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Second Hand Rocket Science

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  1. I'd say fusion power. World leaders need to delve deeper into this. Imagine a reactor core able to make clean energy from a glass of seawater/some relatively uninteresting moon rocks? Obviously, it's more complicated than that. But fusion would eliminate so, so many problems we encounter nowadays to do with climate change and such. Want to power a house? Small fusion reactor! Want to power a city? Big fusion reactor! Want to power an interstellar ship? Somewhere in the middle! Even better, there's already research projects on this sort of thing. All it takes is for one mega brainiac to make a breakthrough and BAM! Half the world's problems are solved! The good things don't stop coming; there is no possible way to have a catastrophic and super-deadly meltdown. In most if not all fusion reactors, if something bad happens, the reaction will just fizzle out and stop. I'm sure there's a few cons, but I can't find any online. Can anyone inform me of some of fusion's pitfalls?
  2. I just skipped to the last page, so this has probably already been brought up. However... The fact they considered using NUKES (correct me if I'm wrong and they were just supersized explosive charges) on a SPACECRAFT unsettles me. Plus, who's to say the plate couldn't get slightly dented in a previous detonation, throw the kinetic energy from the blast in the wrong direction and detonate the entire "fuel" reserve? That'd be catastrophic because... well, it's a truckload of nukes, for goodness sake! The explosion would vaporize the ship. Even if it didn't the crew would probably be stranded in space without any means of getting back. This is just one heck of a can of worms...
  3. The Star Raker! So pretty much, NASA just went the Kerbal way and said "MOOAAARRRR BOOOSSSTTTAAAHAHHHHHSHSSSSS!!!!!" and ended up with a spaceplane with a grand total of 10 supersonic ramjet engines. It would go up to 45,000 feet and then... wait for it... DIVE to break the sound barrier. It would go up to Mach 6 and the rockets kicked in at 29km. What a monstrosity!
  4. Because gaming rigs aren't worth it and this Legion 5 15ACH6H with a RTX 3060 Laptop Gaming GPU and Ryzen 7 5800H clocked in excess of 4 GHz runs every game I could ever want.
  5. 6.5/10 I really don't remember where I've seen you before...
  6. I just got told that Mr Douchebag is an inappropriate name and I can't use it on the Forums. :(((((((

  7. Here's your problem; with KAL overclocking, there has to be a tiny bit of fuel to begin with for it to work. Like, a single Oscar B for LF/O rockets. You do have that small amount of air in the air intake, but I doubt that will work/remain in the intake in space. Thus, you have no tiny bit of fuel, and the engine will fail to work.
  8. I don't know about being more realistic, but AirplanePlus and OPTSpaceplanes add some kick-butt looking jet engines along with a full suite of aircraft parts. Does this fit the bill for you?
  9. 6/10 seen you before like in every forum game ever
  10. SE: Everyone else can see exactly what you imagine. SP: I can look at a computer and make it INFINITELY FAST!!!! (i know, im a nerd)
  11. Three Planets for the Kerbal-kings under the sky Seven for the Kerbal-lords in their halls of Rockomax, Nine for Mortal Kerbals doomed to die, One for the dark Kerbal lord on his dark SRB throne In the Land of Dres where the Shadows lie. One Dres to-rule-them-all One Dres to-find-them, One Dres to-bring-them-all and in-the-Darkness bind-them. Go Dres! Go Dres! Go Dres!
  12. i've never watched Tron, i just googled this Imgur: The magic of the Internet
  13. This is simple: just ask why! e.g. Player 1: Rockets fly. Player 2: Why? Player 3: Because of the rocket engines that provide propulsion, among other things. Player 4: Why? I'll go first: I'm writing this on a gaming laptop.
  14. Here's the original design for the front scoop. It's subject to some... large changes. I'll probably ditch this, it's awkward, unwieldy and ugly. I'm not sure how to do the body yet. I attempted it here. I'm gonna leave this as a testbed for some ideas.
