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KAL's Rocket Contest: 100% Automatic Stock Rockets!


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Background

The Kal controller is a well known piece of KSP that can do simple automated tasks, such as controlling your robots, but it is much more. The Kal controller is a simple computer that can execute tasks based on time. With that in mind, it is possible to use a Kal controller to do control rockets... by itself, without human interfering. Today, we put that to test with this challenge. It's simple: make a Kal only controlled rocket that can go places.

The Objective(s)

Level 1: Take a fully automated rocket controlled by one or more kal controller to LKO (and back, if you want)

Level 2: Level 1 + flyby a celestial body of your choice

Level 3: Level 1 + orbit a celestial boy of your choice

Level 4: Level 3 + land

Level 5: Level 4+ get back to kerbin

Rules for all levels:

  1. The rocket can only be controlled by Kal controller(s) once it takes off
  2.  ^ Exception to number 1: you can use timewarp or start/edit Kal controller sequences in space (such as after warping), but you may not control the rocket directly anytime
  3. Mechjeb and Kos and automation mods are not allowed
  4. You must land/return in one piece (staging allowed, but don't crash please)
  5. No exploits... I  guess... pretty obvious
  6. Otherwise just be creative :D

For submissions, just post a video/screenshots and the KAL sequence if you want. And ofc the level you did

Good luck :targetpro:

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Do you allow craft that don't use a KAL? This mission of mine hit the Mun without any steering input:

A flyby can be done in the same manner, by launching straight up at the correct time.

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18 hours ago, QF9E said:

Do you allow craft that don't use a KAL? This mission of mine hit the Mun without any steering input:

A flyby can be done in the same manner, by launching straight up at the correct time.

Launching straight up is pretty impressive and it works, but really it's just timing lol. Maybe getting a flyby like that and using KAL for inserting orbit would work.

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On 6/30/2022 at 3:58 PM, Cant think of a username said:
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  •  ^ Exception to number 1: you can use timewarp or start/edit Kal controller sequences in space (such as after warping), but you may not control the rocket directly anytime

Is there a limit to this? One could conceivably program the KAL controllers in a way that would essentially be controlling the rocket directly to some extent.

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