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  1. Kerbetrotter Ltd. is happy to announce its newest creation from the Feline Utility Rover series: The Lynx Rover. A medium sized versatile rover that is capable to operate independently in the harshest environments. It is mainly designed to operate on other planets, but also in the outback of Kerbin. Depending on your configuration it can be used for crew transport, mobile research including a laboratory or as a transport for various resources. You can also use bellowed joints to be more flexible in difficult terrain or use hover engines to pass water. It now also includes a small propeller for when the rover is swimming. Warning: Versions 1.2.0 - 1.2.5 of this Mod have a serious bug in KSP 1.4.3 that causes all parts that are behind either a "Docking hitch" or a "Joint with Bellow" to have a (random) position offset. This error persists through saves!! Update to version 1.2.6 to avoid this problem. Vessels that are affected cannot be fixed. Features Joints and Hitches Hover Engines IVAs in all crewed parts Custom Wheels Fits in MK3 Cargo Bay Configurable Containers Galleries Download version 1.1.1 for KSP 1.3.X and version 1.2.6 for KSP 1.4.X Please remove the folder of older versions of this Mod before installing! The source code is available on GitHub Instructions For instructions on how to use the hitches and joints, please take a look at the KSPedia entry of Feline Utility Rovers The Hitches and Joints are locked by default when you first launch your vessel. You have to click "Unlock" in the right-click menu to unlock them. The Hover Engines can be controlled with the controls for the Wheels to accelerate and steer. Lateral movement and height changes can be made with the controls for RCS. Please also visit the KSPedia for more information. Translations Español by @bice Русский by @Tirathangil and @Sebra 中国语文 by @ssd21345, @vosskftw and @Levin845 Português (do Brasil) by @FellipeC Deutsch by @DasSkelett and @Nils277 Italiano by @Simog Looking for help: If anyone is interested to translate FUR into Japanese or French, please let me know! You can find all the texts that need translation here: Localizable Texts. Supported Mods (most mods need ModuleManager to work properly) Life Support: TAC-LS, USI-LS, Snacks!, Kerbalism, IFI Life Support Gameplay: KIS, KeepFit, RemoteTech, Connected Living Space, Pathfinder, Realfuels, Indicator Lights Visual: JSI Advanced Transparend Pods, Raster Prop Monitor, ASET Props, Textures Unlimited Supports resources from: OSE Workshop, Extraplanetary Launchpads, MKS, Deepfreeze, Near Future Propulsion, Near Future Electrical Support and bug reports If you encounter a bug with Feline Utility Rovers, please follow these instructions to report it.Most important: I need the KSP.log FILE. Otherwise i won't be able to help! License The art assets are licensed under: CC-BY-NC The plugin code is licensed under: Apache License 2.0 Thanks @sirkut and @Ziw for Infernal Robotics, which was used as reference/learning source for the functionality of the hitch. Also thanks to @Snjo for the Firespitter mod. The Fuel-Switch is based on the one from Firespitter. Last but not least thanks to @Rafael acevedo for testing and suggestions during the development.
  2. I am wondering if there is a mod for 1.4.x that adds an Apollo-style rover that can be assembled on the Mun via KAS and that doesn't require Making History? Thanks in advance for any answers
  3. Grounded Modular Vehicles Makes it possible to make cars, trucks, vans as how you want them with modular parts. NOW WITH STOCK PART VARIANT SWITCH! Feedbacks would be helpful. Download at: Spacedock · Curseforge Interested in supporting the development? Just click any of the two if you want to! PATREON This is an early release and there are more plans in the future! Features: Integrated with career, vehicles at the start of the tree No plug-in dependency (Will always be up to date!) Articulating Hitch for trailers Science! Based on KSP's vehicles itself. Changelog: Installation: Remove old folder if there's an old installation. Copy the GameData folder into your root folder. License:
  4. This is a up-to-date collection of wheels that I have worked on previously, namely for the Rollkage and Better Wheels mods (credits: @electronicfox and @angusmcbeth) which are now more or less abandoned. The reason for reviving these is simply because I wanted to use them in my game, and there are very few wheel mods for 1.2. I would have done this earlier if it wasn't so annoying to update wheels from pre 1.1 to the new system, since there is hardly any documentation on how to do it. On the other hand, the new wheel physics system is much better and allows easy tuning so I no longer need to tediously tune the buggy phyx suspension and tire model in unity. I will update this with additional wheels as I convert them. Direct Download: Spacedock: Collection (formerly rollkage %26 better wheels) GitHub: Also available on CKAN Kerchelin Small Rover Wheel: 0.5m wheel for light rovers RollKage Kerchelin Extreme: 1.0 m off-road wheel for 2-5t light vehicles RollKage Kerchelin Sport: 1.0 m off-road wheel for 5-10t medium sized vehicles RollKage Kerchelin Jumbo: 2.0m wheel for 10-50t heavy vehicles
  5. Hi all, The following post is related to suggestions regarding more/better rover ideas. I have been wanting to design rover in Kerbal Space Program ever since I heard of it (which was before I even purchased it). I see now that it is very hard to create rovers in KSP. I can build better rovers now, but when I was a beginner trying to figure out how to get to Duna with a rover name Kuriosity, I found out quite quickly that building a rover in KSP is extremely difficult. I do understand that there is the Probodobodyne RoveMate™, but it is still hard to build rovers. I would really value a tutorial implemented in a further update that walks a new user through making a rover. I understand that with the Making History Expansion that Missions can be downloaded, but not everybody has the DLC required to use the Missions. And although there are mods made by the Community (Some especially good ones from SQUAD member RoverDude ), some people like to use a stock KSP.Perhaps some new rover parts can be added alongside a new tutorial? Thank you for considering this, Skywalket Kerbal Enthusiast and Elon fan
