A Random Kerbonaut

Make an airliner that can fly around Kerbin!

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Hey! I want you to make a plane that fly around Kerbin over the equator, and land on the runway! 

To show proof you can post videos, pictures, etc.

Here are the people who finished:

swjr-swis

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Is staying inside the atmosphere required? :)

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On 3/28/2019 at 3:48 AM, A Random Kerbonaut said:

Yes, also no mods!

Can we use autopilot mod though? Say AtmosphereAutopilot? And kerbal engineer?

These don't affect the aircraft ability, just make it easier to fly the plane for a long period of time

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On 3/28/2019 at 1:05 AM, vyznev said:

Is staying inside the atmosphere required? :)

 

On 3/28/2019 at 1:48 AM, A Random Kerbonaut said:

Yes, also no mods!

So... Does staying in the atmosphere mean that everything below 70km is ok? :D can we use all kinds of engines?

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4 hours ago, Kergarin said:

So... Does staying in the atmosphere mean that everything below 70km is ok? :D can we use all kinds of engines?

I see where you're going with this.

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Yes, you do have to stay under 70,000 meters. I might give you extra credit if you are below 50,000.

5 hours ago, Tanner Rawlings said:

Can we use autopilot mod though? Say AtmosphereAutopilot? And kerbal engineer?

These don't affect the aircraft ability, just make it easier to fly the plane for a long period of time

You can use these. Environmental effects and autopilot mod is allowed.

4 hours ago, Kergarin said:

 

So... Does staying in the atmosphere mean that everything below 70km is ok? :D can we use all kinds of engines?

You may use all. But preferably jet engines.

Edited by A Random Kerbonaut
A bunch of replies merged and looked ugly so I made it better.

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On 3/28/2019 at 12:22 AM, A Random Kerbonaut said:

I want you to make a plane that fly around Kerbin over the equator, and land on the runway! 

To show proof you can post videos, pictures, etc.

 

Take your pick from the following - they can all go around Kerbin in a single continuous flight.

An Mk3 hull transport plane that will return back to the KSC within the hour: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/Transport-3a

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No worries circumnavigation - just go full throttle, settle on cruising altitude, and an hour later you will see the KSC again.

A drag race plane that can also go the distance: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/SpeedyReturn-2b

Spoiler

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Remember to fuel up, and run on half the engines for at least some of the way to make it all the way around, otherwise you'll end up just short.

A stock electric propeller first flight experiment to take a more leisurely tour around Kerbin: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/Kerman-Flyer

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The electro-props can run indefinitely and in the dark... so you can definitely circumnavigate with it. If you have the patience (at speeds of about 30-50 m/s).

 

 

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12 hours ago, swjr-swis said:

Take your pick from the following - they can all go around Kerbin in a single continuous flight.

A stock electric propeller first flight experiment to take a more leisurely tour around Kerbin: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/Kerman-Flyer

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7GAmhAg.png

The electro-props can run indefinitely and in the dark... so you can definitely circumnavigate with it. If you have the patience (at speeds of about 30-50 m/s).

 

Let me just say I absolutely love the use of antennae for strutting on this. Very smooth work. And those foreplane elevators are perfect.

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16 hours ago, swjr-swis said:

 

Take your pick from the following - they can all go around Kerbin in a single continuous flight.

An Mk3 hull transport plane that will return back to the KSC within the hour: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/Transport-3a

  Reveal hidden contents

uW2Mkz3.png

8R5vHi6.png

No worries circumnavigation - just go full throttle, settle on cruising altitude, and an hour later you will see the KSC again.

A drag race plane that can also go the distance: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/SpeedyReturn-2b

  Reveal hidden contents

UZJLGdu.png

Remember to fuel up, and run on half the engines for at least some of the way to make it all the way around, otherwise you'll end up just short.

A stock electric propeller first flight experiment to take a more leisurely tour around Kerbin: https://kerbalx.com/swjr-swis/Kerman-Flyer

  Reveal hidden contents

7GAmhAg.png

6NKvuVL.png

The electro-props can run indefinitely and in the dark... so you can definitely circumnavigate with it. If you have the patience (at speeds of about 30-50 m/s).

 

 

Can you also teach me how to make stock propellers?

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1 hour ago, A Random Kerbonaut said:

Can you also teach me how to make stock propellers?

Nah, I'm not a fan of the things. Too many parts required, not stable during warp, etc etc, and really just a constant reminder of one of the major missing things in KSP: a single-part stock bearing.

I just really wanted the Kerman Flyer to specifically use props, so I reused and tweaked one of my own little experiments for it. It's very stable and does the job for the Flyer, but that's as far as I'll go.

 

There's other people out there who practically make a career out of stock props that have tried all sorts of designs and techniques. Do a search for the phrases 'stock prop' or 'stock bearing' and you'll get enough hits to be reading and experimenting for a while.

 

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