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  1. Funny you should mention the closeness of the thrust to the mass. At one point it looked like they inhabited the exact same spot on my ship. First time ever. I'm trying to build a squat ship. I'll probably have to stretch it a little. I saw a Manley video called "your gravity has no power over me". He just throws together some parts it seems, and blasts off, setting huge records. I think 50 g's is all that's possible. Top speed can be almost anything as long as you're willing to wait, but the ship under constant full thrust will melt in space if you don't put on radiators. I've had
  2. I'm going for high speed or high g's and I'm not against using cheats for this. I've had a lunar can up to 50 g's for awhile and then it overheated and blew up or spun out and blew up or just got into some horrendous never ending oscillations. I've been using empty sepratons and recently I've mounted them on I beams that are mounted on a fuselage radially. I can see where the sepratrons lined up on the beam might not all be angled exactly the same way or the correct way. How do I do it the right way? I've been using the rotate tool. It appears to have spots where it clicks in. Its not like you
  3. Oh dear, I think you're right. I've made a huge, obvious mistake and I'm going to lose my job at the KSC. I'm up to 2,900,000 m/sec now. Think I might go back to the drawing board. I had a smaller ship yesterday pulling 29 g's. That would get me to light speed faster. I think this is the fastest I've ever gone.
  4. Cheat codes for unlimited fuel and electricity activated. I'm going 3 times the speed of light. Been pulling a steady 20.74 g's since leaving the atmosphere. 8 mammoth liquid fueled engines going full blast the whole way. Had some trouble with previous flights when the fuel tank vaporized after about 40 minutes so this time I've got radiators and extendable radiators. Parts are overheated, but no disassembly so far. I'm finally out of sight of minimus and the mun and closing in on Eve's orbital lines. Movement through the solar system feels slow at this speed because I'm used to accelerating t
  5. I fiddled around with the ship back on earth. Took the fins and 3 radially mounted fuselage pieces off and tried it with fins near the top pointed down and again pointed up and finally just took off all the fins and put all the lights down under the rocket where the engines are attached. That worked the best, but if you come blazing in in reverse on kerbin and then you apply a lot of thrust to where you hover your computer will go nuts and pointing at retrograde won't mean pointing up, the rocket will tend to spin like a top and swing side to side like a pendulum. Turn off SAS and the spinning
  6. Turns out it was my rcs nozzles that were heating up in the vaccuum of space from running for so long. I don't remember my exact speed. I only have one crew, a pilot. I can't repack chutes and so i don't want to deploy until I'm back on kerbin. I wanted to do a powered descent, ideally. I'm on my way to eve now. Set a maneuver node and chose warp to. Didn't realize until ten minutes later that it was a about 66 years away at the fastest time acceleration or about an hour in real time.
  7. Please pardon my rants if that's what you consider them. Thanks for the replies. I ended up surviving a landing attempt on eeloo, the rocket on it's side. It once again was behaving oddly as I lowered it to the ground. It was in once piece and undamaged this time, but when I tried to take off by sliding it up a hill it exploded several times. (reloads) Talking to myself is actually very helpful. I often figure things out when I try to write about the problem. Of course people on the forum are the best. Fins on the top makes sense for Space x. I put my fins on the bottom becau
  8. I'm trying to land on Laythe and I'm using the infinite fuel and electricity cheat. Got myself into a nice tight orbit and picked a land mass. Narrowed my trajectory down to land on solid ground near a crater. So I'm coming down now in reverse. The rocket's light because there is no fuel except infinite fuel. I do have a lot of fins on the bottom and the base is that huge engine with four nozzles, but drained of fuel. The game usually lets me descend quite a ways and then it starts with the spinning. i can stop it manually, but only for a moment and I have other things to do like control my d
  9. This is probably not the song that comes to mind when you think of Ray Charles but its a good one, especially after three listenings. By the end of the song he's worked himself up so much that he looks like he's shuddering with the cold sweats and nausea from the agony of loss. (or something) https://youtu.be/QzT46g-my0U?list=LLLxT_uclQqI4KcOC10TwDyw
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGjflhMxjyM&index=106&list=LLLxT_uclQqI4KcOC10TwDyw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbLzALqryLY&list=RDEbLzALqryLY Its da staple
  11. You mean Fairport Convention was one of the bands on your tape, but you didn't know the band's name until now?
  12. I just clicked on this song the other day. I'd heard of them but never listened and they didn't get much radio time. The very sweet sounding singer was a bit of a drunk. She fell down the stairs, hit her head and died a few days later. That was about forty years ago. Who knows where the time goes indeed Was also reading about some South American poet, songwriter musician, a friend of Dylan. The army chopped his hands off and shot him 40 times. I think it was on live tv. Manduka just happened to pop up as suggested listening. The first song really sets a mood.
  13. It was a huge ship with a Kerbal piloting it. That's probably it, Harry and HvP, the filter options. I totally forgot. Been doing the scenarios to try to familiarize myself with RCS controls while docking. Its the first time I've ever done scenarios. I just did a survey of Eeloo scenario. A you tuber doing the same scenario gets a button under the "i" button that I don't. I don't get that info about ore. I see the different overlays and I assume the bright pinkish or reddish areas have the most ore, but...
  14. I decided to try docking with a fuel station in space during sandbox mode. I set it as a target and got very close, but never actually touched it as far as I know. I reentered Kerbin, landed and recovered. Then I went back up in a new rocket and the fuel station was no longer there. Its no longer there no matter how many times I launch new rockets. Do you "use up" a space station when you try to dock with it? I think I might have got into the fuel station at one point, but it was in a pretty stable orbit about 600 km up. I don't think taping it or taping the thrusters would have changed much o
  15. I tried your pyramid or cone. I built sort of a wireframe of half a dome because it had to go out and then down and I didn't want the upper engine blowing on the lower engine. (I think that would cancel the thrust but don't know if there's a visual of that) I built 8 legs with 5 engines each. Then I built a tower and put on gigantor solar. I launched at night and got into the sun, but it wasn't enough thrust and I went into the dark side of the planet. Then I launched into the sun and against the spin of the earth. That worked better, especially since I added eight more legs full of engines. I
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