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  1. The essence of what I wanted this thread to be all about
  2. So I was really impressed when I read the 17th Developer Insights thingy when at work a day or two ago. Particularly, one thought stuck out to me that I wanted to see if anybody else made the connection on. With our familiar previously-unnamed Liquid Fuel now being Methane, and there being a whole upcoming class of engines using Methalox fuel, did anybody else, when they read that news, think: Methane = farts Fart rockets? Rockets powered by liquid fart? Because I think that's something Kerbals might do, but then again, that's just me... Other thoughts about how having multiple types of fuels will affect the learning curve for the game??
  3. =Project Bolide= Mission Statement: Project Bolide will perform basic Munar operations, such as flybys and orbits, while testing and perfecting return trajectories and procedures from Munar altitudes. Project Success: 100% Featured Image The K3 "Unity" Spacecraft up close. Image Gallery Flight Log Flight: KSO-3 Vehicle: K3 "Unity" Pilot: Valentina Kerman Mission: Valentina will test and carefully record her ascent profile to provide clear instructions for how to fly the K3, as well as repeat the flight of KX-10 and carefully record her descent profile to determine how best to make Munar re-entries more precise and routine. Result: Success Report: Valentina took careful notes of the ascent profile for the K3, and less careful notes about the return trajectory. KSO-4 will test lunar orbital flight as well as testing returns from high Munar orbit. Flight: KSO-4 Vehicle: K3 "Unity" Pilot: Tex Kerman Mission: KSO-4 will perform basic operations in a 2,000,000m circular orbit around the Mun, a very high orbit. Pilot will perform an EVA, recovering scientific data gathered from instruments aboard the craft, and record various notes about the orbital insertion and particularly re-entry profiles. Result: Success Report: There were several changes made to the re-entry pocedures. The Munar orbit turned out to be 1,800,000m rather than 2,000,000m. In addition, a new procedure was attempted, wherein pilot Kerman stayed in a very high orbit, Munar altitude, until a precise re-entry could be attempted. Upon realizing a precise re-entry from this altitude would be nearly impossible without math that nobody wants to do, the pilot instead reduced the obit to 1,000,000m above Kerbin, then was able to attempt a precise re-entry. Luckily, the re-entry profile worked, and pilot was able to land within driving distance to the KSC. KSO-5 will follow a similar profile to repeat the success.
  4. =Project Capricorn= Mission Statement: Project Capricorn will prove that Kerbals can fly in space, perform complex tasks while flying in space, and reach the Mun. Project Success: 91.7% Featured Image The rendezvous of Tex Kerman aboard KX-5 and Sal Kerman aboard KSO-1. Image Gallery Flight Log Flight: KX-1 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Pilot: Jebediah Kerman Result: Success Report: KX-01 tested the K1 spacecraft, orbital capabilities, booster rocket, and communication with KSC. Communication link was much stronger than anticipated, booster performed questionably, as was unstable and difficult to maintain attitude. Mission was a great success, landed practically within walking distance of KSC. Further development of re-entry procedures required. Flight: KX-2 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Pilot: Valentina Kerman Result: Success Report: Evaluated revised K1 booster (still needs further revisement, K1 space operations engine is still required for orbital insertion), studied placement of RCS thrusters, refined re-entry procedures from standard 100km circular orbit. Flight: KX-3 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Pilot: Tex Kerman Result: Failure! (Crew recovered safely.) Report: This flight was a disaster. The K1 booster was redesigned again, and when I lifted off I tried to set it to a good heading of 90 degrees but the damn thing pitched over way too far. I tried to right it, but even the new winglets weren't enough to right the vehicle. After about 30 or 45 seconds, I reconfigured the staging and separated from the entire booster and orbital module. We need to set up an abort control, I barely made it out of this one. And didn't go to space. Maybe I'll fly the next one. Flight: KX-4 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Pilot: Webb Kerman Result: Success Report: KX-4 was a great success. Webb Kerman made it to orbit, discovering severe structural problems with the K1 booster. He performed an EVA and conducted maneuverability tests. Webb also refined re-entry procedures to land just 70km away from the KSC. Flight: KX-5 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Mk II Pilot: Tex Kerman Result: Success Report: The Mk II Moho worked phenomenally. Apart from a couple staging issues, the Moho was able to deliver the entire Moho orbital vehicle (That's the capsule and the uppermost engine) into orbit, the exact ceiling