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  1. RealChute is a complete rework of the stock parachute module to fix a few of its inconveniences and get more realistic results out of parachutes! Issues that do not follow the bug reporting format will be ignored. NO LOGS, NO SUPPORT. Download - GitHub Special thanks to @Starwaster for the KSP 1.4 compatibility update! ModuleManager patch files included in the download. Issues that do not follow the bug reporting format will be ignored. NO LOGS, NO SUPPORT. NOTICE: I'm no longer developing this version, no new features are going in, only compatibility updates will be pushed out. I'm also not officially supporting this mod anymore, but plenty of people can help you, and I may pop in once in a while. My focus is on RealChute 2, which is coming Soon™ Features: Gradual deployment: Chutes gradually deploy, increasing realism and decreasing deployment shock. New Deployment Conditions: Chutes deploy in conditions ranging from Eve's crushing clouds to Duna's silken veil. Parachutes deploy either according to atmospheric density or altitude and will not deploy when not intended to; e.g. in space or on the pad. Autocuts can be set for a certain altitude per chute to cut some chutes while other deploy! Parachutes on Ground: Parachutes will not autocut upon nearly stopping mid-air or touching the ground, enabling drag chutes for planes! Parachutes Return to Staging: Parachutes can be restaged again and again without restrictions! Drag Chute: Drag chutes deploy at low altitude to slow landing airplanes. Full Customization: Parachutes' values can be edited, and modders can add the plugin to their packs. Combo Chute: Deploys a drogue and next a main chute. Custom parts: sumghai gave this pack its own parts! Vessel Hangs from Chute: Even nose chutes! Editor window: Edit parachutes from the editor for any shape, size, or characteristics! Presets: Quickly edit parachutes by saving configurations into presets and loading them quickly later! Thanks to Duxwing for rewriting this part Video by 7499275 showcasing the mod Changelog Documentation And now finally, if you want to donate a little something to support for all the coffee and the nights I spent on this, you are very welcome, and it would make my day my year. FAQ (if you ask a question that is here, I'm not answering you.): Q: How/Where do I edit and customize parachutes? A: In the action groups panel. Click on the said panel like you wanted to edit action groups, then click on the parachute you want to edit. A window with all the editing options will appear. for this specific parachute. Don't forget to press apply before leaving. Q: This panel is too complicated, isn't there a simpler way to do this? A: If you don't want to use the editor panel, you really don't have to. There is a preset system that allows you to select the parachute's type (main, droge, drag, or combo), it's size (0.625m - 2.5m for cones/stacks, small - large for radials), and apply it to your current chute. You don't even have to complicate your life. Q: When I'm pressing apply, it's telling me that the craft is too heavy for the parachute. What do I do? A: Make sure the the only parts attached to the craft when you press apply are the parts that you want to land. Detach your launcher or any other fluff before pressing apply. The parachute is calculated with the weight of all the parts currently attached to the craft. You can also toggle dry/wet mass in the editor to help, but it defaults at dry. Q: What is this "parachutes used" field in the editor window? A: This is the amount of parachutes deployed at the same time to land your parachute. This option will spread the load of your craft throughout all the parachutes used, effectively lowering the size of each. Be careful: a triple canopy is only a visual effect, it's only one chute. Stach chutes, on the other side, are two chutes (one comes out on each side). This is why this field does not say parts; a part can have multiple chutes on it (like the stacks and the combos). This is why a cone chute with a triple canopy would put one in parachutes used, and a stack chute would put two. Four radial chutes in symmetry would use four. Basically, you just put in the amount of individual active chutes at the same time, regardless of what the canopies look like. Q: Why can't I access the parachute editor when starting career? When does it come available? A: The parachute editor comes with the action groups panel. As long as the most basic action groups are unavailable, the panel is unavailable. In a normal stock game, the basic action groups become available with the first VAB and SPH upgrades. Q: I used to be able to resize parachutes with the right click menu, but those options aren't there anymore. What happened to them? A: The right click resizing menu is a helping too with the previous questions. While the action groups menu is unavailable, you can resize parachutes with the right click menu. When they are, resizing now happens in the action groups menu. This only happens in career mode, so in science and sandbox, you would always go to the action groups window. Q: Why does the Engineer's Report say there are no chutes on the craft when I clearly put some? A: The Engineer's Report looks for stock chutes. I haven't implemented a check for RealChute yet. Be patient. Q: Does this work on Windows 64bit builds of KSP? A: As of KSP 1.1, yes. However, this is absolutely not something that is sure never to change. If the Winx64 builds of the game return to being unstable, buggy messes, you bet that the lock will absolutely return, and I reserve the right to bring it back at any moment I see fit, and at my discretion, and mine only. But, with the current look of things, I do not anticipate the need to do this in any foreseeable future. You have, however, been warned. Q: Do the parachutes hold on at 4x physical time