Dan Kerman

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About Dan Kerman

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    Suicidal Test Pilot

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  • Location Between Mun and Minmus
  • Interests Besides Space nerd. SciFi, Scuba Diving and HPDE's

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  1. Dan Kerman

    Pilots?

    I spent my whole career at New York ARTCC. 1987 to 2013.
  2. Dan Kerman

    What is your most facepalm-worthy moment regarding KSP?

    Today's discovery.... Captured my first asteroid.. whoohoo... got into a HKO orbit really far out from Kerbin... set a reminder in KAC for next manuvuer to get into LKO. Ding, time to burn retrograde and..... nothing... ship is dead... hmmm.. no power... ship was left orientated so that the asteroid blocks any light from reaching the solar panels. Now to make a rescue.. just need a little probe with a docking port to give the ship some mono or even just a little rotational push to get the panels back into Kerbol light. SIGH
  3. Dan Kerman

    Pilots?

    Loved the job, even on the crappy days sometimes... take it as a challenge. Saw one day tho that would make one quit and never come back. It was like a three ring circus in a one ring tent. The hardest part was the crappy hours.... our facility is 24/7/365.
  4. Dan Kerman

    Apollo 11 Movie

    We saw it yesterday... the footage is incredible. Still amazed at the accuracy they had using slide rulers.
  5. Dan Kerman

    What did you do in KSP today?

    After a half dozen attempts, finally managed to rendezvous with an asteroid... Class A but I managed to claw it... line up with it's center of mass... burn to return and... run out of fuel... Bright side is I'm in Kerbin orbit and I have a tanker I used to fuel before I left in a matching inclination. On it's way to bring it home to Kerbin!
  6. Dan Kerman

    Pilots?

    Spent 25+ years air traffic control... we tell pilots where to go <g>
  7. Dan Kerman

    Photography Showcase Thread!

    We'll be in Bunaken, North Suliwesi. <wave> This was from Alaska near Juneau.
  8. Dan Kerman

    A380 production to be cancelled

    Concorde was a beautiful looking plane... but a maintenance/mechanical nightmare. By the time they retired, there were only 3 still flying and the other 10 were being scavenged for parts.
  9. Dan Kerman

    How to get Sat in correct orbit

    OK... I'm an idiot. I'm sitting here with my satellite orbiting the Mun... contract is to put it in orbit around Minmus. Sigh <hanging head>
  10. Dan Kerman

    How to get Sat in correct orbit

    When I read up on satellite contracts, I expected to see, what some people called, a shadow orbit to shoot for. None on my map. The little arrows come from the KAC mod. This is KSP 1.4.5 Linux.
  11. First satellite contract... Simple enough... place relay sat in orbit around the Mun. Ap, Pe are no brainers at this point. Inclination I understand but ow to get an inclination indicator with respect to the Mun? And, Long of AN. Since this is an inclined orbit, wouldn't that point constantly change as the Mun rotates?
  12. Dan Kerman

    Photography Showcase Thread!

    And she's known to bite. lol
  13. Dan Kerman

    What did you do in KSP today?

    Been working/learning my way to an asteroid encounter/capture contract. Man this is hard but I'm getting there... Class A coming by Kerbin in 70 days... launched and refueled in orbit from my tanker. Targeted the asteroid... didn't think about the inclination of the asteroid as it goes by Kerbin... I'm about 240 degrees out of line! Lesson learned but what can I do about it now? Best to change inclination as far out or out of SOI..... looked and stared at my map... the Mun... in the right place! Plotted and executed an intercept... and then a mid course correction to come across in front of the Mun at about a 45 deg inclination... back and forth eyeballing different angles... crossed my fingers and did the burn. Came out of Mun SOI back in Kerbin orbit... 8.4 deg off the asteroids inclination. Hot damn! Two small burns and now matched. Intercept burn with RCS to fine tune the intercept... I got it down to 20km and speed 194 m/s. I don't know if I can get it back to Kerbin but baby steps. I really impressed myself with that Mun maneuver.
  14. Dan Kerman

    Apollo 11 Movie

    Planning to see this Saturday. Read that the entire movie is made from the 70mm archival footage.. none of it is hollywood actors or CGI. This is cool.
  15. Dan Kerman

    A380 production to be cancelled

    Well, no one is ordering them... Emirates has bought the most, over 100 of them but stopped ordering anymore. Economics shows it will be cheaper to run two B787's than one A380. Flew Emirates last year but, due to distance, Houston to Dubai, it was a B777... the A380 doesn't have the range. Next week we're flying to Singapore.. A350's due to the range.