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  1. Continuing one of the greatest mods to ever exist in this game Astronomer's Visual Pack is a comprehensive visual overhaul for Kerbal Space Program originally developed by Astronomer. I have been a huge fan of Astronomer's work since my first steps into Kerbal Space Program, during 2014. 2015 would see the hiatus of EnvironmentalVisualEnhancements development, along with the unfortunate demise of Astronomer's Visual Pack, as the version of EVE it ran on, a version made for alpha KSP, deprecated. Even as the development of EnvironmentalVisualEnhancements gained traction once more, Astronomer ceased to appear in the KSP community. Since 2016, I have been attempting to restore and expand the gorgeous visual overhaul that was Astronomer's Visual Pack, through rewriting, remaking, and repackaging. This is the product of that work. Through adapting stock KSP canon and sci-fi imagination, Astronomer's Visual Pack aims to turn Kerbal Space Program into the most immersive, beautiful experience a player can get. Downloads Installation CKAN Check the "Astronomer's Visual Pack" mod. You will be prompted to choose a texture resolution. Install and enjoy! GitHub Acquire the latest release of "Astronomer's Visual Pack" from GitHub. Drop the "GameData" folder inside the archive into your KSP installation. Download a texture resolution of your choice. (2k, 4k, and 8k downloads are currently available). Drop the "GameData" folder inside the archive into your KSP installation. Download the latest versions of the dependencies necessary for the mod to function. This includes: EnvironmentalVisualEnhancementsScattererModuleManager TextureReplacer (Optional) Download the optional mods for extended features: DistantObjectEnhancement (what the name suggests) Chatterer (immersive audio enhancements) PlanetShine (planet shine effect on your ships) KS3P (post-processing that integrates directly into KSP's engine) KopernicusExpansion EVAFootprints (footprints on the surface of bodies) (Optional) Use KSPRC's textures alongside Astronomer's Visual Pack: To install KSPRC side by side with AVP, first download and install Kopernicus, download the latest KSPRC release, drag and drop the KSPRC folder in the archive into your GameData, and remove all files and folders inside except Terrain and PluginData, i.e. you only have a KSPRC folder with Terrain and PluginData left in your GameData. (Optional) 43k Kerbin clouds (will gobble up RAM, CPU, GPU/requires a beefy system) Disclaimer: Astronomer's Visual Pack is a visual pack for the stock planetary system only. It is best played with the optional enhancements. Standalone mods confirmed to be compatible with AVP include KSPRC (using the installation method described above), SVT, and OPM-VO. AVP is not compatible with other stock visual mods, such as Stock Visual Enhancements, Spectra, stock EVE (BoulderCo), Sci-Fi-VE, Graphics Enhancements Assembly, etc. Do not install a combination of AVP + other stock visual mods. Installs with this issue visible will likely not receive support. Features Up to 43k Kerbin clouds High-res volumetric clouds Bioluminescent clouds for Laythe 7 cloud layers for Jool at up to 8k Glow for all non-atmospheric bodies where relevant Up to 8k auroras Sandstorms and surface dust Snow on Kerbin, Duna, and Laythe Lightning on Eve, Kerbin, Duna, and Laythe 4k custom skybox by Astronomer Geysers on Minmus, Laythe, and Eeloo Optional compatibility with KSPRC textures Custom loading screens and tips Compatibility with most other cloud packs. More I likely forgot to list... Featuring the mods (must install dependencies): Environmental Visual Enhancements - rbray89, WazWaz Used for clouds, dust, aurorae, and numerous other atmospheric and non-atmospheric enhancements. ModuleManager - sarbian Used to ensure compatibility and functionality. TextureReplacer - shaw, RangeMachine, and others Used for skybox and custom menu logo. Scatterer - blackrack Used for atmospheric scattering and oceanic enhancement. Optional enhancements: Kopernicus - Thomas P. Only used when KSPRC textures are installed alongside Astronomer's Visual Pack KSPRC (textures only) - Proot Provides high-definition textures and models for planets and their terrain. Distant Object Enhancement - MOARdV Makes distant celestial objects and slightly less distant ships visible against deep space Planetshine - Valerian Provides the real life "Planetshine" effect for your ships Chatterer - Athlonic Provides auditory enhancements for extra immersion KS3P - The White Guardian Minimal FPS-hit visual effects, post processing effects in a drag and drop mod Support I'm commonly active on the Kerbal Space Program Subreddit Discord, go ahead and ping me there if you need help. You can also just reply below with your KSP.log and perhaps a screenshot. License THIS MOD IS LICENSED UNDER Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) WHAT THIS MEANS: You may create derivations of this mod and its contents. You may utilize and adapt this mod and its contents in your own works. You may NOT use this mod or any of its contents for commercial purposes. You may NOT gain royalties from work containing any of this mod's contents. You must give credit to me (themaster401, current developer) and Astronomer (original creator of Astronomer's Visual Pack) if adapting this mod and indicate changes made if applicable. All derivations must also be licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA. Screenshots I LOVE SCREENSHOTS! The most magnificent of shots taken with AVP and submitted in replies may find their way into the loading screens! creeper?
