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3. ## Deep Space Relay Networks

This tutorial, Setting Up A Commnet System, suggests placing 6 satellites into a 4Gm Kerbolar orbit, 12 into 25Gm and, optionally, 24 into a 50Gm orbit. To do this in a finite amount of time requires launching them all individually at specific time intervals. I've calculated the following: To launch 6 Comm Sats to a 4Gm orbit, launch each with 13.48 day separation. To launch 12 Comm Sats to a 25Gm orbit, launch each with a 59.30 day separation. To launch 24 Comm Sats to a 50Gm orbit (optional), launch each with a 20.69 day separation. The 3 formulae used in this computation are: v = sqrt(G * M / R) p = 2 * PI * R / v / (6 * 3600) dt = 1 / (N * (1 / p1 - 1 / p2)) where: v is orbital speed G is grav:6.67408e-11 M is mass of Kerbol: 1.7565459E28 R is orbital altitude p is orbital period (days) PI is pi dt is launch separation (days) N is number of satellites to occupy an orbital altitude p1 is orbital period of Kerbin (days) p2 is orbital period of the target orbit (days) Note: dt for inner orbits will be negative which merely indicates the satellites will arrive in counter-revolutionary order 1/p is angular speed expressed as radians/day and subtracting the speed of the target frame of reference form the launch frame of reference is the insight that makes this achieve a full orbit with even spacing (your mileage may vary depending on how timely your launches are) I plan once arriving at apoapsis to not worry too much about the orbital parameters or spacing but to have the exact same orbital period for all sats in the orbit. This will keep them locked in their relative positions over a very long duration. If you're more picky about getting exact spacing, this tutorial, https://wiki.kerbalspaceprogram.com/wiki/Tutorial:Ideal_Orbits_for_Communication_Satellites, particularly the treatment of the Law of Cosines, is quite fascinating. It's most relevant to low altitude orbits, e.g. spacing N space stations around a body. [All of the above may have been covered elsewhere but I haven't seen it/didn't find it and I've just had to create all this from scratch; so I hope it's useful to someone else. Please let me know if you find any errors, as I have not executed this yet.]
4. ## How many satellites?!?! *reboot*

This is a simple challenge, get as many satellites into lko as possible in one launch. 2 categories: modded unmodded rules: No cheats Proof All satellites must have regeneratI've power source, the ability to orient itself in a specific angle, and have an external antenna. Please say modded or unmodded, mechjeb counts as mod, but if it doesn't affect the craft itself, like a clouds mod, then it's considered not modded. My attempt, It all exploded in the end, but it usually works.
5. ## NO Kerbnet access

So, i have 22 Satellites and non of them have Kerbnet access, if says always this http://imgur.com/a/h5LWb. I can not really understand this because it works in the past.
6. ## Add-on for Satellite Contracts

I am a bit bored with the basic "put a satellite here" contracts, and wanted to spice it up. I use Contract Configurator for Clever Sats but even still it hasn't quite scratched the itch. I thought that being given a randomly generated satellite (sizes/parts/layout) and told where to place it might be a fun spin on the existing satellite contract model. It could be displayed as a popup when entering the VAB (similar to the passenger UI when on the launch pad) where you would select the contract and it would insert the part for you to start attaching items to. Alternatively, the contracts could specify satellite requirements themselves (similar to the space station check lists that already exist) Must generate power Must have x units of electricity Must have x science experiments on board Specific number of satellites per rocket (if even possible?) Could also name specific parts to be installed on the satellite, but might be problematic with multiple part mods installed. Does this exist as its own add-on or as an enhancement to an existing add-on?
7. ## How to appreciate satellites again...

Step 1: put a satellite in Kerb-o-synchronous (geostationary/geosynchronous) equatorial orbit. Step 2: once in desired orbit, push 'V' until in "chase camera". Step 3: play your favorite space themed ambience music. Step 4: push F2. Step 5: profit. Working on putting a little video together to share here shortly. It's times like these that remind me how much I appreciate this game and its developers. 400+ hours deep and it's the little things.
8. ## Solar panel problems

hey I'm pretty new to KSP but watched a lot of Scott Manley's uploads and managed to get a satellite into orbit. It has 5 solar panels and 4 batteries which was working fine as I transmitted science back home but after the first I think 1 or 2 transmissions it ran out of power and I figured "ok, the panels need a minute to recharge" but they aren't. Is there a certain place on the craft I need to place them or do they maybe require more time to recharge? (OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panels) thanks a lot for anyone who takes time to help me out:)
9. ## Old contract satellites

Is there any reason to keep old satellites in orbit? Ive done a few sat contracts and they always say something along the lines of "this satellite shall henceforth belong to insert company name here". I already have the money and rewards for the contract and the space around kerbin is getting cluttered, so does it even matter if i just destroy them all?