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I made a bunch of Solid Rocket Motors for my mod, but they all use Wood, yes Wood, over Solid Fuel.

I spent hours tuning and tweaking them and figured how to make a custom resource called wood.

These rockets are cheap, higher TWR than their SRB counterparts, but lower efficiency (the Seperaton .V has 96 Isp at ASL) and low duration.

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9 minutes ago, Xurkitree said:

figured how to make a custom resource called wood

Well you could make them a byproduct of any greenhouse mod (the one that usually provides food and oxygen for many life support mod). Let's just say, as Kerbal uses food, some of the leftover waste is reprocessed into dried cellulose. Just pretend that there's enough wood output from an orbital greenhouse to fill an entire SRB in the first place (maybe Kerbin's vegetation is as explody as their inhabitant's contraption?)

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Begun operations to deorbit various pieces of debris by commissioning the Kerbin System Orbital Debris Deorbiter, or KSODD.

Launch didn't go as planed, as one of the outboard engines failed, which resulted in needing to deactivate its opposite.  It managed to make it to orbit still, as it was one of the few engine out rockets in the fleet.

The first piece of debris to remove was a SSTO that failed to deorbit properly.

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Once it was captured and the orbit adjusted, it was released as KSODD burned to remain in orbit.

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I finally made a rocket that could land on Tylo. However, I was using a very fast timewarp and timewarped past my laythe capture, and now I have to Load my last save! I then got mad and started making a propeller plane, but it is not done.

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I went out of my way to carve out a rare gem and I spent all afternoon yesterday making sure it could meet the request behind it and more. I normally totally agree with @RocketPCGaming philosophy of not building spaceplanes that can go beyond LKO by themselves (its aero and air-breathing parts all become dead weight). But for the purpose of this plane it indeed needs to be convincingly be able to carry itself and a worthwhile payload fraction between planets. I've landed this vertically on Duna and Tylo with just 15 tons, and successfully launched off of them, but it easily brings 45 tons to LKO, its jet engines don't need Oxygen, and there is well-placed built-in ISRU.

Building this reminded me why I personally avoid the OPT Dark Drive. Apart from reserving it for my biggest and best builds, it's awkward to place on a plane, it provokes rogue body lift, and I refuse to Tweakscale it.

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Today i built this small spaceplane. It attempts to replace the one I built several months ago for one of my trophy ships, the H.M.S. Manta. Sadly it seems inferior to its predecessor (short on TWR all the way) but it fits the "Manta Star" theme. I may revisit this.

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To complete the last of the Giving Aircraft a Purpose speed/altitude contracts - specifically, fly to 60km & return to land contact - I modified my Phoenix high speed jet with a Rapier and a little oxidizer.  The original form with a Whiplash had already blasted through the Mach 4 contract with ease.  I started from the desert strip again, and was greeted by a rather striking, stormy sunset:

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I reached 65km easily & landed at KSC without breaking anything.  I think I could've actually made orbit with it if I'd flown a better ascent profile..  Then I hopped over to check on my brave Duna explorers - apparently, they are going through a bit of a sand storm:

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Other than that, I passed a lot of time, did a few minor contract and finally sent a Dres station off for a future manned mission:

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Trialling the Dunamite II rover.

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"Go on then, drive it out."

Turns out there are a few scenarios when someone will need to get out and push. On the whole it's pretty good for 1.4 tons, but I may yet abandon the entire idea of a tiny rover and build something big and stupid instead. With the Bon Voyage autopilot, it's completely feasible to deliver a rover on remote control and have it meet the kermanned lander when it arrives.

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Well it was more like the last two month than today :D

Started a new reusable career playthroug:

 

 

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I finally landed on Duna after launching the mission in August. First was 4 passes aerobraking before circularizing. The first pass also bled some speed with an encounter with Ike. Total DV to spent capturing into orbit was around 200m/s. I was probably conservative on the aerobraking by only aiming for a Pe of 32-35Km on each pass. 

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First landing was with one of the rovers. 

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Finally the Mission Accomplished photo.

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"Am I missing an eyebrow ?"

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#BDA :ph34r:

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Today, I got another round of unmanned craft headed for Jool & had a Moho satellite arrive.

First, I launched a very large relay satellite into a a polar orbit around Kerbin

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Then I sent off a large comm relay to Jool

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And a Lightning II spaceplane to Laythe for future manned missions.  Pictured here jettisoning the inboard drop tanks

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Moho Polar Observer arrived & took up a 10km polar orbit around Moho, primarily to send back photos of the Mohole area to help KSC staff pick out a landing area for future manned missions.

