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  1. I managed to assemble my brand new shiny space station. It has a Mk 1 lander can as the central hub, with docking ports (normal size, not junior or senior) on all sides and science modules hanging off the side of those. After the station was built I launched a ferry craft to bring up the crew, docked, and then found that I could not transfer any of the crew out of my command pod into the lander can. Should the kerbals be able to transfer from the command pod to the lander can through the docking port? If so what actions do I need to take to "open" the docking port to allow transfer - does this need to be done before or after docking? I did manage to EVA out all the crew and get them settled but that was kind of a let down to be honest. Basically the setup was Lander Can:Docking Port -><- Docking Port: Mk2 Command Pod.
  2. So I'm currently working on a stock magnetic rail using docking port for their magnets. I only started some test and probably won't have the patience to push the concept very far, but I thought it might be a good idea to share the extent of my knowledge to spark some ideas, and to debunk others (I had a lot of misconceptions which once debunked makes Maglevs look much more easily doable). The setup I tested for now is one docking port facing downward anchored to Kerbin (the "rail") and one facing up ward (the "train"), at some variable distance, with some variable ballast. The variable distance is measured in increment, a very rough mesurement which corresponds to moving once an object using the offset tool with the maj key pressed. I tried clamp-o-tron snr, clamp-o-tron and clamp-o-tron jr, in matching pairs. Vertical stability. There are stable region where the train can stably levitate. It goes against my prenotion that docking ports were simple magnets which get more and more attracted as they get closer (in that case, no stable levitation, if it goes a bit too low, it falls too high it rams into the rail and docks). The magnet force is really small, maybe null when the port are right next to each other, increases to a max value when the ports are 2 increments appart, and fades at 4-5 increments. It follows that there can be 1 stable equilibrium. Lateral stability. As expected, levitation is latterally stable. Magnet force. 4.4kN. Magnet force does not depend on the size of the port. Forget aboubt clamp-o-tron senior. 4.5 to 4.5 kN is the max I could get, but the stability region looks very small, 4kN should be safe. It means a clamp-o-Tron jr can pull 20 time it's weight, same force to mass ratio than the ass kicking 48-77s spark engine. I haven't tested the minimum force before it docks, but 2kN is also possible, although stability region looks smaller than the one of 3kN. I only found one place in the web where this idea is ever mentionned, but it is a very promising redit post showing a mostly working prototype. Finally, although mono rail should be possible, I would advise put two in a mickey hear configuration for increased stability (but needs testing). I can share upon request the craft file I used for my test, but that's not much really.
  3. I've had this idea that I was sure would have been brought up already, but I have been unable to find any indication of this. We all know that asteroids in KSP have no gravity, that is to say that they are treated like any other ship part, and just float around inside the physics sphere. We also know it would be very difficult both to create a mod, and for that mod to run computationally, that would add some sort of S.O.I to them. However, in the modding community we like to take ideas that are difficult, and sufficiently abstract them so that we can make a reasonable mod for it. What if instead of giving them an SOI and everything, we just implement the already existing magnetic attraction mechanic used by docking ports? Just turn the force way down, and make it attract all ship parts. I don't know, as I am not a programmer, but it occurs to me that this may end up being very CPU intensive, so it could be perhaps just magnetic to a list of part types; such as anything that is a command pod, engine, landing leg, claw or other asteroid. This way you can "Land" on asteroids, and you can build large clumps of asteroids (space dust bunnies anyone?) if not actually orbit. And who knows, perhaps there are stable orbits that you could find with the right force level set (I'm thinking it would need to be very low). Thoughts? Ping: @linuxgurugamer @Snark, because I'm hoping if this is a bad idea, one of you guys could easily see why.
  4. Hello, I just launched a rocket into space trying to dock to my small space station. Now i managed to get there and also pretty much dock but i realised, that i put my RCS thrusters (Place Anywhere RCS Port) onto my Docking port on my Rocket which doesn't allow me to dock. I've tried it multiple times but it always got stuck with the magnetic force active but the vessels not connencting. Is there any way to solve this or do i have to do this mission all over again? Thank you in Advance
  5. Trying to test docking ports / mun base on kerbin before sending away - can't get them to dock for some reason.... Not sure why? Photo: I set the docking port on the right as target and clicked "control from here" on the left - so not sure why it says distance is also 11 meters. I've tried docking with and without ports near the runway - don't know what's up with this. I can dock in orbit as a reference (general gameplay speaking - not these parts)
  6. I docked a ship to a station and it stayed there through weeks of gametime and quits and restarts of the game. Eventually, it was time to undock and go home. So I right-clicked on the joined ports. Only the station's docking port had an "undock" option. I clicked it and the option went away, but the ships remained joined together. Trying to separate with torque rotated the whole assembly. Trying to separate with RCS made all thrusters on both ship and station fire. IOW, they were still functionally joined, not simply stuck together somehow. I looked in the persistence file and the 2 ships are still listed as 1 Vessel, as expected. Both docking ports say "state = Disengage". So, how do I fix this? Do I need to edit the persistence file? If so, how? Thanks.
  7. Hi KSP Community.I have a problem: I have to dock two big fuel tanks (around 6-8m diameter) in orbit for a trip to Mars.Realism Overhaul gives you pre-sized docking ports and TweakScale can't modify them.So yeah , solutions?Mods that add more docking ports for RO?A cfg to add more different sized docking ports of the same type?I don't want to modify a pre existing docking port , since I'm already using them on smaller ships and I fear to break them by doing that.Thanks!