  6. Hey everyone! Lots of people have been anxiously waiting for this mod. It's finally at a point where it's playable, and all the necessary features are working. This is a manned rover, based off of the design in The Martian! Now you can re-create your own missions to Duna, or drive across the planet. It features several parts: Command Pod with lights and KIS storage, Battery with attached solar panels, "flatbed" main frame with KIS storage, and "trailer" optional frame. The included craft file is already put together for you, but if you do it yourself - the trailer attaches kind of funny to the back of the flatbed. It must be rotated right and I use the offset tool in the VAB to fine-tune it. The wheels will flip you if you brake hard, and I suggest setting the brake force to 100 on the front wheels, which I've already done on the example craft. Some things to note: The crew capacity is only ONE right now, it will be bumped up to THREE at a later time, when I've started working on the IVA. There is NO IVA yet. There are NO WHEELS yet. I guess the new KSP update (1.1) will rewrite the wheel modules, and I had a heck of a time getting them to work for me anyways. The stock wheels look great with it, and the model was originally made to scale with the stock TR-2 wheels. The IVA that the cabin uses is the MK1 pod. There is an example craft included! ...I think that's all for now. Hopefully you enjoy it, and if you don't, please tell me why! I recommend using the mod Kerbal Inventory System with this, so you can take full advantage over the features. (Like storing extra life support supplies for those really long trips.) Download from SpaceDock! Imgur Album showcasing delivery of Rover using KIS and USI Freight parts. License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License Also includes the following nifty flags: Example craft and KIS containers set-up for a cargo rover:
  7. So I am making a Mun rover and when I went to test it on kerbin, the wheels move in the wrong direction. Instead of pressing the w key to move forward I have to press s. I know this isn't a real problem put it could get confusing. Here is the rover:
  8. here it is my little rovy ready to explore
  9. The Mobile Base Challenge Not open yet, looking for feedback on rules before going live I've always been fascinated by large mobile bases and the even larger rockets needed to launch them. To this end, I've decided to have a go at creating a challenge involving them. The rules are designed to create large, self-sufficient mobile bases. Preliminary Rules 1. Stock parts only. This includes any part editing via ModuleManager or otherwise except for as defined below with adding approved modules to capsules. As much as I love mods, it's much simpler to score and share craft files if everything is stock. If there's enough interest, I might consider adding a modded craft category later since there are some pretty cool wheels/tracks/etc in mods. 2. Information and autopilot mods are allowed. MechJeb, Kerbal Engineer, Throttle Controlled Avionics, and other information/autopilot mods that don't alter the parts are fine. If using MechJeb (or other information mods that require parts to function), please use a module manager config (like MechJeb and Engineer For All) to add it to the command pods instead of using the MechJeb parts. 3. Stock solar system only. There's some cool alternative solar systems out there that provide a lot more challenge, but I don't want to have to come up with planet score multipliers for all of them. If someone else wants to extend this challenge to include modded planets, go for it. 4. Mobile base must be able to drive on the surface of a planet using electric rover wheels. Additional rockets/jet engines/landing gear are fine if you want your base to be capable of higher speeds on appropriate terrain or be amphibious. 5. Mobile base must be self-sufficient and include power generation, ISRU, drills, ore tanks, and at least one of each fuel tank type (for refuelling other craft if the base doesn't make use of the fuel itself). There should be enough energy generation/batteries to allow 24/7 operation (drilling, refining, science research) on the target planet. If you need to use fuel cells to get through the night, that's fine. 6. Mobile base must include the following parts: At least four electric rover wheels At least one science lab At least one ISRU refinery module At least one drill Enough space for at least 8 kerbals At least one of each fuel tank type LOX capacity should be at least equivalent to the 1.25m long tank Monoprop capacity should be equivalent to 1.25m inline tank Ore capacity should be at least equivalent to one 2.5m tank Xenon capacity should be at least equivalent to one 1.25m tank At least one probe core At least one of the largest comm antennas 7. Mobile base must be launched into orbit, flown to the planet, and landed on the planet. No hyperedit/cheat menu shenanigans outside of testing. Orbital and in-situ assembly is acceptable for very large bases. Preliminary Scoring (Please help with this based on relative difficulty) Point multipliers based on target planet: Minmus: 0.5x Mun: 1.0x Eve/Duna/Ike/Dres: 1.5x Laythe/Eeloo/Moho: 2.0x Tylo: 3.0x Bonus points: Base is capable of short range powered hops on target world: Multiplier based on world (help with this) Base is amphibious on Eve/Laythe: Help me determine this Base is capable of launching into orbit from target world and flying to another planet: Lots of bonus points, based on world (if you manage this on Eve, you win). Submission Requirements: Pictures of your craft in a VAB, on the launchpad, after each staging event to orbit, doing the interplanetary transfer, doing the landing deorbit burn, just before landing, and once the rover has landed. Extra pictures and video are always welcome. If your rover is built using multiple launches, have pictures at each of the above stages for each distinct craft up until they're added to the main base. Craft file is also required to validate entry. If you rover requires multiple launches, include all craft files. As you can see, this challenge is still a WIP. Any and all help is appreciated with ironing out these rules. Later this weekend I'll put together my own craft to demonstrate the challenge.
