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  1. I've looked through the forum and found no complete guides or tutorials about how to make solar panels in KSP. There are some bits of knowledge here and there but no complete tutorial and most of them seem to be obsolete. Hence my question. From start to finish, how do you guys create your deployable, non deployable, suntracking and static solar panels? Do you animate the deploy animation in 3d modelling software or do you do it in Unity Editor and do you need a specifically named animation or set up pivots/bones in specific places for it to work with KSP? Do you have to name each part of the solar panel in certain way? Do you have to parent them to specific gameObjects for it to work? Which direction should solar catching parts face to face the sun? Which direction should hinge parts face or how should they be named to only rotate around desired axis? Can you specify a maximum angle for a hinge? What I'm trying to do is create a deployable solar panel that's meant to be used on ground. It would work and look similarly to solar panels in the game Surviving Mars. I'll post some pics after I get it to work, hopefully PS. First post on new forums hype!
  2. The solar array is shaking my space station apart. It’s two infernal robotics trusses with four gigantor solar panels and four extendable medium radiators attached. After everything is extended the panels and radiators begin shaking violently. Does anyone know how to fix this?
  3. I recall a mod that allowed us to choose which star to track for our solar panels. But I can't remember what it was called. Here's my test probe at Telos, basking in the light of Ollum, a sub star. But as you can see, Sun exposure is NaN... Help me out, please?
  4. I had a very weird bug that happened to me in KSP recently, I do not know what is the cause of it, I only edited the game data files for some mods and add-ons, and I entirely do not know what to do to stop this. Ingame, I cannot deploy solar panels for some reason , whenever i right click solar panels , i don't see the deploy button. list of mods: CameraTools Chatterer EVE SVE SVT Kopernicus MechJeb2 PlanetShine Realplume scatterer TextureReplacer VanguardTechnologies KIS KAS HullCameraVDS Here is my KSP Log file
  5. Hey, I have an issue with my ksp in which, if i have modulemanger installed solar panels will not deploy. I've tried in the VAB, in space, at the launchpad, it never deploys, i also tried it on a new save and it didnt work. I don't even get the tab that comes up. This isn't a massive issue, however i would like the mod to work without breaking my game as it is required for other mods. I know it is modulemanager because as soon as i delete modulemanager.dll from my game data it works again and i can deploy solar panels. Thank you in advance The other mods i have installed are: BoulderCO EVE (EnvironmentalVisualEnhancements) KerbalEngineer Kopernicus (doesn't work without modulemanager i believe) MechJeb2 scatterer STE(Stock Visual Enhancements) SVT(Stock Visual Terrain) - doesn't work without modulemanager TextureReplacer
  6. KSP Version: build id = (018912017.10.05) Windows 10 x64 What Happens: Un able to retract solar panels after they are extended Mods / Add-Ons: All Stock Steps to Replicate: 1) add either the 1x6 or the 3x2 solar panel to any comand pod right click to extend it and then you are unable to retract it Fixes/Workarounds: none found so far Other Notes/Pictures/Log Files: this is a freash install from Steam and screen shot was taken on 1st lauch of game - Images Link: has anyone else have this happen? It started for me after the 1.3.1 update
  7. Hello dear Kerbonauts, I'm recently playing KSP with a bunch of realism mods and had a long way to this status of my game now. There were a few obstacles with compatilities between the mods and althought I could solve most of them, a few strange behaviors still occour like this: I have a craft with solar panels in LEO and after coming from the earth shadow, each panel initially creates ~80W power, but only some minutes before hiding behind earth again, the panels produce the rated 320W power each. That is pretty strange that it is somehow reduced by a factor of 4 suddenly. I could reproduce it with an other craft but on different states in the orbit, e.g. the first 20% in orbit are on full power, the rest with 1/4 th. Could someone experience a similar behavior? Any help would be very welcome Setup: KSP 1.1.3 My mod list is over 70+ but most relevant are: RO, RSS, Kerbalism, TACS....
  8. Hi guys, I have quite some problem and don't find a solution through googeling, maybe one of you got an idea. If I built a space station, adding docking ports and attaching a solar panel construction to it, those docked part groups are totally freaking out (pictures below) when I load a savegame in which the station exists. It does not happen when the panels are still retracted, only if I extend them, save the game, load the new save game and go to the station. It does not help to reset the gyro, the cubes that were controlling the solar panel beams when docking are in hibernation, RCS is off, there are no reaction wheels attached that could cause the spinning, deactivation SAS does not help, and the rotation is unstoppable if switching to the detached parts. If have the following Mods: MechJeb, EVE, Kopernicus Planetary System Modifier, ModularFlightIntegrator, Planet Shine and it's default configuration, Scatterer, Stock Visual Enhancements: Scatterer Configs and SVE High-Res, Stock Visual Terrain High-Res, TextureReplacer. If you got any questions or ideas, I would be very thankful for any input on how to solve this. Next I'll try rebuilding the solar array construction, maybe with other structural parts, but I find this construction quite appealing, so solving the problem would be preferrable :-D. Thanks in advance!
  9. Howdy, I have a few questions, I'm building a space station in my career game, its altitude is almost exactly 90.000 around. I have added two habitats modules, along a "pilot module" and a storage/life support module. I have a few solar panels, but all of them in proportion to the station itself, in other words, they aren't those huge ones. But as i expand the station, i thought it would be cool to add those really big solar panels. But how? Do i build the whole structure then simply dock it to a free node? or is it better to separate the process in sections (first the central column, with docking ports jrs. along its sides, then adding each solar panel individually by docking it to the column, etc)? What is a good way to add big solar panels and the support structure for you guys? Which bears me to my second question, last night i saw Scott Manley's solar flare challenge, on which he did a orbital rendezvouz the nasa way. He simple matched his ascent from the launch pad to the targeted vehicle, without having to orbit kerbin first, and do hohmann transfer next. Now i'm curious, what is the kerbal math behind this? Is there any good rule of thumb for it? My third question is a quick one. I have KIS/KAS mod, and in one of my crew exchange missions to my space station, i thought of bringing on a storage compartment big solar panels to be added by the mission specialist on an EVA. Thing is, the solar panel's volume is around 350. And the maximum volume a kerbal can take is 300. Is there any way around this? Is it possible to manipulate items and structures with volume's greater than the kerbal top limit? Thanks !!