  8. I need some help editing a save file. I have a game where the docking ports are not working. So i removed all unnecessary mods, launched a new pair of vessels and the docking ports work on this pair. I then deleted all unnecessary craft from the save. So now I have a minimal save file, which uses minimal mods. The docking ports on the original pair of craft are still not working. So I need to do the following: 1. edit the save file to fix this pair of craft 2. figure out what the original game cause this to happen. Is there someone who can help me look at the save file to figure out what is broken in these craft? Once I know what is broken, I should be able to figure out what mod is causing this to break in my main game. Thank you in advance
  9. Does anyone know of a mod with a docking port that will mate with any size docking port? Either one-size-fits-all or adjustable on the fly in situ? I'm trying to reduce part count and trying to have one docking port of every size is frustrating. Is this possible to do with module manager? Following a suggestion I tried the following, but it disabled all of my docking ports. @PART[*]:HAS[@MODULE[ModuleDockingNode]]:Final { @MODULE[ModuleDockingNode] { @nodeType = size0,size1,size2,size3 } }
  10. I'd like to ask the community for your ideas on how to design modular bases such that the docking ports easily align. I'll try to post photos of some of my strategies, but since mine never seem to work as well as I imagine, I'd like to hear what you do! I was inspired to ask this question after seeing a new "fork lift" that I hadn't thought of: https://www.reddit.com/r/KerbalSpaceProgram/comments/5u6iys/a_simple_forklift_for_base_building/?st=iz7d0nx8&sh=92cf4f1b Hopefully this thread is not redundant. I did find some similar ideas in these threads: 1, 2. Thanks in advance!
  11. When the information panel is displayed for a docked docking port, include a readout of the current angle of the face of the docking port relative to its partner. Include + and - buttons to rotate the partner docking port (and attached structure) without undocking. This would allow a much greater degree of precision in the construction of structures and vehicles in-situ. For example, two short 2.5m vehicles with two Rovemax XL3 wheels each in mirror attachment could dock with Clamp-O-Tron Sr. ports to form a large rover. It would be much easier to ensure that the wheels are all facing in the same direction with this method, rather than undocking and rotating a potentially unbalanced structure. Something like this:
  12. Can someone elucidate me as to precisely what condition causes the following warning in the Editor? Docking port is not facing or attached the right way. In this position it is considered useless. I have a couple weldments that include docking ports. The port it's complaining about docks fine (I tested it), with the minor exception that the distance is incorrect if it is the one being controlled. I've tried reorienting the port every which way, and also setting it as the root part in my preweld. I've also tried to edit the referenceAttachNode. In fact, whenever I attach a docking port to my weldment, it always seems to complain about this. The only way to resolve is to make the part with the docking port in it the root part in my final craft (at which point it complains about the part with the other docking port) I need some more understanding of exactly what the game looks for to trigger this message, as it doesn't seem to be what I'd expect. EDIT: Does referenceAttachNode even still do anything anymore? EDIT2: After some more research I realized this might be more appropriate in the welding thread, and posted some related questions here.
  13. I'm taking a ship from a 1.1.2-era .craft file to Munar orbit. In addition to experiencing intermittent OrbitDriver issues consisting of the ship staying on the rails outside of time warp after crossing Mun's SOI - which I will be reproducing once I rescue this ship - I have the issue of the Undock command doing nothing and disappearing. I've also observed buggy staging compared to 1.1.2. The same issues seem to fail to show up when not crossing SOIs. Have attempted to remove KJR and Docking Sound mods; no effect. Have tried editing the save file to render the command Active; no effect. Mod list courtesy of AVC: Log file at https://1drv.ms/t/s!AmlSZuL0ax7C0Ac5y3Zem-13Vq1w
  14. I am using the docking port junior for my orbital refuelling station but when docked I can not get it to perform a fuel transfer. The cross feed is enabled on both ports and I have fuel in the tank. I think I am using version 1.1.2 is there something I am doing wrong? Please help.
  15. Have an real irritating problem then assemble complex payloads from probe dispensers up to interplanetary missions with bases and landets its nice to test each component and add control from here on bottom docking port, load and merge or use it as an subcomponent and add to launcher. and the rest of the payload. This worked nice in earlier version of KSP, however in 1.12 it reset back to the original control from here node on load of craft, this creates a lot of problems for me especially small probes with high twr. is this an known issue or caused by mods? Is it any fix?
  16. docking ports don't have a physical model, they don't collide with anything. as a result, they don't connect does anybody know how to solve this problem? there is my gamedata folder: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw0JYTg0gGuETk94WHdpYXAzUVU/view?usp=sharing
  17. Hey guys, I have a strange and quite annoying problem. I have KAS and KIS (among a ton of other mods) installed and everything seems to run smooth and seamlessly. Except this small thing: Whenever I'm in space and have one of my engineers attach a docking port (any kind of them) it becomes flagged as debris and is rendered useless, even though it appears to stick on the surface attached to. I can attach other thing just fine - like lamps and other stuff - just not docking ports. It kinda makes it near-impossible to build space stations. Anyone have the same problem, or has any idea what's going on? Thanks!