  10. (A.K.A. BILL AND JEB'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE) TL;DR: TODAY I LEARNED THAT "CHECK YO' STAGIN'" APPLIES TO DOCKING PORTS. I am new to Kerbal Space Program and going through career mode. After the crew of my second Mun landing returned to Kerbin with 1,859.6 science on board, I decided to get ... ambitious greedy. I started by unlocking Very Heavy Rocketry, its associated fueling needs, the long-awaited NERV, and Composites. Initially I just wanted to use the NERV as any upper stage, since it was so efficient. But there was a contract for mining ore, and I already wanted to land, so why not try to make a refueling lander? It turned out to be a lot heavier than expected, so I went with 3x engine symmetry (2 would have been enough power but 3 made better symmetry and I was used to high munar TWR from my first two landings), and packed a bunch of the baby airplane fuel cylinders next to the engines since they have the best fuel-to-weight ratio of all the liquid tanks—which also gave me a place to mount landing gear that could actually reach the ground, and a better place to mount drills than some very sneaky girders. Then, since I had the power, I upgraded the converter since the small one's ore-to-fuel ratio is garbage. I didn't have the Gigantor solar panels unlocked yet, but looking at the energy requirements I decided to use the last of my science to do so. I wanted to do a bunch of contracts. I had several around the Mun, for which I needed a rover and a satellite, and I wanted to mount them both on the nose. Hmm. I decided to put clamp-o-trons on the rover and nose, then put the satellite in the middle. I added RCS to the rover so I could, in theory, detach in spaceflight, launch the satellite, and then reattach to the lander. I've never docked anything before, but how hard can it be? (Backup plan: carry the satellite down, drop the rover, launch satellite after takeoff.) Speaking of docking, on this mission I plan to try it for the first time again—ship to ship this time. My middle stage should make Mun orbit, and if the lander refinery works as well as hoped, I can potentially come back up, dock, donate a little fuel (I put modest L+O tankage on the nuke with this hope—contents donated to the middle stage, of course—plus I could refine more ore after docking), then transfer crews, land again, collect science and fuel again, and did I mention both crews still need a Mun landing under their belt? Now all I had to do was figure out how the heck to lift all this junk. Fortunately I had just unlocked the Mammoth. Even so, I still needed to attach some Kickbacks to give me what I consider decent launchpad thrust. For the middle stage, a Skipper might be adequate to the task, but I thought, "Hey, the Rhino gets better ISP anyway, right? And it will keep my burns short. Let's try this sucker out." Plus it let me keep my rocket fatter; this thing is much taller than any rocket I've made before. Looking at what I'd done in the VAB—what I'd done to the VAB?—I named it the Abomination. The fairing covered 45% of the rocket. It's over 100 tons heavier than my previously biggest rocket, which was almost 100 tons heavier than my previously biggest rocket. And it's not too far shy of double the cost, though a lot of this is tied up in stuff meant to be recovered. I had just accepted a contract to test the aerospace decoupler at 51-55km while going 1110-1890m/s, which put some constraints on my flight profile, but it actually worked pretty well with a reasonable gravity turn. It took me a couple of tries to get it right, but I don't feel too guilty about reverting for that sort of thing. They aren't terrible fins—or at least they looked the part. The Rhino performed beautifully, too. It started up well in the upper atmosphere, so I'm sure it was at least as efficient as any other upper stage could have been, and the extra power let me carry more fuel that the main lifter would have otherwise been using (at less effiency). The downside is that if the Mammoth was allowed to use that fuel I was confident of recovery; this way, I didn't even try for this mission, though I may if I find myself with a similar lower stage in the future. On the last Mun landing, I caught a Minmus intercept completely by accident while planning the trip home, but didn't have the fuel to do it. Not this time, my crew thinks. Not this time. As it turns out, the main difficulty of reattaching the rover—other than that I'm terrible at docking—was that it really wasn't designed with docking in mind. First, the lines of sight were very bad, and second, I didn't realize I'd offset the docking port so that a little bit of it was blocked by a girder. The magnetism seems to be holding it in place for now, so hopefully that will hold up until I land. If it falls off upon landing that will just save me the trouble. The satellite was then on its merry way after reaching the correct altitude to turn on its engine to fulfill a contract. I was careful of where the main ship was, after having read many horror stories about inattentive launch collisions! It has tons of delta-V, which is good because it needs to fulfill two orbital requirements; it may have enough to spare to do something useful. Even if it doesn't, three contracts on one small satellite that at worst will be a half-decent Mun relay antenna isn't bad. The orbiter (the Rhino) is another story. By my calculations at the time, it did have enough to get into my preferred capture orbit but it's tighter than I thought back in the VAB when I was doing gross estimation instead of precise engineering. I hoped I would be able to get into my subsequent planned lower orbit. (To make a rendezvous with the mining ship easier—the refueling might be more than a novelty now.) Alternatively I could have just bailed out and tried for Kerbin immediately after the capture, but I wanted to stick to the mission plan. Apparently, magnetism gets weaker during time warp. I wanted to orient my vessel in a certain direction to ensure the orbiter didn't get in the way of the lander's maneuver. I knew that the maneuver node could sometimes move around a bit on you, but I was totally unprepared for one that meandered across a 45° swath of the navball! I can't help but imagine the loosely attached rover had something to do with it, but even so, that was ridiculous. Every time I thought I was close, it dashed back in the direction I came from, sort of like the way SAS autocorrects. Speaking of misbehaving maneuver nodes, apparently the satellite was small enough, and the antenna big enough, that the engine was significantly offset from the center of mass. At least, that was the hypothesis I formed as the thing bucked like a bronco for the nearly two minute burn despite the fact that I was only packing a Spark. Or perhaps too much of the weight was in the back? I will keep this in mind for more important future missions. The rover, in the meantime, had gotten loose again. Fortunately I cought it before it had gone more than a couple meters. I was becoming concerned. I wondered how it would behave under deceleration. At least, I reasoned, it would be only compressive forces, not pulling the clamps apart, but it's off center—that's the whole problem. But although the clamps are off center, the center of mass (as I eyeballed it) looked like it should be right over the center of the rocket, so maybe it would be fine. I had plenty of monopropellant, even without being able to transfer any