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And finally, a double orbital rescue by a claw-equipped Lightning I spaceplane, pictured here on short final returning to KSC

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I'm trying to reproduce an issue reported on KJR about a dreadful frame-rate dropping using the 1.6 stock Dynawing and my really potato mamini 2011, happily (or not) without success. :D 

But then this happened:

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That freaking fuel tank did a reentry better than my own space shuttles, Krakens!! This piece of poo survived the reentry and hit the ocean at less than 300 m/s. Unscratched!! Had I put some airbrakes and chutes on the damned thing, I could had recovered it! :D 

Totally uncontrollable - the freaking thing had flown all by itself. And better than me, damn it! :sticktongue:

Full screenshot gallery here:

http://ksp.lisias.net/screenshots/2018/12/29_Dynawink-FuelTalk-from-Hell/

(and yes… I'm ditching Google. I will host my own content from now on) 

 

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tyops, tyops, tyops everywehre!!!
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11 minutes ago, Lisias said:

This piece of poo

You just know you are in The Good Place when someone says ... what he said.

Love it!  :):):):)

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Prepairing for Dakar 2019 . . .

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Bill, while delivering some Kerbal staff to the Dessert Airfield as part of the CommNet Dish Inspection Challenge,  overestimated the turning radius of the aircraft he was piloting and had a taxiing mishap trying to park too close to the tower.  He then tried to get out and push and discovered he can pass right through landing gear!

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Well… This was fun. :D

I'm testing KJR/L and TweakScale for some reported issues (perhaps a combination of both?) so I TweakScaled some 1.6 parts, hooked them on a slim rocket and give it a ride over KSP. :)

Issues appears to be solved - my piloting skills, however…. :sticktongue:

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More here:
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Set up a new airport at a place I called Jedford.  (That's right: I just name 'em now after the kerb that plants the flag for me...)

This is a PaxJet on its way somewhere...

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Only its mother could love this airplane, but I do love it, most asssuredly.

Very sleek and clocked 1,283 m/s at 18.3km this trip.

It takes 3 Kerbals to make this plane fly: a pilot, a mechanic and a surveyor.  It goes in and out of the big airports just dandy, but its long extremities need a delicate and expert touch on the controls on even a slightly uneven surface, even while taxiing.

That's actually OK with me because it was designed for the long-haul passenger route, hub-to-hub.  If it could go anywhere, it would put the commuter pilots out of work.  That's where the surveyor comes in...

 

Over Lake Tahoe inbound for Heavenly Airport:

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(How well do you know your home planet?  First caller to recognize and respond with the coordinates of Lake Tahoe gets a free Paxjet...  [does not include surveyor])

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7 hours ago, Hotel26 said:

Set up a new airport at a place I called Jedford.  (That's right: I just name 'em now after the kerb that plants the flag for me...)

This is a PaxJet on its way somewhere...

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Only its mother could love this airplane, but I do love it, most asssuredly.

Very sleek and clocked 1,283 m/s at 18.3km this trip.

It takes 3 Kerbals to make this plane fly: a pilot, a mechanic and a surveyor.  It goes in and out of the big airports just dandy, but its long extremities need a delicate and expert touch on the controls on even a slightly uneven surface, even while taxiing.

That's actually OK with me because it was designed for the long-haul passenger route, hub-to-hub.  If it could go anywhere, it would put the commuter pilots out of work.  That's where the surveyor comes in...

 

Over Lake Tahoe inbound for Heavenly Airport:

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(How well do you know your home planet?  First caller to recognize and respond with the coordinates of Lake Tahoe gets a free Paxjet...  [does not include surveyor])

I don't know the  name of it, but I am pretty sure that is on the large continent where there are two large lakes connected by a narrow river.  This lake is the western one.

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Looking through old craft files I found my Mirage III and took her for a spin.

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33 minutes ago, Klapaucius said:

This lake is the western one.

I'll pay that, yes, and well done, Klapaucius!  20.75S 66.64E

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A few pretty screenshots from my Commnet Dish Inspection mission:

1. Speeding across the northern lands from Baikerbanur to Northern Station

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2. Damn, it's really cloudy up here, in the northern regions

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3. ...But once you clear these clouds, you get to see some pretty aurorae

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I can fix this . . .

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Just a scratch . . .

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I'm no stranger with terrain breakage glitch in KSP (I've seen it on Gilly, Moho and Minmus), but honestly... DID I JUST FOUND IT UNDERWATER :o?

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Putting a whole new meaning in "The Void"

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