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Am I missing something? Why do so many people use these gold-orange Ring Tanks? I checked their numbers, and it seems they have a higher Container weight - to - Fuel weight ratio than anything else. Seems to me they would be nothing but detrimental. Or did I misread the specs?

They increase your part count and points of failure in the craft, so it's extra mysterious.

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They increase your part count and points of failure in the craft, so it's extra mysterious.

They're low-profile and can be arranged in interesting ways.

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They're low-profile and can be arranged in interesting ways.

That's what part clipping is for... which, for those that think part clipping is cheating, is exactly what those donuts do with every part except maybe cubic octags. /shrug

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Now that this craft has passed product testing, here's the lander I use for Apollo-style missions. It's a two-stage, two-man lander that fits inside a 3.75 meter fairing shroud.

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This thingy shuttles crews from my Mun base to a station in low orbit. It doesn't have much in the way of error margins, though. Oh well... at least nobody runs out of monopropellant :)

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I think I already posted this somewhere, but here you go: RxYBTSq.png It has a counterweight tank on the other side to act as a counterweight for the rover. This tank is kept empty after dropping the lander. The engine is an LVT-30 (yes I did use part clipping).

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A 30 on a lander? Talk about unnecessary overkill.

That's what thrust limiter is for.

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This is my bread and butter lander. A single stage to surface/single stage to orbit lander for three Kerbanauts, fully equipped with all science tools. Although it has parachutes, it has enough fuel to land on and ascend from Duna (in fact, I never used the parachutes). Stands firmly even on sloping ground.

Has enough thrust but not enough fuel to ascend from Kerbin/Laythe though. Maybe I will build a second and larger version with a rover attached to the bottom.

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I would gather that the ring on top, just below the atmo nose cone, is a sensor cluster, but it doesn't look quite like HBI's mod. Are you using something different? I also prefer the all-in-one cluster of scientific instruments.

Here's another tiny lander I've built. It uses a few mod parts, but it is capable of landing from Münar/Minmunar orbit and returning to Kerbin from the lunar surface. Behold, the Super Flea!

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Edited by HeadHunter67

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I would gather that the ring on top, just below the atmo nose cone, is a sensor cluster, but it doesn't look quite like HBI's mod. Are you using something different? I also prefer the all-in-one cluster of scientific instruments.

The ring is a RealChute parachute (main and drogue) from the RealChute mod. The scientific instruments are all on the back side, except for the goo canisters.

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My first successful moon landing this year. Haven't tried any from November till yesterday, METEOR 3 wasn't successful, METEOR 4 however was.

Also this is my first solo development of a lunar lander so far. Quite challenging to make it small but capable of landing and returning.

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Here's the album in which I relived Apollo.

I have a new and more L.E.M like lander from when I did this, but I'm using RSS now and the screenshots of that lander are lost.

http://imgur.com/gallery/NNX1E

And here's my modern day styled mission to Minmus and back (Constellation styled)

http://imgur.com/gallery/bZTiB

Sorry, I don't know how to post albums yet.

Gosh darnit!

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^^Duna shuttle FTW!!! Do you have some more images of that thing?

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My stock LEM from my 64% scale Apollo.

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LADEE landed on Mun. (Was not designed to do so.)

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Simple lander on Minmus based upon the same LADEE launcher design.

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Manned simple lander on Minmus;

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The demo lander on Mun. Lots of power. And, as predicted, lots of fuel left.

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Modified Demo Lander. Should be more fuel left but I had to use extra fuel to locate a flat enough place to land.

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