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  1. SkunkTwerks

    For the Homeworld Fans!

    This one goes out to the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak fans! I decided to take a little break from Star Wars Replicas and found inspiration in the cool-looking lander bi-planes from the Khashar Plateau mission. Video of the "real" deal in action below, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT if you haven't already played the game, the video contains a pretty big plot spoiler. Here's the kerbalized SkunkTwerks Homeworld: Kharak Lander. Like most cool-looking sci-fi designs, this one posed an interesting set of challenges: the natural center of lift of this design is rather far forward, while the natural center of gravity is rather far aft. It took a lot of flight testing to get the balance right. Wing shape and angles took some serious fine-tuning as well. But it was a fun project, and I suspect a few more classic Homeworld crafts (especially from the original HW1 and HW2 games) may be in my future. -SkunkTwerks
  2. Welcome to the development thread for Making Alternate History! Inspired by the alternate history universe of Eyes Turned Skyward, this pack brings you a set of stock-a-like Artemis / Altair landers and habitats complete with all the parts necessary for a voyage to another solar body. At 2 months in the making, I really hope you enjoy this mod! It was a pleasure to create this pack. I received great support and feedback from the community as well as some fresh ideas and help along the way. Making Alternate History is 100% dependent upon Textures Unlimited by @Shadowmage specifically for the inflatable habitats. Download Textures Unlimited: Download Making Alternate History Update 1.2 now from Spacedock: Download Time-Reversal Update 1.3 PORT for KSP 1.3 is available for download on Spacedock as well Make sure you install Textures Unlimited version 1.0.0.8 for compatibility with KSP 1.3.1 Installation: Extract the contents of the GameData folder to your GameData folder. Structure should then read GameData\MAH NOTE: When Bluedog Design Bureau addon is installed, the descent stage engines will function as liquid hydrogen and the descent stage fuel will change to liquid hydrogen / oxidizer. When BDB is not installed, the engine will function as a standard LFO engine and the descent stage fuel will adjust accordingly as well. Optional Configs: Config files will automatically detect installed add-ons and function appropriately. No action necessary on the user's part. Optional patches include: Connected Living Space Kerbal Inventory System Snacks TAC Life Support USI Life Support Tweakscale Changelog: Time Reversal Update 1.3 PORT for KSP 1.3.1 By popular demand a re-compile of all parts for KSP 1.3.1 compatibility Update 1.2Added 4x attachment nodes to the ascent stage for the RCS thrustersRCS thrusters now have an attachment nodeReduced size of RCS thrusters slightly to not look awkward on ascent stageFixed some funkiness with the airlock hatches on all modulesFixed inaccurate plume on ascent stage enginesAdded Real Plume configs for ascent and descent enginesFixed center of mass and adjusted attachment nodes accordingly on all partsAscent stage now has an IVAIVA has extra props when using Near Future PropsFixed Kerbal Inventory System and Connected Living Space patches (They now function properly)Greatly reduced fuel volume in descent stage (without BDB addon)Ascent stage now supports 4x Kerbals A very special thank you to @CobaltWolf @Shadowmage @Nertea @blackheart612 @JadeOfMaar @taniwha @EmbersArc @alexustas @T-10a @hieywiey @Rock3tman_ @Daishi @Angel-125 Making Alternate History is License CC-BY-4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
  3. here it is my little rovy ready to explore https://imgur.com/a/6bD9l1i
  4. DocBones

    Konstellation HLV

    After having huge CoM issues on the first HLV, I decided to create an entirely new model, the HLV2. CoM issues have been resolved and in the process I think I figured out what went wrong with the first model. Hope to correct and publish that one too. So here it is, the Konstellation HLV. Another quick update: Added the agricultural, hab and science/Comms modules. Amongst others, enjoy:) PS. Texturing still sucks but it is improving:) UPDATE: Added the transfer stage and some more texturing. Download: Spacedock Installation: You know the drill. Copy the Moonprint folder into the gamedata folder. Building: The MAV decoupler connects to a second node on the rear of the lander (the non-conical part). A standard docking port can be placed underneath the nosecone, it connects to a hidden node just underneath the top of the capsule. The cargo conatiners require KIS to be functional otherwise they are there for show. Aeroshell - In production, texturing stage. the aeroshell has two holes, one at the top one at the bottom to stow parachtes and covers to ensure aerodynamics. The chutes are for parachute assisted seperation. Lander frame RCS - Now integrated in to the frame as a LFO vernier engine. Ensues more stability during atmospheric deceleration In modeling: ISRU; ORE TANKS DEPENDENCIES: Community Resource Pack The textures are WIP. I am really terrible with texturing:( Suggestions are welcome:)
  5. ChickenNugget

    Apollo 11 Lander Replica

