FinalFan

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  1. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    I stand corrected! Another thing I did in KSP today.
  2. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Dessert ... ice cream ... Minmus ... get it? haw haw very punny. Desert is what he meant to say.
  3. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Hey, that's not Minmus!
  4. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today I did my first inclined launch (Minmus). I didn't realize at first that one needs to wait for KSC to get close to an inclination crossover point, although it was obviously necessary once I considered the question. It was annoying to have to keep correcting to stop the inclination from drifting away again, but it was really nice to put myself in a pre-inclined LKO orbit for transfer.
  5. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today I finished the tech tree for the first time. The last node to be filled in was Miniaturization, because of a joke someone had made after I posted about how my rockets seemed to be growing ever larger. Plus, I didn't really feel the lack of anything in there—Clampy Jr. was the only thing that really mattered and I was perfectly happy working with the standard model.
  6. FinalFan

    Do you jettison heat shields?

    You'll notice that I haven't entered any foreign planetary SOIs. I've sent out a couple of asteroid missions where I didn't wait for them to come to me. (No contract, but exciting! It's the first time I've made serious decisions on a mission with trading off time and delta-V. I sent a giant refueling station-miner to a C-type and then to an E-type (currently en route, to then return it to Kerbin), but the C-type didn't have as much fuel as I expected.) I'm waiting for a Duna transfer window right now. I'm spending my time before then sending Duna mission prototypes on shakedown cruises around Kerbin sytem. My first one had fuel cells but no oxidizer (until I launched a retrofit).
  7. FinalFan

    Skirting Death - Share Your Closest Calls

    Well, there were no Kerbal lives at stake, but I just had what is probably the closest shave that I've ever unknowingly experienced in KSP. I sent a mining probe to Minmus. To get some extra fuel, I had filled the ore tanks before launching and refined it en route. I landed with the green fuel bar at about 5%, no problem. But when I looked at the fuel tanks I had about 5 units left of oxidizer. Turns out I didn't refine the fuel types equally. (The reason I almost ran out of fuel was that I was also transporting a pod of klaw probes on top of the miner, that I was burning for some extra engine power. Only it turns out that my solar panels were blocking the thrust so I was just wasting fuel until I noticed it on the Minmus deorbit burn. I had been burning them since before Kerbin circularization.)
  8. FinalFan

    What Is the Worth of Funds

    Funds—huh! What are they good for? Absolutely nothin'.
  9. FinalFan

    Do you jettison heat shields?

    I have only done it once so far, on a high-gravity orbit and return challenge (out of concern for the weight). But I think I would on any vessel where I was concerned about the delta-V and didn't need it anymore. (I'm on my first game and have yet to enter the SOI of any planet other than Kerbin.)
  10. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    I suppose you could circularize first ... the practice my noob self developed was to recover in between leaving atmo and circularization. It depends when the booster drops, I guess.
  11. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    You don't need a mod to recover in principle, but in practice you do for boosters that separate in the lower atmosphere. CatastrophicFailure knew more than I did about the threshold details than I did: if it gets more than 2.4km from your ship and also below 22km altitude it's toast. If you've had stuff survive before perhaps it hit the ground before getting that far away from you. As you may know, you are not allowed to switch away from a vessel flying in the atmosphere. So the trick is to get to space before your booster goes poof, switch to it, land it (remember you're stuck after you switch to an atmospheric vessel), then switch back to your main ship which is hopefully still in space. If you have more than one booster you want to recover, you probably need a mod unless you carry them up and deorbit them separately. Wait, so you're saying that if it DOESN'T have a probe then it can potentially land safely with disregard to the vessel deletion mechanic?
  12. FinalFan

    What did you do in KSP today?

    If I'm not mistaken, I've found a fellow newbie. Do you have a mod installed to assist you in recovering those boosters? The game tends to eliminate unattended objects in the atmosphere after a certain time/distance. Your comment that you were considering adding a probe control (i.e. there isn't one already) makes me suspect this is causing your losses.
  13. FinalFan

    What's kerbal money called?

    Spesos and bills (short for billcoins) are fantastic suggestions. I myself, on the occasions when I think about it, imagine them to be credits ... but measured in kilocredits.
  14. FinalFan

    How do YOU launch?

    As annoying as pontless necros can be, I would hate to lose all possibility of actually justified resurrection.
  15. FinalFan

    May have found Eve Easter Egg.

    Valentina Exclusive Landing (Zone)