Jump to content

Do you hold D from the launchpad?


Recommended Posts

Just a quick thread to see how everyone plays the game.

Do you rotate the command pod in the VAB so you use a different key?

Do you spin the craft on the launchpad/after launch to use a different key?

Do you press D?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I use D to lean right to go east for my gravity turn, yes.

The only time I don't is if the aerodynamics of my craft requires it. Most recently my Jool 5 entry did as it had a plane stuck to its side.

Link to post
Share on other sites

generally I try to remember to rotate my pods and probes i the VAB so that I use pitch controls to pitch over during launch, typically s.

 

For simple launchers I tend to tip the whole craft on the launch clamps, so throttle and staging is the only control I need.

Link to post
Share on other sites
59 minutes ago, Geonovast said:

I use VAB Re-Orienter, so no.

Wonderful little quality of life mod.

 

I hold s.  My Kerbonauts go into space heads-down.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually (always!) rotate my rockets so that they pitch up (S key) to go east and end up upside down, like the space shuttle.

Although I also usually (always) use GravityTurn to do my launches for me, because I'm lazy quite happy to admit that the computer will do a better and more efficient job that I will under most circumstances, plus I can just hit LAUNCH and pay attention to something else until I either a) hear music when it reaches space or b) hear many explodey sounds...

Link to post
Share on other sites

Never even occurred to me to try rotating my ship so that I could use a key other than D to pitch to the east.  I guess by leaving it at default, there's no chance of me forgetting to rotate a craft.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm guessing we are gonna get a division down the lines of who likes piloting vs designing more. As a member of the former category, "ruddering" into space is sacrilege.

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, RoninFrog said:

I prefer being right side up when I get to space

It's space.  There is no right side up.

 

Wait a minute.  From the default setup, wouldn't you have to press 'a' to have the right side be up when you get to space, anyway?  Then you'd be orbiting the wrong direction!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

[snip]

This all started when I told Rocket In My Pocket (Chibbity on the Steam forums) that he was a rogue element, a loose cannon, an uncultured barbarian for rotating the craft in the VAB.

I assured him that nobody does that. Nobody. At all. Not a soul.

However, in my benevolent manner, I made two topics. One on here, one on Steam, in order to give him a chance and see if others were like him.
I thank you all for your time and realise this is trivial, but it was merely to discover how many people were on each side. There wasn't really another way to do this.

For the record; I use the D ;)

Edited by Vanamonde
Link to post
Share on other sites

[snip]

"Giant oaks germinate from small seeds"

(Welcome to the forum, if it's not too late for me to say so!)

Did you know that there is one (1) whole (complete) mod dedicated to this subject??  It is called VABReorienter.

Aligning the launch direction intuitively can be super-important for tricky launches that require quick reflexes, such as those into an exact non-equatorial incline or when carrying a substantial, winged aircraft.

Edited by Vanamonde
Link to post
Share on other sites

Folks, if you are not interested in the subject of a thread, just skip to the next one. There's nothing to be gained by taking your time to post a complaint about it. 

Some comments have been removed or edited. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I rotate in the VAB to use the pitch up key - S. If I need an inclined orbit other than 90 degrees, I roll the craft to the orientation that I only need to use the S key.

Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, Toastie_Buns said:

This all started when I told Rocket In My Pocket (Chibbity on the Steam forums) that he was a rogue element, a loose cannon, an uncultured barbarian for rotating the craft in the VAB.

You know, one thing I like about KSP - well, after I got over my "You all are doing this wrong!" phase - is that there are many different ways to play the game. All of them work well for someone and you cannot say that one is better or worse than another.

P.S. Of course my way to play KSP is the best way, and you are all just ignorant louts to not acknowledge that. ;)

Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't press D. Or S. Or any of the keys really. I design and build my rockets and spaceplanes to require no manual steering input getting to orbit.

Rockets get pre-tilted just slightly towards the intended orbit so simply switching SAS from Hold to Prograde at the right speed/altitude is enough to closely reproduce my intended optimal gravity turn. Spaceplanes get enough lift to take to the air by themselves by simply throttling up and disengaging the brakes, and their flight envelope is designed to fly in a straight line up to the flight/altitude point where SAS is switched from Hold to Prograde. In both cases, I try to limit required input to staging, setting SAS modes, and activating action groups, which can be described -and timed- very specifically.

This helps with the cycle of launch testing, observing, and tweaking, and results in very simple usage instructions for shared craft.

That said: I do compulsively rotate my rockets away from the default so they never have to fly 'sideways'. Mostly I fly them dorsal side up, but occasionally ventral side up feels more appropriate. Sideways is just plain wrong. ^_^

Link to post
Share on other sites
This thread is quite old. Please consider starting a new thread rather than reviving this one.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...