    So I'm pretty new to Kerbal Space Program (haven't even really left the kerbal system yet even though a probably could, because I just love mun/minmus missions), and for a while I've been messing around with stock Apollo replicas, and just general stock replicas of real life missions. Making an apollo lander in stock KSP, without any of that fancy DLC is naturally a pretty big challenge, but I'm really proud of this one and felt like sharing It houses 2 brave kerbals, and although the video below was made very lazily using cheats, I can guarantee its ability to land on the mun and then rendezvous with a CSM in any mun orbit (Even at the edge of it's SOI) with a bunch of fuel to spare. One of the things I really dislike about this craft is how easy it is to break the landing legs unless you're going <0.2m/s on a flat surface, but cutting the fuel down enough would change that problem (a better player than me could probably land and return with the ascent stage alone, which quite literally has surplus fuel to the moon and back). If anyone wants the .craft file, let me know. I haven't posted it here because A. I'm not entirely sure how to do so and B. I've heard some people are protective of these files and I can't quite figure out why, or if any of these reasons may apply to me. Crappy "Showcase" video made with OBS, Movie Maker, and a whole bunch of debug menu. Yes, I know that in real life the CSM and LEM docked while still attached to the lunar injection stage. Image Album Thanks for looking
  6. I've published a new version of Gossamer Albatross [KerbalX] with enhanced balance & controls. UPDATE: Albatross has been retired. Please try Gossamer Anisoptera... You'll love it. I'm opening a topic on it because it's not so trivial to fly. The Albatross is a great tourist vehicle (24 pax) -- a "lo-grav flitter" -- to see the Mun et al. "up close and personal". Pre-flight check-list: AG7 extend sails RCS on stage the ion drive (you may need to create a dummy stage before it to make Space bar work) toggle AG0 and ensure that the Puff engines are shutdown AG8 hover mode SAS on, SFC mode, Radial Out Lift-off: engage full thrust (Z) climb to a safe altitude select SAS Hold (press and release F momentarily) AG9 flight mode Cruise: use F to defeat SAS Hold momentarily while adjusting the craft attitude use attitude to vector ion drive thrust AG0 to engage horizontal propulsion via the MP Puff drive Landing: by the time you get to this, you will have figured it out hint: you can use the throttle to carefully adjust your sink rate hint: you can use the RCS translate thrust for enhanced deceleration hint: if you get desperate, you can turn tail and use the Puff drive (AG0) to decelerate. hint: its got wheels. if you can't land like a chopper pilot, then align the wheels with your direction and land it like a plane. WARNING: THIS MACHINE TURNS INTO A PUMPKIN AN HOUR BEFORE DUSK. HAVE IT ON THE GROUND OR IN ORBIT BY THAT TIME AT ALL COSTS. The manufacturer claims to have orbited this machine from the surface of the Mun. With sufficient skill and iron nerves, it ought therefore be possible to land it, too. [Your speed may vary... [Although your altitude will always come back to zero!]] Refueling: via a Klaw to be attached to the small girder at the rear of the spacecraft. Deployment: Attach it to a lander via the top dock and sky crane it in OR use HyperEdit if you just want to joy-ride the machine. You won't be disappointed. OR *NEW* you can download a fully-equipped world save file: https://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/170734-lunar-ion-drive-pylon-course/ (UPDATE: the Albatross Pylon Challenge will be updated shortly to use the new Anisoptera...) Pireps made here would be appreciated...
  7. So, I wanted to make an 'all in one' tug/explorer (vanilla parts) to export almost all of the Kerbol system. Criteria was that as much of the ship as possible should be reusable at each stop, and it can refuel itself along the way. My plan was to have three main components: a driller (for refueling), a science lander, and a tug to transport the other two components. The driller was pretty simple, with a 4500 ore capacity: Note the large docking port atop, that will mate to the 'back' of the tug. The harder part was building a lander. I started a lander that would handle MOST of the standard planets (Mun, Eeloo, etc) a single stage land/takeoff that would have about 3000+ dV. Added chutes and drogues for Duna and Laythe. For Duna and Laythe, I added a removable inflatable heat shield, connected with a docking port so I could add or remove it as the mission required via a docking port: Experimenting with the inflatable shield was VERY interesting. A few lessons: If you inflate it and it touches an atmosphere, you can't deflate and re-use it. Which means I'd need to bring one for Duna and one for Laythe. When you deflate it, it *VIOLENTLY* explodes. So I separated it as much as I could, and experimented to make sure after the peak of re-entry heat, I could turn the ship prograde, drop the shield, and then flip back retrograde before finishing the landing sequence (in some cases just turning sideways and firing the engines to get the heck away from this giant bomb I'm carrying). Otherwise, the air resistance forces the shield back into the craft, with another BIG BOOM. So, that being said, my tests with Laythe still didn't work because of the high dV needed to push through the atmosphere. So, I added another optional stage I could also add with a docking port: It's super ugly, and the lower engines gimbal way more than they should, making it a difficult craft to control. But I get an extra 1630 dV from the lower stage, coupled with 3670 on the upper stage (if I use the drop tanks, but a bit less otherwise), gives me about 5300+ dV total, enough to land and take off from Laythe and Tylo. Note that I have to cut the fuel cross-feed (otherwise it robs the upper tanks first) and the stage cutover is a manual redocking/staging sequence, but not too awful. So, now I have all the planets covered, except for Eve, of course. So, here is the assembled tug, powered by a dozen nuke engines: Note the two 'extra' sections being carried: - Fuel/Engine set for Tylo - Thermal balloon for Duna - Another set of both for Laythe And, of course, a science lab. Fully assembled and fueled, she has about 5000dV. Getting ready to run the full system test!