warp? A: Depending on how fast you are coming down and which chute you are using, yes. Most often they will hold on just fine, but I really can't guarantee they will. However be careful, the chutes fully deployed added to high physical timewarp values can lead to bad stuff, you've been warned. Q: Is this FAR compatible? A: FAR has it's own built-in implementation of RealChute, added by me, providing basic RealChute-esque behaviour, minus all the fluff. If you want the in game editor and all the additional features RealChute provides, install this, it'll override the version built into far. Q: Can you make a ModuleManager file for *insert mod here*? A: I currently don't have much time to work on configs for mods, but if you make one and are 100% sure it works, send it to me, I'll see about including it. Q: I'm trying to add a secondary parachute to a part but it's not working! A: It's not working because you can't add a secondary parachute to any part. It needs a second parachute transform, a second set of parachute animations, etc. A modeller needs to make a part that has two parachute to allow it. Q: What is your favourite pie flavour? A: I love cherry and blueberry pie tbh. Special thanks to UbioZur, r4m0n, Sarbian, Cilph, sirkut, taniwha, NathanKell, ferram4, toadicus and the rest of #kspmodders for helping this mod happen The cut and repack sounds were graciously given by ymir9, big thanks to him! Very special thanks to @sumghai for those awesome parts, as well as the logos, icons, and flags!! GitHub repository (source) License: You are free to copy, fork, and modify RealChute as you see fit. However, redistribution is only permitted for unmodified versions of RealChute, and under attribution clause. If you want to distribute a modified version of RealChute, be it code, textures, configs, or any other asset and piece of work, you must get my explicit permission on the matter through a private channel, and must also distribute it through the attribution clause, and must make it clear to anyone using your modification of my work that they must report any problem related to this usage to you, and not to me. This clause expires if I happen to be inactive (no connection) for a period of 90 days on the official KSP forums. In that case, the license reverts back to CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 INTL.
  2. I'm a brand-new KSP player, and I have been beating my head against the problem of the MK16 parachute always getting 'destroyed by aerodynamic forces' on the way down, no matter what I did, just like many other newbies on this forum. I have been doing the simplest possible configuration in the 'Contract's track - a command module, a 'Flea' solid-rocket booster, and a MK16 parachute. However, I saw a post talking about 'monopropellant' on the command module, and reduced that to zero - that didn't help either, but it got me thinking, and I looked at the options for the 'Flea' solid booster. Turns out that although you can't throttle a 'Flea' booster, you CAN reduce the starting fuel amount and the thrust available. So, I reduced them both to about 1/2 scale, and now the rocket assembly tops out MUCH lower, and the parachute now works every time - YAY!! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cz6jzboQKj0MRzksfV7pvL5-smfzZ45J/view?usp=sharing I'm now experimenting with higher fuel loads to see if I can get the parachute to survive even with a full fuel load. Woo Hoo! Frank
  3. SafeChute (continued from Red3Tango's SafeChute) SafeChute takes you out of time warp when your parachutes deploy, and also just above landing. You can restart time warp manually after SafeChute stops it. This plugin was originally necessary to prevent your ship tearing apart when parachutes deployed; this is less of a problem in the latest versions of KSP, but it's still nice. In the config.xml file you can configure: * The minimum altitude for the plugin (10,000 m by default) * The altitude to stop warp above ground (15 m by default) The altitude above ground is calculated based on height from the terrain or "sea level", depending on which is closer. All parachute deployment altitudes are automatically supported. Supports stock, RealChute, and FAR parachutes. Download for KSP 1.10.x: at SpaceDock, Github, Curse Download for KSP 1.9.x: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.73: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.6: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.5.1: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.4.5: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.3.1: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.2.2: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.1.3: old version at Github Download for KSP 1.0.5: old version at Github Source: Github (BSD License)
  4. I want to keep this topic very concise and to one simple point. I love the EVA parachute system for Kerbonauts. They recently saved the day when I brought the rescue craft for two Kerbals stranded in Munar orbit piloted by Jeb back to Kerbin. When I descended through the upper atmosphere I wondered why the parachutes didn't show up in the stage stack. Well, the craft was mainly designed and launched to stay in space and be a shuttle in the Kerbin system - no chutes on that thing. But on to my point: Kerbals lean their feet the wrong way when steering. As of version 1.9 Kerbals lean their upper body left when making a left turn, which is fine, but they stretch their waddly legs to the right, which is wrong. A paraglide can be steered by shifting one's mass. This is done by bending the whole body to the left or right, depending on the intended direction. This problem should have a very quick fix: Swap the leg animations for left and right turns. This is my first post on the forum, so feedback is very welcome. I started playing KSP just one month ago and have played it for 300 hours since.
