NHunter

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  1. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today, I jumped into a sandbox game and tried to design a Tellumo "lander" vessel. Given the presence of a high-pressure atmosphere that will render most rocket engines completely inefficient until I'm already high in the air, I decided to go with a spaceplane design. A warp-jet one, since carrying chemical fuel for in-atmosphere flight will make any (already-heavy) design even heavier. Thus, this monstrosity was born: Despite being a huge and heavy, it flies pretty well on Kerbin Gael. And Shieldnir provides a level of protection against heat when flying through atmosphere at orbital velocities (~3.3 km/s). I was even able to throw it out of Kerbin's Gael's SOI entirely on warp-jets once or twice. On Tellumo, though, things don't look anywhere as good. The spaceplane CAN survive (re?)entry at 4 km/s, but it comes dangerously close to overheating a few parts even when holding prograde . It's also noticeable less stable and has a much harder time picking altitude, a problem aggravated by lower TWR. Still, I was able to climb out of Tellumo's atmosphere on the first try with some hydrolox still left in the tanks. All in all, this design can work, but some optimization is required if I want to successfully use this design in career mode.
  2. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Toady, my probe fleet finally arrived to Tellumo. Communication relay #1 entering the equatorial orbit: Meanwhile, the mapping satellite was sent onto the low polar orbit: ...Those rings are so pretty!
  3. Assuming core health is fine, you can simply refuel your reactor. You need AFAIR lvl1 engineer to transfer enriched uranium and lvl3 engineer to transfer depleted fuel between storages. That, and your reactor has to be cooled below - I think - 400 K for the fuel transfer to be possible. Also, both EnrU and depleted fuel don't use standard transfer pumps. You will need to parts' menus to transfer them around (this is a bit like transferring crew between habitable modules).
  4. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    The second batch of crafts had arrived to Niven, and I finally got to plant a flag on that rock. Good thing, I'd added that extra stage to my lander. Without it, It'd probably be too fuel-starved to enter a stable orbit and rendezvous with the tanker I left up there. And without refueling it wouldn't have enough dV to leave Niven's SoI and go back home... Anyway.
  5. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today, I finally got to visit Eta properly:
  6. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    I've had a nice quick-transfer window for Niven, and decided to add a proper space station to the fleet of vessels sent. Launching this monstrosity was rather problematic since even autostrut couldn't completely fix the wobbliness of 230 ton station + 2 transfer stages, but somehow I got it into low Gael orbit in one piece. And then... The first transfer stage ran out of fuel just 120 m/s shy of completing the burn (mostly because a noticeable portion of its fuel was spent on getting the whole assembly into a stable Gael orbit in the first place), so I had to switch to the second transfer stage, which was using a nuclear aerospike rather than a more traditional hydrolox engine. Either way, the station had successfully departed for Niven and is scheduled to arrive there in 74 days.
  7. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today, I've sent a probe to Hox. Once it was put into a properly-inclined Ciro orbit, all it took to send it to its destination was a single small* burn. * 13042.6 m/s
  8. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today, after 262 days in-flight, my probe finally reached Niven.
  9. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today, I've docked the lander / primary crew transport to the base of KSS Voyager (in orbit of Ceti), thus finally completing the assembly of the ship. Now, where should I send this ship? Grannus looks like a nice target, and given that I have a lot of dV to spend, I can get there reasonably fast (~7 years) if I agree to send the six brave kerbals gaelans on a one way trip to the nearby star. Hm...
  10. NHunter

    CommNet Dish Inspection Challenge

    Here's the fourth and final part of Gael Commnet Dish Inspection. And, first of all, meet my new plane: 12: Commnet Ground Station 05 ("Nye Island") (lat = 5.36 deg, lon = 108.55 deg) - Apparently, Gael has suffered a global sea-level rise since the construction of this dish was completed - it's completely underwater. And I haven't packed any diving equipment... 13: Broken Arrow Launch Site (lat = -17.92 deg, lon = 116.42 deg) 14: Point Spetses Launch Site (lat = 51.34 deg, lon = 159.09 deg) - apparently, there is no Woomerang site on Gael, and the map I've been using so far has a large mistake. And, finally, return to the GSC: The final map of the inspection flights (corrected for the fact there there is no Woomerang, but Point Spetses):
  11. A plane I've built for (the final stretch of) Gael's version of Commnet Dish Inspection Challenge. It was aptly named "Inspector".
  12. NHunter

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today, I sent a group of tourists to my newly-rebuilt Ceti outpost. Not sure why any tourist would want to visit this place, but, whatever - it's their money to give to my space program. ...And then, when I tried to dock them together via KAS cable fuelline, I realized I've forgotten that KSP doesn't apply colliders between parts that are of the same vessel, and the lander promptly sank into the landing pad. A quick reload later, the issue was resolved.
  13. NHunter

    CommNet Dish Inspection Challenge

    Part 3 of Gael Commnet Dish Inspection: 09: Southern Launch Site (lat = -61.09 deg, lon = -0.61 deg) 10: Commnet Ground Station 04 ("Harvester Massif") (lat = -11.95 deg, lon = 33.74 deg) And, finally, arrival to Rook's Glory Space Center (lat = -0.15 deg, lon = 35.95 deg) And since I've finally reached a space center I can use within the rules I set for this challenge, I'm going to swap my plane for something better. In 1.4.3, where I imported it from, it's only problem was it's eagerness to pull 15g maneuvers leading into various uncontrolled spins. Here, in 1.5.1, it still has this problem, but also its takeoff speed is now 60% higher AND its power plant is prone to random spikes of overheating, which cause some serious, potentially-fatal, issues. Anyway, here is the map of the mission progress so far: I have only two ground stations and one base left to visit.
  14. NHunter

    CommNet Dish Inspection Challenge

    You get these with Kerbal Konstructs installed. And, I haven't found the Island airfield on Gael yet. It must be underwater or something since you start on an island just offshore 180-th-meridian continent.
  15. NHunter

    CommNet Dish Inspection Challenge

    Part 2 of Gael Commnet Dish Inspection: 05: Rover Test Site (lat = 23.38 deg, lon = -57.28 deg) - I don't think this one has a commnet dish... 06: Cironaut's Hope Launchsite (lat = 42.46 deg, lon = -31.54 deg) 07: Northern Valley Launchsite (lat = 15.58 deg, lon = -32.31 deg) - why is it called "Nothern"? It's within tropics! 08: Commnet Ground Station 03 ("Mesa South") (lat = -59.59 deg, lon = -25.87 deg) And mission progress so far...