  8. HOYO Lander (Ver1.2) A complete lander system for vacuum worlds. Includes capsule, fuel tank, liquid fuel engines, antenna, decoupler, rcs thrusters, landing legs and a retractable ladder. Ideal for use with the HOYO CSM. Fits great in the fairing and payload base distributed with HOYO CSM mod. The docking port on the screenshots and beauty render is also from the HOYO CSM mod. Supports RealPlume and Engine Lighting. These mods are not bundled with the release but are highly recommended. Supports kOS and Telemachus. Also not bundled with the release. This mod comes bundled with dependencies. Module Manager, TexturesUnlimited (for reflections), RasterPropMonitor (for functional interior), KSPWheel (For the landing legs. It is absolutely needed for the landing legs to work.) and Alexustas' ASET Props 1.5 & ASET Avionics 2.1. INSTALLATION Be careful, this mod comes bundled with the latest version of ASET Props (1.5) & ASET Avionics (2.1). Delete these mods if you have older versions before installing this mod. Unzip and merge with your GameData folder. Be careful the folder GameData/LonesomeRobots from the zip must be merged with, not replace, any existing GameData/LonesomeRobots folder. DOWNLOAD http://spacedock.info/mod/1411/HOYO Lander. LonesomeRobots Aerospace Licensing. This mod is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License Redistributed with this mod. RasterPropMonitor created by Mihara & MOARdV. Redistributed as per license. TexturesUnlimited created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. KSPWheel created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. ModuleManager created by Sarbian. Redistributed as per license. ASET Props 1.5 & ASET Avionics 2.1 created by Alexustas. Redistributed as per license. .craft files for all LRAERO ships can be found here . These are saved from the latest KSP 1.3.1. changes in this version Reflections are now handled by the awesome TexturesUnlimited mod. Texture Replacer is now deprecated. ModuleDeployableAntenna is now used to handle the Lander antennas animation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOYO Lander (Ver1.1) A complete lander system for vacuum worlds. Includes capsule, fuel tank, liquid fuel engines, antenna, decoupler, rcs thrusters, landing legs and a retractable ladder. Ideal for use with the HOYO CSM. Fits great in the fairing and payload base distributed with HOYO CSM mod. The docking port on the screenshots and beauty render is also from the HOYO CSM mod. Supports RealPlume and Engine Lighting. These mods are not bundled with the release but are highly recommended. Supports kOS and Telemachus. Also not bundled with the release. This mod comes bundled with dependencies. Module Manager, TextureReplacer (for reflections), RasterPropMonitor (for functional interior), KSPWheel (For the landing legs. It is absolutely needed for the landing legs to work.) and Alexustas' ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0. INSTALLATION Unzip and merge with your GameData folder. Be careful the folder GameData/LonesomeRobots from the zip must be merged with, not replace, any existing GameData/LonesomeRobots folder. DOWNLOAD http://spacedock.info/mod/1411/HOYO Lander. LonesomeRobots Aerospace Licensing. This mod is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License Redistributed with this mod. RasterPropMonitor created by Mihara & MOARdV. Redistributed as per license. TextureReplacer created by ducakar. Redistributed as per license. KSPWheel created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. ModuleManager created by Sarbian. Redistributed as per license. ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0 created by Alexustas. Redistributed as per license. .craft files for all LRAERO ships can be found here . These are saved from the latest KSP 1.3.1. changes in this version Changed ModuleRCS to ModuleRCSFX for all parts with RCS thrusters. Now when firing RCS produces sound. Landing gear now produce sound while retracting/extending. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOYO Lander (Ver1.0) A complete lander system for vacuum worlds. Includes capsule, fuel tank, liquid fuel engines, antenna, decoupler, rcs thrusters, landing legs and a retractable ladder. Ideal for use with the HOYO CSM. Fits great in the fairing and payload base distributed with HOYO CSM mod. The docking port on the screenshots and beauty render is also from the HOYO CSM mod. Supports RealPlume and Engine Lighting. These mods are not bundled with the release but are highly recommended. Supports kOS and Telemachus. Also not bundled with the release. This mod comes bundled with dependencies. Module Manager, TextureReplacer (for reflections), RasterPropMonitor (for functional interior), KSPWheel (For the landing legs. It is absolutely needed for the landing legs to work.) and Alexustas' ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0. INSTALLATION Unzip and merge with your GameData folder. Be careful the folder GameData/LonesomeRobots from the zip must be merged with, not replace, any existing GameData/LonesomeRobots folder. DOWNLOAD http://spacedock.info/mod/1411/HOYO Lander. LonesomeRobots Aerospace Licensing. This mod is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License Redistributed with this mod. RasterPropMonitor created by Mihara & MOARdV. Redistributed as per license. TextureReplacer created by ducakar. Redistributed as per license. KSPWheel created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. ModuleManager created by Sarbian. Redistributed as per license. ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0 created by Alexustas. Redistributed as per license. .craft files for all LRAERO ships can be found here . These are saved from the latest KSP 1.3.0.
  9. Ver 1.2 Adds all the parts for the 4 seat Altair Lander and AresV Launch Vehicle. This mod is to be used in conjuction with HOYO CSM mod and Ares 1-X mod. You have to download the Ares 1-X mod for the first stage Solid Rocket Boosters as well as 2nd stage(KDS) J2X engine and the HOYO CSM mod for the docking port. Place the Boosters on the AresV core stage fuel tank using the stock radial decouplers. You then should launch the Altair Lander and Kerbin Departure Stage(KDS) into orbit using the AresV. Launch the HOYO CSM using the Ares 1-X rocket to rendez-vous and dock with the Altair & KDS. Then use the J2X KDS engine to push the whole stack. Kerbal Joint Reinforcement is recommended so as to not have wobble problems due to the size of the launch vehicle parts and torque produced. If anyone has suggestions for weight/deltav etc. Please share them with me so i can improve the mod on the next update. Supports RealPlume, Engine Lighting and TAC Life Support. These mods are not bundled with the release but are highly recommended. Supports kOS and