  2. Pood's OPM-VO (Outer Planets Mod - Visual Overhaul) Latest Release - v.0.3.5 "The Matoro" Pre-Release Beta - 23rd Sept. 17 Due to some users having issues with compatibility, please find below a list of the dependencies and the current builds used to run OPM-VO. Please ensure that you are running at least these versions of the dependencies or later releases: Dependencies: EVE: https://github.com/WazWaz/EnvironmentalVisualEnhancements/releases/download/EVE-1.2.2-1/EnvironmentalVisualEnhancements-1.2.2.1.zip (Release build 1.2.2-1) Scatterer: https://spacedock.info/mod/141/scatterer/download/0.0320b (Release build 0.0320b) Kopernicus: https://github.com/Kopernicus/Kopernicus/releases/download/release-1.3.1-3/Kopernicus-1.3.1-3.zip (Release build 1.3.1-3) Module Manager: https://github.com/sarbian/ModuleManager/releases (Get latest release build) Outer Planets Mod: https://github.com/Galileo88/OPM_Galileo/releases/download/1.2.4/OPM_Galileo.v1.2.4.zip (Unofficial KSP 1.3.1 build 1.2.4) Suggested Mods: Stock Visual Enhancements: https://github.com/Galileo88/StockVisualEnhancements/releases/latest - Galileo and I work together to ensure our mods are compatible and SVE gives the stock planets great atmospheric and visual effects. Stock Visual Terrain: https://github.com/Galileo88/Stock-Visual-Terrain/releases/latest - The texture pack that's built alongside SVE to make the stock bodies look amazing. -------------------------------------------------------- For all information regarding downloading/installing/using/licensing etc. for this mod, please refer to the Readme. This mod includes version checking using MiniAVC. If you opt-in, it will use the internet to check whether there is a new version available. Data is only read from the internet and no personal information is sent. For a more comprehensive version checking experience, please download the KSP-AVC Plugin. Changelog: v0.3.4 - 08th Apr. 17 - Edited Tekto's & Urlums EVE cloud layers slightly, amended SVE integration due to SVE's new file structure and added in Kopernicus' new Ring Shader effects for all bodies (if Jool rings are present, they are maintained). Kopernicus' Ring Shader update is not incorporated in the latest Kopernicus release yet, however, the patch can be downloaded here to be installed into your Kopernicus directory: https://mega.nz/#!vUowhKgB!PAIeK8M1KlBOXhcBNglxGTq6MzSiqFxF27fAXYOD8_w v0.3.3 - 02nd Apr. 17 - Added Sigma OPM-Tilt support, slight change to Urlum's rim exposure and now leveraging SVE's cloud detail textures if SVE is installed, if not, uses own placeholder texture as before. v0.3.2 - 01st Apr. 17 - Forgot to render Tekto's oceans... doh! Ocean shaders on Tekto have been enabled by adjusting Ocean Alpha values. v0.3.1 - 01st Apr. 17 - Fixed scatterer's configs so they play well with other mods and don't repeatedly add OPM body configs to other body's ones. v0.3.0 - 30th Mar. 17 - KSP 1.2.2 Compatibility update. v0.2.0 - 8th May. 16 - Rebuilt from ground up for KSP 1.1.2; Thatmo work has not been included. v0.1.2 - 11th Jan. 16 - Included support for OPM Tilt and Kopernicus Expansion. Compatibility with KSPRC has been fixed by including updated pqs.cfg file for KSPRC (bundled in distribution). v0.1.1 - 8th Jan. 16 - Forgot to include Scatterer files within .zip (Doh!) v0.1.0 - 6th Jan. 16 - Initial Release - First GitHub commit & beta release --------------------- Original Initial Post: With the release of EVE for 1.0.5 and Scatterer gaining multi-planet support I decided to jump right in and start messing around with configs for OPM as I rarely play KSP without it. As the two mods are still very much in their infancy really with respect to 1.0.5 and their latest releases I am learning as I go and have never shown any of my previous tinkerings with EVE in the past on these forums (I used to run a modified AVP-I, AVP-EoO and KSPRC mashup in previous versions of KSP). I initally started working on Tekto as it has a pretty crazy atmosphere in OPM canon. Current progress can be seen here: I also have very hazy mist clouds rumbling over the lowlands that look a lot like heat haze up close. These are very much still WIP and I am still learning new tricks/techniques with EVE's new volumetric cloud options. The look I have gone for is a very chaotic, dense atmosphere that is suffering from a sever over abundance of a toxic gas that could be generated from underwater plant life or similar. After visiting MatoroIgnika's Twitch stream he commented to me that he loves Thatmo and how it should look like a Triton analog, so... next on to Thatmo! Like Triton, Thatmo has a very think atmosphere but it can be visualised from orbit. It is very hard to convey through screenshots but a very thin, wispy cloud cover has been added, viewable from orbit. Down on the moon's surface, clouds are visible somewhat more than they are from orbit purely for the fun aspect of actually seeing the atmosphere present. Triton's albedo coefficient is one of the highest in our whole solar system and so I decided to make Thatmo very reflective and bright to convey the shiny, ice like nature of the moon. Its pretty blinding down on the surface. As the surface of the moon is refracting light through its ice layers I have also introduced a chromatic aberration-like quality, visible when in orbit. Finally at this point I have been tinkering heavily with texture generation for Gas Giants (as OPM has 3 of them!) using curling noise for procedural fluid flow to try and create some really interesting base texture maps for the gas planets. It has been pretty laborious switching between Linux running the generations and Windows for Photoshop texturing (I don't like GIMP at all) but its getting a lot easier to manage now I am use to the process. I should be able to utilise this technique to also create completely procedural cloud texture maps also with a bit of work that could range from thick stormy stuff ala Venus down to very light, high atmo wisps. As you can see there are a lot of different style outcomes using the same texture by changing the input parameters. Let me know what you like and what you think would suit each gas planet as I can create a variety of effects. Generation takes around 20 minutes and then I have to wrap a cubemap back into an rectilinear texture for use within KSP. All of this is really in its infancy and I created this thread as a place to store my ongoing efforts whilst also being able to receive some feedback. Progress may come in fits and spurts around work; I get two weeks off over the Christmas period I may be able to cram a load of texturing in. Depending on how far I continue the final piece of the long-term puzzle would be re-texturing the base moon textures to hi-res variants. Feedback is greatly appreciated and any thoughts or critiques are appreciated, even though at the moment all you are able to look at is screenshots. Once things become more substantial I will upload configs and textures in a pack for testing out within KSP. At this point I will apply a suitable license. Update 12th Dec. 15 - Been doing a little tinkering to test some different variables in the texture generation and thought... "why not upload some short clips on Steamable?" So: Sarnus - Test WIP Neidon - Test WIP Update 3rd Jan. 16 - Porting Tekto to new EVE syntax. Fog on Tekto 1 - Showing fog and dust clouds at low level. Fog on Tekto 2 - Showing the post processing depth buffer level at low level. Update: 6th Jan. 16 - v0.1.0 Beta Release - Initial Release (see changelog for further updates) Whad'ya think?
