• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by Atkara

  1. 9 hours ago, Reinhart Mk.1 said:

    tbh like 90% of the battle was building a sound design so when i have the funds to launch it then blast off

    Reminds me when I did mine. Couldn't justify having an atmosphere and not really using it, having Kerbonauts climb down a 50-60m+ long ladder under 1.7g, or the clutter previous "lander"-style designs left at launch. Just getting it done wasn't enough -it had to be done my way.

    Yeah. You start getting such weird thoughts, as you play more :P 

  2. 2 minutes ago, Reinhart Mk.1 said:

    I just meant that tbh I was thinking to myself "yeah you walked on the surface of eve and got back but the lander didn't make it back". I'm really hard on myself sometimes lol

    If it's still in orbit, it's not going anywhere. Send a drone with a claw on the next transfer window and bring it back. Or anytime, as milestone missions don't expire.

  3. 1 hour ago, Reinhart Mk.1 said:

    @Atkara's comment REALLY irked me so sometime in the near future ill record a FULL Eve mission, until then im back to having fun with space planes brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (they don't make that noise in space but u get me)

    Don't mistake my humor for me, issuing a "challenge". I only told you what's going on. Believe me, I faced that situation time and time again. And I was lucky enough to have designed landers with detachable side-thrusters, which meant I could put the core of a lander in the mk3 cargohold of a spaceplane and land it down to KSC. Like this:





    I don't remember where this lander arrived from, as I was sending exploration expeditions pretty much everywhere. If it wasn't for the "return a craft from the surface of the 'x' body" requirement, this lander and others would still be in service. It's also the reason why I chose to bring back the orbital stage of the Eve extraction vehicle I posted earlier in the thread.

  4. 39 minutes ago, Reinhart Mk.1 said:

    All I know is... I touched the surface of Eve and I'm now touching the surface of Kerbin so I'm happy. All I was there to do was plant a flag, get some science and bolt so I'm happy :p

    Next contract coming up: Return a vessel from the surface of Eve :P 

    Don't get me wrong, I've had mining contracts (mine and haul x units of ore from Eve and put them in orbit around Gilly, that kind of thing) that I simply ignored. The money wasn't worth the effort. On-surface contracts though, absolutely -I had infrastructure down there anyway :) 

  5. 14 hours ago, Reinhart Mk.1 said:


    Good job. If this was on career though -and I believe it is:

    *checks mission control... Eve exploration milestone still not met.*

    It was at this moment Reinhart knew: he had to go grab the pod he got Jeb from, and land it on Kerbin. Safely :P 

    Been there myself. And given that I focus on re-usability, bringing back perfectly good landers from all over the solar system to do just that... silly -I know- but if you're on career and want that milestone out of the way through legit means, you have to go get that pod.

  6. 43 minutes ago, B00st3r said:

    Nearly, got a few calculations wrong when it came to dV, but i was able to complete phase 1, 2 and 3

    Never played around with RSS myself. The backstory maybe pointing out at a mass exodus, which shouldn't be done with SSTOs (in other words, craft hauling sections they could've filled with people, instead of fuel) but I understand people may find this challenge interesting :)

  7. 5 hours ago, Reinhart Mk.1 said:

    The stylish SSTO (technically i dont think i can call it that since i have to refuel it but SHHHHH) that's gonna be rescuing Jeb

    Refueling keeps your craft as big as they really have to be. I don't see anything wrong with that.

    Reminds me of a couple of dialog lines in "2010: The year we make contact":

    -What happened to the American bravery?
    -What happened to the Russian common sense?


  8. 11 hours ago, Sweetnsaltyish said:

    I know it could be used as a first stage engine, but I has its highest efficiency in a vacuum, and not at sea lvl.

    Like you said, it has the highest efficiency in a vacuum, not at sea level. However, by the time the launch vehicle reaches 10km altitude, the Rhino is already operating at ~85-90% efficiency. So you add side-boosters, better suited for atmospheric operation and when it gets to 10-15km, you stage and let it go. Like this for example:


    And if you are taking it to space anyway, why not install proper guidance & RCS and use it as a transfer vehicle?



    That's obviously one way of using it. The rest, I think they fall into the category Gargamel described :) 

  9. 5 minutes ago, mcbmaestro said:

    Laythe exploration boat is ready now to somehow get this thing on a rocket..

    Propably a radial decoupler on the body, with a long I-Beam attached to it. Then, you offset the whole thing on whatever you'll have next, to minimize torque. How you get it to splash down on Laythe... if it can't glide, you'll have to go for the heat shield/parachutes combo.

  10. Had an interesting chat with Hotel26 earlier today about "exotic" landers. This got me into thinking and after some hours of tinkering, testing and tinkering some more:





    It's stable, right out of the box -no fuel juggling required, nothing.

  11. I don't think I'd ever be a Super Madlad, as I deploy infrastructure which keeps my designs (mostly) on the sensible side -and I don't intend to change that. But I certainly place myself at the early Madlad stages, as far as Eve goes :D 

  12. From within the facilities of Kerbostar Enterprises, a new craft emerges...


    Building upon the lessons of the past, looking into the future...


    Could this be the answer? Could this be "the one"? Only time will tell.



    But even if it's not, I like it :D

  13. 6 minutes ago, Hotel26 said:

    Try it using the jump seat as control point.

    It's facing forward.

    6 minutes ago, Jacke said:

    I think if you'd used the Command Chair as the control point, it would be directed forward.  So you had to either put the Chair facing up or use another part like the docking port.

    Precisely. And I don't want to have the chair facing up :)

  14. 8 minutes ago, Martian Emigrant said:

    But why the docking port?

    The docking port is there as a control point. It has half the mass of an OKTO2 so, I picked that instead. After all, it's not as if like the Kerbal on the seat will ever do anything more complex than pro/retrograde hold.

    Did some final touches in the meantime:


    I think I'm happy with it now :)

  15. 2 hours ago, 5thHorseman said:

    A bigger challenge would be to build a ship that does NOT do that :D

    Yup. Such a craft would have to be a spaceplane, landing on high elevation terrain (>7 km), it would have to be able to go at least suborbital on it's own fuel reserves and... here I am, spoiling it all :P