of which is yet to be determined. The booster is finally one that works well, using two side booster rockets to aid the main stack. I write this section of the report from space, because now that the KX flights are done for the Moho, Sal is gonna meet me in space for a little rendezvous. Added 11/24/22: The mission landed safely, Tex Kerman forgot to write up the rest of his report after landing safely. Flight: KSO-1 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Mk II Pilot: Sal Kerman Result: Success Report: Rendezvous went off without a hitch. In fact, it was nearly a direct ascent rendezvous because it was timed so well. The KX-6 flight was flown before Tex and Sal re-entered. Flight: KX-6 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Mk II Pilot: Unmanned Result: Success Report: This flight tested a new parachute configuration for the Mk II Moho capsule, as the capsule was fitted with a small docking port that required moving the parachutes from the top of the vehicle. The test was a success, and the parachutes worked as intended. Flight: KX-7 Vehicle: K2 "Amur" Pilot: Unmanned Result: Success Report: This flight tested the K2 "Amur" spacecraft and booster. Its purpose will primarily be used for tourist flights. The test was a success, though the K2 flies quite differently than the K1. The first stage, with boosters, is quite powerful, though the central stack has no gimbal capabilities, which will need correction. The upper stages are not very powerful. In fact, this test did not reach full orbit. Flight: KSO-2 Vehicle: K1 "Moho" Mk II Pilot: Jaeger Kerman Result: Success Report: KSO-2 is meant to be a target for the next flight, KX-8, as it further tests the K2 "Amur" spacecraft. Added 11/24/22: KSO-2 landed successfully following the docking of KX-8, having re-entered first. Flight: KX-8 Vehicle: K2 "Amur" Pilot: Laika Kerman Result: Success Report: KX-8 is meant to test the K2 "Amur" rocket in orbital flight, as well as perform a docking with Jaeger Kerman's spacecraft, modified with docking port. This flight went exceedingly well, as the ascent profile was much more gradual and realistic than expected, and the re-entry was very educational in learning the re-entry profile for a 200km orbit. Laika Kerman landed on the ground, probably less than 6km away from the KSC, the closest landing yet. Flight: KX-9 Vehicle: K3 "Unity" Pilot: Unmanned Result: Success Report: KX-9 was a simple unmanned test of the K3 "Unity" capsule's parachute system, which was successful. Flight: KX-10 Vehicle: K3 "Unity" Pilot: Jebediah Kerman Mission: In his second spaceflight, Jebediah Kerman will evaluate the next-generation K3 spacecraft, and if orbital tests go well, will attempt to fly by the Mun. Result: Success Report: The test was completely successful, and Jebediah entered and exited the Mun's SOI. In addition, he performed a re-entry test from Munar altitude, lowering periapse to 40km, which resulted in a gentle re-entry path. Testing needs to be done to make these re-entries accurate. Also, it is evident that the space program needs a network of communications satellites for Munar and future Minmus operations. Conclusion Project Capricorn was our very first series of trips into space, and all of Capricorn's major goals were accomplished. In fact, they were accomplished because these goals came AFTER the project was concluded! That's right, Capricorn flights weren't even considered part of a unified program until after these goals were accomplished. The main point of these flights was to study spaceflight, practice rocket design, and practice launch and re-entry procedures for safe and efficient launches and recoveries. It was also for working out exactly how and what to report to you, the viewing public.
  5. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - NEWSFLASH! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Wednesday, November 23, 2022 √ .25 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - SPACE PROGRAM BEGINS, THEN ENDS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kerbal Space Center- In a stunning report, the newly built Kerbal Space Center has announced the beginning and end of a formerly classified space program that has flown 8 successful missions without anybody even knowing the program existed. Kerbal Space Program director, Tex Kerman, stated in a press conference that a secret space program, Project Capricorn, had been in operation for weeks and had flown several successful spacefaring missions, including one manned flyby of the Mun. Public response to this announcement was confusion and optimism. Hector Kerman, a neighbor to the Kerbal Space Center, stated, "I heard some bangin' and explodin' from over the fence line, but I thought it was a engine backfirin' or something. I didn't know nothin' about no rocket launches." Another neighbor stated, "I thought those streaks of white were weird cloud formations or something. I didn't realize they were rocket trails." The Kerbal Space Program is expected to release details of the apparently now-complete Project Capricorn shortly.