  3. I'm curious whether anyone has completed this contract. If so, at what distance from the seismic sensor did you hit the surface? Also, what was the the mass and speed of your craft on surface impact? Did you get the pointy end down and was it under power? My first attempt was pretty lame - floated down slowly and hit 20 km away. I did get a message from the sensor to the effect that there had been no effect. I am, of course, in the process of trying again. (And have had no problem with this type of contract on other planets/moons)
  4. Some remarks: I always wanted to to a Eve and return. So I grabbed some contracts (put stations in Eve and gilly orbit, plant a flag on Eve etc) to help in funding. I also used HyperEdit and the help of this community to design a working EveAscentVehicle for three Kerbals: I also used HyperEdit and the help of this community to design a working EveAscentVehicle for three Kerbals: I have a heavily modded install, most important for gameplay is propably the usage of USI-Lifesupport: [x] Science! Continued (xScienceContinued 5.22) Action Group Manager Renewed (ActionGroupManager 2.2.4) ALCOR (ALCOR 0.9.7) ALCOR Advanced IVA (ALCORIVAPatch 0.9.7) Antenna Helper (AntennaHelper 1:v1.0.6) ASET Agency (ASETAgency 1.0) ASET Props (ASETProps 1.5) B9 Part Switch (B9PartSwitch v2.7.1) ClickThrough Blocker (ClickThroughBlocker 0.1.7.1) Community Category Kit (CommunityCategoryKit 4.1.0.0) Community Resource Pack (CommunityResourcePack 1.1.0.0) Community Tech Tree (CommunityTechTree 1:3.3.7) Community Terrain Texture Pack (CommunityTerrainTexturePack 1:1.0.4) Contract Configurator (ContractConfigurator 1.27.1) Contract Pack: Bases and Stations Reborn (ContractConfigurator-KerbinSpaceStation 2:3.7.1.4) Contract Pack: Clever Sats (ContractConfigurator-CleverSats 1.4) Contract Pack: Tourism Plus (ContractConfigurator-Tourism 1.5.2) Contract Parser (ContractParser 8.0) Custom Asteroids (CustomAsteroids v1.7.0) Custom Asteroids (inner stock system data) (CustomAsteroids-Pops-Stock-Inner v1.7.0) Custom Asteroids (outer stock system data) (CustomAsteroids-Pops-Stock-Outer v1.7.0) Custom Asteroids (stockalike config) (CustomAsteroids-Pops-Stock-Stockalike v1.7.0) Custom Barn Kit (CustomBarnKit 1.1.19.0) DMagic Orbital Science (DMagicOrbitalScience 1.4.2) Dynamic Battery Storage (DynamicBatteryStorage 2:1.4.2.0) Firespitter Core (FirespitterCore v7.12.0) Firespitter Resources config (FirespitterResourcesConfig v7.12.0) Hide Empty Tech Tree Nodes (HideEmptyTechNodes 1.1.1) HullcamVDS Continued (HullcamVDSContinued 0.1.12) HyperEdit (HyperEdit 1.5.8.0) JX2Antenna (JX2Antenna 2.0.5) Kerbal Alarm Clock (KerbalAlarmClock v3.10.0.0) Kerbal Attachment System (KAS 1.3) Kerbal Engineer Redux (KerbalEngineerRedux 1.1.6.0) Kerbal Inventory System (KIS 1.21) Konstruction (Konstruction 1.1.0.0) Kopernicus Planetary System Modifier (Kopernicus 2:release-1.7.0-1) KSP AVC (KSP-AVC 1.3.0.3) MechJeb 2 (MechJeb2 2.8.3.0) MechJeb and Engineer for all! (MechJebForAll 1.3.0.5) Mk1 Lander Can' IVA Replacement by ASET (Mk1LanderCanIVAReplbyASET 1.1) 'MK1-2' IVA Replacement by ASET (MK12PodIVAReplacementbyASET 1:0.3) Mk1-Cabin-Hatch (Mk1CabinHatch 0.2.0) ModularFlightIntegrator (ModularFlightIntegrator 1.2.6.0) Near Future Electrical Core (NearFutureElectrical-Core 1.0.1) PlanetShine (PlanetShine 0.2.6.1) PlanetShine - Default configuration (PlanetShine-Config-Default 0.2.6.1) Precise Node (PreciseNode 1.2.10.2) Progress Parser (ProgressParser 10.0) RasterPropMonitor Core (RasterPropMonitor-Core 1:v0.30.6) RCS Build Aid Continued (RCSBuildAidCont 1:0.9.7.6) SCANsat (SCANsat v18.10) Science Revisited Revisited (ScienceRevisitedRevisited 1.7.1) Sigma Binary (SigmaBinary-core 1:v1.7.0) Sigma Binary - Duna + Ike Binary (SigmaBinary-DunaIke 1:v1.6.11) Surface Experiment Pack (SurfaceExperimentPack v2.7.1) TAC Fuel Balancer (TacFuelBalancer v2.20) Toolbar Controller (ToolbarController 1:0.1.6.20) Trajectories (Trajectories vKSP1.4.2-v2.2.0) Transfer Window Planner (TransferWindowPlanner v1.6.3.0) TriggerAu Flags (TriggerAu-Flags v2.9.3.0) UbioZur Welding Ltd. Continued (UbioWeldContinued 2.5.3) Unmanned before Manned (SETI-UbM) (UnmannedBeforeManned 1.3.0.2) USI Core (USI-Core 1.1.0.0) USI Life Support (USI-LS 1.1.0.0) USI Tools (USITools 1.1.0.0) ) Now the actual report: Since my kerbals did already an expedition to EVE (only orbit and Gilly landing and return) the newest goal is to go to Eve, land and return. Since this is a highly risky mission engineers and scientists debated how to get maximum science in one mission (there are rumours, that funding will be cut and then only a Jool5 will safe the program). Since nobody wants cut funds because of dying kerbals ( there are so many outer planets to explore, plus Moho etc), failure is not an option. So following mission architecture is used. There is a first launch window, where the EveAscentVehicle plus two space stations (one for Eve, one for Gilly) are sent to the Eve system: Launch and transfer of EveAscentVehicle and Eve/Gilly stations (imgurl) This was successful, since the Eve station and the lander are now deployed to their place in Eve orbit and on Eve surface. The orbit insertion of the Gilly station used all fuel, so it needs a supply mission to move it‘s orbit. Originally no ISRU was included in the design. Since I got following contract for mining ore on Gilly I decided to send a fuel tanker and a miner to Eve ASAP: Gilly Mining Package (imgurl) With their help the gilly station will be moved to it‘s final Gilly orbit. The next transfer window after sending out the miner/tanker will then be used to transfer the crew transfer vehicle (I will refill and reuse the mothership of a Duna expedition still in Kerbin orbit) and the EveExpeditionRover to Eve. The idea is to land near explodium seas, deploy science packages and drive to the lander. Then transfer to Eve station. After the habitation time is out on the station, the crew will transfer to Gilly station for further exploration of Gilly and science mining. In this way it should be possible to get science for 2-3 biomes, depending on the route of the rover and the available snacks and habitation time. Finally the Duna Mothership will be used to return to Kerbin. Originally I planed to use SurfaceExperimentPack for the deployed science packages. But since this mod is deprecated the parts of the BreakingGround DLC will be used. Until the DLC is released and I purchased it my program is paused (aka I'll start a Kerpollo Challenge run in a new science safe with less mods)