  10. 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:)
  11. StarStreak2109

    Power Rebalance

    Hi there, One thing I noticed when building larger stations is that solar panels, especially those found on space stations are hugely overpowered, generating way more power than is being consumed by the ship / space station / whatever. I suggest doing a general rebalance of the whole electrical system. IIRC real-life space solar panels produce power in the kilowatt range. The ISS needs those huge panels to keep all their systems, labs etc. working. KSP crewed and uncrewed parts should be assigned a general baseload electrical consumption according to their function, e.g. an MPL consumes more power than say a small probe core. But still a probe core should still require even for the base load a reasonable amount of solar or other power to keep working. Now for manouvers, for executing science experiments etc., a peak load comes into effect, which could be covered either by sufficient power production or ample supply of batteries. If I have a space station or a space ship with crew on board, power consumption should also be a function of the amount of crew on board. Like when no crew is present, the base load applies, the more crew you have, the more power is being consumed for heating, cooling, pumping supplies around, ventilation etc. I know that this system exists in general, for instance mining takes power or running certain experiements, but in the above mentioned base load scenario, space craft are IMHO way too "energy efficient"...
  12. TLDR: What's the best method to avoid a probe running out of electric charge (and therefore becoming uncontrollable) over long durations of not monitoring it if you only have static solar panels? I've recently sent a probe to Moho and I did so with less tech than I would have liked because the transfer window was there and it seemed exciting to try. I'm now getting concerned though because it will be on a long voyage and the static solar panel may move away from sunlight while I'm not watching and then I will lose the ability to control the probe. I have two batteries, and I just tested a theory I read online that said you can deactivate one so that if you come back and the rest is depleted you can simply activate the full battery. My experiment showed that this doesn't work, because once the probe is out of electric charge you can no longer activate that battery remotely, so you're really just losing more buffer. I have tried activating SAS while facing the sun (risky I know, since it uses even more charge, but if it guaranteed sun facing it would of course be worth it). Unfortunately some limited testing suggested that this doesn't necessarily work over long periods. This also wouldn't work with the round probe that doesn't have SAS. My best idea so far is to use the reaction wheel to set the probe into a slow diagonal spin and leave SAS off. This gives a big arc within which the the static panel will catch at least a few rays on occasion, thus making the only 'deadzones' for the panel when the probe is perfectly perpendicular to the sun, which is very unlikely to happen and unlikely to stay that way for long. Other ideas would be appreciated!
  13. Found the answer in an old forum, thought everyone would like these numbers! Solar Panel Power Output OX-STAT Moho: ~1.5 Eve: 0.64 Kerbin: 0.33 Duna: 0.15 Dres: 0.03 Jool: 0.02 Eeloo: 0.01 OX-4L/W Moho: ~7.5 Eve: 2.99 Kerbin: 1.54 Duna: 0.70 Dres: 0.15 Jool: 0.08 Eeloo: 0.03 Gigantor Moho: ~110 Eve: 44.37 Kerbin: 22.90 Duna: 10.40 Dres: 2.30 Jool: 1.18 Eeloo: 0.41 All credit to Lord Ferret, who quoted this from who knows where. Happy rocket flying!
  14. It would be fantastic to have a solar panel that folded and unfolded using the miura fold. The miura fold is an origami piece created by a japanese astrophysicist in order to be able to unfold solar panels with just one motor. You can learn more about it here. And here is a demostration of the unfolding process.
  15. On the OX-4L or OX-4W panels, I was hoping that an EVA with and Engineer would allow me to retract them. The button I got was "Retract (Editor Only)" and clicking on it didn't do anything. What does that mean?
  16. Ok, so I made my first mod. Right now, it gives the 1x6, 3x2, and Gigantor solar panels nodes. This is kind of just a basic starter thread ATM, expect changes in the setup and such, and please ask for support for any mods you would like! Download:
  17. My Tylo lander just reached Jool, but something's eating its electric charge at a rate of 0.03 per second. I tried turning off all systems on the ship, but it won't stop even when I'm angled toward the sun. I know those panels don't provide much power that far out, but I can't see why my power is going down even when I'm not doing anything. I've turned literally everything off.
  18. So, I was screwing arround with the tiny 6 node hub, and was going to attach some solar panels to it because the surface wasn't great for slapping solar panels onto. So, I go to attach them, and I can't. Why? Because Solar Panels Lack Attachment Nodes. So, the idea is simple: Add attachment nodes onto solar panels to avoid cringe-worthy moments such as that. Please.
  19. Hi, is there a mod that adds powerful solar panels which can be retracted and, while retracted, have some 2400°K heat resistance, like the stock 1x6 and 2x3 panels? I was looking at Near Future Solar, but the larger panels don't retract. Basically, I want to make an ore tug/refinery which can aerobrake without the hard time of finding a way to put the solar panels so they don't burn during aerobrake
  20. I'm not sure what's causing this, but solar panels in my game seem to only produce electricity when the craft itself is pointed at the sun, not the panels themselves. All panels can be in darkness but still produce charge, if the craft is pointed at the sun. I never used to have this issue; has anyone else experienced it? I can provide a list of mods I'm using if needs be.