  5. Hey everyone! Today, I've got another replica to show off! Red Bull Stratos was a high altitude diving project involving Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner. On 14 October 2012, Baumgartner flew approximately 39 kilometres (24 mi) into the stratosphere over New Mexico, United States, in a helium balloon before free falling in a pressure suit and then parachuting to Earth. The total jump, from leaving the capsule to landing on the ground, lasted approximately ten minutes. While the free fall was initially expected to last between five and six minutes, Baumgartner deployed his parachute after 4 minutes and 19 seconds. Reaching 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph)—Mach 1.25—Baumgartner broke the sound barrier on his descent, becoming the first human to do so without any form of engine power. Measurements show Baumgartner also broke two other world records. With a final altitude of 38,969 m (127,851 ft; 24 mi), Baumgartner broke the unofficial record for the highest manned balloon flight of 37,640 m (123,491 ft) previously set by Nick Piantanida. He also broke the record for the highest altitude jump, set in 1960 by USAF Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who was Baumgartner's mentor and capsule communicator at mission control. (from Wikipedia) My replica utilizes some tricks to make the balloon work, since stock buoyancy isn't a thing (yet). The "balloon" section is made mostly of fairings, except for the midsection which uses the structural tube parts to make for an internal section where aerodynamic forces aren't ignored (like they are inside fairings). Inside those tubes are two counter-rotating sets of propellers which will provide our lift to simulate buoyancy. The rotors are powered by fuel cells which are fed by a single small tank with enough gas to get you a few kilometers up before the jump. Craft File: https://kerbalx.com/Jamie_Logan/Red-Bull-Stratos When flying: Set your SAS to radial out, press action group 1 to power up the rotors and fuel cells, then throttle up to 100% and stage. EVA and hit spacebar once you reach ~9 km. Don't forget to open your parachute. Enjoy! Gallery: I hope you liked it! Here is my last post:
  6. I haven't had this problem before because I have added a lot of parachutes to my craft. Now I have a bunch of crew cabins to carry space tourists (thanks to those who told me how to) and a payload bay. I have filled up the payload bay and I don't want to add another one. So I put the rest of my science experiments and batteries on the command pod. It was so crowded that I couldn't add all five parachutes that I used to have. I did add symmetry, but I was wondering if parachutes break (if I just use two for a whole bunch of weight). I use the radical parachutes. If they do break, how much tons can they hold? Thanks
  7. Hi, can you link any or all the chutes calculators you know? if any... Thanks!
  8. I saw in the "what did you do in ksp today" thread people talking about attaching a parachute to an asteroid to land it on Kerbin. My question is, how do you attach it? I thought you were only able to do stuff like that in the VAB. Is there a mod for stuff like that?
  9. So kerbals have chutes now, which act more like parafoils. We should have a part that is just a bigger version of the kerbal chute for things like SMART, electron recovery, and Gemini's Regallo wing concept.
  10. I've been away from KSP for about 4 years, but picked it up again recently. So I know I need to get up the learning curve for heat shields, radios, fairings, and a few other things. The unexpected problem is that my Mk1 command pod always explodes on splashdown. I see that it has a 14m/s maximum impact speed (which seems awfully low), but I'm finding it impossible to slow it down enough to land. Even with 4 parachutes on it, it's still coming down at 19m/s. Is there a mod making this thing too heavy? Too fragile? See screenshot for mass & speed numbers.