Telemachus. Also not bundled with the release. This mod comes bundled with dependencies. Module Manager, TexturesUnlimited (For Reflections), RasterPropMonitor (For functional interior), KSPWheel (For the landing legs. It is absolutely needed for the landing legs to work.), Starwaster's AnimatedDecouplers (For the decoupler animation), Alexustas' ASET Props 1.5 & ASET Avionics 2.1. INSTALLATION Be careful, this mod comes bundled with the latest version of ASET Props (1.5) & ASET Avionics (2.1). Delete these mods if you have older versions before installing this mod. Unzip and merge with your GameData folder. The folder GameData/LonesomeRobots from the zip must be merged with, not replace, any existing GameData/LonesomeRobots folder. DOWNLOAD https://spacedock.info/mod/1475/Altair Lander & AresV. LonesomeRobots Aerospace?ga=%3CGame+3102+%27Kerbal+Space+Program%27%3E .craft files for all LRAERO ships can be found here . These are saved from the latest KSP 1.3.1. Licensing. This mod is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License Redistributed with this mod. AnimatedDecouplers created by Starwaster. Redistributed as per license. RasterPropMonitor created by Mihara & MOARdV. Redistributed as per license. TexturesUnlimited created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. KSPWheel created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. ModuleManager created by Sarbian. Redistributed as per license. ASET Props 1.5 & ASET Avionics 2.1 created by Alexustas. Redistributed as per license. changes in this version Reflections are now handled by the awesome TexturesUnlimited mod. Texture Replacer is now deprecated. ModuleDeployableAntenna is now used to handle the Dish antenna animation. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ver 1.1 Adds all the parts for the 4 seat Altair Lander and AresV Launch Vehicle. This mod is to be used in conjuction with HOYO CSM mod and Ares 1-X mod. You have to download the Ares 1-X mod for the first stage Solid Rocket Boosters as well as 2nd stage(KDS) J2X engine and the HOYO CSM mod for the docking port. Place the Boosters on the AresV core stage fuel tank using the stock radial decouplers. You then should launch the Altair Lander and Kerbin Departure Stage(KDS) into orbit using the AresV. Launch the HOYO CSM using the Ares 1-X rocket to rendez-vous and dock with the Altair & KDS. Then use the J2X KDS engine to push the whole stack. Kerbal Joint Reinforcement is recommended so as to not have wobble problems due to the size of the launch vehicle parts and torque produced. If anyone has suggestions for weight/deltav etc. Please share them with me so i can improve the mod on the next update. Supports RealPlume, Engine Lighting and TAC Life Support. These mods are not bundled with the release but are highly recommended. Supports kOS and Telemachus. Also not bundled with the release. This mod comes bundled with dependencies. Module Manager, TextureReplacer (For Reflections), RasterPropMonitor (For functional interior), KSPWheel (For the landing legs. It is absolutely needed for the landing legs to work.), Starwaster's AnimatedDecouplers (For the decoupler animation), Alexustas' ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0. INSTALLATION Unzip and merge with your GameData folder. The folder GameData/LonesomeRobots from the zip must be merged with, not replace, any existing GameData/LonesomeRobots folder. DOWNLOAD https://spacedock.info/mod/1475/Altair Lander & AresV. LonesomeRobots Aerospace?ga=%3CGame+3102+%27Kerbal+Space+Program%27%3E .craft files for all LRAERO ships can be found here . These are saved from the latest KSP 1.3.1. Licensing. This mod is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License Redistributed with this mod. AnimatedDecouplers created by Starwaster. Redistributed as per license. RasterPropMonitor created by Mihara & MOARdV. Redistributed as per license. TextureReplacer created by ducakar. Redistributed as per license. KSPWheel created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. ModuleManager created by Sarbian. Redistributed as per license. ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0 created by Alexustas. Redistributed as per license. changes in this version Changed ModuleRCS to ModuleRCSFX for all parts with RCS thrusters. Now when firing RCS produces sound. Landing gear now produce sound while retracting/extending. Changed TACLifeSupport configs. Now Altair lander has resources to support 4 kerbals for 9 days. 1 kerbal has resources for 24 days in the science lab. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ver 1.0 Adds all the parts for the 4 seat Altair Lander and AresV Launch Vehicle. This mod is to be used in conjuction with HOYO CSM mod and Ares 1-X mod. You have to download the Ares 1-X mod for the first stage Solid Rocket Boosters as well as 2nd stage(KDS) J2X engine and the HOYO CSM mod for the docking port. Place the Boosters on the AresV core stage fuel tank using the stock radial decouplers. You then should launch the Altair Lander and Kerbin Departure Stage(KDS) into orbit using the AresV. Launch the HOYO CSM using the Ares 1-X rocket to rendez-vous and dock with the Altair & KDS. Then use the J2X KDS engine to push the whole stack. Kerbal Joint Reinforcement is recommended so as to not have wobble problems due to the size of the launch vehicle parts and torque produced. If anyone has suggestions for weight/deltav etc. Please share them with me so i can improve the mod on the next update. Supports RealPlume and Engine Lighting. These mods are not bundled with the release but are highly recommended. Supports kOS and Telemachus. Also not bundled with the release. This mod comes bundled with dependencies. Module Manager, TextureReplacer (For Reflections), RasterPropMonitor (For functional interior), KSPWheel (For the landing legs. It is absolutely needed for the landing legs to work.), Starwaster's AnimatedDecouplers (For the decoupler animation), Alexustas' ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0. INSTALLATION Unzip and merge with your GameData folder. The folder GameData/LonesomeRobots from the zip must be merged with, not replace, any existing GameData/LonesomeRobots folder. DOWNLOAD https://spacedock.info/mod/1475/Altair Lander & AresV. LonesomeRobots Aerospace?ga=%3CGame+3102+%27Kerbal+Space+Program%27%3E .craft files for all LRAERO ships can be found here . These are saved from the latest KSP 1.3.0. Licensing. This mod is licensed under: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License Redistributed with this mod. AnimatedDecouplers created by Starwaster. Redistributed as per license. RasterPropMonitor created by Mihara & MOARdV. Redistributed as per license. TextureReplacer created by ducakar. Redistributed as per license. KSPWheel created by Shadowmage. Redistributed as per license. ModuleManager created by Sarbian. Redistributed as per license. ASET Props 1.4 & ASET Avionics 2.0 created by Alexustas. Redistributed as per license. SCREENSHOTS
