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Lightest Craft to Orbit Quick Challenge ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ What is the lightest craft you can build that is capable of reaching orbit? ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Rules: A Periapsis above 70k constitutes as capable of orbit. No Debug Cheating, though Part Clipping is aloud. No Kraken Drives or similar methods of propulsion. No Lithobraking unless a part of the intended design. Submissions must be comprehensive. I ask that if you open the resources tab for the screenshots, And/Or the vessel information if you have KER installed, I also require (from now on), a screenshot of the Flight log (f3) at the end of a mission. All mods Used must be declared If you don't give your craft a good name I will Mods: No Game-Balance altering mods or addons; Part mods, Re-balance mods, Resize mods, Enviroment altering mods Auto piloting mods are banned as they limit the skill required to reach orbit. Some mods are aloud; If they solve some of the limitations of the UI (take command, IFS, TAC, etc.) Information readouts like Kerbal Engineer and some of MechJeb are fine Visual mods are aloud too of course. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Your Crafts weight at launch is your score. Launch clamps, disposable pods and Kerbals do not count. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Category #1: Unmanned No Kerbal on board Scoreboard: 1. @foamyesque with the UltraLightning V2 weighing in at .645t 2. @Teilnehmer with the Malchik weighing in at .77t 3. @Jetski with the Gnome D-915 weighing in at .912t 4. @nickifr with the L.C.T.O. #06 weighing in at 1.26t 5. @cantab with the PLANSat 2 weighing in at exactly 2t ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Category #2: Manned Get a Single Kerbal to orbit with at least a .5 units of EVA propellant left. (for rendezvousing) Note that Kerbals on EVA have around ~550 Δv with max propellant. Scoreboard: 1. ME with the KerChucker Mk2-2 weighing in at 1.906t [email protected] with the Strander Mk.1 weighing in at 2.327t 3. 4. 5. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Category #3: Unmanned and Recoverable No Kerbal on board, must recover at least the orbiters probe. Scoreboard: 1. @EliteGuy3 with the Plankton 2/39/4 wighing in at 2.333t 2. @KSPNewbie with the SpeedySat Mk4 weighing in at 2.557t 3. @swjr-swis with the MinilOrb1e-UnR weighing in at 3.055t 4. 5. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Category #4: Manned and Recoverable At least 1 Kerbal on board, must recover at least them and their pods. Scoreboard: 1. @Aetharan with the Lawndart MK3 weighing in at 2.085t 2. @Nefrums with the Unoriginal Name weighing in at 2.264t 3. @EliteGuy3 with the Plankton 29 weighing in at 2.355t 4. @foamyesque with the MicroLaunch Orbiter 1 weighing in at 2.457t 5. @Martian Emigrant with the weighing in at 2.705t 6. ME with the Pram 5 weighing in at 2.821t 7. @swjr-swis with the MinilOrb1e weighing in at 3.708t 8. @Crocket with the Beanstalk weighing in at 6.215t 9. @herbal space program with the U-Light MKPO mk1 weighing in at 6.261t ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Category #5: Kerbal Orbital Rescue Unit Recover a Kerbal from an orbit with a periapsis of at least 70K Scoreboard: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This thread is mostly a small test for a different challenge I'm planning on launching Soon™ There is likely a terminal weight to these, but I don't think they'll be a problem so long as the crafts are piloted by non-robots, hence the autopilot ban. I also couldn't help but notice that there is only a single 3 year old thread for the smallest craft to orbit, Shame on you all.