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  1. The Ariane 5 boosters are 3.06m and the core is 5.4m. If the core is scaled down to 3.75m, the boosters scale to 2.125m. A better option than what they're doing for the Ariane 5 might be: A reskin for the 3.75m parts and the 1.875m booster A slanted 1.875m nosecone A new, half-height 1.875m booster, so we can replicate the Ariane 6 as well A set of 1.25m to 0.625m bi-, tri- and quad- adapters, like the 2.5m to 1.25m adapters, so we can group ion engines together underneath a probe A solar panel intermediate between the Gigantor and the 1x6 Keep the magnetome
  2. An unfolding space telescope inspired by the designs for LUVOIR and the James Webb Space Telescope
  3. I've played around with TAC Life Support a bit. I quite like the idea of a life support mod, but TAC requires quite a bit of micro-managing, especially with the food resource. I started to come up with an idea of an easier to use life support mod (more suitable for beginners?), but then I realised I have no idea how to create parts. If anybody does, and thinks this is a good idea, please send me a message. The details for the idea are as follows: Kerbals require a single life support resource, called Snacks 1 unit of Snacks weighs 1 kg Snack containers weigh 1kg (dry mas
  4. After the successful launch of the AEGON 1 satellite, the boffins over at R&D have put together a satellite-boosting upper stage. They want us to test it by launching another AEGON satellite, but this time they want it in a polar, highly elliptical orbit. The Rhaegal booster with the upper stage inside the fairing. The upper stage is called the Moondancer, and it is loosely based off the real-life Briz-M, in that it has a cylindrical center tank and a drop-tank around the outside that is ejected when empty. Preparing for launch in 3... 2... 1... The upper stage has
  5. After renting out a launch pad at the KSC, the ORIN Space Consortium are ready to test out their launch vehicle. This is the satellite that they will be launching, based on the AEGON satellite bus. It has batteries, solar panels, and some relay antennae so it can act as a CommSat. ORIN Space Consortium's initial launch vehicle, the Rhaegal booster (all of these are named after characters from A Song of Ice and Fire). The Rhaegal has two stages; the first is powered by six Mk-55 Thud engines, and the second by a Bobcat (the engine, not the feline). Commencing countdown.
  6. So, this is just an introduction to my new KSP project. ORIN stands for Orbital Rockets InterNational, and it is the name of the (fictional) company who will be launching my rockets in this KSP project. The project will be starting with simple things, like launching satellites, setting up a communication network, etc., and will move on to manned flight, space stations, and exploration beyond Kerbin orbit. I do have missions that I want to do for this project, but any mission suggestions - serious, strange or just plain silly - will be taken on board. No spaceplanes, though!
  7. I honestly don't know. Best way to find out would probably be to test it yourself.
  8. Note: Ike and Laythe don't have rings because they're too close to their host planet/would interfere with their host planet's rings. Hale, Ovok, Polta, Priax, Tal, Plock and Karen don't have rings because I haven't gotten around to it yet.
  9. Pictures, by popular demand! Here's a montage of the stock system, with rings: And here's the (as yet unfinished) OPM rings extension: Enjoy!
  10. == Background == The great Kerbal empire, having expanded out into the black, one day discovered a lonely little solar system in the unfashionable eastern arm of the Milky Way. Although they originally thought that it was mostly harmless, they soon discovered that some of it's planets had rings going around them. Enthralled by their beauty, the Kerbals decided they were going to have rings, and nothing was going to stop them! Unfortunately, some of the moons in their system wouldn't hold a ring system, no matter how hard they tried, but they managed to get brilliant and technicolour ring sys
  11. Whoa, getting ahead of yourself a bit there! If you want rings for all planets, check out my new KSP Ringification Mod
  12. NOTE: if you want rings for all the planets, not just Jool, check out the KSP Ringification Mod. Tired of boring old Jool? Add some rings to it! This mod offers six different ring variants, in a range of styles, sizes and colours to suit (almost) everyone! Jupiter style - Grey and relatively faint, with one bright white ring. Based off of the real-life rings of Jupiter. Saturn style - Various shades of green and yellow, with seven distinct zones. Also includes a faint Phoebe ring beyond Tylo's orbit - see if you can spot it! Uranus style - Slim and grey, stretchin
  13. delta-v to Low Eve Orbit (LEO) from sea level: 7500m/s (according to the wiki) highest atmospheric Isp: 295s (Vector rocket engine) jet engines don't work on Eve dV = 7500 Isp = 295 therefore mass ratio = e^(7500/[295*9.81]) = 13.35 You need a dry mass:wet mass ratio of 13.35:1 in order to reach LEO in one stage The highest mass ratio of fuel tanks in KSP is 9:1 Therefore, SSTO from sea level is not possible on Eve.
  14. Wikipedia's "List of Firefly planets and moons" might be a good place to start. Of course, if you include a moon you also have to include the planet that it orbits. Since the moon Whitefall is mentioned in the pilot episode as being "the fourth moon of Athens", Athens and all four of it's moons would be included.
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