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  1. I'm sure something similar could be used as a swash plate. However, helicopter rotors are under some serious load. They have to support the entire weight of the helicopter (lift) and stay together when rotating super fast... And then the blades have to tilt and steer in various directions... This grid fin mechanism is no where near strong enough neither can it spin. I tried to make something like that once but never got any far. Maybe with the right amount of struts... (I too would love to see a proper stock helicopter with a swash plate, I'm sure there is a way!) -Rocket
  2. Because I wanted grid fins... https://gfycat.com/SophisticatedVerifiableHeron Unfortunately they don't make any lift... But that's ok I was going mostly for looks. Does anyone know how to make control surfaces operate inside a fairing? I would love it if the the grid fin actuators could be hidden inside an interstage. -Rocket
  3. Today I launched my Kerba rocket, a replica of ESA's Vega. This is a cheap rocket good for putting small payloads such as satellites or science experiments into LKO. Liftoff! There is always a worry that the main booster will explode with these designs because of the seven SRBs stuffed into the first stage. The Kerba broke the sound barrier very quickly. This kind of rocket takes some skill to fly correctly, especially when aiming for a specific orbit. After separation, the first stage was pulled back by six se
  4. I launched my Ariane 5 replica for the first time. I had tested the boosters prior to this however the main rocket stack had never been tested in flight before. This was the first attempt. Liftoff! The roll control was extremely sluggish. IRL the boosters are supposed to gimbal, however in KSP my only option was clipping small control surfaces in the boosters, which were not as effective as I had hoped. After flying a very steep trajectory, the booster separated. Speed
  5. I found out my New Jeb first stage (New Glenn replica) glides surprisingly well. -Rocket
  6. Someday I will build a rocket... but not today. -Rocket
  7. Absolutely! This is a New Glenn replica. -Rocket
  8. Today I'm gonna assemble a rocket... The hard way. -Rocket
  9. Thanks. I have to admit the orientation of the diagonal beams looked a bit odd to me when I was building it, but I was mostly going for look and low part count. That's how I ended up with the single diagonal beams in 4x radial symmetry. I'll look into adjusting the design as long as it doesn't increase part count. The pad is already 200 parts and the rocket is maybe 500. -Rocket
  10. I landed my rocket on the VAB. -Rocket
  11. Hello again! I have another update for everyone (again?)! Very significant progress was made! First, a prototype of the crew access arm was installed on the previously mentioned launch tower. Mike Kerman trying out the access arm. The arm is able to rotate outwards however it is not fully functional yet. I also once again attempted to integrate an upper stage to the booster using the VIF (Vertical Integration Facility). The upper stage was lifted to the top of t
  12. Hello again! Today I have another quick update on my vertical integration project for you all. I began construction on the launch pad from which the New Jeb will launch from. The New Jeb's transporter will roll the rocket onto the pad, where it will dock to the structure. The pad is designed to help the transporter withstand the immense weight of the fully fueled rocket. I will probably make use of auto-strut to fully secure the pad base to the booster. The pad is also heavy enough (700+ tons) to prevent the rocket from accidentally lifting the entire thing of the ground.
  13. Today I have a very quick update for you all. I noticed that despite the huge wing strakes, the New Jeb was very difficult to maneuver during descent. Particularly, roll control was an issue. Whenever the rocket pitched "up," the lifting forces of the wings were so much that the vehicle would roll uncontrollably, which caused it to spiral downwards, negating the promised cross range capability of the wings. I added the big shuttle control surfaces (the 2nd largest ones) which fixed the problem. The extra control authority along with higher actuation speed keeps the booster under control easily
  14. WOW! That LEM looks amazing! I can hardly wait to see more parts as they come along! Like other, consider my faith restored! Even if I hadn't purchased before April 2013 I'd purchase the expansion in a heart-beat. -Rocket
  15. Due to some upgrades, my first stage booster was able to land a little more on target than expected. -Rocket
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