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  1. Rover Designs

    Over the years, I realized, that rovers tend to differ from user to user - some are small and easy to deliver and some rovers are quite big and take some more effort to land on alien worlds. Also, they tend to differ, depending on the mods in use and the stage of your career save (if you do play career). So, what do your rovers look like and how did you get them where they are now? Here's a selection of mine: My very first rover landed on the Mun. Has been delivered on top of a rocket that was used as sort of a skycrane. The final "descent" of that rover actually was more or less a free fall. The skycrane has been used as an impactor shortly thereafter... That thing was delivered by a skycrane and comes with 5 winches mounted with various docking utilities. Planetary base building requires moving modules for several meters to the perfect spot. This thing is capable of carrying two K&K modules next to each other. Well, or at least it was before some version change came around and messed with the direction the wheels are pushing the rover to... And this mobile laboratory was driven at around 45m/s on the surface of Duna - faster than you drive on the express way, right? In the background there's my mobile ore miner which is able to express-deliver ore to the next refinery. 7 powered axes - top speed? Never really tested... This rover was sent to Moho just before the ComNet was introduced. The delivery mechanism: two LF boosters mounted fore and aft landed that thing on Moho with stack separators freeing the rover from the boosters. Tested it on Kerbin but wasn't really successful on Moho - had to have a lot of patience with F9 to get that thing down in one piece...
  2. What did you do in KSP today?

    Never really manage to build these toy-car sized rovers. To me small means "not assembled in orbit"...
  3. What did you do in KSP today?

    Saw that an Eeloo window was up ahead and as an orbiter is already on the way, I decided it was time to send a small rover to the outer reaches of the Kerbol system... Probably could have done with less than a TWR of 2 but the asymmetrical load distribution of the rover with respect to the center of thrust just let me go for the "moar boosters" approach... The rover basically consists of a lot of dishes, some experiments and a set of wheels. The landing plan is totally foolproof: The final stage will go down and then tip over onto the wheels of the rover. Nothing can go wrong. Still wondering how that mission was awarded the appropriate funding....
  4. I guess copying the standard model is not what you call meeting the requirements for a Nobel prize nomination...the multi messenger observation of the neutron star coalescence was a far greater achievement (it has already been nominated 'scientific breakthrough of the year' by this niche journal called 'Nature' ). I hope that event is recognized by the royal academy... If you are eligible to nominate somebody (which the vast majority of people are not) - the deadline is January 31.
  5. Kerbulans and Kerbals do have the same Kerb number (+1). So far you'd be right: A Kerbal (+1) and a Kerbulan (+1) have a Kerb number of +2. However, this isn't the only Kuantum number that affects crew count. There's also the Kerb flavour or family and that's where things get a bit complicated... If Kerbulans were just anti-Kerbals they would annihilate upon contact. But they don't as we have already seen in previous comics. So...they are members of different families like the electron, muon and tauon in the standard model: Now, a Kerbal has a Kerbal number of +1 and a Kerbulan has Kerbulan number of +1. If you put a Kerbal and a Kerbulan in a module, you will end up with a Kerb number of two, but a Kerbal number of 1 and a Kerbulan number of 1. Since Kerbal modules are affected by the Kerbal number but not by the Kerbulan number, the module isn't occupied by two Kerbals. Similarly, the Kerbulan modules are affected by the Kerbulan number but not by the Kerbal number. This problem is easily solved, since there are space suits as well: The empty space suits are basically fulfilling the same function as electron anti-neutrinos (Kerbalantineutrinos?) which do have a Kerbal family number of -1 but no Kerb number. Similarly, a Kerbulan space suit has a Kerb number of zero but a Kerbulan family number of -1. So....let me sum up: Three Kerbals (Kerb number 1, Kerbal number 1, Kerbulan number 0) + two Kerbulans (Kerb number 1, Kerbal number 0, Kerbulan number 1) + three Kerbal space suits (Kerb number 0, Kerbal number -1, Kerbulan number 0): -Kerb number = 3+2+0 = 5 -Kerbal number = 3-3+0 = 0 -Kerbulan number = 0+2+0 = 2 As we can see, the Kerbal number in that particular module is zero and that's what causes crew count. That means, you could actually put another three Kerbals in the same module, as the Kerbal number is zero. Well, that's basically the standard model. But, I assume we will soon see if it applies or not.
  6. What did you do in KSP today?