  10. The invention of Debug Drive (pioneered by one Cheiter "Alt-F12" Kerman) has rendered the complexities of orbital mechanics virtually obsolete. Now, spaceships can simply turn on their Debug Drive and zip almost instantly from any orbit to any other celestial orbit, without consuming a single drop of propellant. Some have decried the use of this technology as "too easy", but most have embraced it with enthusiasm. The new tech has only one limitation: it can only be used once a stable orbit has been established, as the Tunnelizer Particles used by the drive will rip the ship apart if exposed to too much gravitational imbalance. So while orbital mechanics is no longer a concern, rocket science remains alive and well. THE CHALLENGE: Build a ship capable of deorbiting and orbiting at many worlds as possible, without refueling, staging, or docking. Your ship is only responsible for the deorbit and orbit; it does NOT have to perform transfer or capture burns. You may use the Debug Menu to "jump" from any stable orbit to any other stable orbit, but you cannot jump from the surface (or from a suborbital trajectory) to orbit. Your vehicle must be manned. At no point can any parts explode, break off, or otherwise leave your ship. Absolutely no part mods. This challenge is about design, so you do not have to fly your ship into orbit; you start the challenge in LKO, fully-fueled. You decide what order to visit worlds in. SCORING: You gain points each time you land and reorbit from a given world. Each world is worth a certain number of points as shown below. Gilly: 6 Pol: 26 Minmus: 36 Bop: 46 Ike: 78 Dres: 86 Mun: 116 Eeloo: 124 Duna: 145 Vall: 172 Moho: 174 Laythe: 290 Tylo: 454 Eve: 800 (if anyone can pull it off) Good so far? Don't get started just yet. You can earn bonuses based on vehicle design and mission parameters. Each bonus is a 10% increase to your final score, and they multiply, so two bonuses means a 21% increase, three bonuses means a 33.1% increase, and so forth. OP reserves the right to add new bonuses in the future. Homeward Bound: Return to the surface of Kerbin from LKO at the end of your mission. Infinity and Beyond: Your vessel consumes neither xenon nor ablator, meaning it could conceivably refuel at any ISRU station and continue its mission indefinitely. In the Neighborhood: Visit each planetary system only once. In other words, you complete all landings within a given system before moving on to the next one. Baby Grand: Visit every world but Eve. Kerbin's Sweet Caress: Land within visual range of the KSC at the end of your mission. No Surly Bonds: Your vessel is capable of SSTO from Kerbin, independent of your main mission. Rocket Scientist: Be the first person to post, in this thread, an accurate explanation for how I arrived at the scoring for each world. Hera, Wife of Zeus: Land on all the moons of Jool. Powerhouse: Your vessel carries no solar panels. Disembark: Your Kerbals can leave the vessel and plant flags on every world without needing their jetpacks. Regular Ace: Fly the entire mission without relying on informational or piloting mods. Pickup Artist: Your vessel is capable of EDL at Eve and re-ascent to orbit if Infinite Fuel is enabled after landing, independent of your main mission. One Stop Shop: Your vessel consumes only a single type of propellant (e.g., xenon only, LF only, monoprop only, or LFO only). Killing Me Smalls: Your vessel has the lowest dry mass of any submission. To qualify, you must land on either Laythe or Tylo. Rule of Cool: You have a dual-thrust-axis lander, capable of vertical takeoff and landing perpendicular to your main engine thrust vector using dedicated engines. Good luck, everyone! LEADERBOARD: @Wanderfound Touches down on Laythe and the Mun before coming home to Kerbin for a pinpoint KSC landing. For now, the smallest submission capable of Laythe, so 791 points!
  11. Lancelot Mk-IX I just wanted to share a rocket I made. It is designed to launch an orbital space ship that can mine on 11 different planets and moons. In fact, it's possible (through mining) to visit and plant flags on all 11 worlds before returning back to Kerbin. It has an extremely capable lander that utilizes the largest wheels and mining equipment. The normal crew is 2 pilots, 11 engineers, and 1 science officer (because it would be unlucky to have a crew of 13). Mineable planets and moons include: Mun, Minmus, Gilly, Moho, Ike, Duna, Dres, Vall, Bop, Pol, and Eeloo. Here is the CRAFT FILE Here is a IMAGE SLIDE SHOW - to show how it works. CONTROLS: Ship: controls for the combined ship and lander. 1. Primary Solar (6 panels |ship) 2. Secondary Solar (2 panels |lander) 3. Primary Thermal Control (2 medium |ship) 4. Secondary Thermal Control (2 small |lander) 5. Docking Lights (Red = Bottom 7, Green = Top |ship) 6. Night Driving Lights (1 spot light, 1 soft light |lander) 7. Primary Engines (toggle to decrease/increase power by 66.6% |ship) 8. Secondary Engines (toggle to decrease/increase power by 33.3% |lander) Lander: controls for the separated lander only. 9. Toggle Ladder (Extends ladder down from the driving platform) 0. Lander Solar (Activates all 4 panels)
  12. Daveroski

    Interstaged LEM Mun Landing.

    So let's see If Ah'v got this reight lad.. Tha wants to send t' lander wi't' command pod? Aye gaffer. Dithent fret, Ah'v got it sussed! Allreight, Let's have a skeg then. Wot's tha got? That's grand lad.. grand.
  13. hey guys I present my mission in mun with two ssto's being one of them v-tol and another, in fact it's strange the cockpit is a Lander just watching ... sorry for the long video of 7 minutes and many docking I've been a long time without playing. .. need opinions for new ships and missions
  14. So, the challenge is to create a kOS program that will launch a spacecraft, put it into a stable orbit around Kerbin, and land the first stage of the rocket on Kerbin, without any manual control (Except starting the program, of course) There is a point system Here is the amount of points you get or lose from doing certain things: MINIMUM: Get to stable orbit, deploy a payload, and land automatically, 1 point. Optional: Payload around Mun: 5 points Costs less than 10000: 5 points Payload weight larger than 50 tons: 2 points Lands near KSC: 3 points Lands on the launch pad: 10 points Lands without parachutes: 5 points Able to configure program to launch different vehicles just by tweaking a few values at the start of the program: 20 points Payload around Duna: 10 points Entire mission to Jool, with an orbiter relay satellite that deploys a probe with a heat shield and returns tons of data automatically: 50 points Good luck!
