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I just completed a Kerbin circumnavigation during my career save. Behold this screenshot from BTDT:

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I made like a hundred screenshots to document the trip. I think some of them are out of order, because uploading so many images to imgur is annoying, so sorry about that.

I run KSP modded. Among others, I use ScanSat, Mechjeb, and the Malemute rover parts. You'll find some commentary in the screenshots.

So this was nice, and it took like 15 Kerbin-days.

After carefully re-reading the rules, I see that I might be disqualified by ferrying the rover. But, you know, technically I left KSC with the rover, and then it just shedded its useless outer skin when it turned into a butterfly. Or the outer parts "just broke" during the trip. Or something.

 

 

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A little teaser...

Elcanoplan 2 has reached the southern polar cap of Laythe.
Guess how Maxvy managed to climb up there to put the flag

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And all 3 larger moons of Jool on 1 picture

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By the way, is this trajectory OK? Or should I change the final part (orange) a bit? On the globe it seems to boil down to 2 semicircles at an angle to each other

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Yet another Mun-circumnavigation!

Mission report is here:

Just the pretty pictures are here:

and here:

Hope it counts with regards to the less-than-equatorial route, but if anything, it should be longer; also, contains all Mun biomes and anomalies.

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Posted (edited)

Here we are - circumnavigation complete

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Fun part - file name: screenshot1337.png

And the shuttle is almost full - we are getting ready to fly away.

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Edited by Alchemist

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Is using something like HyperEdit to get to the place you are driving on allowed, like if I built a rover for Bop, do I have to fly it there or can I use cheats? I'm not the best at doing interplanetary missions.

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1 hour ago, Steel Starling said:

Is using something like HyperEdit to get to the place you are driving on allowed, like if I built a rover for Bop, do I have to fly it there or can I use cheats? I'm not the best at doing interplanetary missions.

Nope- in fact that's part of rule #1 in the OP.

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I circumnavigated Tylo, even though I didn't plan to do it. I also climbed several high mountains and visited the poles and the anomalies on the same trip. The key seems to be making the rover large enough that little bumps don't matter.

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Mission report:

The mission was mostly stock, except for MechJeb and Docking Port Alignment Indicator. Two launches from Kerbin, four kerbals, 46 flags, and 16 days on the surface.

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Today, I come here for my 2nd elcano. After Minmus, I decided to do something harder. Here's Jool!

 

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Sorry, had to fire the temp. I mean, Mün!

 

https://imgur.com/a/JfZOA

 

A few numbers about the journey:

1,400,000: the distance in meters

9,350: the total science gathered

202: the number of experiments

21: the number of techs I could unlock

18: the number of flags

15: the biomes I visited

7: the number of parts I destroyed

2: the number of glitches (One that toasted 4 static panels and another that transformed Bob into a tourist...)

1: the number of RUD s.

 

Enjoy!

Edited by MinimalMinmus

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It's a while since we've seen one of these. Mun is a good size - not such a slog as Kerbin, but at least it's got some gravity to stick you down sometimes.

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14 hours ago, damerell said:

It's a while since we've seen one of these. Mun is a good size - not such a slog as Kerbin, but at least it's got some gravity to stick you down sometimes.

I'd recommend Minmus for a first time: it's smaller, and unlike what you'd think, the gravity of the mun isn't enough to prevent you from tumbling at high speed. What the Mun DOES have, however, is craters everywhere that may hinder you or even damage your rover.

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hehehe im on it fully stock

edit: screw that im going stock craft i need my mechjeb

Edited by TheGuyNamedAlan

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I've been watching this thread for a while and I think it's time for me to start an Elcano. Thinking Minmus, since as I've been reading that's a good spot for a first attempt.

Working on a car, I thought I'd post it here for feedback/suggestions. 

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I'm going for a Stock Craft but using Mod tools. Appreciate any comments!

This is an ISRU-based vehicle (in the engine-looking area) with a pair of small drills, ore tanks, and radiators. There are 6 small RTG underneath and a backup solar panel on top. There are 6 mini-jet engines along and a medium reaction wheel at the rear. I also included RCS jets to ensure maneuverability in a vacuum.

 

UPDATE: Doing drive testing on Minmus, but I'm finding it hard to control the wheels and the back end keeps jumping up. I think it's the low gravity. Anything over 25m/s and I'm lifting off the terrain. 

Any recommendations for vehicle design on Minmus? Also, the mountains are super-steep... Any suggestions on dealing with that?

Edited by scottadges

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Well it's complete! Finished my first Elkano Challenge on Minmus today. This was a completely stock craft, although I have functionality-related mods installed, including KER & MJ (helped with speed control, not autopilot).

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Ended up with 41 flags across a mostly-equatorial trip. Had to go around a couple mountains and generally tried to plot a course across the flattest areas.

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Here's Burberry "Juan Sebastian" Kerman taking his final selfie of the trip with the original flag planted on Day 22. The full journey took about 198 total days, but that's due to refueling several times (fast-forwarding time).

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You can see the progress in my Elkano Minmus Challenge mission report.

(Hopefully someone is moderating this thread so I can confirm completion). 

Thanks!

Edited by scottadges

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