from the ship. As long as it waits until landing—or perhaps even the final approach—to wobble off the ship, I'm golden. But, a pessimistic voice whispered, if it's not docked then you can't undock it. what if it sticks through the landing and doesn't want to go? Will the monopropellant be enough to push it loose? Almost certainly yes, I thought. I was glad I thought of the possibility, but I was sure it was not a true concern. After another repetition of the rover escape and a couple more times it seemed to be threatening to, I think I've figured out the behavior. Whenever "normal activity" is suspended, either from time warp or from leaving the area (to adjust my satellite's orbit) the half-on, half-off docking port starts to freak out. Possibly the game is trying to make it fit correctly, but running into a conflict with the girder that's in the way. It wasn't a problem when it was built that way but it looks like detaching it was a one-way trip, at least for this particular rover. There seem to be one of two "resting states": one where the clamps are together but offset as in the picture above, and one where the clamps are perfectly aligned but being held apart by the girder. If I leave the area when it's in the first position the rover wants to go to the second position, but if I leave the area when it's in the second position then it wants to lose the connection and drift away. Anyway, I lined up the target on the ground, giving it a little lead for rotation and overshooting a bit on purpose because I usually end up short of the planned line. In this case I had to stick to the plan more than usual once I got close to the finish line because if I turned the ship too fast the rover would definitely lose its connection, and I didn't want to do that too far from the actual landing zone. After what is by far the most fuel-wasteful deorbit I have ever done (possibly partially because of the unusually steep orbit I'm coming down from), I was slowly decelerating into the landing zone, and I noticed I was drifting a little bit. As said before, any sudden course corrections would cause the rover to get squirrely, which is a complication I didn't need, so I quickly switched to it at a couple dozen meters up, mashed the RCS, and just let it fall to the ground, where it bounced very nicely without exploding even a little. I eased myself down in the most cowardly possible way, RCS blasting, secure in the knowledge that as long as I made it to the ground intact I would be taking off with full tanks. The eagle-eyed may have spotted earlier that in addition to the Gigantor solar panels there were a bunch of smaller ones. Did I simply forget to remove them after upgrading? Yes. But everybody pretended that the Gigantors were far too important to be deployed for measly in-transit operations. I'd like to say Jebediah had a fine old time roaming around the countryside on the rover, but it turns out Bill neglected to install any seats. Not that that little detail would stop Jeb, but unfortunately his crewmates managed it. OKTO sighed a little sigh and dutifully went off alone in search of temperature readings, and maybe love. Well, like many would-be lovers, OKTO forgot which way was forward and went 20 kilometers in the wrong direction. But the detour didn't cost much more time than it took for the mining and refining to finish completely. Then I just burned for orbit, trying to get one that was easy to match to the orbiter (I went polar because of the landing zone, so rotation was a factor.) Getting into AN obit wasn't so bad; getting into a MATCHING orbit was a little more of a chore. But that, I think, is a mission report for another day. TO BE CONTINUED...
  11. TiktaalikDreaming

    [WIP] KerbinRover Off-road vehicles

    This mod is a very very simple mod. 2 parts. A half scale Land Rover Defender in "adventure special edition" orange and black, and two different wheels. I'm intending to add more off-road vehicles over time, now that I've worked out which way around wheels go. The (2) parts are fully functional, but some of the texturing etc is missing for the IVA. On power and drive trains. I had a look around for conversion from Kerbal electric charge to something in the real world. A prior forum topic covered a few ways of estimating, and I'm basing this on the 1Kerbal Charge = 1MJ, because that is based on the power requirement for ion thrusters, while other electricity uses aren't propulsion related (apart from other wheels). So, I've divided the Defender's 90KW by 4 (for each wheel), and then by 8 (half scale cubed) and converted KW to MJ per second (the easy part). It's not a big number. Drive train is Kerballed. It's basically a hybrid running a 90KW generator with a battery, although you won't get far on the stored electricity. I've made the power generator dual mode. The "Generator" is air-breathing (air-intake is in the bonnet, front grills are for radiators) and the "Fuel Cell" uses stored oxidizer. I will do a module manager addition later for RealFuels to convert that to diesel and random oxidizer. Downloadable from Release forum thread at
  12. This thread is about my rover trip around Jool's moon Vall. This is meant to be an Elcano/Elkano attempt where I carry out a polar circumnavigation of Vall. Here I intend to provide enough screenshots to document that I actually do the complete circumnavigation and to show the beauty of Vall scenery. Also I allow my self to use f5/f9 as much as is neede. Why to circumnavigate a celestial body by land in KSP? I will have to admit that a land circumnavigation of a celestial body in KSP is very lengthy and tedious process. Nevertheless I have wanted to do so ever since I heard that the Elcano challenge exists. I have former experience from a lengthy rover science gathering mission on Mun. Despite hours of tedious driving around the gray landscape of Mun, I did find the mission quite fulfilling and rewarding. Partly just because it took a long time to get anywhere. I expect this mission to be similarly rewarding experience. Why Vall? Previously my goal was to perform a similar circumnavigation of Eve, since is Eve my favourite planet in the stock Kerbol system. My plan to perform this circumnavigation in reasonably short time and fun way, was to use the Rovemax XL3 wheels, and exploit the fact that they can accelerate the rover to extremely high velocity if you tap the keys "a" and "d" while pressing "w". Unfortunately the challenge maintainer of the Elkano challenge was adamant, that this is cheating and not allowed. After trying out a rover that obeys the rules on Eve I felt that it was frustratingly slow and couldn't climb the hills and mountains of Eve. So the circumnavigation would take a very long time and be more frustrating since I couldn't scale hills and mountains. Vall was the next best option. A lot smaller, but sill reasonably beautiful celestial body, whit low gravity to make rover faster and better at climbing mountains. Relevant mods Voyage to Vall This is the rocket at launchpad. It devotedly follows the design principle "There is no such a thing as too much deltaV!". It has several thousands extra m/s of DeltaV to make sure that Vall is actually reached without shadow of a doubt. This was my first ever manned flyby or orbit of Jool. :-) Successful landing! The land voyage may now begin. The blue flickering is from the Sci-fi visual enchancement mod. I'll soon make a new post once there is progression to show. Thank you for your time!