  5. Hello! I'm Johnster Space Program who created the DLMAB challenge, and I'm rebooting the reboot of the eve rocks challenge! Older 0.90 Thread [CLOSED]: https://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/86265-the-eve-rocks-challenge-v090-only/ Old v1.2.x Thread [CLOSED]: https://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/156505-eve-rocks-challenge-12xrebooted/ In An Alternate Universe, JFK Said: I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this century is out, of landing a kerbal on eve's surface, and returning them safely to planet kerbin. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to kerbkind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. But we must do it, we can not fail this task, for if we do, we will never win... This is how the challenge will go: Your challenge is to land on eve, collect a surface sample, and return back to kerbin. Landing on eve is easy, but returning is a whole other challenge! You will have to build very large rockets if you are going to return from eve! Scoring is based on how quickly you complete the mission, how much the total mission costs, and how much the total rocket weighs in tons. There will be varying levels you can do, starting from level 1 and moving your way up in difficulty. For those that complete it in any level, you will get this badge: (Its an updated version of the original badge, made by Ziv) These are the levels (in order): Level 1 (I Did It!): Land on the surface of eve, collect a surface sample, and return and land back on kerbin safely. Level 2 (Back For Seconds): Land on eve 's surface, but at a surface altitude of 2500m or less, collect 2 surface samples, and return back to kerbin Level 3 (Eve AND Gilly): Land and collect a sample from eve, then land on Gilly and collect a surface sample, then return back to kerbin safely Level 4 (Ore From Eve): Land on eve and collect 25 ore with mining equipment and then return to kerbin safely, surface sample optional Level 5 (The Ultimate Challenge): Land in eve's oceans, collect a sample, then collect a sample from the surface, and return to kerbin safely, gilly sample optional The Rules: No Cheating (Mod Menu, Infinite Fuel, Etc.) Must Provide Video or Photographic Evidence of Completion No Seats, Must Have Kerbals Onboard In A Pod Multiple Launches For Refueling Allowed (Images or Video Of Each Launch) Docking Allowed (You can leave a orbiter in eve orbit, and have a separate eve lander that redocks) No Mods Except Mechjeb, KER Allowed Must Be Stock KSP 1.6.x, KSP 1.7 or higher and MH Allowed Cost And Weight Of Rocket Includes Cost and Weight of All Rockets Used Combined In Challenge ISRU allowed Scoring: Level 1 Complete: +300 points Level 2 Complete: +550 points Level 3 Complete: +825 points Level 4 Complete: +1250 points Level 5 Complete: +1500 points Rocket Weighs 0-500 Tons: +250 points, Rocket Weighs 500-1000 Tons: +175 Points, Rocket Weighs 1000-2000 Tons: +100 points, Rocket Weighs 2500+ Tons: +50 points Rocket Costs 0 - 250k funds: +250 points, Rocket Costs 250 - 500k funds: +175 points, Rocket Costs 500k - 1 million funds: +100 points, Rocket Costs 2 million+ funds: +75 points Mission Completed in under 300 days: +250 points, Mission completed in 300-400 days: +125 points, Mission completed in 500+ Days: +25 points ISRU Used: +225 points, ISRU not used: +325 points Participants: @K3rb0dyn3 @Aeroboi @GRS @purpleivan Leaderboards: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. To everyone that does the challenge, have fun! And if you have any questions ask me. Edit 42219: Updated For 1.7 KSP Update
  6. Important notice: If you're trying Alien Space Programs, grab the latest release of this add-on. Explodium Breathing Engines "Jet" engines that (actually!) use Eve's atmosphere and Oxidizer. License: MIT License except for re-coloured textures, which were derived from art belonging to Squad / Deported B.V. Download from SpaceDock or from GitHub. Supports KSP 1.3 through 1.7 and supports RealPlume Stock. It had to happen. After good success with @GregroxMun's Alien Space Programs and @OhioBob's Eve Optimized Engines, along with an old discussion about atmospheric engines using oxidizer instead of liquid fuel, I just had to ask how hard it would be to make jet engines that would breathe "explodium vapour" likely found in Eve's atmosphere and burn it with oxidizer to produce efficient thrust. @JadeOfMaar and @wasml pointed me in the right direction, @DStaal filled in a few blanks, and I hacked together some parts. Introducing Explodium Breathing Engines. A set of cloned configuration files from stock jet engine parts that use oxidizer only, and a new resource configuration found hypothetically in Eve's atmosphere: "Explodium Vapour" evaporated from Eve's Explodium Sea. This vapour may also be present on other planets in popular planet packs. Further rebalancing has happened based on resource abundance and a pure ethane (C2H6) reaction with oxygen. Resource abundance now has a direct impact on engine performance. This is turning from proof-of-concept into something realistic, while still being fun to use. There really is some science behind this that I explain at the project's Wiki, and hammered out in a more recent add-on discussion thread. Modified parts include explodium versions of all intakes, oxidizer + explodium versions of nacelles, oxidizer only tanks and wet wings, and underworld-themed engines: J-21 "Hades" J-34 "Zephyrus" J-91 "Atlas" J-405 "Sphinx" J-X5 "Beelzebub" and let's not forget our favourite: CR-8 L.U.C.I.F.E.R. (Large Unkerbal Cycle-Interchanging Fueled Explodium Rocket) All parts should have a distinct appearance to separate them from stock parts. I put all of the modified parts and ExpVapour resource configurations in a GitHub repository. MIT license to match OhioBob's choice for the Eve Optimized Engines. I'd be glad to let others into the project who know better than I do. The to-do list includes: (The to-do list is finished!) Rewrite parts as Module Manager patches to remove dependency on Squad art (Done!) Fix the intakes to work on Eve only, somehow (Done! Intakes are now zero EC harvesters.) Fix the resource config if needed, integrate with Community Resource Pack (Not necessary as it turns out.) Rebalance engine performance based on tester feedback (we might be almost done!) Produce different artwork to identify the explodium-based parts (I'm just missing some tricky parts.) Create RealPlume configurations; I'd like to do a different colour plume for these like the blue from an ethane flame (This was quite easy, as it turned out.) Maybe get some help with CKAN, publish to Space Dock (SpaceDock done, CKAN should be done) Known