  15. "Why bother Matt's Thunderbirds when you may simply leave space exploration to droids?" is our motto! Mavnor Space Solutions aims mostly at small subassemblies that helps all those afraid of losing kerbals in manned missions yet longing to get the raw outcome of their experiments, without transmission penalties. Tired of caring for life support? You don't want any accidents involving killing kerbonauts? It's your lucky day! This thread will be updated with new units as I progress in this career save. Right now I'm working on getting RAPIERS, 1-0 action groups and fancy stuff like that. Taking a stroll to our hangar is encuraged: https://kerbalx.com/hangars/25059 Designs I'm thining of: Relay systems <check> Stock Automatic Science Bringer for Duna&Ike (probably Apollo-style with suitable relay/return stage staying in orbit) <check, in testing> Stock Automatic Science Bringer for Laythe (definitely Apollo-style with suitable relay/return stage staying in orbit and flying drone penetrating Laythe's biomes) Science rover mk2 (with material's bay) SSTO Spaceplane designed around mk3 cargo Stock Surface Refillment Unit <check, in testing and optimalisation> Although I'll try to keep it stock, it works really well with following mods: Bon Voyage, USI, Scansat, x-science. I also play with USI MKS. 1. Stock Automatic Science Bringer for Kerbin SOI This subassembly is designed to collect basic experiments from 6 biomes (a number of goo units attached to the rover) on Mun/Minmus and return experimental storage unit full of science to Kerbin. The lander has a lot d/v (in terms of Mun/Minmus landing) so feel free to make mistakes, note that some fuel is going to be pumped to the return stage. Using this rover with science relay mod (https://mods.curse.com/ksp-mods/kerbal/252171-science-relay) generates so much science points that I'd almost count that cheating. Centre of thrust is a lil bit offset centre of mass, be careful. Mass: 9.22t Part count: 56 d/v: ~1,5k Craft file: https://kerbalx.com/Mavnor/MSS-Stock-Automatic-Science-Bringer Feel free to download and comment ;x
  16. I've been planning to establish a long-term colonization on Laythe for a while now, considering so far the only non-Kerbin planet I ever sent Kerbals to was Duna, with a very lackluster base. Because of it being long-term, I plan to have a space station orbiting Laythe with two landers on standby, which must be almost completely reusable and be able to ferry at minimum six Kerbals from the station to the base(s), with maximum efficiency. With those restrictions in mind, and considering that I plan to keep the space station at an altitude of 150-175km(to make the rendezvous easier for me), I managed to design a hefty lander packing 3.8 m/s of dV, space for seven Kerbals, and a jumbo docking port on the bottom, which also counts on being refueled when landing on Laythe by virtue of the base(s) being equipped with fuel refineries and rovers able to ferry the fuel: As you can see, the reason for the unusual placement of the docking port(below instead of on top) is in favour of a RealChute parachute, designed to work flawlessy(mostly) on Laythe - which is why the lander is not completely coated in 'chutes. Unfortunately, RealChute has a hardcoded limit of 10 uses per parachute part, after which it will no longer work; as it will have to be replaced by a new parachute part through KIS, this is why the lander is only 95% reusable - and not using parachutes at all is a terrible idea as the lander completely loses control when entering Laythe's atmosphere - being the very first craft I've seen that prefers to fly face-first when I intend it to fly butt-first, while it's normally the other way around. (Re-entry heating is disabled in my save file because I have barely mastered proper drag-friendly crafts, let alone drag-friendly heat-freindly crafts) Nevertheless, using HyperEdit, I did multiple simulation flights with Laythe and, despite those shortcomings, de-orbiting and landing in Laythe is something the lander can do(with some trouble regarding loss of control; it can end up flying sideways and therefore gliding far away from its intended destination). The true problem is taking off again and reaching orbit: It just doesn't have enough fuel. Sure, it can attain an apoapsis that's above the atmosphere(thanks to a planet pack, the atmo height is raised to 66km instead of 50km; pressure and grav are unchanged), but it will be left with just 900-800m/s of dV left, when over 1100m/s are needed to complete the circularization. And this is without accounting the fact that the lander would still need to rendezvous with the soon-to-be space station at 150-175km of altitude... Either the lander is fuel-inefficient, or I am doing a wrong ascent profile. And I did check a guide for ascent profiles, but when I tried that, it just resulted in the lander deciding to fly into the ground. (Considering that guide was aimed toward large Kerbin crafts, it's possible its advice just doesn't apply for this situation) Thus, I'm wondering if anyone is able to help me with either/both problems. I'm looking to try and optimize its fuel consumption as much as I can(the aerospikes are the most efficient engines available: the Terrier is too weak, and everything else is either too powerful/inefficient, or has a mismatching size) to be useful in case of an emergency, and find out a more efficient way to get the lander up into Laythe orbit. As well as possibly find out what's causing the lander to completely lose control when braking into Laythe, as that will definitely end up causing problems later on regarding landing precision and the time spent ferrying Kerbals and fuel. And yes, the Center of Mass is above the Center of Lift, which is above the Center of Thrust. And here is the lander's .craft file, in case you need it or just want it.
  17. Hello guys, I've designed this to land on Minmus. It has a nuclear engine on the bottom, 6 venor thrust engines, some RCS Blocks, and the top disengages(command pod, crew cabin,science junior) for reentry. It has a heat shield. Now I have a few questions. 1. Is there a way to make this picture smaller? 2. Is this enough to take off from minmus and fly back to kerbin? 3. Do the vector engines fire at different levels so that the ship will go up when I press H? Or will it simply go nose up since the center of mass is towards the back? 4. Can the crew cabin store surface samples? The idea behind this is to get as many surface samples from different biomes, and then return. Just curious. And any tips?
