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@Raptor9,

Your contribution to this community, and my own personal creative growth (In and out of the KSP world) can not be overstated. You have  taken up the yoke of the master, and carried the dreams of others on your shoulders, just as your craft have allowed us to explore space and push our own imaginations. 

You're ending on a high note, and you're leaving behind a legacy worthy of heroes. 

I, for one, and glad to have known of you, and shared in the adventure in my own uses of your designs.

God bless, good luck, and I look forward to hearing about success in whatever your future endeavors give. 

Cisco Cividanes
@Pikeandglaive on twitter.
 

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Hey Raptor9, thanks for being one of the best community builders and definitely inspire many people for their builds -- especially when looking through all the builds from beta to v1 to even now, watching how your craft build end up giving me a direction myself.

And while Raptor9 already address it, he probably will focus on his real life. That being said, many of his craft are a good way to learn -- and there bound to be some disagreement between his build style and your own. My builds start out partly in a silent, positive protest against his very high part count of the v1.3(?) versions ((particular his Orion-inspired, which composed of Oscar tanks) -- then when 1.4/MH comes out, I know I have to make a low part count version instead. So as I refine my crafts so it approach his level, I also learn a few other things. And there are a few other build decision I disagree with him, just as no doubt people will disagree my build decision -- yet each have some good parts we can learn from.

So thank you, @Raptor9 for being the end goal of many builders. For many others: climb that mountain. It's there. (Just don't copy it or simply simplify his craft!)

Edited by Jestersage

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@Raptor9 I am sorry to see you go! I recently got KSP to help me teach Earth & Space Science, and your craft blueprints were excellent examples I was able to use to show the progression of space programs and the obstacles that come with space exploration.  I hope you are back for KSP2 because I sure will be.

Honestly, I created an account to get in touch with you to thank you for all your work and to ask if there was anywhere else other than photobucket where you may have uploaded your blueprints.  I was going to print many of them out to use as teaching aids with the three copies of KSP I bought for my students to use, but with the photobucket outage, I cannot access any of the full-resolution images (only the thumbnails).

Edited by paleofrank

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Hey! I crawled under the rock I was hiding to say, first of all, thanks for your contributions to this forum. I was heavily inspired by your catalogue and presentation skills, and must say that you have influenced me at the very least as much as I may have influenced you. With that out the way, I just have to add that I totally understand where you are coming from, and hope that you keep on enjoying this game in whatever moments you can steal from that pesky, always demanding, real life. I myself kind of did the same thing quite a while ago, for mostly the same reasons, but never bothered to inform the rest of the forum, so you have shown (again) that you are indeed a more considerate/stylish person than I am.

 

Rune. Keep on keeping on!

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On 12/31/2019 at 5:27 PM, linuxgurugamer said:

I hope you aren't leaving

  Nah, just re-focusing. :)

@Jester Darrak, @Cisco Cividanes, @Jestersage, @paleofrank, and @Rune, thanks for those kind and flattering words.:)

@paleofrank, I don't understand what the hold-up is.  I emailed Photobucket support on Monday regarding my account (which I renewed my annual service in November), but I still haven't heard back from them.  I understand it's the holidays; maybe they are just backed up with similar issues after their power outages in December.  I'll send you a PM.

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Hey, sorry to here you are re-focusing. I've also struggled to find time to get back into KSP over the past year with everything happening in my life. 

Thanks for all the amazing designs, missions and inspirations for my own craft over the years.

In regards to the photos, if you still have the original images then why don't you try and upload them on imgur?

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Thanks for the work Raptor - I never actually fly your craft more than once, far too many parts for my PC, but I regularly download them and see what you've done where and how, then build my own craft with a few stolen ideas here and there :) but I would still like to thank you for all that you've taught and inspired in so many of us.

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Finally got back to KSP, and it saddens me to hear you are leaving just as I arrive.

Raptor, all the best. Thank you for the hundreds of craft that so many thousands of people have taken into the heavens, and, though I haven't gotten the chance to see anything new, I thank you for the fun that you let me have back when I did play. I know that you aren't retiring or quitting KSP or anything, but I still feel like the end of this catalogue is a pretty big deal.

We're all here if you ever need anything. Hope to see you around in the coming months and years!

All the best, man.