problems, should not impact play: Harvesters need manual activation because of how ModuleResourceHarvester behaves. Workaround: Assign "Toggle Duct" and "Start ExV Filter" to action groups. Ore mining contracts will appear in Career mode when you unlock tech nodes with harvester parts. This might be a game design problem with contracts lumping all resource harvesters together. Pay attention to contract requirements, because there might be a "Gather 2000 units of Explodium Vapour" contract that won't make sense because there are no containers for it. No colourized textures are available for the Atlas engine or Big-OX wings. The wings don't take well to colourization, and the Atlas causes null reference exceptions if using an alternate texture. Harvesters have a small amount of ExpVapour loaded by default. This means engines will work for a few seconds at launch from Kerbin, but will quickly run out of vapour. This may be needed in KSP 1.3 though. Slow frame rates may happen if using the RealPlume configurations. Update SmokeScreen to 2.7.4 or later to address this. (KSP 1.3) Stationary harvesters will harvest zero ExV, such as craft on launch clamps or with wheel brakes engaged. Once motion starts, harvesters will start harvesting. (KSP 1.3) Engine resource shows up as "Ex V" instead of "Explodium Vapour" in VAB or SPH. Other resource name strings not affected for some reason. To use this part pack, grab a release from GitHub or SpaceDock, and put the "GameData\ExplodiumBreathingEngines" folder into your GameData folder. To use an ExpVapour intake / harvester, first deploy the harvester's filter (Open Duct), then start it (Start ExV Filter). You might want to use the Stage action group to start the filters, but you can pre-open the filters in construction. To use a RealPlume configuration, install RealPlume-Stock and update its SmokeScreen installation to 2.7.4 or later. If you don't install RealPlume, you'll still get a different engine plume for some engines but most will use the stock jet plumes. Now with more lift! Change log:
  7. I have been trying my hardest to design a lander that is capable of surviving an Eve re-entry, and being able to return from sea level. My main problems are first that the lander needs to be quite big and so I need big rockets to haul them into orbit. Sometimes they are not light enough to get into LKO. The second issue is that I am trying to at least land on actual land and not the ocean so Jeb can plant a flag and the rocket can stay upright on landing legs. The problem with that is mainly that I don't know how to do atmospheric precision landings on Eve. Any tips?
  8. So I installed the mod eve with sve configs, but I cannot seem to get clouds for the planet Eve. I have clouds for all of the other planets, any suggestions?
  9. We should start a challenge... Let's see how many people can colonize Eve WITHOUT MODS! RULES: 1. NO MODS 2. YOU MUST HAVE A COLONY OF ATLEAST 10 KERBALS THERE 3. YOU MUST SEND THE KERBALS BACK TO KERBIN 4. YOU MUST SHOW PROOF! I am doing this in memory of the Reddit Challenges! :)
  10. The history of Eve SSTOs and reusables For a long time it was said, Eve SSTOs are impossible. Even going there and back reusable was unthinkable. But then a hand full of brave Kerbonauts put all their efforts in proving this wrong. This is their story. 03.09.2015 - V1.0.4 - First SSTO plane from Eve's surface to Orbit @astrobond was the first to do the impossible. He created this SSTO which was capable of getting from surface to orbit using stock parts and physics. To stay in the narrow margin, the control was given to KOS. 05.07.2016 - V1.1.3(?) - First reusable trip from Kerbin to Eve's surface and back @Stratzenblitz75 was the first who managed to do the entire trip from Kerbin to Eve's surface and back completely reusable. He is using a spectacular and never seen before suborbital catch of the lander, as well as massive SSTO launch systems. 19.08.2016 - V1.1.3 - SSTO rocket from Eve's surface to Orbit @Kergarin (I) was inspired and motivated by @astrobond's SSTO to start playing around with different SSTO designs. Coming to the conclusion, that SSTO rockets actually seem to work better than planes, giving a larger margin and payload. 23.08.2016 - V1.1.3 - First SSTO Lander from Eve's orbit to surface and back @Kergarin (I) was then able to scale it up to a bigger version, with enough payload to equip it with isru and seats for all our 4 brave Kerbals. Resulting in the first ever SSTO wich can not only launch from Eve but also land on its own in one piece. By being refuelled in low Eve orbit, this craft could have done the entire trip Kerbin to Eve and back reusable. My plan was, to do a reusable trip to all landable bodys in the Kerbol system based on this lander plus an orbiter, but this plan should be crossed soon... 11.10.2016 - KSP 1.2 release - an increase in Eve's atmospheric pressure changes the rules The pressure of Eve's atmosphere was increased, resulting in even higher drag and giving all engines lower thrust and Isp, making Eve SSTOs even harder... it seemed. The change in the Mammoth engine thrust for example: For reference Eve's atmospheric pressure in 1.2.2: After this change my SSTO lander stopped working, at least with the needed payload for ISRU. While the change in pressure made SSTO rockets harder, it will soon turn out that SSTO planes now work better again. 29.10.2016 - V1.2.2 - the first asteroid refuelling assisted SSTO plane from Kerbin to Eve's surface and back @EvermoreAlpaca built this craft initially in 1.1.3., and when 1.2 came out, this plane worked even better, opposed to SSTO rockets. This craft can get from Kerbin to Eve's surface and back to Eve's orbit independent. It then needs orbital refuelling, to get back to kerbin, which is realized by the craft itself moving an asteroid to low Eve orbit in before, which is then used for ISRU refuelling. 28.01.2017 - V1.2.2 - SSTO rocket from Eve's surface to orbit achieved again @Kergarin (I) managed to make my small SSTO rocket work again in 1.2.2. But scaling it up did not work as good as back in previous versions. The ISRU lander would have become unhandleable large. So I cancelled this concept. 