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About bobcook

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  1. What did you do in KSP today?

    Continued the design and testing for my Apollo style craft, this time refining the command module and transfer stage. The fuel tank is large enough to resemble the service bay from the NASA Apollo spacecraft.
  2. Kerbal-Kon

    There have been (discussions of) KerbalCon events in the past. From the searchable archives: The idea is really cool but I don't know if there is enough momentum to get people together IRL.
  3. What did you do in KSP today?

    Can't really disagree with your logic, the Twitch is a better performance choice in every way, but I liked the look of the lower profile of the Spider engine when mounted to the side of the lander. Also loved the visual effect from the plume of eight Spiders firing up at the same time. Sometimes its just about how it looks.
  4. What did you do in KSP today?

    I designed and tested an Apollo style lander for the Mun, suitable for two Kerbals. Has a descent stage and an ascent stage. Works great as a lander as well as a science platform!
  5. Operating Systems Used for KSP

    macOS 10.11 for me. I was really surprised at the poll results, macOS & Linux have a much higher share than I'd have expected. No complaints at all, just surprised given the stats published by Steam (June 2017: Windows 96.24% macOS 2.95% 0.72%).
  6. What did you do in KSP today?

    Finally got my latest design for a "deep space explorer" transit ship plus lander to be workable. The lander is Duna or Laythe capable with parachutes as well as many (but not all) of the airless moons around the Kerbol system. After achieving LKO the transit ship has 6.9k dV.
  7. Your PROUDEST moment in KSP

    Probably when I completed my Jool-5 mission. It took a lot of planning and many hours of play to complete, and it was amazing fun.
  8. What did you do in KSP today?

    Finished a workable original (original to me, at least) spaceplane design. It took eight iterations of design and testing to get something reasonably aerodynamic with the right crew capacity and feature set, and could get to orbit without completely flipping or exploding. I can even land it. It flies slightly better than a brick with wings, but then so did the NASA Space Shuttle vehicle. I call it a win! Not the prettiest thing, but it works!
  9. Do you recycle orbital debris?

    Ha ha, one has to ask, on a collision course with what? Of course, I'm kidding. I assume you put the debris on a suborbital trajectory with the closest planetary object. Me too. Feels messy to leave debris in any orbit.
  10. The MechJeb question.

    The general response is that "its impossible to cheat in KSP because its single player" - seems sort of obvious. Unless you are claiming things you've done without MechJeb, but you really were using MechJeb. Which would be weird. Anyways, the only person you are cheating is yourself when you are cheating. Lots of people in the forum like docking via MJ. Its not very efficient fuel-wise, but it does the job. On the other hand, its possible to learn rendezvous and docking well enough that you no longer need MJ. In fact you can learn orbital rendezvous and docking without MJ (I did it that way and I'm sure plenty of people did). MJ offers automation for things some people find tedious e.g. launch or insertion burns. Also for planning maneuver nodes. Obviously all of that can be done manually as well, and its only a matter of choice rather than one technique being better than another. MJ also offers really nice delta-v readouts. On the other hand, Kerbal Engineer does as well most of the time. I had to switch to MJ from KER for my Jool 5 mission as (at least at that time) KER couldn't cope. These days I'm back to using KER as I really like the heads-up display that KER offers. My recommendation is that you install it and find out for yourself whether you like it or not.
  11. What seemingly basic thing have you never done in KSP

    I've never done a crewed mission to Eve because I can't do a return mission. Well, I probably could do a return mission because I know its possible, but I just can't be bothered now because it doesn't seem like fun. I've never orbited nor landed on Moho with any sort of vehicle. A flyby was all I could manage. My only trip to Eeloo ended up with crashing into Eeloo. Fortunately no Kerbals were on board. Fun times. Never played the Outer Planets mod but probably should at some point. The Galileo planets mod is really cool though and I'm definitely enjoying it.
  12. Drill radiators

    I applied the suggested workaround to edit the part configuration file, worked perfectly (as expected).
  13. Do you use mechjeb anymore?

    I first started using KER for delta-v readouts during construction of my Jool-5 mission. Found that, at the time, it wasn't able to cope with a massive build. Switched to MJ and was quite happy with it. Never bothered to use anything except the delta-v readout and Smart A.S.S. feature, as I'm quite capable of launch and rendezvous and docking on my own, thank you very much. Switched back to KER in my 1.2.2 installation and have never looked back. Don't miss MJ one bit. I really don't understand people who don't bother to learn to fly their space craft manually. Rendezvous and docking are very fun, makes KSP worth playing.
  14. Slippery Slopes

    SAS doesn't perform well when landed. Even my tiny lander with a Mk1 Command Pod will slide and sometimes tilt enough to tip over (in the opposite direction of the slope!) if I leave SAS on. Its now SOP to turn it off immediately upon touchdown. Only after everything is stable is Jeb allowed to do science.
  15. What are you doing in KSP right now?

    Working on my Nth career (can't remember how many times I've done this, but this time I started when 1.2 came out). I've acquired most of the "300 level" technology and upgraded most of KSC to maximum (haven't bothered with the runway or space plane hanger or administration). All of that was done with a lot of landings on Mun and Minmus, a bunch of satellite contracts, a couple of stations, and a 9-Kerbal outpost on Minmus. I'm waiting for the launch windows for Duna and Eve to come up, and I've got several probes in deep space that need orbit changes, to fulfill their contracts. I love the contracts to build satellites, and yesterday managed to fulfill two satellite contracts (one for Minmus and one for the Mun) with the same satellite, just relocated it to the Mun after the first contact was done at Minmus.