# dnbattley

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1. ## A plane for a new world

It's not necessary to use such ways to modify the force as you can create continuous, variable force by an antagonistic arrangement of two docking port drives, each using an airlock, with an offset to their extension creating an imbalance of force (which is mapped to the throttle). I have a craft in KerbalX which demonstrates this: https://kerbalx.com/dnbattley/Space-Arrow-CVK-Jet-Mk-1
2. ## Do something cool (and legitimate) with the KAL-1000

Without wishing to flex too hard on this thread, I have managed to find a number of good uses for KALs, particularly since the final update when they fixed some irksome bugs that prevented it reaching its true potential: Given the number of videos, I've spoilered them to keep this post in check, and sub-divided into categories 1. Robots! 2. Logic Gates 3. The Piece of Resistance: Meta KSP

My confession is that, since the time I discovered how to use docking port/landing wheel/KAL overclocking Kraken drives, 99% of my missions now take place in and around the KSC.
4. ## Make a pressure door

This is an interesting challenge, but removing the ability to use electricity undoubtedly and exponentially ramps up the difficulty level...
5. ## Meta-KSP - Playing KSP within KSP

Some people may have already seen this on Reddit: a meta game of KSP I recently created entirely within KSP using KALs, as the logical next step from creating a working binary calculator... Here is a new video showcasing this creation in more detail, together with a blow-by-blow overview of the KAL logic which amounts to a very detailed KAL tutorial... Enjoy!
6. ## Developer Insights #10 – Collisions

Being very slow on the uptake, I have only just read this dev diary, but my immediate thought was "why not just simplify/elongate the hit box?": I mean, if an object is travelling at warp 1, the hit box is effectively just a really long cylinder with (if you want to be really flash) the cross sectional area of the object from the perspective of its vector of travel, which you can then over-extend for huge distances in front of and behind the vessel. Only as you slow down or get within a reasonable physics range would this hit box cylinder need to be refined by being compressed and (depending on the speed) interpolated back into the actual 3D shape of the object. Taking this approach you would then approximate any vessel as an exaggeratedly long cylinder, only looking at the intersection with other craft periodically (this periodicity would in part determine the extent to which you exaggerate this hitbox size and so could be tailored to the machine speed). On the detection of a cylinder collision you could then choose to either refine the calculation (i.e. based on local coordinates and using a more refined collision shape is it still a collision for the vessel?) and/or simply teleport the colliding vessel(s) to the point of intersect as determined by the detected overlap and proceed with the explosion calculations from there.
7. ## KSP2 and logic

So just to add to (and in doing so resurrect) this somewhat old thread, and point out that I have finally managed to demonstrate Turing-like behaviour in the original KSP (as part of a recent forum challenge) through which it is possible to generate both logic gates and even a binary adding device. While these creations can controlled via action groups and/or KAL priorities in the context menu, there is no way (to my knowledge at least) to create a link between a kerbal's "physical" space which they can interact with back to this "virtual" environment in which calculation can occur, underlining the (to my mind) importance of having some sort of "interactive" part which act as a switch, and then allow us to take the next step up in functionality...
8. ## Make a turing-complete computer in stock KSP

@TriggerAu: this one's for you ☝️!
9. ## Make a turing-complete computer in stock KSP

I've had a busy, but productive weekend, and proudly present:
10. ## Make a turing-complete computer in stock KSP

My logic board craft file is now posted here: https://kerbalx.com/dnbattley/Logic-test-3
11. ## Make a turing-complete computer in stock KSP

Well... I think it's fair to say that I had a good evening:
12. ## Make a turing-complete computer in stock KSP

Oh my! I've been thinking about this for a while now and have some ideas using the KAL approach, and this is all the motivation I need to dust off that prior work and contribute to this. What are the outcomes we need to achieve to fully realise this: if we can generate and link AND, OR and NOT gates is that enough?
13. ## KSP2 and logic

Inspired by a conversation on the Reddit, I thought it would be helpful to share my comment here to open up the debate to community members of this forum. The thread was started by Tom Vinita and was about part modules. Here was my comment from there: A discussion of part modules should, for me, include discussion about permitting interaction. Specifically I would like to see: * All scientific parts having a "monitor" function to allow a KAL logic tests of their particular function to be "armed": e.g. if temperature > value then...; if pressure > value then... etc. This would allow interesting functionality beyond simple parachute deployment on re-entry. * Lights or solar panels having a secondary function of "report value" of light shining in them, which could result in e.g. doors which open when a torch is shone on them; solar panel mounts (not just the panels themselves) which can be made to orient toward (or away from) the sun. * Wheels or landing legs which can be used to "weigh" objects. What do community members here think? Is there a wider debate to be had on space engineer / Minecraft like functionality regarding part interaction? Or is that an unnecessary distraction for a team already under the kosh trying to build a project under too much time pressure...
14. ## KSC Planetary Defense Coordination Division - An Asteroid Day Challenge!

