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    Planes for alien skies

    In my preparations for my pending exploration of Duna, I have been inspired by @Frank_G's excellent mission report, especially his solar bird and MOLE crafts. I have then developed my own take on a high-altitude solar-powered ion propulsion plane for the exploration of atmospheres: HAAF. Not only is HAAF quite manoeuverable, but its large wing area means it can easily glide or aerobrake in the high atmosphere and ride the Karman line in search for atmospheric science. So far I have deployed one on a polar orbit around Kerbin in order to get missing high atmosphere science as well as a live test (I can already say that it lacks some electric storage, but that can be circumvented, around Kerbin at least). Further possible development could see the addition of a docking port for (partial) recovery, of more science instrument or a more efficient antenna. Now on to Duna!
  2. @flart I'll gladly look into it. [EDIT] Quelqu'un veut-il le relire rapidement ?
  3. Any news on compiling KSPTOT for mac ? With the latests OSes versions (10.13.x), the 2013a MCR cannot be installed. Thanks for the good work !
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    Did you use mono in its 32-bits version ? It can be done either by specifying the architecture (mono --arch=32) or by using the mono32 command.
  5. Kyasish'ev EK-4/EK-4e "Teal" small regional jet plane The EK-4 family is heavily based on Kyasish'ev's highly experimental SK-2 "Harfang" science plane. Although the requirements for a commercial airplane were highly different from a scientific plane, the "Teal" shares the same general shape and principles, such as high cambered wings with a slight angle of incidence, T-shaped stabilisators as well as a rear wheel to prevent tail strikes. In order to meet the requirements for a commercial version, the main wing was re-designed without leading edge slats, but with an overall larger lifting coefficient, leading to increased reliability and decreased costs while retaining the performances of the versatile SK-2. The motorisation was also simplified, and the high-maintenance inline air intakes were replaced with a more classical engine setup. This allowed also the use of the whole fuselage for passengers, making the EK-4 a very compact plane. Technical specifications: Plane EK-4 EK-4e Dimensions (l/w) 12.8m/13.8m 14.7m/13.8m Weight (wet/dry) 15.4t/11.0t 16.4/12.0t Pricing 19,493,000 20,043,000 Parts 37 38 Flight characteristics: The wing allows for relatively low-speed take-off (60 to 65m/s), especially when the flaps (AG3) are used. The EK-4's ideal flight envelope lies at altitudes of 8000 to 11000m, with speeds of 450 to 500kn (230 to 255m/s). This brings the range of both planes to 1600km, well over the requirements for small regional planes (1600km is KSC-Baikerbanur-KSC on one tank). Although the EK-4 are able to fly past Mach 1 at 5000m, it is strongly recommanded that pilots avoid such tomfoolery, as it will put unneeded strain on the airframe, possibly resulting in voided guarantees and permanent damage. Action Groups: AG1 Toggle engines AG2 Toggle reverse thrust AG3 Toggle flaps AG9 Cut chute AG0 Toggle ladder RCS Toggle reaction wheels ABORT Deploy chute Download links: Kyasish'ev EK-4 "Teal" on KerbalX Kyasish'ev EK-4e "Teal" on KerbalX
  6. That Badger is a thing of beauty! The platform, especially, has given me a few ideas...
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    Weekly Aircraft Development Competition

    Is there still place for an entry? I hereby present Kermann Aviation's S-4 Goose. Weight (wet): 19.610 tons Wingspan: 17.7 m; Length: 17.7 m; Height: 5.4 m Range: Over 900 km Propulsion: 2x JX-4 Whiplash turboramjets Crew: one pilot + one scientist The design of this craft benefitted enormously from the previous challenge, especially with the leading slats.
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    Weekly Aircraft Development Competition

    Can you be more specific on the payload ? (E.g. does the booster have a payload, what should be the weight of the rocket, etc.)
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    Weekly Aircraft Development Competition

    50 meters is a lot less than I thought... After a number of trials with a Goldberesque construction which simulate the carrier deck, I think I can take off in clean configuration, but just not with bombs and missiles... Quite frustrating... However, I've learned a great deal of things, which will certainly be immensely useful for the following crafts also... @NotAnAimbot How precise can you be when landing ? I decided against building a VTOL because the landing manoeuvers were taking wayyyy too much time and resources, but might go back to it.
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    Weekly Aircraft Development Competition

    Quick question: I notice KLAWs on the carrier deck. Can we assume that these are placed in order to hold the plane as it spools up its engine, in a similar way catobar aircraft carrier work?
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    Weekly Aircraft Development Competition

    Sadly I missed the deadlines for the two first challenges, but I might try my hands at the next ones... Already have some nice ideas departing from some of my planes...
  12. @Olympic1 do you know if there is a way to integrate the work already done in french for LanguagePatches ? Time permitting, I might also add some french translations...
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    SSTOs! Post your pictures here~

    Here's my take at a small, relatively low-tech SSTO : SSV-8 "Inherit the Stars" It is partly inspired by @renhanxue's "Everything I Know About Spaceplanes (though I did not submit to all the guidelines he gave), in particular the Panther/Twin Terrier setup and the solar panel/radiator stowed in the service bay. As it lacks RCS, docking ports and even a cargo bay, its main mission is limited to ferrying tourists into orbit and rescuing Kerbals.
  14. I look forward to seeing this used.
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    Customizable Mission Flags

    I second that.