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  1. Wow! Lots of great ideas and things to try. And I am planning on doing this on Minmus; lower gravity and more flat places to land and set up will be a big help until I can get more experience. Thanks for all the help with this.
  2. Thanks! Great suggestions, and I'll definitely try the claw. The second idea sounds pretty cool, and I may try that also if I'm feeling brave (and remember to save the game first). What could go wrong?= Anyway, thanks for the idea - just what I needed.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping to do it without mods, but I guess that isn't possible in the stock game (and I don't have Breaking Ground yet). I'll either install KAS or just dual purpose the miner as a refueling ship and move it back and forth between the mining site and orbiting tanker. How hard could that be? Definitely good practice for docking and precision landing... Thanks again!
  4. I’m getting ready to try my hand at ore mining, and have a question about how best to transfer the mined fuel. My thought was to have a good sized (semi-permanent) mining ship that contained the mining excavator, ore storage tank, ore processing unit, and fuel tanks. To transfer the resulting fuel to an orbiting tanker, I was considering a separate ship whose function was to simply carry fuel from the ore miner to the orbiting tanker, then return and repeat. Finally, some. sort of mechanism to transfer the fuel from the ‘miner’ to the transfer ship. I had thought about a fairly simplistic rover with a large fuel tank that could be used to carry the fuel from the miner to the transfer ship, but I’m not sure about how to connect to the miner to ‘get’ the fuel and then to the transfer ship to ‘put’ the fuel in. Docking ports seem to be an ideal solution, but how and I ensure that they will all match up? That is, making sure that the rover (if that is indeed the best solution) can mate to the docking ports on both the mining ship and the transfer ship. Easy to do in space where you can maneuver in all directions, but I’m not sure how to do it on the ground where you can’t maneuver vertically. Any ideas about how to do this? Or am I making it harder on myself than needed and there’s an easier way?
  5. Well, poop! I had saved the old version of KSP before I installed the new one, then ran into some issues so I switched things around and re-downloaded from Steam a few times.. Turns out that my "old saved game" is version 1.12.3142, while the "new game" is 1.11.2307. Time for me to take a smart pill and rename the two folders correctly. At least I got lots of practice starting from scratch, so now I can continue (on the latest version!) with a little more experience under my belt. Thanks for the confirmation about the Alarm Clock and sorry for the bother.
  6. I started using the stock alarm clock in version 1.11-1, but when I upgraded to version 1-11.2 (via a Steam update), I had two problems. First, all my existing vessels were no longer compatible. That wasn't a big problem since being a newbie it gave me a chance to "start over" with a better idea of how to proceed. The other problem is a little more troubling; the stock alarm clock is no longer available. I've upgraded the tracking station to level 3 so that can't be the issue, and I can't figure out how to get the alarm clock back. Was it removed as a part of the 11.1-2 upgrade? If not, any hints on how to get it back? I guess I could install the alarm clock mod, but I'm curious why the stock one is no longer there.
  7. Thanks for the info! Taking lots of care per OHara's suggestion, followed by symmetry per modus' tip worked great. In the future I'll have to remember to take extra care placing the SRB and check after attaching it to make sure it's attached correctly. Once that's done I'm good to go. Well, good to go for the next challenge, that is... Thanks again!
  8. I’m a new KSP user, and am having a problem using the radial decoupler. After placing the decoupler on the rocket body (anywhere from 1 to 6 of them), attaching the SRBs to the decoupler seems to be a matter of hit or miss. With 6 decouplers on the rocket body, placing the SRBs on the decouplers seems to attach the SRB directly to the rocket body instead of the decouplers. Sometimes it works, but a lot of the times the attachment isn’t correct, resulting in a “click” when I decouple in flight, but the SRBs remain attached (with an attendant disaster!). Using the move tool to reposition the SRB doesn’t seem to help, since correct positioning of the SRB on the decoupler requires both lateral and rotational movement, and seeing what’s happening is nearly impossible, especially when you get to 6 SRBs. This seems to be a known problem since I’ve seen references to it dating back to 2015, but I’m hoping that there is a relatively simple solution since all I want to do is add 6 radial decouples and attach a corresponding 6 SRBs. If it matters, I’m running the latest Steam version on a Mac. Thanks in advance for and advice.
  9. Thanks for the quick response. In 1.11, the tracking station shows as level 1, but the markers are visible when in orbit. V1.12 shows level 1 also, but the markers are not visible. Part of the problem might be due to the way I'm running KSP, which I do by launching the program directly from the app, which is buried in (OSX) Library folder. Running directly I get v1.11, and If I run via Steam I get v1.12. Very strange, and it implies some sort of a problem with the application launch structure (or me being too smart for my own good!). I just discovered this, so I think my next step is to uninstall KSP via the Steam interface, then delete the KSP folders in the user Librarty (if they still exist), and finally reinstall it via Steam and see what happens.
  10. I just started playing KSP a few days ago, and love it (took a couple of days but now I can orbit reliably). I’m running via Steam on OSX and was running version, and all was well. Today I got an upgrade notice to move to 1.12, and now I’m seeing two problems: 1: I get the staging set up the way I want in the VAB, but when I go to the launch pad, the engine and decoupler are reversed. I can manually move them back to the correct order, but it’s consistent that the settings in the VAB are reversed when I move to the launch pad. 2: After launch and I switch to the map view, there is no Apoapsis marker. Worked fine in 1.11, but the marker isn’t present in 1.12, making it difficult to orbit. Is anyone else seeing this, or is it a new setting that I need to check? I restored 1.11 since 1.12 isn’t playable in its present form, but I would like to be able to run 1.12 if there’s a way to fix the two issues I’m having.
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