18Watt Posted May 28, 2021 Share Posted May 28, 2021 “Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476 – 4 August 1526) was a Spanish explorer of Basque origin who completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth. After Magellan's death in the Philippines, Elcano took command of the nau Victoria from the Moluccas to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain. This challenge is simple. So simple, it's easy. Well...it sounds easy. Those of us who have completed it would probably disagree. The challenge to you is to become the next Elcano. To do what no one, or very few, have done. A challenge to circumnavigate an orbital body, be it moon or planet, solely by ground and/or water. This challenge is a continuation of the original Elcano Challenge, posted by Fengist. It was subsequently managed by Claw, then rkarmark. This is the fourth iteration of the Elcano Challenge. Fengist's Elcano Challenge Claw's Elcano Challenge rkarmark's Elkano Challenge The rules are simple: Basically, you are to circumnavigate (drive all the way around) a celestial body, using a vessel on the surface, such as a rover or boat. Your path should not deviate significantly from the intended direction. Mark your start location. Flags, KerbNet markers, or screenshots work. Some mods allow you to track your path as well. Drive or boat back to your start location- the long way around... The main mission and all support missions must be launched from the launchpad or runway and delivered to the destination body. Part of the journey is getting the crew/ship there. (i.e. No HyperEditing or save file editing the vehicle into position. Any combination of launching, refueling, docking, or ISRU is permitted. The vehicle must be Kerballed during the circumnavigation. Doesn't have to be a pod, the lawn-chair seats are fine. The Kerbal only has to be on-board during the circumnavigation. You don't need to launch the entire mission in one giant ship. If the Kerbal(s) come later or were already waiting for the rover, that's fine. Stay on the ground or on/below the surface of any water. Brief jumps over dunes and such are permitted. This challenge is about traveling over the surface. Thrust devices (rockets, jets, props, RCS) are acceptable, as long as they are only used while in contact with the surface. Using thrust of any sort to control or change the trajectory of your rover while above the surface is not allowed. The same vehicle that crosses land must also cross the water. No ferrying your vehicle on a boat. That also means you can't intentionally remove wheels or pontoons when they are no longer needed. The vehicle needs to complete the entire circumnavigation as-is. If parts blow up or get knocked off, well, that's the Kerbal way, and that's ok.. You may send replacement vehicles. If you read Fengist's circumnavigation of Eve, you'll see why. Game mechanics are not kind to ground vehicles. Your crew must be transferred to any replacement vehicle and it must be very similar to the original. I understand this is a learning process, and will allow some design changes. You may use aerial and orbital recon vehicles. You may refuel if needed. Use of ISRU or similar mods is permitted. Saving and reloading (F5/F9) is permitted. In fact I highly recommend it. Please note that in the past repeated F5/F9s have adversely affected vessels, particularly if you use F5 while in motion. Not sure if that is still a problem or not.. Added a modded planet/moon section to the leaderboards (August 2022). Circumnavigations of non-stock CBs are welcome! The intent is that you control the vehicle during the entire circumnavigation. Using an autopilot goes against the spirit of this challenge. Any rule I haven't thought of that breaks the spirit of this challenge. The point of the challenge is to build a rover/boat, deliver the vehicle, and circumnavigate the body. Proof: Document your journey via images or video, or as those of us who have managed to complete this challenge have done, accompanied by a description of the journey. If you are posting more than 4 screenshots, I humbly request that you put them inside a spoiler. Categories: Note that support and delivery vehicles also affect which category your entry falls under. Stock - Stock means stock. If you use any mods at all, you do not qualify for the stock category. Breaking Ground and Making History (BG & MH) are stock expansion packs, and do not disqualify you from a Stock