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  1. MaxwellsDemon

    [1.4.1+] Vapor Vent released

    Oh, no. But it's easy enough to stick the part on there.
  2. MaxwellsDemon

    [1.4.1+] Vapor Vent released

    In the VAB, yes. Looks especially nice with the FASA towers in particular. It's just adding the part to the clamp in the VAB. I'm primarily thinking of the FASA towers, though; haven't tried it with the stock launch clamps-- maybe it wouldn't work. Will have to try it out.
  3. MaxwellsDemon

    [1.4.1+] Vapor Vent released

    I do that by adding the "emissive" part to the launchclamps.
  4. MaxwellsDemon

    Optimum altitude to jettison fairings?

    Thanks! Sounds like something I can quit worrying about-- roughly 50km is about the altitude that I pop them as it is, so sounds like there's no big adjustment to be made on my part.
  5. Is there a general rule of thumb as to the optimum altitude/velocity/pressure (Q, I think) to jettison fairings-- where the aerodynamic drag reduction is no longer worth the weight/gravity loss? I don't really need the exact equations-- just a general "feel" for the right timing/altitude. Thinking of firing off a series of sounding rockets to test, but I imagine someone else has done a lot more thinking about it already...
  6. MaxwellsDemon

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Got my kerbosynchronous commnet up and operating, flew a couple of rescue missions, built a second launch pad (Kerbal Construction Time), upgraded Mission Control, and sent Jeb up in a KV-2 "Pea" pod using my R-7 tribute in honor of the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight. I believe I heard Jeb shout "Eelakeyop" at liftoff.
  7. MaxwellsDemon

    Yuri’s night

    Happy Cosmonautics Day, Yuri's Night, and International Day of Human Spaceflight!
  8. MaxwellsDemon

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Didn't have time for much last evening, apart from fulfilling a couple of rescue contracts and ordering an upgrade of Mission Control. My computer was busy downloading and installing Windows updates, and I was busy hoping that these were not going to cause even more Windoze-Offender problems.
  9. MaxwellsDemon

    What did you do in KSP today?

    More (happy) grinding... the boost to R&D provided by the upgraded facilities is energizing the program. A dedicated 'rescue' variant of the Thoth capsule was tested by Val by rendezvous with a commsat, and then launched empty for two rescue contracts. Although Morie's capsule landed rather precariously in the mountains west of KSC, it was successfully recovered. Tested an R-7 tribute to launch the Voskhod-like capsules added in MH... a bit overpowered if I engine it realistically, so I need to tweak. On the other hand, that means there's margin for heavier payloads, so it's all good.
  10. MaxwellsDemon

    Soviet/Russian Spaceflight Bibliography (English)

    Energiya-Buran is "out for delivery," according to tracking. I love those three words!
  11. MaxwellsDemon

    I be smeartor than u!

    Pff! It's spelled "s-m-r-t."
  12. MaxwellsDemon

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Rolling along... The upgrade to R&D is finished, and Werner and Linus report that research is now proceeding twice as fast in the new facilities as before. (Translation: I spent a Kerbal Construction Time upgrade point to increase the research speed, which, according to my personal rules, I only do when R&D gets a physical upgrade. Helps spread out and delay the research of new techs.) In the meantime, it appears that several private companies have been successful at launching Kerbals into orbit, but not so successful at getting them back. So, the Thoth capsule is undergoing redevelopment to make it into a rescue pod. The makeshift commnet works acceptably, though the slight variations in orbit at a low latitude mean the commsats keep bunching up and spreading apart again, but there's enough of them to compensate. With advances in flight control, a kerbosynchronous commsat is now a practical possibility, and those will be launched soon. (Interestingly, I noticed that Woomerang is by default a tracking/comm site, even when I have the other tracking sites turned off. The line looks faint, though, so it must not be a big antenna...)
  13. MaxwellsDemon

    What did you do in KSP today?

    I considered this but decided against; the first-gen commsats are based on the Stayputnik, and making stable maneuvers without SAS is tricky. Once I get the tech, I'll be putting up the second-generation commsats with better orbits. (That's why I made 'em cheap and disposable.)
  14. MaxwellsDemon

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Managed to get a series of commsats into orbit. Playing without the extra tracking stations, I ran into some interesting difficulties getting non-piloted things into orbit... I'd go to circularize and I was already out of comm range! The bootstrap solution seemed to be a large set of cheap commsats in a low (75 km) equatorial orbit, because I could get them circularized before they flew out of range. The orbits aren't perfectly synched, so I launched more than strictly necessary to cover the otherwise-inevitable gaps. It's clearly a stopgap solution until I can get some kerbosynchronous commsats up there, but at least that will be possible now! After the volley of commsats, I sent Val on a victory lap. Now that I've gotten to the point where I can have the basic solar panels, I'm not so dependent on battery life, so she set a "new" (for this campaign) endurance record of 3 days (18 hours). Fulfilled a bunch of small contracts (mostly pad tests) to build up cash to upgrade R&D. Scratching to get that 451K funds early in the campaign can be a chore...
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    Tiangong-1 Re-entry

    Beats me. I think it got pulled in relative to the discussion of the variability of Tiangong's orbit due to the condition of the upper atmosphere from solar activity, but I didn't entirely follow the reasoning.