  18. My original plan was to create a cargo SSTO that could carry 4 large Mk2 bays worth of cargo, land at Mün, and return to Kerbin. This turned out to be a much bigger challenge than I though it would be! As the plane got bigger, it needed more engines, more fuel, then it couldn't land anymore, so needed more engines, more fuel, etc. So I tried going simpler with only 2 large Mk2 bays. Still took quite a bit of trial and error, but I finally did it. As a craft, it's a delicate balance of size, mass, fuel, cargo, and power. 76 tons, 3.5k - 4k ∆v after reaching LKO. How did I do?
  19. I am designing my first Mun Lander. I am using Kerbal Engineer Redux and I've had a look at the dV chart. I've decided on a 3 stage 2 Kerbal mission. 1) The lifter - Carries the two other stages to LKO ~ 3500dv 2) The transfer / return stage - Carries 2 Kerbals Lander will be docked with this. ~1500 dv 3) The Lander - Carries 1 Kerbal - has a materials bay, goo, temp, barometer, and seismograph. 1400dV (600 dv land 600dv up and 200 spare for orbit maneuver and docking ) If I'm understanding this correctly then I need about 600dV to reach land on the Mun from LMO and presumably the same to get back up plus a safety margin for docking? And I use KER set to Mun to calculate my total dV?
  20. (Note, this is still in v 1.04) Proving that what goes to Eve does not have to stay on Eve, I set about to make a not-entirely-stock Eve lander for my developing fleet of interplanetary ships. It may not be the best design, but I did successfully make and test a (rocket) vehicle that can leave the Purple Ball O' Doom, without being too big or tall. This is a "final" revision of my third design, meant to take a Mk 1 lander can down and back up. To make EVA easier without putting a zillion ladders on, I put a Mk 2 lander can at the very bottom to act as an EVA "elevator", i.e.transfer the Kerbal down and up. Could have used another Mk 1, but I wanted a bigger attachment node for the 5m stack separator. It also meant that the main stage is purely radial engines, with no central one; the central and outer tanks feed the inner engines. The pics combine two separate tests (used HyperEdit), the entry phase from the previous revision and the landing/launch from the final version. The only things different between the two ships was that the four Kiwi retro-burn engines (from Space Y) were replaced with a single Mainsail below the heat shield, a Mainsail replaced the 8 Swivels in the middle stage, plus 8 active winglets were added, and more fuel was added to the main stage. I had thought the Kiwis could perform as descent engines to slow down the final few meters, but they did nothing and still ended up using 4 of the main engines, so I ditched them. I made the changes to the middle stage after it kept flipping out after staging. I wanted to keep both the middle and upper stage short, so either the Mainsail and/or winglets proved to be the solution. The main engines are 8 Ratites from Space Y, a 2.5m engine with more thrust than a Rhino, especially at low altitudes (Rhinos proved to be useless on Eve). Less efficient too, but that's not I needed for the first stage of an Eve ascent vehicle. Most of the main stage tanks are from Fuel Tanks Plus, the 3/4 and 1.5x versions of the standard orange tank. Added some stock Rockomax tanks as needed. Main chutes are 2.5m Mk16 XLs plus 8 radial drogue ones. The big radial decouplers with built-in sepratons are also from Space Y (those things are so cool and useful!). And the heat shield is a Tweakscaled 5m one from Space Y (not sure if it mattered) up to 20m size--no problems with heat there! Middle stage as noted is a Mainsail on a Rockomax -32 tank with 8 radial FL-T400 tanks. Upper stage is a FL-T400 with 4 -200s and 4 1.25m Poodles (used Tweakscale), they have a mass of .377 and 45 kN of thrust. Thought about using aerospikes but wanted something with thrust vectoring and lower mass. The upper stage has an RCS fuel tank from FTP and 4 quad thrusters. And of course I put MechJeb on it, though I only used it to hold pro/retrograde, not to land or launch. The landing struts are LT-2s upsized 300% mounted on 200% pocket I-beams. Several 2.5m reaction wheels are in the ship, with main power from 4 200% size RTGs Not sure what was going on with the landing struts on the landing (broken? glitch?) but the ship was stable and took off fine. Went into a polar orbit since that was how it came in--wanted to land on, well, land and not in the sea. Started at relatively low altitude too, 654m ASL (heh, the previous test landed in the Highlands ). Ended up with over 1150 m/s DV left after the circularization burn. The first version of the lander included a top-docked rover, my latest "mega mini" type, the plan being to transfer the scientist Kerbal from the ship to the rover after then pop off the rover before landing and have it drive back to the ship, visiting several biomes on the way That proved to be successful, so I stopped bothering to include it on later versions. I might even change the plan to land the rover separately, or even several rovers...but that would require a 2 or 3-Kerbal version of the ship...guess what will be next?
  21. ruiluth

    Horizontal lander pods

    Alright, I know I'm not the only one making landers like this: I love building landers using the 1.25m crew tank horizontally. However, it's really hard! It's difficult to attach propulsion systems without blocking the doors, and even moreso for the windows. There are no hatches either. Reentry is a huge pain. Am I the only one who wishes there was a better part for this? Some kind of horizontal lander part with more attachment nodes and a better hatch system? Maybe one that holds 3 kerbals? Does anyone already make one? If so, who? If not, would someone? Please?
  22. Spaced Out

    Mun Problems

    Ok so I need some help. I have been sending lots of missions to the Mun (R.I.P. Valentina Kerman), and I keep tipping my lander over. I use a service bay to fling me back up, but how do I avoid tipping it in the first place? Also, on re-entry to Kerbin my first mission worked but the second one I almost instantly exploded. Any help on that?