20.05.2017 - V1.2.2 - infinitely reusable trip to Eve (and first ever to everywhere else) and back Since my Eve SSTO lander doesn't work in 1.2.2 anymore (and I didn't want to do this in an old version), I adoptet @Stratzenblitz75's concept of suborbital docking and developed it to a single ISRU ship wich splits in two for the Eve landing with his friendly permission (thanks again!). (Creating the first ever ship which can independently and forever travel between all 14 landable bodys. But that's on another page.) Skip to 3:40 for Eve landing (caution: flickering scenes in fast forward) 07.03.2018 - V1.3.1 - smallest ever SSTO plane from Eve's surface to orbit @astrobond the creator of the first ever Eve SSTO comes back to the game. Presenting us the smallest ever seen Eve SSTO. Also it's the first not to use the Mammoth engine, but the Vector with a slightly lower twr. 11.06.2018 - V1.3.1 - reusable two stage plane from Eve's surface to orbit and back to surface @OHara created this reusable two stage plane, which can be used for crew rotations of 4 Kerbals per flight. It launches horizontal and then transitions to vertical ascend pushing the ap far above Eve's atmosphere. The second stage then undocks and accelerates to orbital speed before the first stage reenters and glides back to its starting position. The second stage can also be landed and then redocked to the first stage. The craft then needs some external refueling to be reused. 29.10.2018 - V1.5 - First completely independent SSTO plane from Kerbin to Eve and back SSTOs to Eve's surface and back to orbit were now proven to be possible, and they seemed to be the limit of possibilities. All of them need some kind of orbital refuelling or catch to escape from low Eve orbit. But then @EvermoreAlpaca did the unthinkable. A massive independent SSTO from Kerbin to Eve's surface and back to Kerbin. He managed to raise the payload on Eve ascend that much, that there was enough margin to fit an ion drive with enough dV to escape Eve's gravity and then send the ship back to Kerbin using some gravity assists, without any dependencys. 04.12.2018 - V1.5 - First stock electric prop SSTO plane from Eve's orbit to sea level and back to orbit (plus from and to Kerbin by external refuelling) @EvermoreAlpaca continues doing the impossible by presenting us this stock electric propeller assisted Eve sea level SSTO. It ascends from sea level to above 19km sole on electric props, then continues its way to orbit on conventional rocket engines. It can also launch and land at Kerbin, but needs external refueling to do so. https://youtu.be/zFEgKixiTHY (youtube doesn't allow embedding this clip?) This far Kerbalkind conquered the purple monster as of the beginning of 2019. Can they go even further? Disclaimer:
  11. How do you have your visual mods and configs set up? I have my mods set up in a fairly standard way. Environmental Visual Enhancements / Stock Visual Enhancements Distance Object Enhancements KSP Post Processing Pack (cfg file: https://pastebin.com/nuQNVkQ2 )
  12. Anyone want to take on the tough challenge of making an Eve lander for 1.1.x? We had a thread around 2 years ago that came up with some excellent designs for Eve landers and I thought it was time to revive this for the current version of the game. Challenge description - Build the lightest Eve Lander possible! Category 1) Take off from anywhere on Eve and reach a stable orbit. Category 2) Take off from an altitude of under 100 meters and reach a stable orbit. Challenge rules: You need Kerbal on board who can exit and enter the vehicle prior to take off. What would be the point of landing on Eve if you couldn't have a walk around on the surface. No external command seats! That rules out using a seat in a service bay. You'll need to use a lander can or command pod or something similar. I may add an extra category if there is a demand for the use of a chair in a service bay method later. Stock parts and physics only. Exceptions are Autopilot and navigation aids like Mechjeb, Kerbal Engineer etc and any building mods like Editor Extension, Hanger Extension, Infinite offset limits etc. These are allowed. You do not have to transport your lander to Eve. you may use Hyperedit to reach an Eve orbit and the Vessel Mover mod to move your vessel once it has landed, (useful if you want to take off from a specific altitude!) Post screenshots of proof as well as the lander prior to take off. Craft files would be most welcome and videos are optional. Why this challenge? Well, in some ways an Eve Lander is easier to build in this version since v0.9 as you probably only need around 9000 DeltaV to reach orbit from sea level compared to the 12000 DeltaV. However, the journey to Eve is harder compared to earlier versions. Aerobraking is difficult due to the heating effects of the atmosphere and Eve is inclined so it take more DeltaV to get there. This makes building the lightest craft possible an important factor in enabling inter-planetary transfer stages to be of reasonable sizes, especially if you plan on using engine thrust to achieve orbit. Obviously you do not need to build one of these for this challenge but a light lander will help anyone who wants to use a submitted lander to build a craft that is fully capable of a mission to Eve and back from Kerbin. Here is what I have come up with myself: With de-orbiting, re-entry and landing parts attached. With above parts removed, (that are jettisoned at lift off). This weighs 74.220 tons, 86 parts and completes Category 2. It can reach a 100 km orbit from under 100m with 444 DeltaV left over so I think there is a lot of margin left over for better designs! It's a simple asparagus design however the first 2 stages are just fuel tanks with the 3 Aerospikes and 2 vectors all firing from launch. Mixing the engines like this gave me the best balance between TWR and DeltaV. The biggest challenge was ensuring the craft could survive entry into Eve's atmosphere without flipping out as the inflatable heatshield has so much drag it tends to flip the craft out. I realise now that I could have just used the Vessel Mover mod to spawn a saved vessel directly on the surface and not worried about re-entry but this makes this design one step closer to a fully functional Eve capable craft anyway. Download > https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9mK0rPybNaxSHNVZ2JPZm5UdWc Good luck!
  13. My RSS save has a huge graphics error on Earth. I'm using KSP 1.3.1, scatterer 0.0320b, Kopernicus 1.3.1-3, and RSSVE 1.3.1-6. Below is what it looks like in DX11 and regular (I believe DX9?) Here is all my mods too:
  14. For The Longest Time , I've Always Thought That Ike Has Been Too Unrealistic , Because The Size And That Its The Only Moon , So I Moved It To Eve , And Moved Bop And Gilly To Orbit Duna . Images: Imgur Download: SpaceDock To Save You Time , I Included All The Needed Files In The Zip File. Installation: Drag All The Inculded Files Into Your GameDataFolder, Of You Already Have Kopernicus Installed , Replace It. That's It!
