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  1. No need to apologise for participating in the K-Prize because here at the Dog and Booster we are pepped for take off! Sol Mk.IIc did remarkably well but as you should know by now, losing parts due to explosions is against K-Prize rules, see timecode 24:15 +> for dual exploding Gigantors. So do you want this linked as a gatecrasher, with suitable quip? Or would you prefer it was quietly brushed under the carpet. You can choose since you already shared a successful K-Prize mission. Either way you can now display the gatecrasher badge if you so wish, if that was the shiney medal you were looking for.
  2. Congratulations to @Reinhart Mk.1 on completing the K-Prize mission earning another Expeditionary Astrokerbal Distinction for Duna (including an Exploratory AD for Ike) as well as an Advanced Pilot Precision Award for landing Gloria Mk.IIc safely on the KSC runway. Congratulations also to @camacju on achieving the altitudinalist record with a very big AP over Kerbol taking the trophy from @dvader with a five fold increase. Sorry to say the utilitarian mission report did not mention landing again, if you could clarify the status of Tern at the mission endpoint then it will be possible to adjudicate. Thanks both for sharing your mission reports and welcome back to the roll of honour aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  3. OK I am glad you found a way to avoid a tedious stock timewarp flight but an altitudinalist record can only be achieved as part of a completed K-Prize mission. The minimum K-Prize mission is make orbit and return safely to Kerbin. The screeny is interesting but does not show a complete mission. For the altitudinalist record to count, a mission report is needed (images or text if you like, we are on the honour system here) recounting how the craft reached an altitude and completed the K-Prize mission by returning to land safely on Kerbin.
  4. Congratulations @camacju on completing the K-Prize mission susccessfully with the supremely efficient and useful Tern design and earning the highly regarded kudos of an Astrokerbal Distinction for landing on Minmus and Advanced Pilot Precision Award for returning to land on KSC runway. The potential apoapsis above Kerbol demonstrated was prodigious but sadly does not count for the altitudinalist record if the mission craft did not actually go there, sorry. This is because the K-Prize has to be awarded for missions actually flown, else people could submit a high dv design from the SPH spec and noone would know if it could really make orbit and the K-Prize would mean less, so the mission has to be flown to test the craft against the game physics engine. Also, so you understand, the Kosmokerbal Commendation (KC) is always considered included in the Astrokerbal Distinction, (which therefore supercedes the KC - FYI) because you cannot land on a planet without entering the SOI. Hope that makes sense. Thanks for your mission report and welcome to the K-Prize roll of honour aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  5. Congratulations on completing the K-Prize mission with a carefully researched and developed mission profile and craft design @Lt_Duckweed for Tiny SSTO building on the design of @tseitsei89 's Special Speck of Dust and refining it to achieve a lighter takeoff mass of 0.835t to earn the special kudos of minimalist record holder and take the crown! Which is a fine example of how friendly competition can foster progress. So thanks for your mission report and welcome to the K-Prize roll of honour aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  6. Congratulations @JacobJHC on passing 500+ subscribers on your gameplay channel, ah the sweet smell of success! Its good of you to drop by and share your celebratory mission with the K-Prize challenge, so thanks and welcome back. Down to business, THICC BOI is the exceedingly large kerbal transporter you built and flew in a well documented and extensive mission to Laythe and Minmus making use of multiple flybys and aerobraking maneuvers to slingshot its way there and back earning the extraordinary kudos of double Astrokerbal Distinctions including one with the highly regarded Expeditionary~ prefix for landing on Laythe, as well as the much sought after Advanced Pilot Precision Award for returning safely to Kerbin complete with parachute assisted landing on KSC runway. In addition the K-Prize committee awarded a discretionary That's Entertainment award for services to showbusiness! So thanks for your mission report and welcome back to the K-Prize party guest list aka the roll of honour.
  7. If it does not alter the flight characteristics of stock KSP its fine @JacobJHC, rigidity does not count towards lift etc so is deemed by the K-Prize committee to be within the spirit of the the K-Prize rules.
  8. Congratulations @Krazy1 on earning a Utilitarial Commendation with the innovative and carefully designed Klaw Plane 8, by retrieving a salvage payload and landing safely with it on Kerbin, as documented in your report and at Kerbalx. Thankyou for your mission report and welcome to the roll of honour aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  9. In which case congratulations on achieving the K-Prize mission objectives and earning the sought after Advanced Pilot Precision Award for returning from orbit to land safely on the KSC runway. Thanks for your mission report and welcome to the K-Prize party guest list aka the roll of honour. OK sure, I have amended the rules to recognise salvage for Utilitarial kudos. Revised rules as follow.
