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Hey there, To immediately get to the core of my post – I would like to share with you a handcrafted 13+ hours playlist with the finest, strangest, most epic and most remote tunes for endless Kerbal Space Program sessions (and other space adventures): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Tso1b4pgou9GFyJ6q4Lry I know that attitudes towards background music for playing KSP vary greatly. For me, atmospheric background music was always something to greatly increase my rocketry pleasure – especially on these very long deep space missions. However, I could not find a playlist anywhere which fulfilled my (admittedly astronomic) demands regarding quality, length, variety and space-relatedness. Hence, I had to create a playlist of my own – and since I have spent years to assemble it, I thought I might as well share it for the pleasure of my common space farers. The musical styles range from epic mainstream scores to serious electronic, classical, indy, ambient and experimental music. The playlist starts rather pop-ish but soon descents into the void of minimal experimentalism – sort of. Most songs are instrumental, they are all are suitable for background enjoyment and have some connection to space, in one way or the other. I hope you enjoy it. See you up there! (Oh, and yes, I registered for this forum three years ago just to post this. But you know, sometimes you get stuck in a very unfortunate orbit, leading you faaar away...)
Welcome to KSP-PAO, your space center's virtual Public Affairs Officer!! Introduction In real life the NASA PAO's (officers) do a lot! The one thing you might be most familiar with is their voice-over commentary during a launch or during mission operations. As a life long space nerd/geek/fan, I often have NASA TV on in the background, even while playing KSP. It was during recent ISS mission coverage that I got the idea for KSP PAO. Ever heard of the Telemachus mod for KSP? Well, it's an incredible mod that allows you to interact with KSP from a web browser or api. This has allowed many new UI's to be created, including ones that don't use browser. Some like Houston, allow multiple people to act as different members of the KSP flight control staff. Other mods allows for devices, such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduinos to communicate - which have spawned some pretty amazing hardware "simpits" or custom controllers! Why do I mention Telemachus? Well it's required for KSP-PAO to work. The first version of Telemachus that will work with KSP-PAO is right here (https://github.com/KSP-Telemachus/Telemachus/releases/tag/1.6.0-alpha-2-actual). While the mod is running in a browser window (Chrome only for now), you will occasionally here the PAO announce a mission update. What they say is entirely up to what you're doing at the moment and a little luck! Is Jeb on EVA? You might here the PAO give Jeb a shout out and update you on the Mission Elapsed Time. Have a lander in orbit around Duna? You may here the ship's current status and velocity.... and so it goes. To change how often you hear from the PAO, just select a time from the drop-up box. One of the other things that brings a level of fun and world-building to KSP are the various fictional companies that make up the KSP 'verse. So, I've decided I'd add "ad support" to KSP PAO. NOT REAL ADS, not paid for, in-game advertising, 100% completely for FUN ads from the KSP universe! What sort of parts is ROKEA hawking today? Any specials down at Jeb's this week? Ideally, I want these added and generated by the community and I can't wait to see what you all come up with. For now, the only way to see an "ad" is to click on the "Ad" button. Let me know what you think! Technical note, before all the, "Why Chrome only" questions. Right now Chrome is the browser with the best support for the HTML5 Web Speech API that I use to generate the text-to-speech for KSP PAO. As other browsers come along, I'll test and make sure they work. More info on the REAL NASA PAO! http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4225/documentation/pao/pao.htm http://www.nasa.gov/offi…/education/centers/pao_contact.html Video Demo: Requirements: Download and install Telemachus: https://github.com/KSP-Telemachus/Telemachus/releases/tag/1.6.0-alpha-2-actual Download and install Chrome: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html Download: https://github.com/johnmknight/ksppao/releases/download/v0.5/pao-v0.5alpha.zip Installing: Unzip the file under the Telemachus mod directory: \GameData\Telemachus\Plugins\PluginData\Telemachus\pao Using: Follow the normal procedure of adding a Telemachus antenna onto your craft. Once you launch your craft, you can enable the Telemachus interface. You can browse to () and you should see the Telemachus UI. If you can see Telemachus, then open KSP-PAO in Chrome using: http://localhost:8085/telemachus/pao/pao.html For best results, maximize the Chrome window. You should see the KSP-PAO and in about 10 seconds, you'll hear your first mission briefing! To change how often you hear a briefing, use the drop-up list 'Mission Update Setting' on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. On the toolbar you'll also find a timer showing when the next briefing will be. Next is the current mission's MET. Each of the following buttons will speak it's respective briefing, with the "Mission Report" being the most comprehensive. Note: To keep things interesting and not as repetitive as they could be... the mission report uses some randomness to vary what it reports back on. Sometimes you'll hear the full resource briefing and other times the science report. LICENSE: https://github.com/johnmknight/ksppao/blob/v0.5/LICENSE SOURCE: https://github.com/johnmknight/ksppao Known Issues: It only works in Chrome! When I resize the browser the screen looks horrible! I'll be working on the UI, though the voice briefings and reports have priority for now. There's no "mute" button? Good idea! Working on it...