  15. So today I built a delta iv heavy-like craft and sent a kerbal to eve's moon gilly. Where can you take it? (Download it, then show me!) Delta IV (Heavy): https://kerbalx.com/JohnsterSpaceProgram/Delta-IV-Heavy Here are some images of what I did with it: Nothing in the fairings yet, lets put a gilly lander! This should be succificient, its a ion engine/liquid fuel engine craft, with room for 1 kerbal On the launchpad, ready to launch After booster separation, when the central fuel tank is refilled Many days later... Approaching Eve Now I prepared to do the Eve Orbit Insertion Burn, which is shown below And lastly, here are some images of gilly after arriving at it What can you do with it, post images or tell me below!
  16. Intrepid Kerbals are in distress! Flash: During Valentina's 78th attempt to land her Mk3 capsule-based Eve 3000 Challenge lifter from orbit, engineer copilot Bill finally fell asleep and spilled his coffee all over the console! The resulting short circuit caused every action group to go off simultaneously, instantly jettisoning all but their uppermost stage! Legendary pilot that she is, Valentina was able to safely re-enter her historically significant, record-setting command/service module "Jeb" under power, but it required every resource she had, and left her and the now wide awake Bill bobbing in the Drink, totally helpless, and miles from shore. In light of this emergency, your mission, fellow Kerbonauts, is to Rescue Valentina, Bill, and Their Historic Ship from the Eve Ocean and return them to Kerbin! The debate in Mission Control on how to accomplish this was lively, and unfortunately no consensus on the best approach was reached. Some argued that getting the rescue accomplished ASAP was the highest priority, while others reasoned that Valentina and Bill still had plenty of snacks according to the ship manifest, and moreover that since they had just blown the most incredible amount of funds jettisoning their massive Eve lifter, their rescue should cost as little as possible. In the end, Werner couldn't really make up his mind either, so he decided to fund both projects... So! While your mission in either case is to return both ship and occupants to Kerbin, there are two ways to play: You can get it done either as quickly or as cheaply as possible. For the "quickly" challenge, money/mass is no object and you just need to do it in the shortest time possible, from launch to recovery on Kerbin. For the "cheaply" challenge, there are two three sub-categories: lowest launch cost, lowest total cost, and lowest launch weight. The rules: What is required: You must return both the stranded Kerbals (alive), as well as their ship (in one piece, without staging, burning, or breaking anything off) from some location at least 10km offshore in any of the major seas of Eve to the ground on Kerbin. The ship to be rescued must include a MK3 capsule and two Large Ore Holding Tanks, and have a dry weight of at least 10 tons and a total weight at the time of rescue of not more than 20 tons. The cost of this vessel will not be charged against your overall mission cost. Pretty much anything within those constraints is allowed, with the proviso that it must not have any resources on board that are consumables for control or locomotion, nor can it have the intrinsic capability to create those without docking to another craft. That means all on-board fuel/RCS tanks must be empty, and all reaction wheels must be either deactivated or without power. You may furthermore not have any solar panels, RTGs, or ore converters on board the vessel to be rescued. Having said that, you may place ore in the tanks of the vessel to be rescued, but any ore that you actually convert after docking to the rescue craft cannot be counted as part of the "dry" weight of the craft to be rescued. The point here is that the rescue craft must actually bring the capability with it to create these resources, and that no matter what you start with, you must lift to orbit and deliver to Kerbin a craft that weighs at least 10 tons during all phases of this process. As long as you obey that rule, you may actually use unconverted ore purely as ballast. What is not allowed: For me, the goal of this challenge is to elicit the broadest variety of competitive solutions possible, so the rules are pretty loose. However, having said that please don't cheat. I define cheating as anything that violates the intended physics of Stock KSP. This obviously includes exploiting any and all clear bugs in the vein of Infiniglide, Ladder Drive, Kraken Drive, etc. This also includes non-Stock parts that violate the basic Stock parameters in terms of mass, TWR, ISP, etc, as well as any part clipping into non-hollow structures that significantly cheats the drag model. That is, you can clip batteries, reaction wheels, etc. into hollow adapters and nosecones, so long as they are not clipped into each other, but not into fuel tanks or other non-hollow parts, nor can you clip non-hollow parts into each other. If you want to clip backwards intakes into engines to reduce back-end drag, I guess that's OK with me. As to Alt-F12/Hyperedit, that is totally OK for testing, but for submission I expect all key phases to be fully flown and/or driven by the submitter and duly documented. That means that using MechJeb, etc. to fly the hard parts for you is expressly forbidden. Having said that, if your mission depends on some repetitive resource extraction/conversion/refueling process that would take an eternity to execute by hand, you may demonstrate just the first cycle of that explicitly and then refuel your craft fully using Hyperedit, etc. Lastly, ore extraction/processing can only be carried out by any particular launch package after it reaches LKO. What is allowed: You can place the vessel to be rescued any way you want, so long as it is floating at least 10 km offshore. Any and all purely informational mods such as KER are also fine. You may use any strategy within the constraints spelled out above to get the mission accomplished. This includes all sorts of detachable rovers/ships, reaction wheel-powered copters/ships, etc. Any way you can transport the vessel to be rescued back to Kerbin in one piece is OK, provided it does not violate Stock physics. You may use whatever engines/tanks/wheels/etc are present on your rescued module to get back home, provided that all the consumables required are brought/created by the rescue craft. The Categories: At this point, I am scoring four categories: Lowest Launch Cost: The lowest cost on the VAB indicator right before you launch, combined for all the separate modules you may launch. Lowest Total Cost: the lowest total net expenditure of funds, meaning that whatever parts and/or resources you may recover on Kerbin at the end can be deducted from your total launch cost as defined in the previous section. Lowest Launch Weight: Smallest combined mass of all modules launched from Kerbin, at the time of launch. Fastest Rescue: The shortest time elapsed from the first Kerbin launch to touchdown of the rescued craft on Kerbin, regardless of any other parameter. Note that the vehicle to be rescued itself does not count towards any of these measures. My submission: Since AFAICT this challenge is clearly possible given past challenges, I will not be submitting my own entry immediately. I will instead work on my entry in parallel with (hopefully) those of the other contestants. If there is any clear objection about feasibility based on the posted rules, please post it to this thread and I will address it as warranted. Leader boards will be created as appropriate when submission are received.... One more thing: Given that this contest will (in most cases) require at least three major design exercises, please feel free to post any intermediate steps that you're willing to share!