  10. @CalmLlama , thanks for sharing your screenshots. That looks like a nice pilot friendly spaceplane and I would like to award the K-Prize but cannot because ... not wishing to sound pedantic ... it can only be awarded for a report of a specific mission not for a craft. Saying that a craft has these capabilities is not the same as saying it actually flew a mission and how it achieved the K-Prize challenge objectives. I hope that makes sense. Also a name for the craft would help, though I can make one up if you like! All you need to do is add a little text documenting a mission flown.
  11. If you mean stock DLC from Squad then all stock parts for all the parts of the released game are OK. See rule #3 in the OP. Stock Wolfhounds are very useful. If you mean a mod part then its OK if it is a graphical mod. If the mod changes stock physics characteristics for lift or drag etc then any mission including it is not eligible for a K-Prize because one point of the K-Prize challenge is to encourage comparisons which are meaningless if you can use mod parts with exaggerated performance. Since clipping and widgit use are part of the stock build experience anything you can make using these is valid.
  12. KSP was primarily designed a physics sim and not as a resource game. Its appeal lies in doing what NASA does. Resources are a good addition to the gameplay. You risk smothering the physics sim if you get carried away with additional mechanics but where they contribute to the feeling of being like NASA I think its worth doing. I think science is indispensable as a mission objective in KSP. The way that provides tangible results to the player is open for discussion. Though I suspect the mechanics for KSP2 are already specced, there is the potential for mods to adapt the gameplay and there is always KSP3 ! The nature of research in the real world which begat NASA is curiosity, which asks questions and experimentation, which answers them. People dont really do this because they are paid, but they get paid for it because it is valuable. Also you dont get better engines because you examined a moon rock in the real world and that is one of the shortcuts in the KSP model. When science first became part of KSP I have to admit I felt it was not what I was expecting. It takes a resource model and applies it directly to research points which is a fun gamification because it gives you mission objectives and encourages exploration. If we were going to be realists with KSP then IMHO you could set it up with a 4X style research directorate which uses funds to commission research which takes time to complete. You would use the mission test sytem to test less optimal prototype parts and accelerate the process of researching and perfecting them and personally I would also like to see iterative research as opposed to innovative research, where you can improve the specs of an existing part like improved engine ISP or lower weight or better thermal protection or even scale it up or down, which is what prototype testing would represent only to reach a preset design, thereafter you could improve a part spec with more iterative research. (EDIT you could even have an engine testing microgame where the player adjusts intermix to develope an engine with particular thrust/ISP attributes which can then be added to the engines tab in the VAB like a regular engine.) I also think the research tree could be structured with tech development in mind with lines of cockpits of different scales and crew capacity for example following on from each other in a distinct line of research as opposed to being bundled in with other parts. Each part type requiring iterative improvement to gain better attributes like thermal resistance or bigger batteries etc. It would also be nice to see technology research which would represent breakthroughs like lithium batteries or LED lights, applying across all relevant parts and improving charge capacity or reduce weight or reduce power use for parts which store charge or create light respectively. In that scenario, the current research resource model could be repurposed as location research for colonisation support and used to unlock the potential for establishing successful colonies in a given location, which in turn would allow the completion of more adventurous missions in that location which would earn money which could then be used on researching engineering parts. 2c
  13. Congratulations @OutInSpace on completing the K-Prize challenge successfully with the Hope-class SSTO using a whiplash and twin LV-N nuclear engines with innovative strake arrangements and a closely attended ascent profile, which earned the praiseworthy Advanced Pilot Precision Award and the highly regarded Utilitarial Commendation for delivering a satellite to low Kerbin orbit with the Hope-class SSTO and returning safely to land on KSC runway. Thanks for your mission report video and welcome to the K-Prize roll of honour, aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  14. You can legitimately show it if you complete the mission but you have to copy it into your sig manually. You can just copy/paste the jpeg into your signature box which is accessible in settings via the little triangle beside your forum name at the top right of the page. See first post for the link to the full set of badges by Waffles Too.
  15. Looks great @Prat4545 Congratulations are in order for completing the K-Prize challenge with the capable looking heavy lifter spaceplane Sacure VII, with special kudos of the Astrokerbal Distinction for landing on Minmus and the Advanced Pilot Precision Award for landing safely on KSC runway, second time lucky, well flown! Thanks for your mission report and welcome to the roll of honour, aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  16. You dont need to land at KSC, Kerbin will do but you can earn special kudos for certain accomplishments. Challenge and rules are in the first post. See rule #2. Congratulations to @AllenLi on completing the K-Prize mission with the compact but effective Tiny SSTO. I haved linked your mission report on the front page roll of honour and the K-Prize committee have awarded a Pilot Proficiency Medal (PPM) as kudos based on your report that you did not land on the runway and the screenshots which show the craft on flat KSC terrain but not on the runway. Just so you know, taxiing to the runway would be considered OK for the runway award, if the craft is that close and still has the fuel to taxi then it is deserved. If the craft stops anywhere on KSC "tarmac" then it counts as runway. If you want to add further taxiing info to your report let me know (as you said you taxied over bumps) and I may be able to revise the kudos, though the PPM is a rare award for the reason that taxiing is allowed, so it has novelty value chic! Thanks for your mission report and welcome to the roll of honour aka the K-Prize party guest list.
