Loren Pechtel

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About Loren Pechtel

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  1. [1.3] Kerbal Attachment System (KAS) v0.6.3

    Minmus? I did it once with Mun! I had a rover on the surface that needed a part. I gave a guy the part and a bunch of fuel and kicked him out the airlock of a kerbal-rescue rocket in low orbit. The low TWR made landing hard and it took several tries. I finally got him down, the rover drove over to him, he fixed the rover and went back up to meet the rocket.
  2. Then it's getting confused somehow. I've seen stuff where the max KSP version is not right based on the data I find in the version tab of CKAN. Such cases always involve the versions being listed out of order.
  3. I think CKAN already has all the information--look at a mod, click "versions" and you'll see what versions and what versions of KSP they are for.
  4. I was explaining what the issue was here with the versions. CKAN has all the information to say if it would be possible to upgrade but it won't cough up the answer. You see the max KSP version supported by the version of the mod you have installed, not the version supported if you were to upgrade everything.
  5. It's a simple question: Can I upgrade KSP without breaking my mods. It's a question every CKAN user wants answered at times. Currently, CKAN makes it very hard to figure that out.
  6. Yeah, there's no way to look at the rulebook, we just have go on what we see--and by what we see conservation of momentum is pretty solid. The EM drive breaks it.
  7. Casimir doesn't break the laws of physics. EM drive does.
  8. The thing is it goes against so much of physics that it's likely experimental error of some kind rather than merely primitive.
  9. [1.3] - Modular Kolonization System (MKS)

    That metric really needs changing. Don't base it on part count, base it on mass or cost. If anything one big part should be more desirable than many small ones of the same total capacity.
  10. [1.3] - Modular Kolonization System (MKS)

    A thought here--the number of Kerbals in the base should grant a home bonus. At least some of your friends are going to be your fellow inhabitants of the base. I also wonder if the home timer should even apply to Kerbals born on a base. That's home to them!
  11. Why not simply wipe and reinstall the broken one so it will update properly in the future?
  12. The seismometer is biome specific.
  13. It's a lot higher in the tree and it's not biome-specific.
  14. "From orbit" is your problem. My experience with land anywhere is that if you're basically stationary it works well, if you're moving fast it's a form of suicide. If you don't care about efficiency, simply burn to bring your orbital velocity to zero and then engage it. If you care about efficiency lower your periapsis as low as you safely can, do your braking burn as you approach periapsis then engage it.
  15. It maps out a route that looks passable and simulates driving it--in practice it does it as a series of teleports. The path mapper is also imperfect--it looks only at the big picture and will not drive where the overall slope is too steep but it can be fooled by locally steep terrain that is actually impassible but looks good from afar.