  11. I currently have a whole bunch of mods installed and have recently updated to 1.7.0 and my parachutes no longer work. When I deploy my chutes and set the full deploy altitude to max it seems fine at first. But when fully deployed they act like they’re not even there. The parachutes do nothing and I end up hitting the ground at ~160 m/s. Ps I don’t have realchutes installed. Any ideas?
  12. I have been having some problems with my mods. I would appear that one of the mods I have has broken the parachutes (the parachutes are empty objects, when I put them on my ship I get the warning that I don't have any parachutes, they don't show up in staging, so on, they just don't exist from a function standpoint), some other things, and all of BDArmory. I could go through taking out each one and trying it but my computer is a bit slow and it would take hours. I'm hoping I can get a quicker response on the forums. I'm going to list everything in my GameData folder, so if you know of any clashes, please tell me. BDArmory CommunityCategoryKit CommunityResourcePack FerramAeroSpaceResearch Firespitter JSI KAS KAX KerbalEngineer KIS Klockheed_Martian_Gimbal KWRocketry MagicSmokeIndustries MechJeb2 PlanetaryBaseInc ProbeControlRoom QuizTechAero SmokeScreen Squad (of course) ThunderAerospace Trajectories TriggerTech and a few versions of module manager I feel stupid to ask about this since I have been playing for 4 years, but I don't have time to go through them myself anymore. Thanks in advance!
  13. Why does Jeb personal chute doesn't work, how to activate it?
  14. So I was going through some older mods looking for interesting things to use with stock texture switching. And I came across this awesome old ESTES parachute pack by Narhiril . I thought it would be perfect to set up texture switching so they are all available in one part for the Mk16 chute. The mod was last updated for V-1.2.0 . This is basically just a texture pack the chutes work fine and the textures are in dds format but I get this effect in the game. I think I have seen this before does anyone know what needs to be changed on the texture sheet to fix this ? I assume it's some layer that needs to have transparency value or a colour change to fix the problem? I'M completely incompetent when it comes to artwork or working with textures. I am also handicapped by being on Linux with Gimp "sorry" no Photoshop. I was hoping its something easy I can do by just clicking a layer and changing a value or something ? If any of you texture gurus know what I need to do I would appreciate it. If not no problems I wouldn’t expect anyone to spend any time on the problem . this was just something I was going to do for myself and if there isn’t a easy fix I'm certainly not going to. "Thanks"
  15. Hello, I'm searching for a mod I think I have used in the past. It's a part (a 1,25m ring) that you could stack atop a Mk2 command pod (the Apollo-like one) and say a docking port. Or maybe it was a 1,25m docking port including chutes/drogues. Using the stock radial ones is really ugly and often end up blocking a porthole or a door. Thanks in advance, searched around but unable to find it ! Thanks in advance.
  16. I see this as a common mistake when people try to re-create modern canopies without doing the research... Ram Air Parachutes are NOT open in the back, they are only open in the front so any forward motion forces the cloth wing to inflate. There are also small openings in the ribs between the cells, known as Cross-Porting, to allow a single inflated cell to inflate adjacent cells. In some BASE canopies there are also small openings on the underside of the canopy to force air into the cells from underneath. These can help keep the canopy inflated when forward speed is diminished or when the leading edge openings are obstructed. USPA: 73415, D: 27172
  17. Update 1.4 added this cool new parachute you can use on EVA, and I was psyched about it. But I investigated it further and couldn't figure it out. How do I use it? Is it a part, or is it unlockable somehow? I just don't know. I would be (please help me now) greatful for your input!