A month or so later, thanks to the time it takes to ship around the world: Woohoo! Thanks KSP Team!
15. ## Asteroid, a KSP adventure (short movie)

Created for the challenge forum Asteroid Day Challenge, I'm quite proud of this little movie: https://youtu.be/xc1OwkGgW8Y
16. ## KSC Planetary Defense Coordination Division - An Asteroid Day Challenge!

My humble submission, created for this challenge. Edited to add: the explanation behind this mission is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the video, but the description in YouTube is more informative. The principle seeks to find a "resonant" magnetic frequency for the loosely bound ferrous core of an asteroid whereby flipping the field rapidly can create localised distortions that in turn will generate internal pressures that will cause the asteroid to crack along fault lines. In my head canon, this is enough to break the asteroid apart on its own, but a secondary objective may be to open up a fissure down which explosive charges could be placed.
17. ## Tylo Lowest twr Lander Challenge!

<edit> I misread your initial suggestion. I agree with this and would suggest the following scoring: 1. an initial reading (screenshot) be submitted at the chosen point of descent (i.e. when pE is ~0m) using the stock dV calculator showing TWR and burn time 2. a screenshot be required immediately prior to and after jettisoning each stage, demonstrating i) full use of prior stage fuel and max TWR of the prior stage and ii) max burn time of the following stage 3. scoring is defined as: SUM ((1-maxTWRstage) x net burn timestage) i.e. a 3 stage lander which operates at (0.5x rising to 0.7x) TWR for 100s, (0.6x rising to 0.9x) for 30s, then (1.0x rising to 1.3x at landing) for 95s would score 0.3x100 + 0.1*30 -0.3x95 = 30+3-28.5 = +4.5
18. ## Tylo Lowest twr Lander Challenge!

I may have to review my official Jool 5 submission lander for this challenge, as (for mission design reasons) I recall it had an abysmal TWR that started at 0.9x, and only struggled up to something like a respectable 1.5x by the time it landed...
19. ## the functional lithobraking challenge

It was on an old version, given this video is 3 years old, but: https://youtu.be/QXst9xp9GJY
20. ## The Monopropellant Challenge: How far can you go on monopropellant boosters? (Revised Edition)

"Well what about the KAL negative thrust/drain valve infinite fuel exploit? Huh?! Another loophole Dr. Kerbal!!!"
21. ## Peridoot's smol plane challange!

In my experience, that will be caused by a slight angle on the wheels while sitting on the ground, effectively generating a "k-drive" force that is propelling your craft backwards. The solution, if that is the case, is to do a quick "rotation check" on your wheels (i.e. moving them slightly and back again) while making sure you are on absolute (not relative) alignment to ensure they point completely vertically.
22. ## The Great Transformer Challenge

If anyone is wanting inspiration: make something like this, and I will come up with a new prize category just for you!
23. ## The Great Transformer Challenge

Challenge: make a craft in KSP that transforms from one form to another - and back again. At least one of these forms must be a functional form of transportation. Occupants are optional, as is usefulness - though practical designs are encouraged. Examples may be vehicle to robot, boat to plane, helicopter to box, etc., and creativity is rewarded. Rules: Vehicles may be stock or non-stock All mods are permitted Custom decals are encouraged Part clipping is permitted, though excessive use may count against you Gravity/collisions/finite electricity & fuel may be reduced/turned off, but you must declare this If this challenge sees interest, I'm thinking of creating badges along similar lines as the Oscars (though hopefully more popular!), and am happy to accept suggestions for relevant categories: (Nominated for/winner of) Best original design Best recreation Most innovative concept Best overall presentation of a transformer etc. Videos are strongly encouraged, but still images showing all of pre-, post- and mid- transformation states will be accepted (preferably linked with a craft file so that others can appreciate the transformation, but console players are excused) Here is own effort to kick off the challenge (infinite electricity was used, but gravity and collisions were normal): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnrSO3Tb_NA
24. ## KSP Speed Run

Thank you! The main tech to know about is the landing leg drive (k-drive) and KAL exploit. With those two you can get crazy (and basically unlimited) acceleration even from a relatively early game state, reducing the challenge to a matter of choosing which planets to visit in the most efficient order... Sadly the guy who followed me did so *very* efficiently, shaving about 50 minutes off my time, and I just don't have the time or dedication to see if I can find a way of matching, let alone beating, that...
25. ## KSP Speed Run

Speaking as a former world champion () these days winning such races are all about knowing the exploits...
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