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Rover Endurance on 100 EC (Electric Charge) How far can you drive a rover with only 100 units of Electric Charge to work with? Let's find out! The basic idea: Build and launch a rover on the KSC runway. Plant a flag on the runway next to the rover. Drive as far as you can from the flag. How far did you get? Rover Construction Rules: Stock parts only. Rover must have at least 2 Kerbals. They may be in external seats (lawn chairs..) or in pods. Rover must have no more than 100 EC at launch. Rover must not have ANY means of recharging the batteries. No solar panels, no fuel cells, no engines with alternators. Also, no RTGs ( @Mars-Bound Hokie ) No flying vehicles or boats. (That might be a separate challenge..) No propulsion from any source other than rover wheels. No rocket engines, no propellers, no jet engines. General Challenge Rules: No, you can not 'get out and push' with the Kerbals. That's prohibited. However, you may use a Kerbal to flip a rover back up if it flips over. Just don't use Kerbals to add distance. ( @OJT ) You may use a combination of powered and unpowered wheels. Aircraft landing gear are allowed. At least one wheel must be a powered rover wheel though. Mods that add or alter the functionality of parts, or which alter game physics are not allowed. Other mods are fine. You must start at the KSC runway. You can go any direction you want though. Entries should ideally have a few screenshots: One showing the rover on the runway with no more that 100 EC, and another showing your distance from the runway (flag) when you run out of juice. If you are posting more than 3 or 4 screenshots, please put them inside a spoiler window. I managed to get a rover with 2 Kerbals 7.1 km from the flag, but I think you can go much farther than I did! Leaderboard: 9.9 km @OJT 12 May 2022 - A couple of rollovers, and a Kraken attack to end the run. Lots of EC remaining when the rover unglued itself. 10.0 km @camacju 12 MAY 2022 - A classic camacju entry, with parts attached by no visible means! Also classic by carefully evaluating the limitations and characteristics of the elements involved. I think camacju already has some ideas for improving his distance.. 13.5 km @swjr-swis 15 May 2022 - A stylish blue and green chassis, how did he do that? Kerbals reclined for lower drag, and more comfort while sleeping and driving. 14.7 km @camacju 12 MAY 2022 - Investigating some aero tweaks. End distance is more than double my original test run. Terrain is becoming a bigger factor as it becomes less flat. Confirms @OJT's observation that small wheelbase tricycle rovers might occasionally tip over. 26.7 km @swjr-swis 16 May 2022 - Focusing more on drag reductions than weight, nearly doubling the previous record! I just realized I’m ordering these from lowest to highest distances, not sure why I ordered them that way.
So I am a complete modding novice. I have never touched a 3D game engine, I don't know the first thing about C++ or C#, and I've never created a KSP mod in my life, but I would like to task myself with creating a new custom IVA for some of the Endurance Mod command pods, more specifically; I would like to create new interactive IVA's for the command pods using ASET props. I noticed that when you download ASET props and all the other dependencies, the interactive RPM cockpits for the ships such as the lander, ranger, and Endurance Command Module do not work anymore for any of the interiors, and I would like to create new ASET IVA's for them. However, all the articles that I've look at which try and tell me how to get into modding are 5+ years old, and furthermore, none of them are specific towards ASET props. I know there is a link on the original site but that link does not work anymore. If anyone has any assistance in to helping me get started with using ASET props in creating custom IVA's it would be greatly appreciated
Hello Kerbonauts, this is The Guardian Squid Expeditions Finance Department! We've recently been "gifted" a duo of KeR-7 Launchers and a Koyuz MK-II connected to a third KeR-7. We need to quickly get these off of our hands and into space! We're tasking you with building an interplanetary spacecraft with a lander. You'll launch the Koyuz first and put it into LKO then launching two other payloads and rendevouz with them in orbit above the KSC to hide it from our competitors at the Woomerang Space Center who got two Munollo launchers. The payloads you'll need to build are a Reuseable Lander of any kind of fuel (No Kraken-Powers) and a Ferry Stage using any kind of fuel (Still no Kraken-Powers). You'll get to take your new craft as far as you like! The Craft: A Soyuz and R-7 Replica mated together for the challenge is available in my Steam Workshop at this link: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2481446423. Rules: -Both DLC's are required to participate. -No Fuel Tank Part Clipping without taking a corresponding amount of Fuel and/or Oxidizer, Xenon, and Monopropellant. -You can however clip fuel tanks through the base of the Fairing (The part that you don't build). -No Engine Clipping unless it follows the rules regarding the Fuel tank clipping. -All of the Kerbals must return home to Kerbin. -Minimum Two Kerbals, Maximum Three. -The Koyuz can't be edited outside of the stated rules. -The Koyuz's Parachutes can be changed. -You can change the levels of ablator, monoprop, and Fuel in the Koyuz. -You can mess with the SRB throttle and fuel levels in the Koyuz descent module. -You'll modify the KeR-7 by removing the Koyuz and adding your payload. -You can remove the parachutes on your two KeR-7s. -You can only extend the faring by ONE meter either in radius or height. -You can't refuel your craft outside of the fuel and resources you bring in the three rockets you launch. -ISRU is allowed but must be mentioned in your submission. -You can leave debris in orbit but do mention it in your submission and how much. -You can remove the Launch Escape System on the Koyuz and your KeR-7s. -Feel free to use any number of gravity assists and waiting however long to go from place to place. -Badges will be custom made upon request after completing objectives. -Reference the Allowed Mods Section for later. Have a Question? Feel free to ask! Mods: -No parts mods, MechJeb is Okay. -AmpYear and it's Reserve Batteries are allowed. -Keep the Game mostly Stock (Physics and layout, but not Graphics) Objectives: (You don't have to reach/meet all of these!) -Start the Challenge! -Visit Moho (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Eve (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Gilly (Orbit and/or