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KSP Challenge: "Creative emergency escape and re-entry vehicles"

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my "Revolver" escape system

load gun & shots space to Kerbin after 5:20...

Edited by *MajorTom*

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17 hours ago, *MajorTom* said:

again this badge? its looks like "1-2-3...100500 hero of  ... Kerbin " ?

 maybe better get @cratercracker badge on this page? Or add some word on it... like "official" . IMHO It is cool and we all can remember the different ones badges.

Just an opinion...

ps: but ok... if many "the same" badges system is remain the same... then if i'm getting old will do many official challenges ... i maybe looks like this... :):):):) 

At first I thought I'd prefer a badge-y version of @cratercracker's custom patches/flags but squeezing a bunch of scaled-down Golden Kerbals into my sig like "kills" on WWII planes ("achieves" ?) would be cool too (and more manageable in my sig, assuming I participate in a lot of these challenges), especially if I link each one back to my entry for the corresponding challenge.

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16 hours ago, Badie said:

This badge is for special challenges only :wink:

Ah I see.. Only those KSP players that can make an escape pod and know how to detach it from another vessel can 'earn' one.

But that doesn't really answer my question.

Is the 'Badge' for this 'challenge' the same 'Golden Kerbal' graphic as the 'Golden Kerbal' graphic  in the 'Landing like Elon Does!' challenge?

And now I have to ask, what is it exactly that makes this particular challenge so 'special?'

 

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11 hours ago, Tinty Moce Fowt said:

At first I thought I'd prefer a badge-y version of @cratercracker's custom patches/flags but squeezing a bunch of scaled-down Golden Kerbals into my sig like "kills" on WWII planes ("achieves" ?) would be cool too (and more manageable in my sig, assuming I participate in a lot of these challenges), especially if I link each one back to my entry for the corresponding challenge.

This is actually a really cool idea! I can see later down the road maybe having a special Platinum Kerbal for "Challenge aces" who have earned 5 or 10 golden kerbals... or something to that effect.

3 hours ago, Daveroski said:

And now I have to ask, what is it exactly that makes this particular challenge so 'special?'

I'm not sure what is and isn't considered special, or if she was just referring to it being a weekly. But choosing escape pods for this week was my call, if that's what you mean. I was the one that started the weekly challenge suggestion thread, and a couple days ago @Badie pm'd me and asked my opinion for this week's challenge. I looked over the list and thought @HebaruSan's idea of escape pods looked like it could be fun, so I suggested that one. Just that simple.  

 

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Not necessarily an escape pod, but instead an: ACDC (Anomaly Caused Death Countermeasure)... Because how many times where you on a regular mission, just taken off:

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When Jebediah says: I feel we're forgetting something.

And six minutes into the flight it all becomes clear:

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Damnit Bill, you forgot to remove the pre-flight explosives again!

 

Hit the Abort button!

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ACDC seperates the cockpit from the fuselage by using a seperator, 8 forward facing sepatrons and four upward facing sepatrons to clear the cockpit from the remains of the ship. It also cuts the engines and deploys the airbrakes. Under test circumstances, it works like this:

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It works perfect, the only downside is that there is extreme drag caused by the "seams", which rather hinders an easy ascent procedure... So it's not fitted anymore, because fuel efficiency is more important than crew lives. I mean, what costs a Kerbal to a full tank of fuel?

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So it is not realy a pod. But it always served to me as a escape system.

I forgot crew and Motherschip dosent have a crew Module yet

Sry forgot screnschot of departure

Burning fule and leveling out (to early)

Lost engine to impackt!

So conclusion: Everything hapend!

Another day finished like a Kerbal

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On 10/05/2017 at 5:18 PM, Badie said:

 "Creative emergency escape and re-entry vehicles"

Make an escape pod(s). It can be for a space station, but for those that don't have a working station in orbit, a ship in orbit would count as well.

Well, I only managed one pod....

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Directional Monoprop thrusters push the pod away and into an atmospheric trajectory:

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Things get quite toasty on entry, though at least it's stable in a safe orientation at high speed:

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And, a slightly bumpy landing later, those aboard are safe:

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20 hours ago, *MajorTom* said:

my "Revolver" escape system <snip>

load gun & shots space to Kerbin after 5:20...

I saw this challenge and thought "I should make a cannon to fire kerbals retrograde from my station!" I have been outclassed. Nice work!

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I thought to go russian, because everybody knows they're the most kerbal nation on earth. *cough* 

 

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I guess this counts...

