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  1. My naming scheme is fairly simple. Pick an object that comes with a large number of varieties to name the class after. Name the individual vessels after the varieties, advancing through the alphabet with each successive vessel. Spacecraft come in a few types: CARVs, or Crew Ascent and Recovery Vehicles. These transport Kerbals (and Science, when I remember) from the surface to orbit, and back. I have two classes of these vehicles: The Broadsword-Class CARVs, which carry 6. These are named after legendary and fictional swords. In my current save, the ones that have existed ar
  2. 1.1 has removed the separate "Extend Legs" and "Retract Legs" options from the actions that can be assigned to Action Groups on landing gear, which was present in 1.0 and prior versions. Before 1.1, "Extend Legs" and "Retract Legs" were separate Action Group Actions, included alongside the "Extend/Retract" option. I'd made extensive use of that with my spacecraft setup, as with limited numbers of action groups available, my action groups were set up to do things based on what the ship was doing, rather than grouping similar types of parts. Having "Extend Legs" as an Action Group opt
  3. As a KSP Store user, the last few releases, in my experience, haven't caused a the painful download bottleneck on the release date that was frequent in the 0.20-0.90 days. I've been able to go to the store link and download the newest .zip version in a single attempt.
  4. If the orbits are circular (and in the same plane), the change in angular separation is constant, so if you know the angular separation at any particular time, you can use that to find the angular separation at any future time, and then, with two sides (the radius of both orbits) and the angle between them, you can use the Law of Cosines to work out the distance between the two satellites at any arbitrary time in the future. If either, or both of the orbits are elliptical (but still coplanar), things get a lot more complicated, and you have to work out the separation angle between their
  5. If I'm not mistaken, for most experiments 1 Transmit + 1 Return > 1 Return Alone > 1 Transmit Alone , as for most science locations, there's more science that can be retrieved from a single return mission.
  6. Looks like they're in Gamedata\Squad\Partlist\SubassemblyCategories.cfg
  7. Good point. The fact that you're already talking to the aliens means that either they're /here/, and you can show them things, or you're communicating with them through radio, at which point, you've already decided on a communications protocol, and can specify things (if you don't want to use any of the other obvious examples) based on the features of your carrier wave.
  8. [quote name='Gaarst']One second is 9 192 631 770 vibrations of a [SUP]133[/SUP]Cs atom transitioning between the two hyperfine levels of its ground state (from the BIPM website). One minute is 60 seconds. One hour is 60 minutes.[/QUOTE] If you haven't quite gotten to the point where you need to specify standards that well, I'd go with 4.568 * 10 ^14 cycles of the Hydrogen-alpha frequency. If constraints are even looser, 1.602 * 10^11 cycles of the peak frequency of the cosmic microwave background. Timing hyperfine level transitions of Cesium -133 requires the building of an
  9. [quote name='boxley'] like imagine if they made a movie about the titanic where a the last moment a seamonster came up and saved everyone, that would just be a weird revised twist to a existing historical event,[/QUOTE] I assume you're referring here to "The Legend of the Titanic: An Animated Classic," where a giant octopus holds the sinking ship up long enough for dolphins and whales to rescue everyone aboard.
  10. I took the Stearwing D45 out for a flight, ran out of jet fuel, kicked off the rockets, rolled it over, opened the bay, and EVAed all the crew to see if they'd survive falling from several Kilometers up. Most of them survived the first bounce, but none of them survived the second. Uncontrolled, the plane landed in the water a dozen kilometers away or so. I don't think any pieces broke off.
  11. "Revert Flight" rolls back the save to the time of launch of the active vehicle. To allow Reversion of any flight, The game would have to store a separate virtual quicksave for every single active flight in the save, and there would need to be some kind of decision made as to what would happen when two spacecraft launched at different times dock, or when one spacecraft splits into multiple pieces.
  12. Orbiter does things differently. Orbiter (and Celestia) use interpolations from the VSOP87 dataset, based off extremely high-accuracy simulations of the Solar System done for astronomical purposes. For objects that are spacecraft, itdoes a Ruinge-Kutta numerical interpolation for their movements, but for prediction, and for celestial bodies whose data aren't available in VSOP87, it does a two-body simulation.
  13. It's not that simple. The two-body problem (World-and-satellite, or Star-and-Planet) is solved. You can use simple (well, relatively simple) math to calculate the future position of the two bodies an arbitrary amount of time into the future. THat's why the sphere of influence simplification is used; it converts the Kerbal solar system into a set of nested two-body problems. The three-body problem has no general analytic solution, and you have to use significantly more complicated calculation methods to estimate the position of objects as a function of time.
  14. Relativistic length contraction shrinks distances parallel to the direction of motion. As you approach the speed of light, the distance you experience between your source and destination approaches zero, and the time you experience to get from source to destination /also/ approaches zero. From the nonexistent "photon viewpoint", source and destination are in the same place, so it takes zero time to go from one to the other.
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