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[1.9.x] PicoPort, the Micro Docking Ports

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Forum user @steedcrugeon made these micro-sized docking ports at my suggestion, and eventually passed it to me.  I'm making a new thread now because of an update, I need to be able to change the subject, etc.  Original thread here: https://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/155020-143-picoport-the-micro-docking-ports-v014/ 

 

 

PicoPort is a small parts mod pack which contains a set of very small Docking Ports intended for use with tiny probes.

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Presently, this mod comprises four parts:

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Coupling:

1.    PicoPortBasic - This is an orientation specific, ungendered docking port. It will mate with other PicoPortBasics in only 4 positons (90 degree rotations). This is useful if you wish to use balanced RCS from porbes connecting to the mother vessel.
2.    PicoPortPlus - This is an ungendered docking port, similar to Clamp-o-Tron.
3.    PicoPortM -This is a Male PicoPort, non-orientation specific and will only dock with the femal counterpart.
4.    PicoPortF - This is a Female PicoPort, non-orientation specific and will only dock with the male counterpart.

Availability

Available via CKAN as well.

To install, download and copy the SHED folder directly into the your KSP GameData folder.

Licensing: 

The contents of this mod are distributed a CC-BY-NC-SA International License (please refer to the license file on github for further details).

Highly Recommended Supporting Mods:

PicoPort is a stand-alone parts mod and does not have any other mod dependencies, that said, it has been designed around the utilisation of supporting mods and it is highly recommended that you add them to your collection (they are very useful in their own right).

Thanks:

I must say thank you to @DStaal for setting me off down the path of this pack, its been a good learning experience (basically blame him). Also thanks to him and @linuxgurugamer for helping with testing and development ideas. 

Change Log: 

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Feedback and suggestion:

Always welcome, if you have any ideas which you might like to see implemented let me know and i'll see what can be done!

Localisation now supported!

Any translations would be greatly appreciated.

Update 0.1.6

  • Converted TGA files to DDS
  • Updated for KSP 1.8

 

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Would it be possible to switch between Basic, Plus, Male, and Female ports mid-flight using animations(?) (like cargo bays)? I.e. having moving parts that can be deployed and retracted stuffed in one single part instead of having them separated into four different parts?

Also, having Male, Female, and Plus versions of the Jr., standard, and Senior ports would help a lot! Also, maybe a sideways/linear port that you slide into instead of docking face-to-face and are only able to face forward or backward? Where a docking port is a reusable stack decoupler, the linear port would be a reusable radial decoupler. It'd be useful for removable wings on SSTOs, weapon racks, parasite fighters, re-attachable drop tanks, and other stuff.

 

Either way, it's awesome to see Pico Port being maintained again! It's a surpsingly useful mod for the kind of stuff I do!

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21 hours ago, Fireheart318 said:

Would it be possible to switch between Basic, Plus, Male, and Female ports mid-flight using animations(?) (like cargo bays)? I.e. having moving parts that can be deployed and retracted stuffed in one single part instead of having them separated into four different parts?

Also, having Male, Female, and Plus versions of the Jr., standard, and Senior ports would help a lot! Also, maybe a sideways/linear port that you slide into instead of docking face-to-face and are only able to face forward or backward? Where a docking port is a reusable stack decoupler, the linear port would be a reusable radial decoupler. It'd be useful for removable wings on SSTOs, weapon racks, parasite fighters, re-attachable drop tanks, and other stuff.

 

Either way, it's awesome to see Pico Port being maintained again! It's a surpsingly useful mod for the kind of stuff I do!

To all your questions, the answer is no.  These ports are small and simple.  It doesnt make sense to have male& female ports if they could be switched in flight..  You can look at the following two mods which are supplemental to this which may help:

   https://github.com/linuxgurugamer/PicoPort4AllSizes  

  https://spacedock.info/mod/2245/PicoPort Shielded

 

 

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@linuxgurugamer There used to be a mod for shielded versions of pico ports, is there any chance you might revive it? Also, thank you for keeping the huge library of mods you are currently maintaining alive!!

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Just now, Tinkman said:

@linuxgurugamer There used to be a mod for shielded versions of pico ports, is there any chance you might revive it? Also, thank you for keeping the huge library of mods you are currently maintaining alive!!

Find me a link and I’ll look at it

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4 hours ago, Tinkman said:

@linuxgurugamer There used to be a mod for shielded versions of pico ports, is there any chance you might revive it? Also, thank you for keeping the huge library of mods you are currently maintaining alive!!

It's here: https://spacedock.info/mod/2245/PicoPort Shielded

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8 hours ago, Tinkman said:

@linuxgurugamer There used to be a mod for shielded versions of pico ports, is there any chance you might revive it? Also, thank you for keeping the huge library of mods you are currently maintaining alive!!

*chuckle* - Sanka cha dead? nope. :D

was just about to review it for any moderizations/updates before releasing a new version. right after docking port descriptions.

thanks @linuxgurugamer

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New minor release, 0.1.6.1

  • Added missing .version file

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Posted (edited)

Latest version 0.1.6.1 is giving an error on game startup (upon reaching main menu), KSP Installation Validation Error (or something to that effect, don't have it to hand), and says the files should be in <KSP Installation Directory>/GameData//SHED (double slash prior to SHED is quoted). I've just reverted to 0.1.6 and it works fine. For both versions I'm using KSP 1.8.1, CKAN says 0.1.6.1 is still suitable for 1.8.1 so I'm presuming that's not the issue. Just a heads up anyway. 0.1.6 performs perfectly fine for me atm :)

Edited by TeddyBearBonfire

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New release, 0.1.6.2

  • Thanks github user @EngineerMartijn for this
    • Changed offset from 45 to 90 degree.
    • Added extra digit to captureMinRollDot to make angle even closer to 90degree

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On 5/22/2020 at 7:53 AM, TeddyBearBonfire said:

Latest version 0.1.6.1 is giving an error on game startup (upon reaching main menu), KSP Installation Validation Error (or something to that effect, don't have it to hand), and says the files should be in <KSP Installation Directory>/GameData//SHED (double slash prior to SHED is quoted). I've just reverted to 0.1.6 and it works fine. For both versions I'm using KSP 1.8.1, CKAN says 0.1.6.1 is still suitable for 1.8.1 so I'm presuming that's not the issue. Just a heads up anyway. 0.1.6 performs perfectly fine for me atm :)

Can confirm. Even tough mod installed literally how this error asks to install.

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13 minutes ago, Selphadur said:

Can confirm. Even tough mod installed literally how this error asks to install.

What version?  Not sure what you mean by the above statement, but the @TeddyBearBonfire was commenting on 0.1.6.1.

How did you install it?

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2 minutes ago, linuxgurugamer said:

What version?  Not sure what you mean by the above statement, but the @TeddyBearBonfire was commenting on 0.1.6.1.

How did you install it?

It is 0.1.6.2 version. I dropped SHED folder into GameData. And error asks me to drop SHED folder into GameData :/

Completely same error as @TeddyBearBonfire had.

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2 minutes ago, Selphadur said:

It is 0.1.6.2 version. I dropped SHED folder into GameData. And error asks me to drop SHED folder into GameData :/

Completely same error as @TeddyBearBonfire had.

Ok, I'll look at it this evening.  You can ignore it for now, it's just a warning message 

 

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3 minutes ago, linuxgurugamer said:

Ok, I'll look at it this evening.  You can ignore it for now, it's just a warning message 

 


Thanks!

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New release, 0.1.6.3

  • Fixed .version file for correct install location

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