  23. I decided I want to try and get as much out of the Jool system as possible. For this cause, I have set up a Vall mining base that is capable of producing fuel for anything that can get into orbit around Vall, with the help of a tanker I also sent. I am in the process of designing a vehicle that can be used to land on the majority of the moons of Jool, maybe excluding Laythe and Tylo, at least until I get refueling stops there. How much Delta-V should a vehicle capable of refueling in Vall orbit need, for exploration of these other planets? Preferably, it would be a single stage so it would be reusable after refuel. I have currently managed to get a lander that has 5k DV and has enough TWR to land on Tylo, but not Laythe. 5k DV isn't enough to visit Tylo and return to Vall, is it?
  24. A question came up recently regarding designs for SSTO landers for atmospheric bodies. Now, atmosphere immediately has me thinking "spaceplane" but the problem is people often want the lander to fit within a cargo bay of the mothership rather than docking it radially, since it keeps the CoM of the mothership centred. Having to fit within a mk3 cargo bay means very small wings and high landing speeds for field landings, unless you resort to cheese like clipping or triplane/venetian blind strake wings. Having to put a docking port on the nose means high drag - low lift and high drag mean generally poor performing spaceplane, though you can still get to orbit with high twr chemical propulsion. My problem is i've never built a mothership before. I normally just go with single stage to anywhere spaceplanes, staged spaceplanes, or use IRSU refuelling facilities. Anyway, I wondered if it was possible to do this a third way. Here is an example of a small SSTO I built, 2 nervs 1 panther. It reaches 150km orbit on Kerbin with about 1200 dv left over. With the Panther in Dry mode it could do a lot of flying around on Laythe and still have plenty left to make orbit. It has a landing speed of about 40m/s fully loaded, and it has two vernier thrusters in the belly to reduce landing speeds on Duna / allow VTOL on low grav airless moons. It has an inline clamp o tron , reaction wheel and some RCS translation thrusters. And here is the mothership i started to make for it. It has two docking ports on the end of the swept wings that my inline clamp o trons should be able to hook on to. It has just shed the launcher hardware. There is a long liquid fuel fuselage in the middle, and a cargo bay at the front , which we can fill up with whatever the mission requires before Kerbin departure. The problem is that i'm totally out of practice docking stuff, and only ever mastered basic nose-to-nose anyway. So I gave up and decided to try pre-docking so i could see if the concept at least flies. It does ! Problem 1 - you cannot pre-dock inline docking adapters in the VAB. I found an old thread that said you can attach the subassembly some other way and line the ports up with the offset tool and the two ports will then automatically "dock" once you launch the vessel. This is no longer the case. I attached the aircraft with a radial decoupler, lined the two ports up so they appear to be touching, but the ports still don't "stick". I had set the radial decoupler force percent to 0, but after firing the decoupler in orbit, the aircraft simply drifts away from the mothership. From what i understand, docking ports that aren't pre-docked , have to spawn at least 10m from each other for the magnetic attraction to kick in when they reach proximity. If they are already close when the vessels spawn, the game assumes you just undocked and don't want these ports pulling back together again. The other problem is that we're really just kicking the can down the road here. To be a functional mothership/lander combo, it needs to be feasible to re-dock after separation. In fact we need to re-dock sufficiently well aligned that the NERVs of the spaceplanes can push the mothership, like in the picture. Build guide slots out of modular wing segments or something? Or i just need to improve my skills? All this re-docking though, is making me realise why i like interplanetary spaceplanes so much.
  25. So things are moving along nicely with the new model. I opened another thread for the new one, you can find it HERE. New update: THe original HLV was giving me all sorts of CoM trouble. I am working on a fix. In the meantime I made a new model. Available for download on Spacedock. The engines are not yet finished, but the RK-Z-146 Solo engine from contares fits perfectly, you might want to adjust the thrust in the CFG to 300Kn. CoM is spot on and horizontal landing is stable. Set you mav engines to 60% and you're on your way or use TCA. The cargo requires KIS. Update: For those of you waiting for this to release. Unfortunately I have to work for a living......or so I'm told:) However as of Friday I am on vacation so I will have time to complete the project. It will be an ongoing project as I want to build or adapt a launcher to go with it. I will release the lander first though. What I can say is that you will need TCA to get this thing into orbit as the COM is slightly offset thus TCA and a multi engine First and second stage will be needed to keep your rocket flying with the correct end toward space. I have managed to build the Aerosehell and it is stable during Duna reentry, I also added RCS thrusters to the aeroshell, MAV second stage and MAV. The lander itself is very stable during decent and landing. The project has not been forgotten or turned to vaporware. I hope to release before X-mas. So my first try at a mod for KSP. Here is my take on the HLV (Horizontal Landing Vehicle) designed by NASA back in the 90's. (I think it had another name:)) What is this? An all in one solution for trips to Duna and beyond, carrying both cargo and an integrated MAV. No more sending the MAV and your cargo or rover in seperate missions. At the moment the parts are not textured (still working on that), I will try and get that finished ASAP. I have included some basic renders of the complete design. The parts: Landing frame - with integrated landing gear and rcs tanks. Bow tanks and engines - Bow tanks and engine cluster MAV - MAV main engine cluster, second stage and ascent pod (integrated ladder and exit platform) Mav engine cluster is 3,5m so any 3,5m pod can be used. RCS thrusters - Powerfull RCS thrusters to keep this beast straight during landing. Hexacargo - Hexcargo containers for all your base equipment and other needs. MAV decoupler - Decoupler arm for the MAV (decouples MAV from landing frame) Coming soon: Rover ramp - Ramp for existing rover configurations Single cargo pods with integrated engine clusters. Any suggestions are welcome. Aaaand, the aeroshell.... Ok, so a few screenshots of this beast in action. (before you ask....YES! I do have mechjeb installed, my flying skills are dubious to say the least:)) And some texturing. I am trying to find the time to finish the project. So things are going kinda slow:(