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Eve lander with default CommNet


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How would one make an Eve lander using the default CommNet since the only antennas capable of reaching Kerbin from Eve would snap in the high density atmosphere?

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Moving to Gameplay Questions.

On 4/23/2022 at 1:38 PM, MAFman said:

How would one make an Eve lander using the default CommNet since the only antennas capable of reaching Kerbin from Eve would snap in the high density atmosphere?

A few options:

  1. What Vanamonde said.  ;)  Leave a powerful relay in orbit.
  2. Use one of the relay dishes (not the deployable antennas) on your lander.  These are sturdy and won't snap from aerodynamic forces.  (If you have concerns about their not being aerodynamic, you can have them encased in a fairing.)
  3. Use one of the fragile antennas, but keep it retracted while in atmospheric flight, and only extend it after landing.
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  • Tie the antenna deployment to an action group, retract before re-entry and deploy after landing- put it on the lights group as it’s unlikely to be used for anything else and you can use it at any time (unless you have “require signal for control” on).
  • Use a fixed dish on the lander, such as an RA-2.
  • Put relays in orbit and use a 16S antenna on the lander to maintain control during the descent, with a bigger antenna that deploys after landing to phone home.
  • Skip the bigger antenna part above and just use a 16S and orbiting relays.
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