when I can't be pooped to taxi any great distance.)

  9. 3 hours ago, splashboom said:

    Not all landings are 'perfect'.

    R6 is a pretty unforgiving runway at KSC.  Congratulations for giving it a go!!

    (Unless of course this was an attempted R9-27 landing gone awry and this is just where the airplane finished its extra-curricular tour!   In which case also, "well done".)



    I wasn't going to post this (code-named Anion), but since I am here...

    0RXPNUW.jpg   bVLyGaK.jpg   LsgcyTK.jpg

    04:01 from KSC to Minmus flats.  Shaved that down to just 2h back, meaning the round trip could be done in a total of 4h.


    It's commonly believed that mad scientists work in total isolation.  This is not factual.  There's actually a complicated network of we madmen at work.

    The blueprints for this mysterious power plant appeared a few days ago in my Inbox (from someone known to me only as 'Gandalf').

    As far as I have been able to determine so far, it appears to operate on some kind of anti-matter interaction with the Higgs field.


  10. I am laying the keel for a slightly bigger aircraft carrier in the SPH.  In the image below,the center of the green plate you see is just above the root node.  I am attempting to slide the Blue Axis of the Shift-Gizmo  a little further toward the back of the hangar but hitting a limit.  (I can slide it left and back but no further right in the view.)  Is there a configurable limit I might be running into?  I cannot see anything applicable in the settings.cfg...


    I'm quite accustomed to sliding the root node around to shift the whole craft within the hangar so that I can work at the edges.  And I'm not ready to install a mod, (e.g. Hangar Extended).

    Any advice will be appreciated!

  11. This is Pizzicato Due, cleared for take-off on KSC R9, Group Captain R. Kerman and Flight Lieutenant K. Kerman at the controls.  Kerman will take the lead, acting as combat instructor.

    [Click + arrows = slideshow]



    Kurt's job is to regain and maintain formation once 5km altitude has been attained.


    Quite hard work really...


    Pretty close now!  Hands sweating inside the gloves making the controls a little bit slippery.

    Kurt made a little discovery during the flight.  Setting his Atmospheric Autopilot to 200 knots, heading 090 and 5km altitude made things a lot easier.  And, si, Atmospheric Autopilot is most happy to run two instances airplanes simultaneously.

    (I'd been thinking about aircraft carriers all day and wondered what the point of them is unless you can launch a whole squadron.  Then, of course, you have to know how to fly them in formation to the target.  Which leads to the little puzzle of how to launch multiple planes...)

    (And, yeah, I'm sure there's a mod for it...)

    (Half an hour later and I'm having some intense feeling of deja vu, like I've done this some time long ago.  :)   Oh well, "twice the enjoyment".)

  12. 30 minutes ago, JNSQFan said:

    Make sure you don't use Jets!  (at least from the picture you aren't)

    • 1x NERV for prograde propulsion
    • 1x Terrier for SAS Sfc Radial Out for very brief lift-off/touch-down assist
    • 1x XL chute for final descent
    • 4x Mk12-R drag chutes for final approach (these should probably be Mk2-Rs...)

    It can pinpoint a landing on the Duna surface and handily go back to orbit.

    And that Duna thing where you can twist the attitude and point where you like but the atmosphere studiously feigns to ignore your  pitiful efforts...  :)

    Lots of aforethought in planning, challenging to fly, but most rewarding!

  13. Learning to fly Batwing Mk2 on Duna.  It's easier now that I've earned how to pack the chutes properly...


      It launches upon an Archer Tomcat that will send it all the way to the surface of Duna.


    Works on Ike, too!


  14. Kathory Kerman couldn't resist taking this snap.  This is the first contact with the surface of Duna in the 4 years I have been playing this world (save).  A Sentimental Moment.

    Survived a huge crash "gouging down" when the kerb-chute did not open (forgot to dial the Min Pressure down) but Kathory survived and is now trudging toward the hollow ahead to plant a flag on a suitably-flat site for bringing down some heavy mining equipment.  (Sadly, the Ladybug personal jet-tank being ridden was completely & utterly vaporized.)


  15. 2 hours ago, Alexandria said:

    And learn about the planets and stuff? 

    Your title uses the term "wikia".

    If you're referring to Kerbal folklore alone, see all of the above ^...

    But in case you're not referring to 'folklore' in particular...  then, to rule out the obvious.  https://wiki.kerbalspaceprogram.com  No doubt, you're aware of it.  (But just in case.)


    Welcome to the forum, also!

  16. When one has 'played' KSP for any length of time, the Kerbin equatorial belt becomes very, very familiar.

    A little while ago, I set a KAC alarm to go off every 2 days, referring to my KISS space station, which is in a 45-degree incline.  Generally I dismiss the alarm, especially if busy.  But occasionally I do switch to the Kerbal International Space Station[1], and enjoy a strangely fresh, unfamiliar view of wherever it happens to be.


    It's quite fun to try to deduce the location (without reference to the KER lon/lat display) -- and therefore a good way to become a little more familiar with Mother Kerbin.

    It does also often suggest places to go explore...

    [1] 1 of 2 KISS space stations in operation: the other one is in a 180-degree incline (i.e. westerly direction) and provides a fascinating (albeit short-lived) view as it flashes by opposing traffic at a 4km/sec closing rate.

  17. 4uMDE6o.png

    I have to admit that this was a lucky target run, getting this 'base' placed so fortuitously on the very edge of the tarmac.  (I'd been aiming to get it slightly further onto the green behind my camera position.  On the tarmac, is much better, however.

    It provides accommodation on the airport for 17 kerbals plus 2500 kallons of LF in that Mk3 tank, for refueling itinerant aircraft.

    The base was transported (from KSC here to Netherania) by the newest member of my Break-Apart series: Toby the Tank Engine




    OK, shameless plug...

    By all rights, Toby should not fly at all.  Get it to altitude, though, and:

    1222 m/s @ 18.3 km

  18. Haven't made an airport in a while.  I have had a site marked out at "Netherania" for some time.  Finally decided to plant it and this one came together in a rush...

    U136MBV.png      bekYdLh.png


    It's called Netherania because it's approximately at the exact other side of Kerbin from the KSC.  Which makes it particularly important for test flights for new aircraft under development.


  19. A pleasant morning spent with the URF [Underwater Research Facility], a concept vehicle.  [click + arrows = slideshow]

    Lb9RypI.png   23oeSdL.png

    33 krew + 3000LF / 200 OX; undercover parking at each end for submersibles; plus a 30 min parking zone on the conning tower.  Kerbals are able to 'swim' to and from parked vehicles, without zooming for the surface as long as they remain under the "verandah" or closed bay doors.

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