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Attaching Below a Heat Shield

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When you add a decoupler below a heat shield there are two ways to attach it. You can either attach it immediately after the heat shield or you can move it down a little and then attach it. When you do the latter, the decoupler adds a small collar to bridge the gap. Is there any advantage in using one method over the other? Or is it a relic from previous version?

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The closer node was added because everyone and their mother hates the way the fairing looks. It artificially juts out and doesn't blend smoothly with the body of the rocket.

I don't think anyone who has realized this second node is there actually uses the first.

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If you're using FAR it confers active disadvantage. Both the greater diameter and the cross sectional area changes add additional drag, in addition to a greater skin drag from additional rocket length.

Nobody likes the fairing.

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To defend the fairing part of the heat shield: I don't care how it looks. And I took the second node for a bug to I never used it. I'm fine with that :D

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imo, that fairing is bugged. I've used it several times .. and at some point in my mission, it always ends up gone, and my command module has a heat shield then a gap that you can see right through to the next tank.

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I guess I'm one of those oddballs that like that the cowling attaches. doesn't leave any holes in my craft (which IMO would be terrible aerodynamically)

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