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    The most angry youve gotten in KSP

    On a recent save game, when I had 4 different manned missions headed to other planets running at the same time. Using OPM so some of the destinations had some lengthy travel times and I made heavy use of timewarp. ( Manned mission to Sarnus! ) One of my missions "adjusted" it's trajectory during time warp so that it completely missed the target planet, and by the time I discovered this, it was way too far off to correct with the remaining dV I had on the craft. It managed to do this despite my warping until craft had left Kerbin SOI and I confirmed it had the desired intercept course. Returned focus to the craft when the SOI intercept alarm went off in KAC and discovered I was many millions of KM away from the target instead of entering it's SOI and preparing for capture. Some of my other missions had since arrived successfully and I had completed their landings on the targets, so reverting was not possible without losing all of that other effort. Since this was due to the "feature" where orbits change when entering timewarp, I "fixed" it by burning up the planned amount of deltaV for the capture maneuver node and then "cheated" it into approximately the capture orbit. I really really avoid using the cheat menu as it's... well.. cheaty, but made an exception in this case as I got screwed by the floating point rounding kraken that intermittently impacts orbits under warp.
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    36-ton Eve sea level ascent vehicle

    Thanks for this! I finally landed and returned a kerbal from the surface of Eve without using any cheats. ( I did use F5 / F9 a couple times though, as I tuned my ascent ). I stuck this craft on the roof of a Planetary Base Systems main hub building to serve as a large / heavy stable platform for launch. Could not pilot this by hand, especially the first stage. This is definitely a fly by wire ship for me. Dialed the Vector down to 60% gimbal, and set MJ Ascent Guidance curve at 100%, with gravity turn starting at 2500. Made it to a 95km x 94 km orbit with about 700 dV to spare, as I launched from Eve Highlands ( a little over 1k starting altitude ). Rendezvoused with the Eve Cycler ship and now waiting comfortably in orbit for a return window to Kerbin! :D
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    What strategies do you us and why?

    In early career I bump the rewards for the 'World Firsts', as I like to explore rapidly vs. grinding on tourist contracts. As others note, after filling out the Tech Tree, converting Science and Rep to Kerbucks. That's pretty much it from a strategy standpoint. I also use the pool to park a vessel for fun once I upgrade the building.
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    Explore the Mun

    Transmit a crew report taken from the Mun's SOI. That should complete it for you, sooner than when you return with the experiments you collected.
  5. There's an option in the difficulty settings: "Resource Transfer Respects Crossfeed Rules". If this is enabled, you can't transfer resources between containers that are separated by a heatshield. Apparently kerbals can figure out how to run electrical wiring and monoprop lines that route past heatshields just fine, but cannot figure it out for LFO. IMHO it's stupidly limiting and I simply disable it, at all difficulty levels, as it doesn't add value in terms of realistic difficulty.
  6. I had a surface rescue from the Mun. Derelict craft was on a very steep incline on the side of a big crater. I landed close by, on the rim. EVA'ed to go rescue to stranded Kerbal. As soon as I got into physics range the pod leapt into the air and exploded killing the hapless Kerbal. ( This was in 1.1.3 ).
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    1.2 Fuel Lines?

    Decoupler crossfeed is off by default. You have to explicitly turn it on if you want to play around with it and fuel flow priorities.
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    1.2 Fuel Lines?

    This, as I found out the hard way lugging my LFO boosters almost all the way to orbit wondering why they hadn't yet cut-off before the main. ( Didn't have KER for 1.2, so was just kerbaling my dV for each stage. ) If you want one-way flow, you need to use the fuel lines. If you want two-way flow, and plan to watch your LFO booster tanks carefully to know when to stage them, use decoupler cross-feed.
  9. Excellent addition to the series! Raises some interesting questions/possibilities. I'm less sure of the direction this is heading than before. Very interested to see how the Lang influence is incorporated further into the story.
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    When to and when not to use two-stage landers

    An additional consideration, is that a two stage lander left behind with a probe core, solar, thermometer, and an antenna allows you to easily fulfill the 'Science from the surface of ....' contracts. For me, in early career I do one-stage landers that return to Kerbin ( mun / minmus ). Then I do two-stagers on bodies with higher gravity and to leave behind a science-probe. After I advance further in tech tree and available funds, I start building stations in orbit and then leave my re-usable landers docked and use dedicated kerbin return ships. With 1.2 now, how CommNet will factor into that strategy remains to be seen. Might start doing two stagers, where lift-off from surface with both, and leave first stage in orbit with relays, and then smaller Kerbin return craft carrying the crew and science.
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    The Elon's Problem Challenge

    How about one-way un-manned pre-supply missions, which is something that Elon alluded to? Use of KIS/KAS to connect ships landed on Duna? Otherwise all-stock parts. Thinking along the lines of a pre-supply mission to land drills/ISRU with KIS/KAS to connect the "fuel base" to the lander would be close to Elon's vision, with otherwise all stock KSP parts?
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    Why is this rocket wobbling?

    I've found that wobble seems to happen when the engine gimbal fights the reaction wheels. I've had best results from dialing back the engine gimbal. I'd also add some tail fins to add a bit of drag at the back end to help with stability.
  13. No worries Jim. Keep your health moving We will be here for you when you make it back.
  14. Hi Just Jim, long time lurker, first time poster: It's been a great story and interesting to read for me. A long-time old SF fan I grew up on Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, and it's been great to see all of the influences in your storyline and you are a good writer. Your craft designs ( specifically your stations ) have helped inspire some of mine, and encouraged me to explore more of the system than just the near Kerbin system.
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    Do you have any abandoned vehicles?

    None that are really abandoned, per-se. I do go back from time to time to check on them. Mostly they are one-way probes/landers to Eve and Duna ( plus Ike and Gilly ) at the earliest tech I could manage in a career save. Though I don't visit my Eve lander because I'm liquided at it. All of that effort ( and time in game! ) to get there, landed safely, collected a bunch of surface science, and then "Cannot transmit, no antenna". Argh. I have a couple rovers on Mun and Minmus that were part of a two craft lander pair. Rover docked underneath the lander, released at a hover from about 10m, then the lander touches down nearby. Rover has a probe-core, so once the kerbals have returned home, it becomes a probe and is still usable. I've had fun seeing how fast I can drive them sometimes since I don't have to worry about losing any kerbals. In theory, they were meant to be retrievable but landing the sky-crane lander back on the docking port was too much trouble so I just left them.