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[1.9.x] RetractableLiftingSurface Module released


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This is a small module which allows you to have a folding wing or other retractable lifting surface.  It allows for an integrated control surface (only one at this time).

Additionally, the integrated control surface is eased in once the wing is deployed, so that it doesn't kick in instantly

It's available here:  https://github.com/linuxgurugamer/RetractableLiftingSurface/releases

License: MIT

The following mods use this:

Instructions for use:

 

Add the following module to the cfg file ( which replaces the ModuleLiftingSurface):

    MODULE
    {
        name = RetractableLiftingSurface
        retracted = 1     // this value comes from the animation  If you find that you are getting
                        // lift when retracted, and no lift when extended, set this to 0
        retractedDeflectionLiftCoeff = 0
        extendedDeflectionLiftCoeff = 1.37 // 4.83m^
        useInternalDragModel = True

        // If no control surface as part of this lifting surface, then no need for
        // following two lines
        retractedCtlSfcDeflectionLiftCoeff = 0
        extendedCtlSfcDeflectionLiftCoeff = 1.25
    }

 

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Or wings that fold up to fit inside a fairing, then deploy for reentry. Or retractable canards for better subsonic handling of a big delta wing. Or wings that rotate into a "shuttlecock" configuration for reentry.

Lotsa possibilities.  :D

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10 hours ago, Joco223 said:

So you can make wings on planes that can move with your mod?

That's the idea.  It was written to support SXT, but should be flexible enough for a lot more

6 hours ago, White Owl said:

Or wings that fold up to fit inside a fairing, then deploy for reentry. Or retractable canards for better subsonic handling of a big delta wing. Or wings that rotate into a "shuttlecock" configuration for reentry.

Lotsa possibilities.  :D

Yup.  Now all you modelers, get to work :-)

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3 hours ago, linuxgurugamer said:

That's the idea.  It was written to support SXT, but should be flexible enough for a lot more

Yup.  Now all you modelers, get to work :-)

Oh! This works for those little fold-up wings currently already in SXT? Perfecto!

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6 hours ago, fourfa said:

Yes, exactly

That can be done to any wing out there, it's merely a matter of writing the config.

I would suggest, however, that the cost should be equal to the sum of the wing and an equivalent tank, to account for the extra cost in developing and building a hollow, strong wing

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Hello @linuxgurugamer

could you please explain what requirements a part needs to function as a lifting body with your plugin?

If I want to equip a Paraglider therefore, this requires a collider for the game internal calculation?

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10 minutes ago, hraban said:

Hello @linuxgurugamer,

thank you for the nice plugin, it works well and is a must have for me and the mod Contares.

Here a picture of deployed Paraglider for the Kerbalized ESA IXV

D9JPW01.png

 

Looks great.  when will you release a version for 1.1.3? (on CKAN)?

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12 minutes ago, linuxgurugamer said:

Looks great.  when will you release a version for 1.1.3? (on CKAN)?

Contares next update comes in two or three weeks but i will offer a beta download tomorrow. Including the 3rd Beta of Dassault-Hermes.

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