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About zolotiyeruki

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  1. Argh, you're right--it's been a while since I've embedded imgur albums. Actually, all the missions entered a Munar orbit before landing. It's just that they all just happened to have a Pe near the previous landing zones, so the circularization burn ended at the exact moment when the de-orbit burn began
  2. Hmmm. Somehow my previous reply got eaten along the way. I've completed the new Mun missions (2-4). After entering a flat spin on each re-entry, I kept adding more vertical stabilizers at the back. Not sure if I got enough on by the end, though. Survived anyway I omitted a bunch of screenshots at launch, since literally every launch looked the same. Just a different payload each time
  3. @Skystorm - A nice leisurely stroll around Kerbin without the terrifying heat of compressed plasma, and at an altitude where you can actually see stuff! You've been added to the leaderboard. @DeltaVerb - I'm afraid that in order to qualify, you'll need to provide a bit more documentation. Not that I doubt you completed it, but rules are rules, and we can't afford to set a bad precedent.
  4. Do we need to install a propeller mod, or should we build something that looks like a DC-3 using stock parts?
  5. Thanks for running the challenge, SM! Looking forward to the next iteration, and the new ideas MD will come up with.
  6. The 50k funds requirement is gonna make this one a lot harder. I have a rather beautiful plane that'll do the job nicely, but it costs 157k. EDIT: Yeah, requiring both Mk3 AND a cost <50k is really hard. I noticed that the other entries were nowhere near that cost. Are there any rules about shedding weight along the way, such as dropping empty fuel tanks? I assume all engines have to stay attached. EDIT2: Hang on, ONLY RAPIERS and LV-Ns? And under 50k? And Mk3? Wow, that's pretty tight. A single LV-N costs 10k, and a pair of RAPIERs will cost you 12k. There's half the cost, before you even add a cockpit, payload, wings, cargo bays, landing gear, control surfaces, solar panels.... EDIT3: I don't want to rag on the OP too much, since I think he/she's got a decent idea for the challenge, but one of the rules for posting challenges is that OP must complete it themselves in order to prove its possibility.
  7. Is there any sort of scoring system, or is this just a "for fun"-type challenge? Any limitations on parts or mods?
  8. FWIW, one of my early missions ended with the shuttle landing via parachutes, due to a complete loss of control on re-entry, and SM allowed it. I fixed the whole CoM/CoL issue for later missions
  9. Ooh, this one looks like it could be a lot of fun. <cackles maniacally>
  10. I like the idea of building a base on Minmus. Such a mission would be less about cramming dV into the shuttle (or spamming engines/fuel) and leave more freedom to think about the design of the shuttle and payload.
  11. Presenting...The Kembraer ZO-135. With only 19 parts, and massing just a hair over 9.7 tons, this is the jet for an airline on a budget. Purchase price is just $12.5 million kerbobucks. The regional airline business is one of slim margins, and we've done everything to minimize purchase and maintenance costs, and maximize fuel efficiency. Ladders are expensive, so when you're ready to board your passengers, just raise the landing gear and open the hatch. Two engines have twice as much maintenance as one, so we only used one engine. No need for flaps here--this baby can land at speeds as low as 30m/s. Besides, removing the flaps means fewer heavy, expensive systems to maintain! Due to the built-in incidence on the wings, be careful of high-speed taxiing, as this craft will become airborne at 80 m/s without any control inputs. Your first-class passengers up front will appreciate the separation from the hoi polloi in the back, along with the noise isolation provided by the mid-mounted fuel tank. Cruise speed is about 310m/s at an altitude of 11,000m. Just level off (pitch = 0) at 10,000m, and let the laws of physics do the rest. Range at that speed and altitude is about 1,100 km, or about 900km plus takeoff/landing in real world testing. The ZO-135ER model adds eight passengers in coach class, and replaces the integrated intake and fuel tank with a dedicated fuel tank and inlet, to double the fuel capacity. Cruise speed is about the same, but at an altitude of about 10,500m, with a range of 1600+ km. Weight goes up to 11.8 tons, and cost also increases, up to $13.1 million.
  12. I think you have a typo there--your time appears to be 39:05. Very nice!