entry. Stock Craft - The craft and all support craft are made from all stock parts with their stock configuration. Installed mods may not modify physics or add/modify parts in use by the craft. Mods that add PartModules to stock parts, but do not alter the stock parameters, are also permitted. Examples of permitted mods are information displays (such as KER), transfer window planners(TWP and KAC), and visual enhancements (such as EVE). “Stock Craft” means the .craft or save file can be used on a stock install and it looks/works exactly the same way (your mission would remain effectively unchanged without the mods). Modded - Use of add-ons that change physics or add/modify parts in use by the craft are permitted. An add-on’s technology level must be “near term” or of “next tier” type of capabilities as compared to stock. Mods that allow the user to skip elements of the challenge or violate the spirit of flying to and circumnavigating a body are not permitted. (i.e. Slightly better/larger/stronger engines, wheels, fuel tanks, etc. are permissible. Hyperdrives, antimatter engines, wormhole generators, hyper dense or exotic fuels, etc. are not allowed.) This challenge is not for the faint of heart. It will take persistence and a great deal of patience. If you're the competitive type and think of this challenge as a race it will get boring really quick. The leaderboards do not differentiate by speed or times- if you completed a circumnavigation you are on the leaderboard. Good luck and um... Godspeed.... And before you grumble about how long this will take... think back at how many hours you spent doing other things in KSP that ended up being less rewarding... If you are considering this challenge, but aren't sure how, I suggest looking at how other members accomplished it. As this (4th) version of the challenge is still new. take a look at the posts from the first three Elcano challenges, linked near the top of this post. Badges: I believe Fengist (original creator of the Elcano Challenge) designed the badges, for which I am grateful, they look great! If you believe you qualify for a badge, go ahead and grab it! You don't need to wait for your name on the leaderboard- if I am busy with work/life who knows how long that could take. Edit- actually I think the original badges were by @Fengist, but they were all redone by @Claw , who also probably had to add some new ones. FAQ: Coming soon! Circumnavigators GRAND MASTER NAVIGATORS Those who have circumnavigated every body in the stock KSP solar system. @Claw Stock @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock @mystifeid Stock @Pouicpouic Stock - With a single rover @18Watt Stock ________________________________________________________________________________________ Master Navigators (aka Planetary Navigator) Those who have circumnavigated both Kerbin and Eve. Spoiler Master Navigators: (aka Planetary Navigators..) @Fengist @Claw Stock @damerell Modded @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock @mystifeid Stock @Pouicpouic Stock @18WattStock ________________________________________________________________________________________ Master Mariners Those who have circumnavigated both Laythe and Kerbin by sea. (See notes in spoiler) Spoiler Master Mariners: A description on how to complete a Kerbin circumnavigation by sea in spoiler: Spoiler Note- in order to complete a Sea circumnavigation of Kerbin you will actually need to do a short land crossing in one of two possible places. In order to qualify for a sea circumnavigation of Kerbin, the entire voyage needs to happen on water, except for the short land crossing. So your boat actually needs to have amphibious capabilities. Here's a screenshot showing the two possible land crossing locations. I recommend using the one farther north (RED diamonds). @Claw Stock @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock @mystifeid Stock @RexKramer Stock @Chemp Stock Craft @nigelvn Modded @Pouicpouic Stock @18Watt Stock ________________________________________________________________________________________ Kerbin Circumnavigators See notes in Master Mariner spoiler about Kerbin sea circumnavations. Spoiler Kerbin Circumnavigators: For information about completing a sea circumnavigation of Kerbin, see notes in Master Mariner spoiler. @Alchemist Stock Craft August 2016 @Azimech Modded October 2015 @Bubbadevlin Modded October 2015 @Castille7 Stock November 2015 @Chemp SEA, Stock December 2015 @Chemp