  18. I feel like I suggested this once before, but I can't find the thread. Anyway, with Kerbals getting parachutes, I feel it is time to revisit the idea! The basic idea is to give the player backpack options for the Kerbals, so you choose whichever backpack type suits you. The default backpack is the EVA pack, and if you change the backpack for a given seat on your craft, it will save that setting with the craft. Perhaps you could store extra backpacks in the command module and switch while on mission, with each command module having its own backpack storage limit. EVA Pack: The vanilla backpack. It's excellent for maneuvering in low or zero-G, and can be used to easily fly on the Mun or any body with similar or lower gravity. Comes with a hose that can connect to another EVA pack or a fuel tank to transfer monopropellant. Parachute: Exactly what has now been given to all Kerbals. With my idea, it's an option which carries an opportunity cost. Excellent for a Kerbin or Laythe landing, might even be strong enough to survive a landing on Duna. Jetpack: Much higher thrust than EVA pack, but only provides thrust in one direction and it has lower total dV, meaning the burn time is much shorter. You can use it to travel upwards pretty fast even on Kerbin, and it is strong enough to lift Kerbals on Eve. Despite having thrust in only one direction, the user can twist their body to affect their heading slightly. Comes with a hose that can connect to another jetpack or fuel tank to transfer liquid fuel and/or oxidizer. Storage Pack: It's a backpack for holding things. This would go well with Kerbal Attachment System if it were made stock. Various small items could be placed inside and carried around by the Kerbal to be deployed later. Could be interesting if engineers were given some various tools to use. Comms Array: A medium-range radio transmitter with antenna and battery pack which can be used to relay science reports. Comes with a cord that can connect to another comms array or battery to transfer electric charge. Just for fun: Wingsuit: A folded pair of glider wings which can be extended while falling to enable the Kerbal to do impressive aerial stunts. Also comes with a tiny one-use solid rocket which can be used either to lift the Kerbal off the ground initially or to get a temporary speed boost while in mid-air.
  19. Basically I'm looking to see if there is any mod that automatically repacks all the chutes on a craft either on its own or at the press of a button. is there a mod like this? if not, would it be possible to do?
  20. I'm having trouble with the new parachutes. They're great and fun to use, but I want to deploy them without right-clicking on my kerbal. So I took to the code. I searched the landing gear, lights, and RCS-related parts and couldn't find anything related to action groups. So how do you set them? I know it's possible to assign action groups and staging to kerbals, just get in an EVA seat. I know next to nothing about this stuff, so a video tutorial would probably help the most but I'll take any help I can get.
  21. I'm aware that this has been suggested a number of times before. However, I have never observed much follow up to the topic. I think it would be a very welcome feature to be able to toggle parachutes out of staging entirely, like you can with decouplers (as of a few patches ago, anyways). The first and perhaps most significant advantage to this is that it would allow the user a lot more freedom in designing emergency systems for their rocket. At the moment, I find it very frustrating that although the game includes both an emergency escape tower as well as a dedicated "abort" action group assignment, it's kind of inconvenient and annoying to actually utilize them. The primary reason for this is that they just add additional components to wrangle in staging. The interface could be exactly the same as the staging toggle for decouplers. Just right click the parachute, then click the option to disable it in staging. Another use of such a feature would be more precise control of parachutes for specific situations. Slowing a landing space-plane, for example. You could have parachutes be in their own separate stage, but then you have to worry constantly about accidentally triggering them at a bad time. With them toggled out of staging entirely, you can decide exactly if and when the parachutes are deployed. On a personal note, my neigh-pathological fear of messing up chute staging is why I've never tried making a space-plane styled after the space shuttle. A secondary suggestion, for the same reason, is to make it possible to toggle engines out of staging as well.
  22. I'm trying to complete the first tutorial level, but I am being told to select the MK16 parachute, but it is not there. I cannot find it in the utility tab, where it is telling me to click on it from, and will not let me progress any further with the level. Anybody know what's going on?
  23. Hi, I'm new to Forums, asking. I have launched lots of Exploration Mission, in Early Carrer, Mostly were Science-Return and a small Parachute helped a lot. Now, I have started Crewed Exploration, and I'm facing Reentry problems, it's good at de-orbit, but I have plans to Direct Re-Entry like Appolo-Style, Controlled Ballistic Reentry. I have Tried It from Kerbin Stationary Orbit, Wirh 3 Drag and 3 Mains, Drags get it slow, but very high altitude, I'm planning such Entry from Minimus, with 1 Drag and 3 mains and after a long atmospheric flight at low angle. Can someone help me calculating the Speed Before Re-entry, AP is 50,000,000 M. Plz. I have Launched such first mission and is enrouted to Minimus, Plz.
  24. Hello, I was wondering if there was a mod that could take some of the grind out of resetting parachutes. I have an engineer aboard, but I don't want to have to EVA her out to the nose of the craft to reset all the chutes one by one.
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