Land) -Re-Enter Kerbin -Visit the Mun (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Minmus (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Duna (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Ike (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Dres (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Jool('s Upper Atmosphere) -Visit Laythe (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Vall (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Tylo (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Pol (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Bop (Orbit and/or Land) -Visit Eeloo (Orbit and/or Land) -Capture and Asteroid and Enter it into the Orbit of a Planet or Moon. -Use a Nuclear Transfer Module. -Use an Ion Transfer Module. -Use a Lqd+Ox Transfer Module. -Use a Nuclear Lander. -Use an Ion Lander. -Use a Lqd+Ox Lander. How do I Prove my Work? -Post a Video/Timelapse of your Missions! -Make an album with an image of each objective completed and another image showing the cheats debug menu showing. -The Album must include the crafts in the VAB, on the Launchpad, and all the other locations you've visited with the resources menu showing. (You can also post an additional image without the resource menu) Your Starting Badge! As a Reward for Participating, You'll get this badge! (Note: Feel Free to Resize it) Minor Advice from our R&D Division: -Little cheat for those of you who want to use the Dawn engine. The Koyuz actually has a small container of Xenon onboard that's empty that's only there for visual aspects. If you want to, fill 'er up! -If you need some design ideas, look for minimalist missions on YouTube. There are some really good ones! -You don't need a lander but it would count towards the ranking of your mission. -Maybe as a Transfer/Service Module you could use the upper stage of the KeR-7 with a larger fuel tank and some docking adaptors. -You could also use the upper stage as a lander. -Bonus points for always being connected to the KSC through direct connection. Leaderboard for the most Bodies with Gravity visited: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) Leaderboard for the Heaviest Asteroid Captured 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Leaderboard for the Cheapest but Furthest Reaching Craft: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Leaderboard for the Lighest but Furthest Reaching Craft: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Leaderboard for the most Creative Craft: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)
So......after chatting with @Triop on this subject, I have decided to throw my hat into the preverbal ring and drive around Kerbin within 80 days. How hard could it be? Driving is easy.....boring but easy, right? WRONG!! Kerbin is one of the toughest places to drive a rover, truck, dune buggy, race car, etc. Whatever you drive, you're driving on a planet that has some of the most varied, roughest and unforgiving terrain in the KSP universe. Add it's rather strong gravity, and you have a challenge. Some other planets have rough terrain, but most of them have lower gravity (with exceptions of course). So you're rover/buggy/truck has to be well built, tough as nails, your driving must be razor sharp, and you have to pay attention the entire time you're driving. Your speed must be well regulated because wheel blowouts are the least of your problems (they can be fixed). Go too fast, don't pay attention to what's coming up ahead of you and BLAMO!! you're careening off a cliff, going end over end and most likely killing your intrepid but less than experienced pilot and engineer if you managed to drag one with you, probably kicking and screaming. So...... DAY ONE Early morning. The MEGA Truck is finally ready. Our most experienced pilot and navigator extreme GDJ Kerman (yeah for real) is ready to take the wheel with a few somewhat willing crew. Kerbal Foundries was generous enough to supply a high powered APU unit for the truck's power source which a claimed 17 units of electrical charging per second and a fuel consumption of no more than 0.03 units per second. With additional fuel (1250-odd units) the frame of the truck was creaking with it's total weight of 20.4 tonnes. This was no ordinary 2019 Kerbal Star truck. This was a custom made Tri-Drive Tandem steer unit with a extended cab for two other occupants. Nearly 10 metres long, almost 2 metres wide, this was a beast of a truck with the power of the Kraken. After firing up the APU, a quick test was done and a plume of exhaust shot up in the air nearly as high as the VAB. Everybody smiled. Yeah baby! After KSC gave everybody in the truck their best wishes for success, the intrepid 4 nutcases were off and running. The truck spun around from the runway, sprinted north at a pace that was nearly dangerous on level ground. GDJ Kerman looked at the speedometer: 41 metres per second. After leaving the level grounds surrounding KSC the most experienced pilot in KSC history remembered some advise from his mentor and former teacher Gene Kerman: "Less is more. Don't push your luck and risk everything. This is not a race. Nobody has done this before, and the only other one crazy enough to do it @Triop is still out there. Take your time. Besides, the truck is brand new and bloody expensive." Time to slow things down. 30 to 35 m/s would be sufficient. The plan was to travel to Kerman Lake on the first day. Kerman Lake was roughly north east and had a small airport for smaller regional aircraft. Most of the terrain was not really rough until one got to within 20 km of Kerman Lake, then it was a lot more challenging. Bill Kerman was the chief engineer, Jebediah Kerman was backup pilot, and a newbie Scientist that was still wet behind her ears was in charge of ......the science stuff. For the most part, the day went off without a hitch. A few times the truck was airborne for a few seconds, but the robust suspension handled the abuse like a dream. Bill did some adjusting to the steering parameters as the drive progressed and made the high speed handling a little less....hazardous. The APU sipped at the LF, keeping all 1600 units of battery power charged at 99.5% and only went full blast when driving up hills. The brakes were equally impressive. Kerbal Star equipped the truck with 10 Krembo disc brakes and all together was able to stop the 20 tonne monster to a halt within 150 metres, give or take a bit. After a few hours and in dwindling daylight the crew arrived at Kerman Lake, tired but not too badly shaken (thank you air-ride seats!) and decided to plan out the next days trip in a nice hotel. SUMMARY FOR DAY ONE