  13. I've been trying to bring a polar surveying satellite and a scanning rover to Duna in one payload. It's all good until I decouple my satellite with 2 Communotron 88-88 and the rover with a HG-5, a Communotron 16, and a Communotron 16-S suddenly goes "limited probe control". Isn't the rover supposed to have relay connections to my satellite? Or am I still supposed to have direct Kerbal link? Here are pictures of the satellite ,rover and the final stage: Album EDIT: Thanks for reminding me that there's a difference in antennas....
  14. Haydn Dailey

    Rover problems (Console)

    Hello. I’m going to apologize in advance if I’m not posting this on the correct platform, (I’m new) but I have an issue with building my rover. Whenever I try and switch from Mirror to radial symmetry, it automatically switches back to mirror when I go to place down my wheels. The reason I need radial symmetry is because Mirror makes the wheels inverted and unable to drive. How do I fix this? *NOTE: I am on a console, not PC
  15. Latest Post - OLV-1 Shuttle Introducing the brand new OLV-1 (Orbital Lift Vehicle) Shuttle, this shuttle uses the new making history DLC and can carry payloads in orbit with ease. The front and bay docking ports also allow the shuttle to dock with space stations easily to transfer materials. The large 5 piece bay can be retrofitted to carry a large variety of payloads from crews to probes. Video Download The Model Family: Model 1 Model 2 Model 3 Model 4
  16. DrunkenKerbalnaut

    [1.2.x] Structural Tubing

    DK Salvage is proud to present Structural Tubing. This mod adds a few structural components for ruggedizing your various crafts. Download Link: Features: -24 different tube sections, etc. -FireSpitter TextureSwitch support. -Tweakscale support. -Agency and Flag. KottabosGames Review of v1.0: License: Much like the mod itself, the license encourages you to do whatever you want (albeit, in a more colorful manner): License: WTFPL . However, be sure to observe Wheatons Law. Support/Bugs: I'm a friggin noob at this, but I'll do my best. Luckily it's just structural pieces. Don't expect cargo bays from me anytime soon . Feel free to bring up any issues in this thread. Credit: @SpannerMonkey(smce) for modeling, making sweet rovers, and including FSTextureSwitch support. He did pretty much all the important stuff, really. @BureauJaeger for the addition of new textures for Firespitter users. The USI-alike one is my new fave.
  17. Introducing the Malemute Rover! Based on the Mars rover from 'Last Days on Mars' (great rover, horrible movie), this pack includes parts for cargo, geo-science (no more awkward Narrow Band Scanners sticking out!), crew transport, and general shenanigans. Over a dozen parts with full IVA support. Interconnects with other USI bits and pieces, and can be configured both as a rover, and also a really sweet biome hopper or VTOL. Have fun! Download, Source, and Change Log! Donation Info! If you like what you see, and want to help out (or just buy me a beer!), please consider donating, either via PayPal or Patreon. License Information Configuration files and code are licensed under the GPL v3 license Assets, including Models (*.mu) and Textures *.png/*.dds) are All Rights Reserved. If you wish to use any of these assets in your project, just ask nicely This mod redistributes Firespitter, which is covered under its own license.
  18. I have been having trouble with the TR-2L Ruggedized Vehicular Wheel. Whenever I use it it just sinks into the ground a little and doesn't move. The wheels work for spinning, but it doesn't move the rover. Anyone else having this problem?
  19. Linventor

    Car mods

    So, I've been looking around the interwebs for a while now, and I have a simple question about the status of car part mods. Not rovers, but cars. The question is simply, where the are they? Seriously, where are the car mods? I'm not sure there even are any, at least for 1.3 and 4. To put it simply, could someone change that? EDIT: okay I was wrong, there's at least 3. But still.