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The work you made public here has always been an inspiration besides being one of if not the best collection of KSP craftfiles available. I even asked myself countless times, how you were able to manage and maintain all those craft and keep them up to date with each and every version of KSP. 

I wish you all the best on your personal adventures in the Kerbol system and beyond! I hope to see you around on the forums and am looking forward to see a screenshot or two of your adventures here and there.

Have fun and keep on launching! o7

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Hey @Raptor9 Wishing you the best, your crafts have been very inspirational. I have often used them as building blocks for my own starships. To anyone that thinks this is cheating I say nay!, Raptors craft demonstrate the fundamental concepts needed to build a successful rocket and then its up to you from there. I mean, Lego ships an instruction book and some ideas eg build 3 things from this one kit and then its like .. ooh i can make  x y and z toooooooo.

Peace n Chicken Grease

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On 1/1/2020 at 1:16 AM, Raptor9 said:

SNIP

Dude, thank you. Not just for mentioning me but for sticking with the updates for so long and for making such awesome craft! I know how hard it is to keep track of changes and updates and bugs and given the size and complexity of your catalogue of craft I think its staggering that you kept it up for so long.

 That alone proves the depth and strength of your character.

    If only employers and customers would understand.. :D

I too will be diving into KSP 2 but I know nothing will come close to the heady heights of KSP in its Heyday and the lengths that some went to make the kerbal system a smaller friendlier place. 

 

See you in KSP 2 mate.

MJ

 

 

 

Edited by Majorjim!

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Hey @Raptor9 You don't know me and I don't know you very well.

However I've gotten quite a good picture of you via the stuff you inspire the KSP community to do.

You're crafts are insanely good and are without a doubt the best on the whole of KerbalX.

 

Thank you for inspiring me every time again and again.

I wish you the best of luck on your journey and hope to see you around some time again.

 

- Dash

 

Edit: Oh and if there is something I could do to help with anything just let me know

Edited by Dash8466

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Thanks @Dash8466:)

In recent weeks, I've been diving heavily back into KSP for the first time since the summer.  The first thing I did was clean out a lot of craft/subassembly files that I no longer use, are no longer relevant, or were quite old and didn't take advantage of the latest parts/functions of KSP, or my personal build techniques and strategies.  One thing I finally got around to doing was rebuild my Space Shuttle analogue from scratch with a new airfoil, RCS control scheme, and re-balanced payload range.  I also rebuilt the launch stack to utilize the 2.5m Clydesdale SRBs, and built an entirely new External Tank, which led to better balance and control throughout the ascent profile.

The Breaking Ground robotics became quite an important aspect of it as well.  Not just in making a robotic arm for the cargo bay, but designing an articulating body flap mechanism to the aft end of the Shuttle.  This allowed me to maintain near-perfect lift/drag balance throughout the entire reentry profile, to keep the Shuttle neutrally stable whether it was nose up during hypersonic reentry, or nose down in it's terminal glide phase.  The final piece was the 1.9 fuel drain valve.  Since I could now drain all residual liquid fuel and oxidizer from the Shuttle prior to reentry, it allowed me to optimize the airfoil for a more narrow CoM location.  On average, throughout about dozen reentry tests, I only use about 20-40 units of monopropellant for attitude control until I switch to aerodynamic flight controls.

I have to say, the Breaking Ground robotics are definitely worth their price and more.  Aside from the robotic arms, ramps and other immediate uses I thought of when they were first announced, they add so much more functionality to a craft when coupled with the expanded Action Group options; and that's even before you need a KAL for really advanced stuff.

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On 2/19/2020 at 9:04 PM, Raptor9 said:

Thanks @Dash8466:)

The Breaking Ground robotics became quite an important aspect of it as well.  Not just in making a robotic arm for the cargo bay, but designing an articulating body flap mechanism to the aft end of the Shuttle.  This allowed me to maintain near-perfect lift/drag balance throughout the entire reentry profile, to keep the Shuttle neutrally stable whether it was nose up during hypersonic reentry, or nose down in it's terminal glide phase.  The final piece was the 1.9 fuel drain valve.  Since I could now drain all residual liquid fuel and oxidizer from the Shuttle prior to reentry, it allowed me to optimize the airfoil for a more narrow CoM location.  On average, throughout about dozen reentry tests, I only use about 20-40 units of monopropellant for attitude control until I switch to aerodynamic flight controls.

Didn't you consider leaving your STS Shuttle Vanilla?

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