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Getting to Other Planets

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So I have been to Mun and Minmus a ton in KSP, and the only other planet I have visited is Duna. What are some good techniques to plan trajectories to other planets like Eve and or Jool? 

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Thread moved to Gameplay Questions. 

If you want to do it the minimalist way, this will tell you when to transit. If you want more help, someone will come along and recommend some mods soon. 

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The best option is to wait for a transfer window. (A time when the positions of the home and target planet are perfectly aligned for an inter-planetary slingshot. Flybys can also be used, but will require a significantly higher skill level. I recommend using Olex's illustrated transfer window calculator for finding transfer windows.

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For a stock solution you could place a test-planning probe into a solar orbit, just ahead (or behind) kerbin and with the same orbital period (426d 0h 32m 24.6s (or circular with AP & PE of 13,599,840,256m)), once in position you can use the probe's manoeuvre node to test for and see when transfers are coming up!

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2 minutes ago, Blasty McBlastblast said:

For a stock solution you could place a test-planning probe into a solar orbit, just ahead (or behind) kerbin and with the same orbital period (426d 0h 32m 24.6s (or circular with AP & PE of 13,599,840,256m)), once in position you can use the probe's manoeuvre node to test for and see when transfers are coming up!

That's a great idea, I never thought to do that.

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For Eve and Duna, there's an even better way. No need for a launch calculator there!

Kerbin-Duna: Wait until Kerbin's tangent (a straight line that "touches" Kerbin's orbit) points slightly in front of Duna's current position.

Duna-Kerbin: Wait until Kerbin is 90° behind Duna. From there you can adjust until you reach a kerbin encounter (+-correction/plane changes along the route)

Kerbin-Eve: Wait until Eve's tangent points slightly in front Kerbin's current position.

Eve-Kerbin: Wait until Eve's tangent points right at Kerbin.

Oh, and if you want to go from the Mun to Minmus, it's the same as Duna-Kerbin, only in the other direction: Minmus is 90° ahead of the Mun.

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