Cavscout74

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  1. Cavscout74

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Glad you like it. Original credit goes to @XLjedi though, as I copied reverse engineered the basic layout of his Star Ranger for the Pumera.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Now that a crew is back on Laythe, the serious work can start again. Laythe atmospheric entry & cruising to the LZ in the clouds First order of business was the mundane task of refuelling spaceplanes. I'm SOOOOO glad that fuel rover landed safely. Next up is checking on the debris from Pumera-Laythe 1, to see if there's any remains to send home. I really want to bring this entire piece home & sit it on a pedestal next to the Astronaut complex as a lost kerbonauts memorial. I had been expecting a smaller piece of debris that would fit in a Mk 2 cargo bay, but no such luck. After inspecting the debris, it was time to head off shore, first to dispose of the old floating base: Heading away after stripping off the advanced RTG's. Demo charges have been set, then I remembered the Jetwing I was supposed to grab too. Had to shut off the charge quickly before trying again There she goes: Hmm, I've got this perfectly good jetwing, and the new base is over 40km away..... Might as well send the engineer ahead to make sure the new base is ready to go Low pass over the crew boat Umm, didn't quite mean to spashdown this far away. Or this hard. Surprisingly, Tomley survived the 30 m/s splashdown, but the jetwing did not. Also, he was just over 300m from the station. Made for a long swim And finally everyone else arrived, the RTG's were attached to the new base & the scientists got to work
  3. Cavscout74

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Congrats!!!
  4. Cavscout74

    Did you try the demo first or buy the game?

    That's what I told myself - if I can't at least get to orbit in the demo, it's not worth buying the full game. But I was already hooking from watching vids, I think I would've come up with an excuse to buy it sooner or later regardless.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    My next Laythe crew arrived & docked with Hadke Kerman station to wait for the arriving spaceplanes. They were followed shortly thereafter by Pumera-Laythe 2, pictured here just before skimming Laythe's atmosphere for an aero-capture. Now that the first replacement spaceplane has arrived, surface operations can start back up. The aerocapture was nearly too deep - most of the plane was glowing red as it left the atmosphere. The main parts not glowing were the nuke engine (which has a radiator attached) & the airbrakes (which I retracted to keep them intact). My Sundiver probe also reached its 990,000km Pe & started dropping the Ap for half an hour or so. Got it down about halfway between Eve & Moho, next maneuver will be to drop the Pe to 500,000 & see if anything blows up there.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    In an alternate KSP universe, I was toying with BDA. I shot down a fighter with a Feline Utility Rover-based mobile SAM system. I haven't quite figured out how to get the AI to actually shoot at me though. I can get them to come in like they're going to attach, but actually attacking hasn't happened yet. Makes shooting them down rather anti-climactic. Then I went back to the normal KSP universe & sent the vets back up for another trip to Jool. Apparently they enjoying it on Laythe and were eager to go back despite only being home for a few months. PCC-04B Destiny was sitting in orbit waiting for its next mission. A quick refuel & restocking mission, followed by flying a fresh crew spaceplane to bring them up & they were ready to go. Val performing the Jool transfer burn I also found my new "Pegasus Base" on Duna has a snack production shortfall with a 4-man crew, so their ground mission was cut short & moved back to orbit. The new Duna Operations Plane made orbit easier than i expected & rendezvoused with Ludous Kerman Memorial Station. Although it does ok, I think I'm going to make some "improvements" & send a new one on the next Duna window. Pegasus Base with reactor & mining addons attached. As I'm posting these images, it's occurring to me that the snack shortfall could have been caused by the greenhouse not actually being manned..... Duna Operations Plane climbing towards orbit EVA crew transfer Last but not least, I completely & totally forgot about the Tylo crew lander I was working on, and completely and totally forgot to launch it in the Jool window. I guess the Tylo anomaly contract will have to wait a while longer.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Much to my dismay, I realized after the fact that a recent rescue contract was for Thompberry Kerman. I knew the name looked familiar, but I didn't realize where I knew it from until he tried to take over my space program while Jeb & company were away on a mission. Happily, it was just a short test flight & the veterans returned home before anything major was destroyed.
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    Do you play KSP only or are you into lots of games?

