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  1. What's wrong with warp drive as an end game goal? Realism? The game stopped being realistic the second it suggested public support to send manned missions anywhere but the Min. I play KSP to push the envelope, not recreate the same punishing limitations we experience in real life. Meh.
  2. I balked at this idea for about 10 seconds, and then I thought about it... adding infrastructure to other worlds would be a really cool feature! I'm not sure this is exactly the best way to do it, but the idea definitely has merit. I for one would love to have little roads connecting parts of my base. Something like this would be great for another expansion pack. Perhaps one focused on colonization or something similar.
  3. You guys are all about big features like time warp dropping and simulations, and I'm just sitting here like "what about clouds!?"
  4. At first I was like -_-, and then I was like >_O, and now I'm like ^_^. Good work!
  5. Not much I can add to this idea, but it makes a lot of sense to me! I can see why the devs added the penalization from a gameplay perspective: mission control wants you to do a job whether you like it or not. Of course, this would give you some way of influencing the exact nature of that job. Seems like a good middle ground to me.
  6. Please... allow me: "Meh. I'm so so about sea planes, and that other stuff I've been getting from RSS and RO for years now. Glad about bug fixes, but where's my optimization pass?" Does that just about cover it? P.S. Nothing but respect for your work, Regex! Someone's gotta be the designated wet towel
  7. This devnote was impressive! Best in a long, long time. I'm so glad they're finally getting around to those IVAs. While they're at it, maybe we can get a good representation of local gravity on the inside. It breaks immersion when I land a crew pod upside down and nobody is batting an eyelash.
  8. The music is for public use. I've heard KSP songs in several places already. It's a little jarring, I'll admit.
  9. Just my ZW$6.45 on the proposed new feature: I love it and must admit I am pleasantly surprised that it's even making it into the game. Sure, I might miss having to overcome the signal relay to KSC issue and the time delay problem, but to be honest the DSN solution they are proposing makes a lot more sense. Relay networks are expensive and even NASA only really ever uses GPS to do orbit determination of low earth satellites. One thing I would like to suggest in hopes of making it more "realistic" would be to copy/paste the physical tracking station to spots all around Kerbin. Even if they don't function and mainly exist just for aesthetics, it would still help prop up my brutally fragile suspension of disbelief. As for the signal delay and flight computer stuff, I can probably live without it. I'm sure someone will mod that stuff in eventually anyway.
  10. Oooh. The U5 build sounds like it's really trucking along! What I'd like to know is whether or not the move itself (independently of anything else you might add in the next update) will result in a noticeable improvement of the game on the user side. I'd imagine the game will run faster because of all of the optimizations you are running, but could we expect to see more accurate physics or improved graphics as well?
  11. What he said. There are always perturbations from the two-body solution in orbital dynamics. This is because the Earth is not a uniform sphere, there is solar radiation pressure, gravitational pull from the sun, moon, and other planets, and even general relativistic effects must be accounted for in highly precise systems like GPS.
  12. What he said. In real life, orbit determination is not a trivial task. Long range missions require very precise equipment (see Deep Space Network) and near-earth orbits can use a combination of either ground stations or GPS. Astronomical objects like planets, comets, or asteroids can be OD'd using ground stations or space based observatories. The bottom line is that you need to determine a range from either radar ranging or parallax measurements (parallax is the difference in position observed between two concurrent measurements, which is how 3D imaging works). You also need a relative orientation, which can be determined by knowing the location of a ground station on the surface of the earth, or using the relative positions of astronomical bodies such as the sun or Polaris (the north star). Other methods include magetometry (measuring magnetic north using a digital compass) or integration of IMU output. - - - Updated - - - This is correct. Orbit determination is a statistical process, meaning there are no absolute determinations. We can only say what the probability is that an object has a certain orbit.
  13. I know this doesn't apply generally to KSP, but I'll make an exception in this case... you, sir, are a cheater!
  14. Or they could just allow kerbals to spawn in command seats... But I do see the benefits to being able to spawn them independently.
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