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  1. I play piano since I was 5 , got up to grade 8 standard, have done my own composition on computer, use midi keyboards and FLStudio. what exactly is required? I do not have much time these days since I started my new job.
  2. One of the easiest mistakes to make when starting on HARD is to upgrade your facilities too soon. Money is not easy to come by and a couple of failed missions, especailly if you loose most of your ship in an explosion, will soon leave you bankrupt. First two to unlock will be contracts and launch pad. Initially only pay for items you need, do not bulk purchase a whole science unlock, it is surprising how quick they can drain your bank account. Be prepared to grind, completion of about 30 contracts, including the higher value surveys will see you on your way to obtaining enough money. here is a table showing how I reached 200k. [table=width: 500, class: grid, align: left] [tr][td]Mission[/td][td]#Contracts[/td][td]Contract type[/td][td]Science[/td][td]Recovered Ship[/td][td]Total Bank Acc[/td][/tr] [tr][td]1[/td][td]2[/td][td]Launch New Vessel & Altitude Record 5000m[/td][td]6.1[/td][td]1059[/td][td][/td][/tr] [tr][td]2[/td][td]2[/td][td]Altitude 11000m & RT-10 Booster[/td][td]2.6[/td][td]1059[/td][td][/td][/tr] [tr][td]3[/td][td]2[/td][td]Altitude 22000m & TR-18A Stack[/td][td]2.8[/td][td]1029[/td][td]26496[/td][/tr] [tr][td]4[/td][td]1[/td][td]Visual Survey[/td][td]6.9[/td][td]975[/td][td]37280[/td][/tr] [tr][td]5[/td][td]1[/td][td]Altitude 33000m[/td][td]0[/td][td]2348[/td][td]47806[/td][/tr] [tr][td]6[/td][td]2[/td][td]MK2 Parachute& Rockomax BACC[/td][td]0[/td][td]5700[/td][td]54109[/td][/tr] [tr][td]7[/td][td]2[/td][td]Altitude 56000m & Reach Space[/td][td]7.8[/td][td]9984[/td][td]100367[/td][/tr] [tr][td]8[/td][td]1[/td][td]LV-909 - 5 Mystery Goo[/td][td]17.8[/td][td]10741[/td][td]103338[/td][/tr] [tr][td]9[/td][td]0[/td][td]FAILED.[/td][td]0[/td][td]6195[/td][td]101515[/td][/tr] [tr][td]10[/td][td]2[/td][td]RT-10 Booster & Sepratron I[/td][td]0[/td][td]997[/td][td]110780[/td][/tr] [tr][td]11[/td][td]2[/td][td]BACC Booster & TT-38k[/td][td]0[/td][td]1002[/td][td]109916[/td][/tr] [tr][td]12[/td][td]2[/td][td]Visual Survey & MK2 Parachute[/td][td]0[/td][td]4789[/td][td]122503[/td][/tr] [tr][td]13[/td][td]1[/td][td]Visual Survey[/td][td]0[/td][td]5236[/td][td]127092[/td][/tr] [tr][td]14[/td][td]2[/td][td]LVT30 & Visual Survey[/td][td]0[/td][td]4745[/td][td]138492[/td][/tr] [tr][td]15[/td][td]1[/td][td]Visual Survey[/td][td]0[/td][td]920[/td][td]141948[/td][/tr] [tr][td]16[/td][td]2[/td][td]Visual Survey X 2[/td][td]2.1[/td][td]944[/td][td]157640[/td][/tr] [tr][td]17[/td][td]0[/td][td]FAILED.[/td][td]0[/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr] [tr][td]18[/td][td]1[/td][td]Visual Survey[/td][td]0[/td][td]5138[/td][td]169290[/td][/tr] [tr][td]19[/td][td]2[/td][td]Visual Survey X 2[/td][td]0[/td][td]4390[/td][td]185950[/td][/tr] [tr][td]20[/td][td]2[/td][td]Visual Survey X 2[/td][td]0[/td][td]5129[/td][td]208124[/td][/tr] [/table]
  3. Day 5 Hard Career mode. 5 days without a fatality, but that all changed in a sickening few hours. The famous 3 are no longer, RIP Bill, Bob and Jeb. I had hoped to keep them alive years in the future. But no. Jeb died when parachutes failed, sending the capsule hurtling towards the ground. The sickening few moments knowing that Jeb was about to die. Bob died without even making it off the launch pad, the rocket toppled over and there was no escape. Bill died in a survey jet craft, coming down to land, descent too quick, last second full thrust to avoid crash, landing strut caught the ground flipping the craft over in full throttle and the resulting slide across the ground at 200m/s disintergrated the cockpit. SO Do I give up and start again. Maybe not, I have completed 60+ contracts, have 200k cash and have unlocked most of the level 1 science.