  20. My latest effort has been to re-create the suspension on the Mars Curiosity rover in stock. I've gone through many versions and further tweaking lately isn't adding anything so it's time to publish. This one's for you, @Majorjim! K, it's not quite a replica, but we're focused on the suspension. The rover splits into many (13? 15?) separate craft. Here's a terrible drawing of the relationships of the different craft. Pairs of elevons push and pull on the wheels on each side via RCS balls. It's the only way I could think of to control a craft that's detached. When the wheels are pushed out, landing legs glitches them forward, center is neutral, and sucked in is glitched reverse. The wheels had to be big enough to keep the gear teeth off the ground. The legs had to be positioned to not touch the ground AND follow the wheels as the suspension moved. All the pivots had to have tight tolerances to function properly. Making the craft larger/heavier also was working against me as stuff flexed in an unwanted way. I did have to add weight to the rear wheels to keep from dog-legging from weirdness I couldn't figure out, which was only amplified by the low gravity. The rear suspension is independent and detached from the front to realistically mimic Curiosity. So how can it be manipulated? When the front end is shifted left/right a separate craft in the rear is also pushed and THAT pushes and pulls the rear 4 wheels. And those wheels have landing legs that follows them. I tried to make a terrible diagram but couldn't. So essentially, stuff floats in tubes that rotate on an axis and that stuff is shifted left/right by elevons. The rover turns by making one side go forward, the other reverse. I took an early version to the Mun to test. It did not go well. qzgy and selfish_meme suggested testing on Kerbin by lowering gravity. Fantastic! I'll design it specifially for Duna like Curiosity. A week or two later I took a version to Duna. Duna is not Mars. The two places I visited where very flat. But getting to Duna was an awesomely difficult challange for me. Highly recommended. This version I took had probe cores on every craft. I was hoping I could switch to other craft and return. Nope. This is one-shot kinda thing . I don't actually recommend taking it to Duna, but here's a video so you can see the suspension in action. Gravity set to .31, which I think is close to Duna's. Not sure how enjoyable this craft is going to be to others, but it's available for reverse-engineering on KerbalX
  21. Hi all! I've finally built that base! The space program was so busy with multiple launch windows (I had 3 in less than 20 days: Eeloo, Jool and Duna!), countless lucrative contracts and other shenanigans, that I did not have the time to warp much during the Kerbin -> Moho transfer... And then, the landing site was plunged in the dark upon arrival so, Kerbals had to wait in orbit during almost 30 days until it goes back into daylight. The base has more than 300 parts. The fps was terrible, I had to speed up the videos to around 3:1 - 4:1, so that a second lasts a real second. Next time, I'll assemble a more compact thing in LKO and haul it whole to target. Regardless, the contract system gave me insane amounts of money to finance that. Extract ore, plant a flag, build a teeny-weeny base with a solar panel, 4 seats, an antenna and a docking port, take measurements here and there... It all summed to almost 4.5 million funds and I've only used a fraction of that... Now to the video! Happy launches, Snaky_le_Vrai
  22. This is another reason the controls for console need to be given further consideration. This just happened to be posted exactly 3 years ago yesterday. I spent an entire afternoon and evening designing a rover to gather the remaining surface science on Mun. Over 6 hours later (real life time) MunRover and the ship that transported her there are finally on the South Pole and ready to get down to business. I push forward on the left joystick to accelerate aaand BANG!! she takes a nosedive and destroys a part on the front of the rover. I load the quicksave I had just done and try again, going slower this time. Same result, but in slow motion. After reading the thread above and a few others about motorized wheel settings and rover design, I switch the reaction wheels to SAS only and try again. This time it nearly does a backflip. The body is above the CoM and the fastest wheels in the game are below it in low gravity, you do the math. The bigger issue, however, is something another player said in that thread. PC players are presumably able to set separate controls for their wheels (translational motion) and flight controls (rotational motion). The only thing we get close to that on console is setting all of the Reaction Wheels on the ship to SAS only but then you run the risk of not being about to correct your orientation midair if you take even a small jump too fast. KSP isn't a car racing game, but seriously, why doesn't the game know when you're using tires and switch to some kind of ground vehicle mode? The effort it takes just to get my rover to stop trying to pitch and roll is a little ridiculous. Something as simple as gas, brakes, and steering isn't a lot to ask for.