  15. Hi y'all! So, I was reading the Earth Unaware novel by Orson Scott Card recently and got really inspired to build some crazy massive interstellar ship in KSP. The basic idea is that it will have a sort of hydrogen filter section at the front, inspired (vaguely) by the alien mothership in the aforementioned novel. It'll be loads of pipes inside each other, each one smaller than the last. I'll use Tweakscale to make that bit. 01. Engines I'm really not sure. When brainstorming this project, I considered multiple things; nuclear salt water rockets, VASMIR, even millions of Dawn engines. I'll decide once I've taken a look at them all individually. 02. Hull I'm fairly sure it will be made up of those structural plates that have loads of attachment nodes on them. I might tweakscale them up to a manageable size so it's not too tedious. I'll probably have Mk3 passenger modules clipping out the sides and some Mk2 on the top. There's gonna be a large science bay and a dome on top acting as a tracking station (similar to the Eye of El Cavador in the novel). 03. Electricity It'll most likely be a mix; quite a lot of reactors and probably a huge solar array. I'll also have massive power banks and auxiliary generators. It's name hasn't been decided yet. Here's the ship in the novel, if anyone's interested: I'll update this topic as development progresses. Stay tuned! Oh, and one more thing; I'm going to have a LOT of mods on this vessel. A LOT LOT. Be aware of that before complaining that I use too many mods; it's my playstyle.
  16. Totally agree. Enhanced Edition is a dumpster fire. Surely it can't be that hard to hire a third-party company to port over a game as big as KSP to Console? They'd be flocking to SQUAD!
  17. I know on PC it's LeftShift to push modules to an unlimited distance. I think you just gotta figure out the keybind.
  18. I'm not an experienced modder, but I have no idea what's happening here. I have KSP 1.12.0.3160 and AirplanePlus works fine for me. This is further complicated by the sheer amount of mods I have installed, whereas you have next to no mods. I have a tip for you, though; instead of manual installs, the mod manager "CKAN" works a treat. Basically, on CKAN, you tick a box and press "Apply changes" and your mod is installed, working almost every time. As a person who previously had to download mods manually, I can tell you, it's a breath of fresh air.
  19. Totally agree. However, the issue I've found with SpaceY is that second stages are almost impossible. For some reason, even if you use the same engine as your first stage engine, you always get super low TWR and super high fuel consumption. I have no idea why, it must be a bug.
  20. Picture this: you receive a distress call from across the system. You expect it to be a few folk stranded on a desert island, but you turn up to a massive Alterra flagship that broke up in the atmosphere. You race down to the ground in your small trading vessel... and this happens. Imagine having to dodge deadly blasts of green laser from a massive alien gun?
  21. Alright. Points time! Mass (estimated): Under 1 ton - 1 point Science: N/A - 0 points SSTO: N/A - 0 points CommNet: N/A - 0 points Time to reach escape trajectory: 30 days or less - 100 points Creativity: Innovative, 150 points Total: 1+100+150=251 points! Well done! ----------------------- Unrelated, replies will probably merge. I'm looking for someone to design a badge; I am not very skilled with GIMP. I tried, but I can't do it very well. Could anyone do this for me? Thanks in advance!
  22. I-I-I don'- okay?!?! Is there any science on board? I guess parachutes turning on you counts as a kraken drive?
  23. Boringinal Kerman liked to steal things. Oh, how he liked to steal things! One day, he decided he wanted to be a Kerbonaut. He stole someone else's essay (because in my own totally canon KSP lore recruits need to write essays to get into the program) and changed a few things, and got in! Shortly after, he was told to try out a new rocket, the X3. He jumped on board and was ready for takeoff! Little did he know, that the person that his stolen essay had came from wanted revenge! He had mounted servos onto the SRBs of the rocket and made it so they would rotate to face the command module. When poor Boringinal ignited the engines, he was burnt to a crisp. Creamy Kerman - died from addiction to Minmus Minty Ice Cream™
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