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  1. I am not a new player. I started in .17. I have tried dozens and dozens of times to build a functioning SSTO before .23 and had a single success (with a single-Kerbal SSTO with no docking port and barely enough fuel to deorbit). I can now build functional SSTOs and SSTO spaceplanes thanks to the RAPIER and I couldn't be happier. I think that the lack of an electrical generator and their propensity to overheat/explode more than a Mainsail makes up for their ease of use. Hooray! Thanks, SQUAD!

  2. A suboptimal ascent trajectory for my latest "shuttle".


    They are both crewed and they both made orbit. Woo hoo!


    I just like this picture.


    Thermometer seems to be more functional now. Anyone else notice this?


    Simple Mun return mission yields great results.


    Behold! My latest (only) SSTO crew shuttle. I call it "Tin Can to Space"! It can easily get into a 100x100 parking orbit with fuel to spare. It will need that fuel since it has no RCS, making rendezvous difficult. I may try to add some RCS to the Block 2 version.


  3. I had this debate with a staff member who doesn't understand science yesterday in fact. Empiricism does not allow you to "prove" anything but can allow you to disprove something. Often times this disproving takes place under specific tightly controlled circumstances but we can say (for example) that at STP ~4.6 billion years after Earth coalesced naturally occurring Uranium will not form a critical mass since the fissionable material will be too dispersed.

    All of our statements have assumptions built into them and without acknowledging those assumption (and making sure that all parties in a discussion share those assumptions) there can't really be any sort of discourse. This sounds kind of trivial (after all most people will agree with the assumption that the world that we exist in is in fact real) but when discussing a video game it can get more convoluted since there is more room for these assumptions to vary between observers. That's why I think some of these disagreements on the "science" of KSP exist - we aren't operating under the same assumptions.

  4. Either you have serious temperature management or flow management problems, or your mesh is borked on export. What are you exporting meshes with anyway?

    I'd love to go over this, since I'm still learning about 3D printing. I don't want to clog up this picture thread though. I've posted the same results with a bit more detail in the .craft to 3D file thread. I'd be happy to go over in more detail what I did there.

  5. 0P6Tzoz.jpg

    I didn't match the angles between my pose and the screenshot but this gives you some idea. Again, with black PLA it is hard to make out many details. I might try and print it larger to make things like the decoupler knobs more obvious.

  6. Here's the in-game craft (not very exciting, I know). The .stl looks kind of phallic since it lacks any of the textures from the skins. I'll post a pic of my print when its done (about 20 minutes from now) so you can compare. I'm printing in black, though, so it won't look super hot. I need to get some filament that shows contrast better.


  7. 65 screenshots plus Autodesk's 123D Capture online app have produced a point cloud. I have edited the point cloud down to be just the rocket (no terrain). I was able to then fix any holes and download a .stl file. It is in the process of printing on my Printrbot Simple right now. Only question is if the LV909 has too much of an overhang to print easily...

  8. The big issue I see is that Instagram uploads are done from a mobile device. KSP is not on mobile devices. Getting a screen shot from the KSP computer onto the mobile device to upload is one extra step that many see as pointless. I like the idea, I just think that the hassle isn't going to be worth it for most. I love Instagram, for the record, but uploading screen shots to my phone takes away from thesis writing, so...

    I would also recommend making the password private (i.e. they PM you if interested) so that some troll doesn't start spamming the account with nude pics or something.

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