  23. Hi All So I was racing the Ker-Ball Run challenge and it occurred to me that doing it with an actual engine would be cool so, with the help of some friends, Outlaw Racing Inc is what I came up with ... Heavily based off of Azimech's PullnDrag, ORI brings rover racing to the next level and the hope is for it to become a community driven mod since we do have a racing community within the ranks of KSP players and we have all wanted something that is like ORI Let's make ORI all it can be Outlaw Racing Inc Features - 2 stackable engine blocks that have 2 modes, Normal and Supercharged ... Engines use intake air and liquid fuel to produce torque in normal operation and require either a Supercharger or NoS Exhaust Tips and NoS tanks to operate in Supercharged mode (engine toggle mode automatically set to the Gear action group) - 4 types of racing wheels ... RoveMax M1D, RoveMax TR-2LS, RoveMax M1X and the RoveMax M1XR (each have varying top speeds and purposes) - An air intake, NoS, NoS Exhaust tips (required to utilize NoS) and 2 sizes of Superchargers (toggle supercharger is automatically set to the gear action group ... NoS toggle is set to the RCS action group) There is some major balancing still to be done but ORI is now in a somewhat workable state and it is time for the community to have a crack at it More to be filled in at a later date but the general idea is to add the functionality of a competition mode for racing so as to provide for racing 2 craft against each other (I have already accomplished this in a rudimentary way but this feature needs more polishing to be widely usable) ... It is currently possible to set ups such a race, as I have done it, using Smart Parts Continued parts and the MechJeb Rover Autopilot GitHub Releases link: Thanx to the test team and contributors ... @SpannerMonkey(smce) @Azimech @TheKurgan @Wrench Head @gomker @XOC2008 Outlaw Racing code and parts are released under GPLv3 ... Models and Textures are All Rights Reserved
  24. Brikoleur

    Laythe Kosmodrome

    Presenting the Laythe Kosmodrome -- a full-featured space centre producing fuel and supporting exploration of the entire Jolian system, especially Laythe itself, naturally. All craft are also available on KerbalX, at - * - Pelican: ro-ro medium cargo/utility SSTO (with Ostrich ISRU unit) The Pelican with the Ostrich ISRU and JUNO MIDGE scout form the core of the Laythe Kosmodrome. It is a roll-on/roll-off cargo/utility craft for medium-weight wide-load cargo. It is capable of lofting the Kosmodrome Kore to Kerbin orbit under its own power, although needs refueling and additional drop tanks to get all the way there. Its main mission is to deliver Kosmodrome modules down to the Laythian surface from orbit. It can deliver all of the Kosmodrome modules to the Laythian surface and loft significant quantities of fuel to orbital modules. It relies on a RTG for electrical power and has a probe core for autonomous operation, primarily to make loading/unloading operations easier if operated by a single crew member. Cargo is loaded and unloaded by rolling on and off with the landing gear retracted, the plane resting on its belly. Cargo modules attach to a docking port at the back of the forward fuselage; all the Kosmodrome modules (except the Laythabout) have one at the standard position. The Pelican is so easy to fly even an engineer can do it, but has the aerodynamic efficiency of a feather pillow -- it will not fly far with minimal fuel, so you do need to know how to make accurate re-entries to make use of it off-Kerbin. The Ostrich ISRU unit has two drills for better effectiveness in ore-poor areas. It has sufficient internal power and cooling to work autonomously indefinitely, and two Rockomax X200-8s for storage of fuel output. Notes: The version in the images and the craft files is the one that has been extensively tested and serves in the field on Laythe. A newer version, Pelican-B, is in development, which includes a number of refinements -- design improvements as well as more advanced technology. These improvements include: Wingtip ailerons are a combination of Elevon 2 and Elevon 3. These are better at taking the high thermal load of the wingtips, and allow for finer tuning of the craft's handling. Engine pods redesigned with TVR-400L stack quad-adapter for slightly better aerodynamics and lower part count. The Mk2 rocket fuel fuselages have been replaced with liquid fuel versions for a more sensible propellant mix. When operated by a skilled engineer, the Ostrich's internal power supply cannot keep up with the increased current draw: in this situation, it requires assistance from the Massive-Kerguson space tractor (see below). Fuelling operations are also much more convenient if the tractor and Surface Tanker 64 are available. - * - JUNO MIDGE: unicycle ultra-light short-range scout/prospector The majestic JUNO MIDGE is a surveyor built for Laythe, but it is excellent at any short-range scouting/recon missions which require rough bush landings in difficult terrain. It is equipped with a surface scanner for ore scouting, and was crucial to the success of the Kosmodrome by finding an ideal location for it in a shallow valley by a lake. Its unique feature is the Brikoleur-patented unicycle landing gear. It relies on reaction wheels for stabilisation and control. For landing and take-off, use action group 1 to set control to the upward-pointing node, and set SAS to Surface/Radial Out. This forces the craft upright on its single landing gear; however, the roll and yaw controls are reversed and of course the nabvall poitns up. When flying normally switch control to the command seat with action 2, and retract the flaps with action 3. For landing, reverse the sequence. Recommended touchdown velocity on Kerbin is around 35 m/s fully fueled. Note the steep glide angle and apply throttle to compensate if necessary. The JUNO MIDGE docks to the port on the flatbed of the Pelican for longer-range transport and storage. Roll up to it, brake, retract landing gear, and wiggle. Easy! Operating range is about 100 km or so. More efficient variants are possible by eliminating the control seat and snapping the fuselage together, as this eliminates most of the drag in the design. The JUNO MIDGE is capable of surviving Kerbin re-entry from orbit. Just in case you wanted to do that, for some reason. - * - Massive-Kerguson: heavy space tractor and power generator The Massive-Kerguson space tractor serves three roles on the Kosmodrome. The first is simple traction power: it is needed to manoeuvre the fully loaded surface tanker onto and off the Pelican and around the Kosmodrome generally. The second is supplementary power for the ISRU unit. While the ISRU is capable of running indefinitely with its internal fuel cell array when under autonomous operation, a skilled engineer raises its efficiency to the point that the array's power output is insufficient. The three arrays on the Massive-Kerguson fill this deficit. Finally, since the Laythabout does not have a Kosmodrome-standard docking port, the Massive-Kerguson's Klaw is able to refuel it from the Surface Tanker. The Massive-Kerguson is designed for traction power over all. Steering is all differential, which means it handles... like a tractor. A smaller variant with one pair of ruggedised rover wheels has been tested and is much easier to handle, but it lacks