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Who Else believes Kerbal Space Program should add in comets. You would find them the same way as asteroids but they would have there elliptical orbit and would have jets of gas going into space and if you landed on these comets you could see the jets of gas, and like real comets there tails would only be there if they were close to the sun.

I would also like to thank the mod "Kerbal Komets" where these pictures were taken for ideas, to show for the ideas

 

These are some images in mind of what comets could look like and how to find them, and get to them, and the naming system, and tracking system.

 

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I forgot to add a thank you to some pictures i used

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It looks like you're asking for this to be a stock feature? Thread moved to Suggestions, then. 

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Yes of course! It would be sweet if you could collect gas for science.

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id love this.

but just make sure the comet is big enough its doesnt feel like landing on  an asteroid

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My preference is for a few very small celestial bodies in comet-like orbits. Those can be the size of Gily or less, in high elliptical orbits that takes decades to complete.  

But I think that's for mods anyways. 

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It would be cool if comets were essentially "pure ore" -- that is, you could dock to them, attach a drill, and basically have a ginormous ore tank you could take to anywhere.

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1 hour ago, sevenperforce said:

It would be cool if comets were essentially "pure ore" -- that is, you could dock to them, attach a drill, and basically have a ginormous ore tank you could take to anywhere.

Not really, we already have infinite amounts of ore conveniently located on low gravity moons.

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1 minute ago, Spricigo said:

Not really, we already have infinite amounts of ore conveniently located on low gravity moons.

But you can't take it with you.

A comet rendezvous has a very high dV cost, but if you can get to it and dock with it, you can bring your giant ore tank along with you. For example, in the retrosolar rescue mission.

You can do that with an asteroid, but its effective mass ratio sucks too badly to be useful.

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30 minutes ago, sevenperforce said:

But you can't take it with you.

Neither I want,  an infinitely large fuel tank will ruin my TWR

 

An asteroid as fuel tank (even assuming a 'pure ore' asteroid) is not much practical and will only reduce part count. OTOH there is those small moons all over the solar system where I can stop to get just aa much fuel as needed to reach the next one.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Spricigo said:

An asteroid as fuel tank (even assuming a 'pure ore' asteroid) is not much practical and will only reduce part count. OTOH there is those small moons all over the solar system where I can stop to get just aa much fuel as needed to reach the next one.

Okay, I admit it, I really just want this in order to do a brute-force high-speed SSTO retrosolar rescue.

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4 minutes ago, sevenperforce said:

Okay, I admit it, I really just want this in order to do a brute-force high-speed SSTO retrosolar rescue.

About that challenge,  how cool would be a solar-sail powered rescue...at least if you have something else to do while letting the game run for those days long maneuvers.

 

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Let's make an effort to keep this on topic, so as not to spoil the suggestion. Thanks :)

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It would be cool if you could mine/recover xenon from comets, since there's currently no way to get xenon from anywhere outside Kerbin. It would fit with the whole "wispy atmosphere/tail" thing.

 

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Just take a look at Kottabos' review of Kerbal Komets.

If I undertood correctly those are like regular asteroids except:

1.Trail effect.

2.Appear in high elliptical orbit.

3.Have Water in it (Community Resource pack required)

I'd be really indifferent about 1.(since is just looks)  and 3.(since I don't use that resource)

OTOH I don't like the limited range of orbits a asteroid can appear.  I'd be gladly to have the added possibilities a broad range would offer.

In a bit of a stretch, we may have asteroid-specific contracts. Think about a Rosetta mission, you rendezvous with a series of asteroids/contract and end up 'landing' in one of those to collect science, or the scenario of a asteroid in collision course with Kerbin.

 

PS: I still think that a few comets as celestial bodies (on rail, have a SoI, gravity, biomes) on high elliptic orbits is an interesting idea. Granted it may be more suited for a planet pack.

 

 

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1 hour ago, sevenperforce said:

Okay, I admit it, I really just want this in order to do a brute-force high-speed SSTO retrosolar rescue.

I already did that without a comet.

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