  17. Looks a very approachable and friendly art style and passing on key knowledge makes a lot of sense. There were a few concepts which took me a while to figure out and learn the coordination to do without too much thinking (thank goodness for pause and F5). After learning how to oversteer/sum vectors to allow corrective burns in Newtonian travel IMHO the most important key skill in KSP was how to reverse! By which I mean, how, just as with reversing a car you have to counter steer when approaching a target in retrograde orientation which is the key skill to enable rendezvous and docking and planet surface landings which has to be done with a retrograde orientation. If you can teach people how to do that using the navball in a tute (i.e. corrective burn in retrograde orientation pushes the retrograde vector marker away, hopefully towards the target, as opposed to prograde burns which pull the vector towards the craft orientation) then I think they will be over a major hump that is hard to fathom intuitively and I imagine will have been a stumbling block for many. Good luck!
  18. Congratulations @Nantares on designing and building a powerful and compact SSTO spaceplane with a novel wing form and also on taking NA-SP 31A on a free return excursion around the Mün and surviving several aerobraking passes to land safely on Kerbin at KSC runway with fuel to spare. For which feat you have earned the highly regarded Kosmokerbal Commendation as well as the sought after Advanced Pilot Precision Award, as noted and linked on the front page. Thanks for participating and sharing a comprehensive mission report in the form of a video. Please feel free to share any data, models, tips etc as you see fit . There is no requirement to do so as the K-Prize welcomes all participants and mission reports in whatever form they prefer, on the honour system. Welcome to the K-Prize party guest list aka the roll of honour.
  19. Congratulations @DRAG0Nmon on completing the K-Prize challenge and thankyou for sharing your mission report with the thread. I used the name ExSpace Vegas 2 from the imgur report for the front page link. If you want it shortened etc say so and it can be arranged. This capable looking passenger craft successfully reached orbit and returned to land safely at KSC runway, thereby commendably earning the kudos of an Advanced Pilot Precision Award and shortening the walk to the cafeteria for all kerbals on board. Welcome to the K-Prize party guest list aka the roll of honour. Thanks again to @WafflesToo for creating the colourful K-Prize badge which all K-Prize achievers are entitled to display as they see fit.
  20. Thanks for your well narrated edge-of-seat mission report video dramatically demonstrating the gravity assist and aerobraking techniques which took Long-Range Prototype Spaceplane to Minmus and safely back to KSC runway @Gaming Kraken earning the highly regarded and much sought after Advanced Pilot Precision Award as well as the coveted Astrokerbal Distinction. Congratulations on completing the K-Prize and welcome to the K-Prize party guest list aka the roll of honour! Thankyou especially for respecting the spirit and the rules of the K-Prize. I should state clearly for aspiring future participants that the intention has always been that all Kerbin space center runways are valid destinations for the Advanced Pilot Precision Award. Since the rules previously referred to KSC only and clarification was buried somewhere deep in the thread referring to the Island Site before alternatives were introduced, I have amended the rules for unambiguity and swapped KSC for the more inclusive descriptor "space center". So thanks for referring to that. My bad, should have done it ages ago!
  21. Well then, congratulations are in order @arctangent on completing your ambition and the K-Prize mission with the useful and cost effective early tech rescue space-plane Johnny Five. Landing safely on KSC runway demonstrating skills worthy of the added kudos of an Advanced Pilot Precision Award. So thanks for your mission report and welcome back to the K-Prize. (I have linked this mission just below your previous mission with Aleph III).
  22. Congratulations to @TheFlyingKerman and @KingDominoIII on completing the K-Prize challenge successfully. In TheFlyingKerman's case fifteen times, all deserving utilitarial commendations for lifting useful payloads to Kerbin orbit and APPAs for landing safely on the KSC runway while one mission involving orbital docking earned the sought after APPA 1st class for the effective working spaceplane lifter HKA-6C. In KingDominoIII's case an exemplary first K-Prize mission earned the coveted Astrokerbal Distinction and APPA for landing on the Mün and returning safely to the KSC runway. Well flown both, thankyou for your mission reports and welcome (back) to the K-Prize party guest list, aka the roll of honour. Hope you had fun
  23. Some say it looks like a walnut, I think it looks like a sherbet fizz ball, probably cola and vanilla. Does it make your tongue tingly when you lick it?
  24. can confirm this is happening to me as well just as described in OP