the pulling power required to handle the fully-fuelled Surface Tanker 64 over inclined surfaces, so ultimately that design was not selected for deployment to Laythe. The Kosmodrome reports that production quotas have been exceeded by over 300% since the Massive-Kerguson was delivered. Great job Massive-Kerguson and the Kosmodrome Kerbals! - * - Surface Tanker 64: fuel drum on wheels The Surface Tanker 64 is an extremely basic tanker, with a wheel in each corner, Kosmodrome-spec docking ports at standard height at each and, and minimal autonomous control. It is not capable of rolling onto the Pelican under its own power when fully loaded; this requires assistance from the Massive-Kerguson space tractor. When operating autonomously, it is not recommended to fill it over half its structural capacity. - * - Lakeside Mansions with Kitty Kitty Bang Bang: Command post, habitat, and utility/science rover Lakeside Mansions is the command and control post of the Laythe Kosmodrome. It stands on landing gear, which should be retracted when placing it, and is moved by towing with the handy supplied rover seating four: the Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Both are RTG-powered. The relay antenna is sufficient to reach high-power relays in the Jolian system to provide a link home, and in case of black-outs, two pilots are able to use the command pod's remote-control feature to manage the entire Kosmodrome from the comfort of their command seats. When towing, the landing gear nearest the Kitty Kitty Bang Bang should be retracted, and it is safest to do so also when decoupling from the Pelican for long-range transport. Since it is currently the only Kosmodrome module with significant crew capacity, it is also rolled onto the Pelican for hauling to orbit and back when performing crew rotations. Kitty Kitty Bang Bang is a fast utility/exploration rover. It is used to tow the command post to place it where required and roll it on and off the Pelican, as well as for short-distance surface exploration of Laythe, to provide illumination at night, and to conveniently transport Kosmodrome staff around the base. - * - Laythabout: long-distance explorer jet If the rest of the Kosmodrome is strictly business, the Laythabout is a grand tourer. It is fast, efficient, and elegant, capable of long-range cruises exploring the Jolian moon, performing science experiments and scouting for points of interest. Its sole docking port is a shielded in-line Mk 2, which means it is intended primarily for in-orbit refueling. However, the Massive-Kerguson tractor is able to fuel it from the Surface Tanker at the Kosmodrome. Other than that, it's a fairly standard light spaceplane really.
  25. RELEASE 2.2.0 (alpha) Plugin is now compatible with KSP 1.2, but I haven't had time to thoroughly test. Therefore I've chosen not to push the release to SpaceDock/CKAN until it's confirmed this new version is fine (I would be very grateful for any help!). See new version link below. RoverScience is a KSP plugin that attempts to add more interactive functionality to the science system FOR rovers. You drive rovers to search for science spots which you may then decide to investigate and analyze for science gain. Rover Brain parts made by @akron Wonderful tutorial/showcase video by youtuber KottabosGames; thank you! There is one discrepancy, however: you do not get more science the farther away you are from the landing spot - you only generate science spots much quicker. What does give you more science (potentially) is scanning for science spots farther away from the rover (this is what the scan range is for): see here for the boost to science potential with distance from the rover. Steps are pretty simple: Quick Instructions [1] Build your rover and attach the appropriate Rover Brain and ensure it is pointing "forward". As long as it is pointing "forward" it can be placed anywhere on your rover. This forward orientation is not critical to the functioning of RoverScience, but it will provide you with a convenient "Control From Here" for driving the rover correctly forward. [2] Right-click on the Rover Brain in-flight and click "Activate Rover Terminal". [3] This console will update you with information regarding the Rover Brain. Drive and explore around to search for a science spot. [4] After driving for awhile, you may detect a potential science spot. This will be shown as a large red transparent sphere waypoint. Drive towards the waypoint to further investigate. [5] Drive into the marker and it will turn green. You may now analyze for science, but before you do consider the potential science. Every science spot analysis will increase future science loss; be wise with which spots you wish to analyze, and which to abandon. At any point you may click on "Reset Science Spot" to begin search for another spot. [6] This is the upgrade menu. "Current" shows you what value an upgrade currently has. "Next" will show you the value if you increase the level. "Cost" is how much you will spend in science to upgrade. "UP" is the button to upgrade. An explanation of each of the upgrades is given further below. All upgrades are permanent and work across all rovers! Click HERE for information on RoverScience Upgrades Notes: Firstly, RoverScience will not function unless the Rover Terminal is opened. This is done through the right-click menu of the Rover Brain part. RoverScience will only search for science spots if your vessel has at least one wheel, and that it is in contact with the ground. Upon landing, your rover will establish a landing spot. Driving farther away from where you originally landed will increase chances of finding a science spot. Science spots detected far away from the rover will have a bonus multiplier added to them. You are rewarded for exploring and reaching far destinations. Bear in mind that a 50% increase to 10 is only 15 -> carefully consider whether the potential (or the prediction) is worth it. Each analysis you commit to will slowly degrade a rover's return of science. For the first 2 analyses you'll get normal values, and anything past that will slowly degrade the amount of science you get back. Soak up those high potentials as much as possible! CTRL + R + S will open the RoverScience menu. DOWNLOAD FOR KSP 1.2.1 (or SpaceDock link) (or CKAN) 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 ___________________________________________ SpaceDock Link README Everything should be running fine, but if there any issues please post here or, even better, on the RoverScience GitHub. Known Issues: 1. Two rovers with Rover Brains that are within physics range will throw Null References and will break RoverScience. Much thanks to the community of KSP modders, who have been very patient, very kind and very helpful. This is my first major C# project and I'm still learning. The code may be messy in some places and I apologize. But nothing will ever describe my gratitude to those who helped - particularly malkuth, whose inbox I have no doubt spammed with questions. Rockstar04 for loyal testing for much of the development. And anyone else who I might have forgotten (sorry)! Some more thanks: - etmoonshade - udk_lethal_dose - akron for Rover Brain parts - modelling and texturing - Nat Sum for rock models! This is a wonderful community, and I thank you all once again. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.