  4. It is fairly easy on moderate level, especially when you work out all the little tricks to earn science and complete half a dozen contracts in one go. Hard level is certainly more of a challenge, I have orbit stuff to do but still not enough to upgrade the launch pad. Fortunately a few survey missions are being generated so its grind these out to earn the money for the upgrade, then orbits and satalites galore!
  5. I expect the farcical "Test 'whatever' Landed at Kerbin" to be sorted before any harder adjustments to survey missions. I just had a probe with 2 engines, 1 booster, stack and radial decoupler attached to it, all being activated at once on the launch pad. nice little earner!
  6. I managed to do a shed load of surveys just by using a command pod, small tank of fuel and a booster or 3. Just enter orbit, if its above the limit specified then you are laughing, dropping below the required height requires a little more skill, but again not difficult. Easy to over shoot the location though.
  7. Amazed they launched the Proton so close to population centre, here is video of same launch from someones apartment shock waves break the window. imagine how many windows were blown out.
  8. Typical response of an armchair expert when they encounter someone with an opposing view. Truth is we really do not know much at all, String Theory throws up all kinds of debates and disagreements with experts in the field, do they respond to each other with quotes such as "Read a proper book about it and you might learn something"?
  9. If there are alien vistors coming to this planet, then it is more plausible they are visiting from another dimension which we can not perceive or interact with, they have found a way to travel into our dimension from theirs. This would support alleged sightings of UFOs just disappearing suddenly.
  10. I was watching a documentary on the Mercury Redstone 1 programme when they showed one unsecesful launch where the engines shut down immediately after they were fired, this resulted in a rather comical sequence of events, which of course was the planned automated procedure following engine shut down, having the chutes pop out while still on the pad made me laugh!
  11. PLayed on HARD on Career mode and it is hard. This is more like an MMORPG Level Grind, 20+ survey missions later and had enough money to upgrade launch pad, slowly getting a few more levels unlocked, but the Administration section, the amounts needed to activate a strategy that is worth while seems years away. I also can not see how on earth I will ever get to upgrade any building, its just seems unobtainable. Also noticed a bug, when I make orbit my prograde and retrograde markers jump and I appear to be moving in opposite direction... :S
  12. It is amazing how some people are reacting to this, so much hate for Virgin Galactic without knowing any facts. So we heard today how the feathering mechanism deployed on its own, but even so that could not be the cause. Richard Branson has come out with a superb statement which also applies to a number of people here, "Rumours and innuendo from self-proclaimed experts can be put back in their box," he told the BBC.
  13. If we applied this attitude to whole history of human transportation then we would proberbly be still going around on horses and carts. Just read up on aviation history to see why. Are the deaths which happen today on commercial flights avoidable? is it irresponsible of aircraft companies to allow old craft to fly in pursuit of profit over saftey? Virgin is far from treating this like a game and is of course deadly serious about its goal and achievement in the next step of commercial aviation. It is not as if Virgin was messing around with its fuel and engines on a commercial flight, this was a test flight, the clue is test here, even after extensive tests things still go wrong, we see that all the time from just tyre failure in cars to the recent Antares launch fail. Test pilots are a special breed, they know that every time they fly it could be their last, they know the risks but want to be part of something special and are important pioneers. Orville Wright was injured when he crashed in one of his planes, the passenger was killed, this is nothing new. What would have happened had the Brothers been grounded and stopped from any more development of this new fangled flying machine? You may see Virgins space plane venture as meaningless, but is it? No. Without commercial competition and private development then our development and progress will be stifled. The first commercial flights were no different from what Virgin is doing, short flights with room for just a couple of passengers being charged obscene amounts of money, even the first Transatlantic flights were only affordable by the filthy rich. I could go on, but I hope you get the idea.
  14. AS I posted earlier, early reports suggest a fail just 6 seconds after launch, fuel leak maybe, resulting in explosion after about 15 seconds into launch.
  15. Agree if design flaw we would have expect to see the first or second launch fail, rather than the 5th.
  16. reports suggest that engine failed only T-6 seconds in, the explosion happened about 15 seconds.
  17. Are you suggesting they were doing things on the cheap then Woopert?
  18. Well I know they wont be getting thier cake or whatever it was, saw the discussion with the 2 US crew on the ISS and a General, forget name, back in NASA control, mentioned about his treat sent up and was promised that all 6 would share it! ... well that aint happening now.
  19. OOPSY, Is it appropriate to make Kerbal Jokes?
  20. Whine, Whine, Moan Moan, I want my money back, Whine Moan, I want a game that has everything I want and has everything working perfectly to my specifications. whine whine moan moan
  21. The furthest I have been out is on a rescue mission 110k orbit, yet I completed half the tech tree with my 13,000 science awarded for 9 contracts! definetly needs refining.
  22. WOW I just made 33k science without really trying! I completed 9 research contracts with 100% comitment to erm,... whatever it was, to convert contract payments into science!
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