  6. Tex Kerman's Kerbal Space Program! (This is just a placeholder until I can make something prettier) A letter from the Director's Office: Featured Image! K1 "Moho" rocket lifting off at the Kerbal Space Center. Yes, this is the Kerbal Space Center. -Table of Contents- Space Programs (=) - Failed Programs // (=) - Ongoing Programs // (=) - Discontinued Programs =Project Capricorn= [link] =Project Bolide= [link] =Kerbin Communications= [link] =Kosmonaut Recovery= [link] Newsflash! Articles SPACE PROGRAM BEGINS, THEN ENDS Crew Roster Name Role Status Spaceflights Jebediah Kerman Valentina Kerman Tex Kerman Webb Kerman Sal Kerman Jaeger Kerman Laika Kerman Bill Kerman Haddred Kerman Bob Kerman Hayrim Kerman Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Engineer Engineer Scientist Scientist Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 Statistics Overall Program Success Rating: 91.7% Total Missions: 11 Total Failed Missions: 1 Unique Number of Vessels: - Flags Planted: 0 Kosmonaut Selfies Taken: - Snack Supply Status: Accepting Donations Days Since Last Launch: TOO LONG Fun Facts! -I decided to choose 7 original pilots as an obvious nod to project Mercury, and named 4 out of the 7 pilots to reflect aspects of either human spaceflight and a nod to an old friend of mine! -I rotate pilots based on their position in the crew roster. Jebediah first, then Valentina, then Tex Kerman because he was the third in line, and so on and so forth. -At the time of the docking of KSO-2 and KX-8, I was streaming the mission to my best friend whom lives in Russia.
  7. Granted- keep in mind that with greater demand for astral planes, the supply of astral planes will plummet. I wish I had returned to the forums sooner, I missed this place.
  8. Banned for not having any ribbons.
  9. 8/10 I looooooooove space, and I looooooove blue.
  10. Because they're already dead. How does the positrac on the rear end of a Plymouth work?
  11. "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." -last words of Union Army officer John Sedgewick
  12. I remember once going to a theatre/drama class, where there were some costumes hanging along the wall, and on the mini-stage in front of class, holding up two dresses and asking which looked better on me. Consensus was the blue dress.
  13. This may be an odd inclusion, but I was demonstrating KSP to a friend of mine a few months ago, and as I was timewarping away from Mun, I turned off the HUD and played "Arrivederci Roma" by Dean Martin. Result was oddly magical.
  14. Unfortunately not, I have never been super into the Halo universe, although I played some Reach and Halo Wars in the past.
  15. Howdy, everybody. I am bored. Really, really bored. Now, I could go to the gym or something, but I have multiplayer games sitting around and not getting much use. I have actually been playing with a couple people recently, but I want to maybe expand this, and see if anybody might be interested in banding together on Steam and hitting some games for various funs. My current goals: L4D2: Running expert campaigns, Versus matches Ylands: Surviving and character roleplay Minecraft: ^^^^ Age of Empires II/Rise of Nations: Strategy gaming So, anybody wanna play?
  16. Howdy everyone, I've been playing more KSP recently in my free time. I figure that I have the hardware and internet speeds to support it now, so if y'all wanted, you can pop over to Twitch and check out as I livestream KSP, keep me company in the chat! I don't have an exact time frame beyond starting here in a few minutes from the creation of this post, but a goal I set for myself just a few seconds ago was not to end until I've successfully landed on the Mun and Minmus. Happy 50th, Apollo 11, and my twitch is riiiiiight here. See you soon!
  17. One might think the objective provided to us is quite difficult. Nevertheless, I hope my repertoire of words not commonly used is sufficient in producing some numbers of sentences without use of the letter A. Aw, drat.
  18. Granted, but another, even more sinister, even MORE greedy game company will take its place. Fool. I wish I never had to be tired again after waking up at 3:30 AM for work.
  19. Why it's my good buddy Realcurveballthreetimes, how are you?
  20. 9/10 Wish I could be that more often.
  21. Soooooooooon, I know what you dooooooooone, there's only way you can outrun me You better prayyyyyyyyyy your taaaaaaaaaank don't beat mine to E E - Matt Mason
  22. 3/10 Haven't personally seen you around, but you aren't new new either. Hello!
  23. Today, my father, who is recovering after knee surgery and is staying at my grandmother's house, apparently lost wifi signal because the router needs to be reset, which is down a flight of stairs in an office, and nobody in the house is able to help reset it. Meanwhile, I had internet services enabled in my house the very same morning, about 15 minutes prior to his going down.
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