  17. While I'm occupied with sending fleets to other planets - and thinking of ideas for an Eve ascent vehicle - I can at least send unmanned rovers to explore Eve's surface. After watching @Matt Lowne's video - and this one - I got an idea for the rover's design. Since I'm going to Eve, what better name for the rover than Wally? Wally Specs Power Generation 1 x PB-NUK Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator 1 x OX-STAT-XL Photovoltaic Panel Power Capacity 1330 Charge Communication 1 x Communotron 88-88 Mass 882 kilograms Science 1 x thermometer 1 x barometer 1 x fluid-spectro variometer 1 x gravioli detector 1 x seismic accelerometer Maximum Velocity (RECORDED AT KSC) 40 m/s DON'T TRY IT! * Wally and the surface drop capsule on the runway back at Kerbin. Tests were successful, but will need "Allow Partial" for science transmissions. * Wally deployed on Eve's surface, one kilometer away from the Drop Zone. Duna and Laythe are next. Feel free to post questions/comments/concerns about this thread - maybe throw in a "WALL-E" reference now and then. After all, he's on a planet named after his girlfriend. P.S. Wally will also make an appearance in A Mystery Beyond Science.
  18. After starting a permanent outpost on Eve, I remembered (much to my relief) that I remembered to build a surface-return vehicle. However, it's completely disposable and horribly unsuited for rotating crew on/off Eve to an orbital station (then back home). The cost to return all those homesick Kerbals, let alone rotate crew, would be astronomical... Goal: Build a reusable vessel that can land on Eve, refuel (with pre-existing infrastructure), take a Kerbal to LEO (Low Eve Orbit), then land to refuel and repeat. Required payload: 1 Kerbal. That's it! However you bring him up is... up to you! The idea is to have a crew shuttle that can be reused within the Eve system infinitely (until you break something ). Note: Your vessel doesn't have to be an SSTEO! Reassembly (with parts you already launched) is allowed. To save time, you will be allowed to cheat in pre-existing infrastructure (see rules). Winning criteria: Completing the challenge earns you a spot here. Entries ranked byspent. If the design is an SSTEO (SSTO but for Eve), I will create a 2nd list. Rules: You may cheat in pre-existing infrastructure. Your vessel may start at LEO. Disable commnet (built-in antennas will reach LEO anyways in career). You may simulate refuels with Hyperedit, but only when: 1) In a stable orbit around Eve (simulating refueling at a station). 2) Landed on Eve (simulating refueling at an ISRU base). Take screenshots. Upload your craft so we can use it too. I have several Kerbals stuck on Eve... Normal difficulty or harder. PIlot aid/build aid/planning/cosmetic mods are allowed. If I can use your vessel with similar results in pure vanilla, it's OK! Stage recovery mods are allowed. If your rocket isn't an SSTEO, you must reassemble your rocket (with the same old parts you originally launched) in some way so that you can reuse and refuel it infinitely within Eve's SOI without shipping new parts. There's one reasonable way I can think of to do this, and one that requires Jeb's piloting skills and precision landings! Good luck!
  19. Hello all, I've wondering what _DetailDist (fade) value would give the effect I desire. Currently, my glow config looks pretty from the surface and orbit, but doesn't have any fade. This results in a very nasty looking border appearing high in the atmosphere: I'm using a modified version of the Para-Sci atmosphere pack, and decided to remove the fade because the glow wasn't visible from low orbit. I'm fine if the view from the surface stays the same as stock, a good low orbit view is all I really need.
  20. Lets talk about Eve landers here, with docking or no, i believe that some of you are having a hard time, feel free to ask questions, or answering questions related to Eve landers
  21. Eve is a big challenge, especially for collecting science. . Originally I posted this as a challenge, but due to lack of interest I have removed. Happy to put it back up if there is any interest. This thread is now documenting my big Eve Science Mission
  22. Hi this is my first post. Appologies if it's in the wrong section as i wasn't sure if it should be in the questions sections or here as it's kind of both a challenge (as nobody seemed to have done anything like it) and a request for guidance/advice Ok so i was searching for hours how to get all biomes data from EVE and haven't found any help that doesn't involve mods or veeeeeeryyyy long (real life) hours of driving on the surface What i need is a plane that will have a pilot , engineer and a scientist (for resetting the sc-9001 and goo) ,be able to cruise long distances in eve's atmosphere, have atleast 4 of each of the science instruments (except the mobile proccessing lab) , mining equipment to refuel and take off again to fly to another biome , repeat. It has to be stock if possible without any exploit (i consider stock propeller engine almost kinda an exploit so didn't want to use that) so rockets i guess It will be delivered to eve by a normal rocket and dropped with 10m heatshields . Uppon completion of the mission (sampling most or all biomes) it will call-in a (probe) lander rocket from orbit that will pick up the 3 crew and all collected data and lauch for orbit and then home , leaving the plane back on the surface for future expeditions. I've tried and failed misserably at this task as i was able to get 3000-4000 delta-v out of my planes which covered a very small distance before needing to stop for a day (or more) to refuel. The distances were so small in fact i would get there faster with a rover that didn't need to stop and refuel . Something like Matt Lowne's mobile duna base looks like a good idea but it will take a loooooong time to travel somewhere as i can't seem to be able to drive anything at reasonable speeds with more than 2x warp without crashing , that's why the need for the plane Ok so this is my lattest attempt .. as you can see it's insanely oversized barely able to fly on Kerbin , not so bad on Eve but very small distance like i mentioned and even tho it's 3x the fuel of my last attempt it barely goes any further while needing much longer to refuel Screenshots : http://prntscr.com/lkh18j , https://prnt.sc/lkh26e Science bay : http://prntscr.com/lkh2xk Mining Module : http://prntscr.com/lkh35m
  23. They said it was impossible. That even considering the idea was a crazed fever dream. BEHOLD! (Not me.)
  24. Is there a way to make functioning, preferably electric, propeller engines in the stock game, without having them be a separate craft? I know of one youtuber who built a cool fan boat, but his design required stage separating the propeller assembly and controlling it as a separate craft. I'm looking for a way to propel an amphibious base on Eve's bodies of explodium, so jet engines are out of the question, and rockets would be extremely inefficient.