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  1. And a proposed replacement for 7K-OK.
  2. It's three museums, actually The Cosmonautics museum, the Cosmos pavilion at VDNKh and the Polytechnical museum next door from Cosmos (that's the one with cool lunar and martian base concepts). It's all in the tags, actually. As well as spacecraft type and name, I tried to make browsing this collection as convenient as possible
  3. Cool, thanks! *shamelessly waits for the tip of this racing arrow on the parachutes*
  4. *looks with little kitten eyes* Friendly reminder: there's a ton of reference material here in the form of museum exhibits from Moscow. Feel free to consult
  5. Speaking of Meteor. This is just a mockup, of course, but...
  6. While the UR-700 parts are in the making, here's a quick try to built it out of available materials.
  7. Just a little something I remembered. @Beale, do you still have this texture? Or maybe a blue variant: Or even red...
  8. Hm. Then there seems to be a third option as well. I mean these joints:
  9. TK-313

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today I built myself a nice little LK-700 out of Tantares parts (and a few stock ones). Here is my take on this ship. Departing Kerbin... Arrival Mun orbit insertion Deorbiting Dropping the transfer/deorbit stage Suicide burn!.. Well, almost. Aaaand... - Hey, aren't these legs supposed to auto-level the ship? - Hey, isn't this ladder a bit too long? - Shut up, it's a freaking prototype! The Koviet Union prevails! Liftoff! Getting into orbit... Lining up for a family photo... Bye, Mun! Open your heart, I'm coming home. Cruising above the clouds... Landing in the middle of a storm... ...and no landed shot. The ship crashed due to pilot's error (opening the main chute too low). The morale of this story? Use smart parts if you aren't sure!
  10. Okay, this whole talk about the LK-700 left me wanting to fly one. So guess what... Here is my take on this ship. And here's a few more pics of it:
  11. By the way, do they fold up or down? The schemes on astronautics suggest it's down. On the other hand, seeing as each skid is two-part, maybe they even fold in half.
  12. You mean this part (Block 111 soft landing stage)? Hm. If my sources are correct, there was no fuel tank there. The stage mounted under this one (Block 11 Midcourse maneuver/lunar braking stage) was used to descend from orbit, then jetissoned - and the lander would soft-land and take off with its own engine, much like the LK from the N1-L3 program. No Apollo-style landing stage is mentioned.
  13. IIRC, the only things needed for LK-700 that don't yet exist are the landing legs/skids, a decoupler that allows firing an engine through it (LK-700 only drops that hollow cylinder with legs, and structural fuselages are there already) and the LES that attaches on top of the antenna and covers it. Oh, and a top attachment onde for the Fobos antenna, because it fits really well. ...right?
  14. From the way the panel unfolds, I'd say unrippled. Otherwise there may be screams of "How is it physically possible?"
  15. Okay, I haven't submitted a mission report here in a while, so might as well do that. Here goes... The Vega-VA station was a novelty in many respects. The first military space station out there just had to be, bringing tons of new opportunities. More experiments (the shooty kind), new camera-telescopes (the military guys definitely shared Bob's sentiment for BIG lenses)... More new stuff to fly it all. Ah, the new stuff. There's a reason why they say: "The more novelty, the bigger the fireball". The first problems with the new station started even before the assembly was finished. After the engines got shipped to the wrong end of the globe for the third time, it was decided to use a couple of the long-mothballed O-10 monoprop engines (better known by their trademark "Puff" noise). They were big. They were overpowered. They barely fit between the airlock hatch and the solar panels. Yet they had to do. Then it turned out that half of the station - the one with two-thirds of fuel tankage - had multiple flaws in the piping. Normally that would be nothing but a reason to postpone the launch until it's done, but with all those unfortunate engine shipments the dates were starting to look borderline obscene. Wernher suggested they launch the station as it is - with all the bugs found in the process it was easier to make a new unit for actual service while using the prototype to test the autopilot. And so up it went - the station, the weight mockups of equipment inside and a VA lifeboat on top. Sure, the prototype was never meant to be visited, but on Kerbin you never know for sure. The launch vehicle decided it was the best of times to remind everyone why it still wasn't man-rated, flashing a "Warning: second stage engine failure" halfway through the first stage. The KSC was silent for a moment. "Carry on", - Gene Kerman commanded. Half of the kerbals around thought Gene had balls of steel to risk the possibility of dropping the flying eco-disaster the Alnair LV was into the ocean. The other half thought that maybe someone should have installed the range safety charges. The alarm, however, was a false one - or maybe whatever valve was jammed got unstuck by the rocket's vibration while the first stage was burning. Whatever the reason, the second stage ignited and burned without problem. Everyone exhaled. Too early. The third stage put the station's apoapsis to 90 kilometers - from here the station would go with its own engines. By design, it would. But that design did not suggest that a) the engines, having not liked the mothballs, would both fail and b) it would happen when the station's fuel supply was limited to one-third of its nominal. It was, of course, expected that c) the brand-new MRCS control system would act up in some way, being new and untested, but it wasn't making the life of the mission control crew any easier. "So what do we have?" - Gene asked. "Engine A is busted" - came the report. - "The cameras show the nozzle is just blown off. Maybe a mothball got stuck it the catalyst bed, or whatever. Engine B is mostly functional - the throttle is stuck, but the backup valves on the tanks work, so we can control thrust that way. But the thrust vector is now off center, we'll have to compensate with RCS. That'll up the fuel consunption rate by five to ten percent. Nothing fatal, but only if A isn't leaking". "Good. And the controls?" "The roll controls are not responding, and the FBW system is acting erratic. But the autopilot still responds correctly to four of the preprogrammed commands - hold prograde, hold retrograde, hold attitude and kill rotation". "So... We're down to four buttons and a valve to put the thing in orbit?" "Yes, sir. And to turn the station around to reorient it solar panels up. Without roll control. Sir". The mission commander smiled. "Just like the good old times".