Sharpy

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  1. Sharpy

    Your Finest Hour in KSP

    I'd need to check, but the number isn't all that staggering if you get *the right ones*. Tweakscale, Interstellar Fuel Switch, Pathfinder, and a couple mods that provide a plenty of parts (Mk2 Stockalike), and you're quickly going into thousand as nearly each part (stock or mod) is getting one or more patch from every of the 'improvement' type mod, so you quickly get num of parts x num of extra feature mods as number of patches.
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    ANY Symmetry Number Using a Stock Glitch

    Nice. I think I happened upon this recently but didn't really understand *how* that happened. BTW, for those who aren't stock purists, the easy way to obtain up to 20x symmetry (and surface-attach anything, and offset parts without limits and snap to more angles than stock allows) is EEX. Crafts created with this mod still count as stock (don't require the mod to import and use the .craft files) but obviously if you detach something that's not normally surface-attachable you won't attach it again.
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    Have you ever used a Launch escape system

    This just in. Building my Tellumo Ascent Vehicle. How to get rid of two Ramjets (that ran their course and won't contribute any more thrust, just weight and drag), their tanks, and unnecessary wings in such a way that they won't rip away my tail stabilizers? The scramjet gives me some 200-300km apoapsis with some -80km periapsis, and I can circularize and travel around in orbit using a puny 0.625 NERV.
  4. Let's add it doesn't use crossfeed rules to draw xenon (or electricity). So it will draw from tanks that are pretty much anywhere on the craft, just according to flow priority - similarly how RCS uses monoprop.
  5. Sharpy

    Have you ever used a Launch escape system

    Never as actual launch escape system. But I used it a plenty of times. Insane thrust, 0.5s burn time. You have to use at least two in symmetry mode because otherwise its offset thrust will send your contraptions into a spin. Contracts of 'high-gee adventure', contracts of 'test part' at some stupidly high speed and stupidly low altitude, missiles, getting micro-airplanes without landing gear into the air, separatron for boosters etc. Seriously, this thing is fun! Just forget the whole 'launch escape' ideology. If it had an integrated parachute or at the very least a decoupler, it would be good as actual LES. In current form it's just an awesomely strong, short-burning separatron.
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    Somebody stole or crashed my rover.

    Happened to me on Minmus, when driving over highlands over 3500m. At that altitude the default time warp mode is standard, not phys-warp. I pressed '.' and the game just stopped checking for collisions against terrain and the rover went directly into the ground.
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    How to use a wheeled rover?

    Eyup, the fake wheels. They aren't actually round, think more like motorized skis. They have only one surface, on the bottom, that provides propulsion. Additional tip: add a reaction wheel and run in SAS 'prograde' mode. Rovers tip over all the time. Especially on low-gravity bodies. The reaction wheel allows to tame it a bit. Hold your left hand on Q/E keys to fix the alignment if it starts to tip over. SAS in Prograde keeps your rover's pitch and yaw, leaving you roll to control. BTW, there was a mod that provided genuine round wheels that worked even upside down... anyone remember the name?
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    Which kind of Landers?

    Since I overengineer everything, I design multistage landers, then perform the transfer and braking burn with my core ascent stage, land on the engine of the transfer stage, and use the descent stage to soften the landing on Kerbin.
  9. Sharpy

    Your Finest Hour in KSP

    That loading tip.
  10. Try this: Set up a perfect plane matching maneuver, as good as you can. Then just grab the node as for dragging and don't move it anywhere, just hold it - and see how AN and DN markers crawl - the node is moving. If you really want precise adjustments, just install PreciseManeuver or PreciseNode.
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    Mk3 Clamp-O-Tron?

    Mk3 Inline docking port Mk3 shielded docking port Mk3 Aligned Docking port
  12. You can hold the node immobile (as for dragging) and its time will be shifting at some 10s per second.
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    S.O.S. Tourists Stranded on the Mun

    Instead of 2 klaws, have abundance of reaction wheels, so that you can angle your rover this way and that, so that you could attach the claw perpendicularly to the surface. You may make the rover parts droppable, and give it an engine and fuel tank so that it's the return capsule. And really, really don't bother with skycranes, landing legs etc. Just set your rover gently on the engine and tip it over using the reaction wheels. Reverse the process for launch.
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    Is your rocket an accidental SSTO?

    Kerbin low orbit speed is 2240m/s, at 70km. Everything checks out. What you need is a heavier planet. RSS?
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    Are SSTO's worth it?

    It also depends how precisely you can target your reentry point. Circling half of Kerbin in orbit, at 2200m/s takes over 20 minutes. So, if you fly from the opposite side of Kerbin at 440m/s (a reasonable cruising speed that won't leave you without fuel halfway through), that's 50 minutes. 12 minutes at 4x phys-warp, if your computer is fast enough and the plane is simple enough to get the full 4x boost. You'll usually reenter way closer, still, with planes complex enough (part count), with being short on fuel and having to fly 'economy speed', with exitting phys-warp for adjusting the course (doing it under 4x is just asking to flip and crash), you can estimate 5-10 minutes just for the return flight. That is without time taken for safe approach, or airbraking into the atmosphere.