    After bringing home my first Duna mission just in time for Christmas 2016, I decided to go to Jool in January 2017 - it seems I spent most of the last year to build the appropriate vessels and test them. I finally launched my carrier and sent it to Minmus in order to refuel... So well, yesterday, the refueling operation had been completed and I consequently launched the rocket to low Minmus orbit. Was a spectacular sight to see 6MN propelling a rocket to orbit on a non-atmospheric body: And today, I realized the vessel is big enough to cast a shadow on the surface of Minmus from 22km up in the sky - at least with scatterer (that small black blob between the vessel and the altimeter)
  7. Well I guess it's due to crypto mining. At least it was half a year ago, when I wanted to buy my gtx1060. Pricrs more than doubled for some cards. So yeah, do some price investigation if you want to get a new VGA. Although, I assume the 950 might still be more than good for KSP...
  8. China museum uses ksp on official poster

    Wait, did they use the space craft and the KSP skybox and just planted an image of Mars on top?
  9. I am with @Harry Rhodan on this one: Pretty sure the fps increase is caused by the two different GPUs. The GTX1080 is quite a sledge hammer. It does outperform my GTX1060 6GB by ages. When I used integrated graphics of my i5 4690 @3.5 GHz, I have been bottlenecked by the GPU, not by the CPU. Using the GTX1060, I gained a huge increase in fps while keeping all other components. (Actually KSP runs at higher fps with Scatterer and EVE compared to integrated graphics without eye candy)
  10. Speeding up KSP?

    Before I had a VGA, I used onboard graphics as well. On certain planets, I ran into huge FPS issues, so I asked a question similar to yours. Somebody - no idea who - told me to try this one: In your KSP directory, there's a file named "settings.cfg". You can open that file and search for the line UNSUPPORTED_LEGACY_SHADER_TERRAIN = False Change the value to "True" and save the file. Do not forget to backup before saving. Activating the unsupported shaders, gave me quite some FPS while it didn't look as pretty as the supported shaders. My game went from "not playable" to "slideshow" on Moho and Duna, so yeah, it might be worth a try.
  11. SSTO rocket to Mun

    I have literally no idea, what you are talking about, except you failed to send something to the Mun. Images do help a lot, since what you might consider to be a problem could in fact be caused by something totally different. Generally speaking, the dV maps of the Kerbol system do help a lot. They basically tell you how much fuel to pack in your rockets. See here for example: Furthermore you need to know what amount of dV your rocket does have. It is given by the Tsoilkovsky equation: You could calculate that, which is a nice exercise (I propose you do it at least once for one of your rockets in order to understand the equation) or you could install a mod like KER or Mech Jeb which give you the data (and other features). Unfortunately, I have been away from the forums for about a quarter year, so I don't know the latest tutorials - you might need to search one on your own or someone else has to help out by pointing a link to some rocket stability / CoL vs CoM introduction or explanation. If you're more the TV guy - Scott Manley offers a lot of physical explanations and background knowledge in a easy to grasp way. His videos are generally of good quality, although, there are other sources as well.
  12. Have you left kerbals to rot somewere

    I don't leave Kerbals behind. Although, I have to admit that Jeb et. al. decided that staying on Duna for just 30 days was too short and consequently extended their trip a bit..
  13. What do kerbals do with their dead?

    Kerbals are partially made out of antimatter. Death is nothing else than a loss of containment as they simply observe the Einsteinian euquation E=mc**2. The small release of energy proves that c is different in the Kerbin universe....
  14. KSP Weekly: The Neutron Star Merger

    So yeah Monday was exciting as it could be. Having a certain scientific background, here's some additional information. The detection paper is publically available at PRL as are all GW (gravitational wave) detection papers so far: PRL 119, 161101, 'GW170817: GW170817, PRL 119, 161101 The intro text says the GRB (gamma ray burst) came 7s after the GW signal. According to the paper it was 1.7s. The alert wasn't sent immediately but after the LVC (LIGO VIRGO Cooperation) received the GRB notification. When that notification was checked with GW triggers and a possible detection was seen a process within the LVC started which saw the release of yet another notification about an hour later. When the location data was available about 4-5h post event, a new, updated notification was sent. About half a day after the event, some telescope detected a 'new dot in the sky'. The text says the signal lasted for about 100s. This needs some clarification. The sensitivity of a GW detector is a complex function of detection frequency which is dominated by various sources of noise. If we talk about the signal length, we need to keep in mind, that we are talking about the length the signal was observable in our detectors. That was about a hundred secinds. That said, LIGO published data featuring 2048s in length (after noise substraction) See here. Pinning the source down on the sky took several hours since one of the Ligo detectors suffered a glitch and Virgo suffered data transmission problems if I remember correctly. MMany of the GW170817 related papers are available at PRL, go have read ; )
  15. What did you do in KSP today?

    While my carrier is still carrying out its refuelling operations, Kerbin, Sol and the Mun just rose above the eastern horizon of the flats...