    You sound like me on both. I'm pretty much down to just KSP. The only game I was playing regularly before KSP was Wildstar, a sci-fi MMO. The first time I managed to get a rocket into orbit in the KSP demo was about two days before I stopped playing Wildstar completely. It lives on in the naming of a lot of my ships though.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Thanks. EVE isn't too bad for performance, and that's the only graphics mod I'm running.. My laptop is no super computer, and it runs decently with EVE and assorted other (mostly parts) mods. You may even be able to keep the kid
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    I had time to get my Duna base landed in the same hemisphere as the spaceplane with the crew. Just above Duna's atmosphere with the transfer stage drifting away. I ended up jettisoning the oversize heatshield really early and relied on the landing engines to finish dropping speed & got reasonably close to my target - close enough that I taxied the spaceplane rather than attempting a short hop. Too bad the landing legs on the base all blew up when I jettisoned & self-destructed the landing engines. It's gonna be difficult to attach the mining & power wings that are still in orbit. I also had time to drop the new Buffalo-Duna rover within a short drive of the new base as well Last but not least, my original crew of Jool explorers arrived in Kerbin orbit after many years away from home, along with a pair of rescue's from Laythe orbit. After transferring to the crew shuttle, Jeb made a nice dawn landing back at KSC. Despite being rusty from years in space, he managed to put it on the runway on the first try & stopped with the same number of parts it had on takeoff.
  11. Cavscout74

    What did you do in KSP today?

    A fresh round of vict... er... kerbonauts arrived at Duna today, along with some fresh new designs. First up was the sole "C" variant of my crew cycler design, with a centrifuge for crew comfort. Docking with the station was smooth, then the crew transferred to a spaceplane once it rendezvoused. The core of a large planetary base arrived as well. I didn't have time to attempt to land it yet, that'll be a job for tomorrow. A mining wing & a reactor wing arrived as well. Finally, for the first time ever in career (I took a few test flights in sandbox), I performed a spaceplane landing on Duna. The design was from kerbalx, the Duna Operations Plane by @blakemw Touchdown was a little bouncy - like about 5-6 bounces - even with ~60 m/s touchdown speed. The plane flew beautifully, and the bouncing I'm fairly certain had a LOT more to do with my flying and the terrain than the plane design. Gliding down through clouds to the western canyon with Ike rising. Final approach in the canyon
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    My Bop lander arrived, so I sent the crew lounging around in Laythe orbit over to do some exploring there. PCC-05B Everstar Grove in polar Bop orbit, waiting to rendezvous with the lander Heading down to investigate an anomaly After finishing their exploration, this crew is already heading back home. The next crew will arrive in the same wave of ships as the replacement Laythe spaceplanes.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    The Jool system is back to being temporary home to kerbals again with the arrival of PCC-05B Everstar Grove. Of course my replacement spaceplanes are well over a year away, so not much I can do at Laythe right now. My Bop lander is arriving in a few days, so after relaxing at Hadke Kerman station for a few days, the crew can head to Bop to do something useful. I also had a fresh crew launch from Kerbin, headed for Jool. This actually leaves my entire kerbonaut staff in space right now, which is a first for late career for me. I may need to perform a rescue or three to build up my numbers. It's a shame, because the replacement floating base arrived as well. This one landed far enough out to be in the Sagan Sea biome instead of still in shallows. I also had my ore boat arrive on Laythe. It's not for heavy mining operations, but rather to resupply the floating base snack converter to keep it stocked. The drill just barely makes contact, but it works. Happily I have reversing motors to back off the shore once it's done. Since the new base was in position, I thought I'd try to sink the old one. Fully flooding the ballast tanks didn't accomplish much - just the platform is barely under water. I guess whenever I get a crew down here again, they'll have to resort to explosives. I should probably strip off the RTG's for other uses first though.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Apparently yesterday was my massive launch day. A little warm up, only a 3.75m launcher, to put a larger asteroid processor into polar orbit to drag my recent capture down to a more useful orbit: After capture, dropping down to a 500 km polar orbit from 5000. The previous capture unit only had about 100 m/s dV at a time when attached to the asteroid, and only had small drills & converter to refuel with. This one still packs around 2000 m/s with half full tanks. Didn't get a launch picture, but here is my 5m Goliath reusable launch vehicle on its first use in this career. I used it to launch a nuclear reactor wing for a Duna surface base. It actually had nearly 1000 m/s dV remaining in orbit with the payload still attached. I probably could've gotten closer to the pad, but I lost control late in reentry for reasons I'm not sure of. I have to look at the grid fins - they were a last minute change to the design in place of standard airbrakes. The large Pegasus base destined for Duna on the pad, atop a thrown together 5m launcher with 3.75m radial boosters. Orbital insertion was done with the payload's nuclear drive - the launcher only had 50 m/s remaining after it cleared the atmosphere. Not a large mission, but a nice reentry shot returning from the captured polar asteroid. These girls brought home a surface sample & DMagic asteroid scan data, not that I need science any more. The extended range version of my Olympic vehicle had plenty of dV to change the orbit to equatorial before reentry & landing in the ocean near KSC
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    My expansion to Laythe Station (now renamed Hadke Kerman Station) arrived & was docked successfully. It added a small fusion reactor for extra power and a centrifuge. Too bad there is no crew on board to enjoy it. I also landed a fuel rover on Laythe. The white speck in the background is the lancer ground base I was aiming for. ~2km away, not too shabby. I also underestimated the number/size of main chutes I would need - touchdown was over 12 m/s. I'm surprised nothing broke I also rotated another Duna crew back towards home.