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Magnetometer Boom Problem/s


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I updated to 1.10 less than a week ago, and I just noticed that there was a "Magnetometer Boom." added to the science parts list. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, here's a picture.

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I had just installed it on my flying Minmus car prototype, and yet I have no idea how to use it. More specifically, I tried to use the "Run Magnetometer Report" action group - along with the other science data groups (they were for the same key - 3) - but nothing. I then extended the antenna, but it only gave the option to retract it (aside from Autostrut and same vessel interaction).

  • Below are the action group options.

 

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What exactly is this thing used for, and how? If there's a problem with the game/version, then how do I fix it? I have Version 2917 installed, by the way.

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It doesn't work while landed, nor while flying in an atmosphere. If you have a Minmus flying car, try running it while flying on Minmus. (Although it doesn't provide science per biome, so maybe just leaving it in orbit would be better)

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52 minutes ago, arctangent said:

If you have a Minmus flying car, try running it while flying on Minmus.

I used the "Set Orbit" cheat to position it in orbit over Minmus. Turns out, it extended the antenna BEFORE running data.

  • This new magnetometer might only be good for orbital probes/vehicles, apparently.

 

54 minutes ago, arctangent said:

It doesn't work while landed, nor while flying in an atmosphere.

I guess this means I can't use magnetometer on the surface of any planet/moon, or through the atmosphere (at a low enough speed so it doesn't snap off, of course).

 

Too bad there's no KSP Wiki page on this thing. THAT would have been helpful. :/

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2 hours ago, jan Melantu said:

There's nothing stopping you from creating one ;).

That thing of avoiding doing wiki by suggesting someone else take care of it  seems fun.Can I play too?

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1 hour ago, Spricigo said:

That thing of avoiding doing wiki by suggesting someone else take care of it  seems fun.Can I play too?

Curses! Foiled again. 
 

actually I haven’t played enough 1.10 to make a wiki entry, otherwise I would

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