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About Enigma179

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  1. Leaderboard updated, and I'm a bit iffy adammada, but I *guess* that's alright?
  2. So inspired by Thrfoot's automated mission challenge, which I also discovered kOS through, I came up with this little challenge. Simple enough, get a vessel of your design into a stable orbit around Kerbin, without using any input beyond typing out the execution command line at the beginning, and do it in the most (delta-v) efficient manner possible. It's not *quite* mechjeb, but it's a foundation! RULES: 1. No mods that directly affect gameplay aside from kOS itself. Alternatively, say which gameplay-affecting mods you used, and that'll be fine too. 1a. You're gonna want to have kOS, obviousl
  3. You can change the conics so you can predict past the Ike encounter. Alternatively wait a couple of orbits then burn, so Ike is behind you as you leave. Alternatively do the math and figure out how to save a bit of fuel with a gravity assist through Ike.
  4. I use kerbal attachment system and a small ship; pull out the electromagnets, winch the debris up, then fire into an orbit that will crash the debris, before releasing it and readjusting to the proper speed. If the debris is big it's super hard to control but for the most part it works just fine.
  5. Aren't those canards? Doesn't that mean you just broke your own rules? EDIT: actually maybe they're tailfins never mind
  6. Batteries are essentially extra electric charge storage, so that you can last longer in situations when you don't have power (or don't have sufficient power) being supplied. For example, when you've got solar panels your command pod is being charged up but once the body you're orbiting (or even the one you're not, as a kerbin eclipse once taught my mun orbiter) obscures the sun, you're running off whatever you've got stored until it's in view. For short-term craft (such as extensions to a space station which already has solar panels or generators) I can just strap on a battery instead of a few
  7. Alright, maybe I haven't heard about the newest advances. If NASA found a clone of earth exactly fifty light years away with a perfect trajectory for us to fly to it, and they had to pack up a probe and launch it by the end of 2013, what's the most advanced technology (regardless of cost) that one: we know for sure will work, two: has a realistic fuel/energy requirement, and three: actually exists as a full sized working example or prototype? I'm not even being a jerk or anything I genuinely would like to know what you have in mind.
  8. The fastest (I believe) spacecraft we've actually launched are the Helios probes, reaching a speed of 70.22 km/s because of the sun's gravitational pull. That's 0.000234c. That's pretty impressive. The calculation isn't difficult though; if there's a planet within 50 light years that can support life, IF we were to somehow get a craft to escape our solar system with that velocity (Voyager 1, fastest spacecraft to leave the solar system, is moving at around 17 km/s relative to the sun at the moment), it would still take about 213,675.2 years for the probe to show up, not to mention the other 50
  9. Bermuda triangle is a terrorist plot it's all to do with 9/11 and the earth is flat and time is a cube timecube time is four dimensional and the aliens are here to rescue us. Seriously though anything in favour of the bermuda triangle actually having a real influence is purely anecdotal evidence.
  10. Honestly that's the only way that makes sense. I love KSP, but I'm likely to love it less if I'd have to sit through 30 minutes of empty space on full time warp to hit up new systems (or 30 minutes of grabbing a coffee and doing other less fun things). What would make the most sense to me is either an abstract way of doing it, where there's a hub, and once you escape the system you pick where you want to go (breaking realism a little bit there), or alternatively have the system be one of many other systems in a galaxy, where you still have to plan your trajectories to get to other galaxies! O
  11. Named my station the Artemis Space Station. Didn't realize the problem with that until three days later. There's a ship docked there at the moment, but this image is a bit out-dated; added an orange tank for re-fueling along with some other stuff recently.
  12. Yeah, as stated in a different thread, the issue isn't computer load. Your computer could handle it just fine. The issue is that if it weren't on rails, gameplay would be significantly less fun; if you sent a probe out to Jool, you'd have to timewarp a year forward, only to find that over the thousand or so orbits that occurred with your LKO station in orbit, the Mun and Minmus managed to jerk it quite a ways around, possibly even de-orbiting it. This means you'd have to constantly be stationkeeping, instead of just hitting time warp and getting a coffee.
  13. It'd be cool if there was a mod or something so that multiple people could watch the same game, or even better if one person could operate the map (maneuver nodes and such) while the other pilots. I can imagine one person in cockpit view while the rest look at the map and give him prograde/retrograde/maneuver directions to be quite entertaining. This sounds really cool though! I think I might just watch it.
  14. Basically you're gonna want kerbal engineering or something to figure out delta-v numbers, and then you're gonna want to look at a delta-v map (search delta-v map KSP on images and it'll be the first one). Alarm clock is also useful so you can figure out exact transfer times. I believe the best bet for a Duna land and return is an apollo style thing, with LKO rendezvous; build a lander/ship combo in the VAB, then send up the lander on its own, and the ship on its own, use the ship to fly the lander to Duna orbit, use the lander to land (use chutes to cut down on delta-v requirement for landing
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