Spoiler

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Retrograde burn. How it got up there is not important.

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Turning for re-entry

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Hot! But the kerbal is relatively safe

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Glides to landing

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Landed! Don't have more pics, but no parachute required.

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Look, a kerbal inside! It might actually fit two..

Super simple reentry vehicle. No heat shield or parachutes required! Almost actually like a mini shuttle.

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Decided to try a pod that can carry 4 passengers. No chutes. No landing gear. Less than 5.4 T. 

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Could be made much lighter with chutes but I'm still enjoying doing this like the last challenge.

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Okay, here is a lightweight (2.8 T in VAB) 4 man escape pod. 100% stock. Drone core, 4 man crew compartment, docking port jr., 2 chutes, Oscar B, spark, and micro landing struts. No heatshields and no airbrakes.  

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Edited by Red Shirt

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A six crew lifeboat

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A small fairing that flares out at the top helps to slow the lifeboat in the atmosphere and keep all six Kerbals from cooking.

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It's roomy-ish.

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And the fairing and docking hatch can be blown away after landing for emergency egress.

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Edited by HvP

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This was done as a promo video, but it does demonstrate my launch abort system for M.O.L.E. :

 

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here is my one!

lowcost,lowpartcount and it can used to be lifeboat!

 

Edited by seiryu

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'TRIDENT' EMERGENCY ESCAPE SYSTEM

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Why make it better when you can make it worse?

When one of our scientists got handed data of aircraft crashes in the last 24 hours, he dropped dead on the spot in shock. We're not sure why, although it does say there's been 367 crashes.

This forced the engineers to construct an escape pod for emergency situations where Danny Kerman has the joystick.

Due to the reluctancy of the R&D, having just pushed out a launch of a large satelite an hour ago, it was extremely dumbed down from it's original design.

First tests proved successful, and so it was tested out in space, in emergency conditions.

 

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The pod proved resilient to re-entry heating (oh wait, it was disabled) and continued down into the atmosphere.

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The aircraft then proceeded to land in the ocean without incident, a successful test.

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(I mean, look at the grin on Valentina's face!)

Edited by Secret Agent Kirrim

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Whilst I liked my 'Titanic' entry, this one felt so much more 'kerbal', given that ultimately, you can treat Kerbals similarly to fuel and let them float around:

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Strictly speaking, more could fit in there, it's just awkward arranging them...

 

Just be careful to only use physics warp, or they'll float through the walls.

Edited by 1101

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Parachutes are unnecessary because even if the pod explodes, the kerbals are fine (if they are in external seats)

 

 

EDIT: this is too unsafe even for kerbals

Edited by colfighter
I had time to think

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Wow, so many different and creative solutions of getting Kerbals down, inspirating thread, I love it!

Hope to have a submission tonite, I had to wait until I got an 'Rescue Kerbal contract' :wink: 

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Here's my entry- it's a lifting body design to enable some control over the landing site, with parachutes for terminal descent, so a runway isn't necessary. I based it off of the X-38, though it also bears some similarities to some concepts that were considered for returning Gemini spacecraft to Earth.

 

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I have made a delux, 16 kerbal pod that includes.... NO WALLS!!!!!!

If you're wondering what happened to it in the latter parts, I took the pod out of orbit a bit too roughly and most of the airbrakes burned up. I was too lazy to transfer all 16 kerbals to the seats... sorry.

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It's Saturday 5/13 when I'm posting this. Is it too late to add to the challenge for the badge? (First time participating, not sure the general timeframe).

I have an interesting vehicle/system I'd like to share!

 

 

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This is my escape pod system for my stations.  While the actual pods are fairly plain, I like the way the module came together.  The KSS has capacity of 11 Kerbals and this module carries 16 pods for visiting crew and rescue contracts.  Each pod has about 600dV and can reenter fairly aggressively without heatshields.  Once the frame is empty, it is deorbited and a new one is sent up to replace it.

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2 hours ago, scottadges said:

It's Saturday 5/13 when I'm posting this. Is it too late to add to the challenge for the badge? (First time participating, not sure the general timeframe).

I have an interesting vehicle/system I'd like to share!

 

 

I believe you have until the next challenge is posted. So you should be able to post yours anytime before the end of Tuesday the 16th.

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8 minutes ago, HvP said:

I believe you have until the next challenge is posted. So you should be able to post yours anytime before the end of Tuesday the 16th.

Thanks!

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