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About Atkara

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  1. Haven't used MJ myself but, looking at the ascent guidance tab you had open for a while in that video, I'd try setting the acceleration limiter to 15m/s² (instead of it's current 40) if I was you.
  2. Atkara

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Hence the Mk1b variant Glad to hear these new toys are serving you well
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    You'll see a lot of them, don't worry
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Ain't it grand? I remember being halfway between Kerbin and the Mun when I saw my first one. In my case, my craft's solar panels were suddenly "blocked by the Mun". After looking around, I realized what was going on -and isolated one of the batteries to keep some juice in case something happened in the meantime
  5. I don't know how he lands it -the main reason I opted for the plane solution. The cockpit does have an internal reaction wheel, but I'm not sure how well it steers by itself during the aerospike stage -Laie propably knows. As far as temps are concerned though, if you don't go Kerbal mode during ascent, you can bring this cockpit out of Eve -with scorch marks, yes. But safe. I know this well, because the only times the inline variant I use (with the same 1200°K heat tolerance) exploded, were when I was trying to determine the lowest possible periapsis for the aerobraking phase -never during ascent.
  6. The best way I could come up with, to get Kerbals off the surface of Eve, is this: It's meant to come down almost empty, get fueled up on-site, take 3 Kerbals onboard and launch. So you need something like a miner on wheels on the surface and something to grab the upper stage and bring it back to Kerbin. But it gets the job done gloriously. With a careful ascent profile, it can extract Kerbals from Eve's Lowlands. And yeah. Eve is... what it is
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    And here I was, wondering where would this fit... I did my first successful rendezvous and docking op... in Orbiter 2016 Granted, I had to spend the last couple of days watching tutorials on the use of the simulator's various MFDs. But with that out of the way for the most part, my experience from, propably a thousand similar ops in KSP kicked in. Set up a closest approach, met up with the ISS, aligned with the docking port I had chosen and docked. Haven't brought the bird down yet -propably tomorrow
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    Tylo capture at jool to not use much of Delta V

    I'll try to explain, although chances are I'll confuse you more than help you. With your initial ejection burn you ensured a Jool encounter. Now that you've exited Kerbin's SOI, you need to adjust your trajectory in such a way, so that: 1. You get a prograde Jool flyby, while crossing Tylo's orbit. That's the easiest part, as it's a matter of pro/retrograde and in most cases normal/antinormal input. 2. Tylo is where you cross it's orbit at. 50% of the time, Tylo is anywhere but where you want it to be. So you make it be there. I usually start with radial out and retrograde input, followed by a process of trial and error with radial in/out and pro/retrograde, till the closest approach with Tylo is where I want it to be. 3. Your encounter with Tylo results in a Jool capture. You need to get behind it so that it's gravity reduces your velocity, instead of increasing it. Assuming you succeeded in step 2, it's usually a matter of pro/retrograde input. 4. The resulting Jool capture won't be at a weird orbital plane. This normally belongs to step 3, but I didn't want to clutter it. This is achieved by adding enough normal/antinormal input to get you to an orbital plane that suits your needs. If your final destination is Bop or Pol, you adjust for that. If you're headed to one of the inner moons, you settle for a "flat" orbital plane. The hardest part is that all of these wonders are to be achieved on a single maneuver, halfway between Kerbin and Jool. A tall order and at the same time, doable.
  9. Went straight for the game, when 1.0 came out. Not a blind decision however, since I had already watched a number of videos and livestreams.
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    Do you ever chuckle at your old missions or concepts?

    Indeed it's there. Like yours, my ship's design principles were formulated back in 1.05. Over time, it visited anything it's lander section could touch down and takeoff from. Long term projects can do that. I'm also at that point of having lost a lot of my initial momentum and the 13MB save doesn't make things easier. So I take it easy till I get back to it.
  11. I don't think there's anything minor to whatever one does in KSP. Every single bit matters because without it, you wouldn't be doing what you do today.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Nothing spectacular so far today. A rescue drone executed it's ejection burn out of Duna's orbit, bringing back a stranded pod. Also doing some driving on Vall, grabbing the science as I go. There are also a couple of detected anomalies to visit -I just haven't gotten there yet.
  13. Atkara

    What did you do in KSP today?

    *Shamelessly steals the concept*
  14. Atkara

    What did you do in KSP today?

    My Vall expedition is now in stable orbit around their destination. I'll set the main camp at the Northwestern Basin, one of the two spots where the highest ore concentration can be found (in this save at least). This means inclination changes, which means: Mining/Refueling ops Oh -last night there was also this.
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    Closest you have gotten to the Sun

    Ran a test of what I'll do in my career save at some point: I think that's close enough, given the fact that the mission is/will be crewed. Took a bunch of other shots which can be found here, for anyone interested.