Stock March 2016 @Claw SEA, Stock July 2015 @damerell Modded March 2016 @damerell SEA, Modded, November 2022 @Dfthu SEA, Stock January 2016 @EndIris Modded June 2018 @Geschosskopf SEA, Modded May 2015 @gilflo Modded September 2016 @gilflo SEA, Modded September 2016 @Hagen von Tronje SEA, Modded September 2015 @HarrySeaward Stock January 2017 @Icky Stock Craft November 2022 @IncongruousGoat Modded June 2018 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock April 2022 @Jack Joseph Kerman SEA, Stock August 2022 @Just Jim Modded June 2018 @Martian Emigrant Stock Craft September 2016 @mystifeid SEA, Stock June 2018 @mystifeid Stock August 2018 @nigelvn SEA, Modded October 2015 @Poppa Wheelie SEA, Modded January 2022 @Pouicpouic Stock May 2022 @Pouicpouic SEA, Stock July 2022 @RexKramer Stock October 2015 @RexKramer SEA, Stock October 2015 @Slam_Jones Stock April 2015 @Squiggsy Modded June 2015 @Stratzenblitz75 Stock Craft January 2016 @The_Rocketeer SEA, Stock July 2016 @timmers_uk SEA, Stock Craft August 2016 @Van Disaster Modded November 2015 @VenDei Modded June 2017 @Wooks Stock @18Watt SEA, Stock January 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Mun Circumnavigators: @B-STRK Modded June 2015 @CapPenguin Stock Craft April 2022 @Claw Stock September 2015 @damerell Modded August 2015 @HarrySeaward Modded January 2017 @Ho Lam Kerman Modded May 2018 @Hotaru Stock June 2015 @IvanSanchez Modded June 2016 @Just Jim Stock Craft July 2016 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock February 2022 @MinimalMinmus Modded September 2017 @MinimalMinmus Modded - June 2021 @mystifeid Stock June 2018 @Poppa Wheelie Modded January 2022 @Pouicpouic Stock May 2022 @RocketPilot573 Stock June 2015 @RoninFrog Modded March 2023 @Sp1f Stock - August 2021 @VenDei Modded July 2017 @Warzouz Stock Craft Version 2 @Zacspace Modded March 2023 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Minmus Circumnavigators: @Azimech Modded October 2015 @Claw Stock September 2015 @damerell Modded June 2015 @Delfinus Modded November 2017 @Dfthu Stock Version 1 @DunaManiac Modded April 2022 @GKSP Modded November 2018 @Hagen von Tronje Modded August 2015 @HarrySeaward Modded January 2017 @Ho Lam Kerman Modded May 2018 @Hotaru Stock Version 2 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock May 2022 @Jean Deaux Stock March 2015 @KN_Namida Stock February 2016 @Magzimum Stock Craft October 2016 @minerbat Stock Craft December 2020 @MinimalMinmus Modded April 2017 @MinimalMinmus Modded 31 August 2021 @mystifeid Stock June 2018 @Poppa Wheelie Modded January 2022 @Pouicpouic Stock May 2022 @Robin Patenall Modded September 2022 @ryan234abc Stock Craft July 2016 @Scarecrow71 Modded 02 January 2022 @scottadges Stock Craft October 2017 @Sp1f Stock March 2022 @Speeding Mullet Stock Craft Version 2 @spudman2 Stock July 2015 @suicidejunkie Modded April 2016 @Thalamask Stock Craft June 2016 @TheCardinal Modded September 2015 (equatorial) @TheCardinal Modded October 2015 (polar) @TheFlyingKerman Stock Craft November 2017 @waterlubber Modded December 2015 @xendelaar Modded September 2015 @Xurkitree Modded December 2018 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Moho Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock July 2016 @damerell Modded July 2022 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock June 2022 @mystifeid Stock June 2018 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Xannari Ferrows Modded May 2015 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Eve Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock July 2016 @damerell Modded July 2022 @Fengist Version 1 @Freshmeat Modded May 2018 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock June 2022 @mystifeid Stock September 2018 @NoPanShabuShabu Modded May 2015 @Pouicpouic Stock July 2022 @silks Modded March 2017 @Thalamask Stock Craft July 2016 @18Watt Stock May 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Gilly Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock July 2016 @damerell Modded July 2022 @ghostbuzzer7 Modded September 2015 @Ho Lam Kerman Modded September 2018 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock June 2022 @mystifeid Stock August 2018 @Poppa Wheelie Stock February 2023 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @ryan234abc Stock August 2015 @Sharpy Modded November 2016 @Teilnehmer Stock July 2015 @Thalamask Stock Craft December 2015 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Duna