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About SlyReaper

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  1. I love that picture. I'm gonna save a copy for future use.
  2. The first picture is a rocket on the launch pad. The second picture is the same rocket on the exploding launchpad. I surmise the rocket was too heavy and caused the launchpad to be destroyed by the "impact" of the rocket going from on-rails prior to loading, to being more accurately modelled by the physics engine.
  3. As a general rule, if you're going outwards, gravitational interaction will boost you outward. If you're going inwards, it'll sap energy from your orbit. You approach Eve, and before you get too close, you can adjust your orbit with mid-course corrections. Experiment a bit with it, and you should be able to get an orbit with Eve at apohelion. With a small burn around Eve, taking advantage of the ever-popular oberth whatsit, you can set your perihelion close enough to Moho's orbit. Then you do a few solar orbits and a few corrections until you get an encounter.
  4. The way I usually get to Moho is to get a gravity assist from Eve, then work out an intercept after that. Usually saves a fair chunk of dV compared to going directly from Kerbin.
  5. I still strongly disagree. The earth-sized planets we've found are around very small, mostly red dwarf type stars. This has to be the case because an earth-sized planet orbiting 1AU from a sun-like star is simply not detectable by our instruments at this time. The number of star systems we've detected is irrelevant, because that sample is heavily biased by our detection methods. We simply don't have the capability yet to see solar systems similar to our own.
  6. I don't think that's true, it's just that with the technology we have at our disposal, we can only detect certain types of solar system. Ones where the planets orbit really close to their sun to provide strong enough signals in the star's wobble and light dips for our instruments to detect, and for these signals to appear frequently enough that it doesn't take years to verify. There's a reason the first exoplanets we found were gas giants in very tight orbits around their stars. It's worth noting that if our telescopes were at Alpha Centauri instead of here, they would not be able to detect the Earth.
  7. Okay, I cheated a little, I refuelled mid-mission. But I still want to show off my epic space skills.
  8. My first attempt at a mk3 SSTO: Problems: Cargo bay was empty, it probably won't perform as well with extra payload. Two of the back engines impacted the runway on take-off. But that was probably just my crappy flying. The SABRE engines overheat at full thrust in closed-cycle mode. Might redesign with 3 engines per cluster instead of 4.
  9. Eve is a death trap, I've never managed a return mission to that benighted place. Duna is brilliant. It still feels like an accomplishment to go there and back, but easy enough that you're unlikely to have to cheese it with f5 f9.
  10. Is it up to date with the current version? Can you get science from the new planets and stars, biomes, etc? Contracts for exploring them?
  11. Very nice, but those bezels would drive me crazy.
  12. I take pretty good care of my original three. If I'm sending them to some far off planet, I make damn sure their vehicle is up to the task.
  13. Oh a barn would be excellent. A wooden barn and stores of rocket fuel would get on like a house on fire.
  14. I found this out the hard way. Was using ion engines, so not only was it no gimbaling, it was also really expensive!
  15. With current technology, we'd be hard pressed to detect it at all. The only way I can think of would be to have a massive radio telescope that just happens to be pointing right at it at the exact moment a glint of sunlight reflects off it.