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A revival of an old thread I found, here's the original!

 

 

The rules:

 

1. Build a rocket for as little :funds: as possible. Get it to orbit. (:funds: cap is 50,000)

 

2. Launch from Kerbin.

 

 

 

SCORING:

 

please note: all scores are stackable.

 

+10 for less than 10,000 funds

 

+10 for less than 5,000 funds

 

+20 for less than 1,000 funds

 

+30 for Mun flyby

+40 for Mun orbit

+50 for Mun landing

 

+40 for Minmus flyby

+50 for Minmus landing

 

 

+80 for escape of Kerbin

 

+100 for entering another planet's SOI

 

+200 for landing anywhere else

 

 

 

Have fun!

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You might want to adjust the scoring, as It's not really worth trying to make a rocket as cheap as possible, because you could make, let's say, a 40,000 rocket that can go to another planet and that outweighs all the points for low cost.

A few more things:

1. What do you need to do on mun/minmus? Flyby? Orbit? Land?

2. Does the rocket need to have crew or not?

3. Are cheats/Kal overclocking allowed?

4. Do you need to return from mun/minmus/other planet?

Just want to help make the challenge a bit more precise

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Cheap rocket to LKO: $765.

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In the VAB. A single Spark engine, the most basic of probe cores and three Baguette tanks. Three basic fins to keep it stable in flight.

Spoiler

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On the pad

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In flight. Due to the fins the rocket is aerodynamically stable, no Stability Assist is necessary.

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Approaching MECO. Near the end of the burn I had to throttle back to ensure my fins would not burn up.

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In LKO. Near the end of the burn this thing has crazy TWR (> 6), which resulted in me missing the engine cutoff point by quite a margin.

 

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  • 4 months later...
On 1/25/2022 at 3:17 AM, Jokpau Gaming said:

You might want to adjust the scoring, as It's not really worth trying to make a rocket as cheap as possible, because you could make, let's say, a 40,000 rocket that can go to another planet and that outweighs all the points for low cost.

A few more things:

1. What do you need to do on mun/minmus? Flyby? Orbit? Land?

2. Does the rocket need to have crew or not?

3. Are cheats/Kal overclocking allowed?

4. Do you need to return from mun/minmus/other planet?

Just want to help make the challenge a bit more precise

well another kal overclocker!nice to meet u

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