Circumnavigators: @B-STRK Modded May 2021 @Brotoro Stock @Claw Stock September 2015 @Commander Zoom Modded December 2015 @damerell Modded September 2022 @Hagen von Tronje Modded September 2015 @Ho Lam Kerman Modded June 2019 @IvanSanchez Modded September 2021 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock January 2022 @MinimalMinmus Modded July 2021 @mystifeid Stock June 2018 @OJT Modded February 2023 With Parallax! @Poppa Wheelie Modded January 2023 @Pouicpouic Stock May 2022 @Pouicpouic Stock December 2022 @Sharpy Modded Version 2 @Speeding Mullet Stock August 2019 @Tapeta Modded April 2019 @Thalamask Stock Craft June 2016 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Ike Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock September 2015 @damerell Modded October 2022 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock May 2022 @MinimalMinmus Modded July 2021 @mystifeid Stock June 2018 @Poppa Wheelie Modded January 2023 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Thalamask Stock Craft December 2015 @TheFlyingKerman Stock Craft May 2018 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Dres Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock November 2015 @damerell Modded November 2022 @Death Engineering Modded July 2018 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock May 2022 @Magzimum Stock Craft January 2017 @mystifeid Stock June 2018 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Thalamask Stock Craft June 2016 @18Watt Stock December 2020 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Laythe Circumnavigators: @Chemp Stock Craft September 2016 @Claw Stock August 2015 @HarrySeaward Stock January 2017 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock June 2022 @juzeris Modded Version 2 @king of nowhere Modded November 2020 @mystifeid Stock July 2018 @nigelvn Modded September 2015 @Pouicpouic StockJune 2022 @RexKramer Stock October 2015 @smjjames Modded September 2018 @18Watt Stock December 2020 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Vall Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock January 2016 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock March 2022 @mystifeid Stock August 2018 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Solune Modded May 2015 @Sp1f Stock Craft February 2023 @Thalamask Stock Craft January 2016 @18Watt Stock May 2018 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Tylo Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock March 2016 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock November 2021 @Jouni Modded July 2017 @mystifeid Stock August 2018 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Thalamask Stock Craft January 2016 @18Watt Stock March 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Bop Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock January 2016 @damerell Modded February 2023 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock March 2022 @mystifeid Stock August 2018 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Thalamask Stock Craft June 2016 @18Watt Stock May 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Pol Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock December 2015 @damerell Modded February 2023 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock March 2022 @mystifeid Stock August 2018 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Thalamask Stock Craft December 2015 @TheCardinal Modded October 2015 @18Watt Stock February 2021 ________________________________________________________________________________________ Spoiler Eeloo Circumnavigators: @Claw Stock July 2016 @HoloYolo Modded July 2016 @Jack Joseph Kerman Stock June 2022 @mystifeid Stock July 2018 @nigelvn Stock July 2015 @Pouicpouic Stock June 2022 @Thalamask Stock Craft December 2015 @TheFlyingKerman Stock January 2019 @Zacspace Modded June 2022 @18Watt Stock October 2021` ________________________________________________________________________________________ Extra Planets From Mods Circumnavigators Badge not yet ready, but coming! Spoiler Mod Planet Circumnavigators: @king of nowhere Slate (OPM) Modded March 2022 @king of nowhere Ovok (OPM) Modded August 2022 @king of nowhere Hale (OPM) Modded September 2022 @king of nowhere Wal (OPM) Modded October 2022 @king of nowhere Polta (OPM) Modded March 2023 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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