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  1. After 7 years of KSP, i decided to try making a mod for my favorite game. I'm a complete noob from this field but i try to learn on the go. This mod will (hopefullyà consist of several rocket launcher from European space agency. The first rocket will be the first version of the vega light launcher: Here the first 3D model for the p80 first Stage: depending of learn progression with blender ( few friend actualy help me in modeling) and ksp coding, this launcher should not take many time, ariane 6 will take far longer. I have a few question for experimented modder, first one is: It is possible to have the retro rocket on the same part of the booster or should i make them separate? second one: Is it possible to have rcs on the same part of the booster or it should be better to make hem standalone. last one: if there a easy way to place node so two part snap perfectly. Thanks in advance for help. I"m look forward to see to add a liitle brick to mod building. To do: Vega: Done P80: Done Zephiro-23: Done Zephiro-9: Done AVUM: Done Fairing: Done payload adaptor: Done Vega C: P120C: Done Zephiro-40: Done Zephiro-9: Done AVUM+: Done Fairing: Done various payload adaptor: WIP -Waterfall Config Ariane 6: P120C: Done First Stage: Done Vulcain 2.1: Done Second Stage: Done Vinci: DONE Payload Adaptor: Done Ariane 5 and derivative ( maybe, mod already exist) X StarRider: WIP SUSI: WIP GitHub: https://github.com/AemerFactory/ESA_Rocket
  2. European Space Agency Rocket KIT What is European Space Agency Rocket? This mod have for ambition to bring all ESA modern Rocket into KSP. This mod will add launchers and vehicles such as Ariane 6, Vega, Vega C ans E and SpaceRider. Some picture of current implementation and in-dev: Download: Spacedock / GitHub Dev Thread: RoadMap: Space Rider/IXV Vega C: SSMS, Vampire, Vespa C P120C Extended RSS patch Waterfall Patch SUSIE (still unsure, complexe model and implementation, i'm still a noob at moding) Changelog: Thanks: @scribstar for 3D Modeling Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) This is my first mod, any comment, advice and bug repport ( with log) are apreciated!
  3. The currently cited price of the Ariane 6 is €75 million($80 million) for the two SRB version and €115 million($125 million) for the four SRB version. But this is 2 and 3 times higher than the price of the Falcon 9 used at $40 million. If ArianeSpace proceeds to offer the Ariane 6 at those prices then like ULA they will be driven to the brink of bankruptcy. It is important to note the high price of the Ariane 6 is coming solely from the high price of the solid side boosters. Note the €40 million added to the price for the two added SRBs of the four SRB version compared to the price of the two SRB version suggests a price for two SRB’s as €40 million. But this would mean the entire rest of the rocket aside from the SRB’s would be €35 million. The two SRB’s on the two SRB version would cost more than the price for the entire rest of the rocket. This gives us a clue for what is going so terribly wrong with the pricing of the Ariane 6. Usually, with solid side boosters their size in mass is ~1/10th the size of the core stage. But with the Ariane 6 the side boosters are the size of the core stage itself. Imagine how high would be the price of the Delta IV and Atlas 5 if those familiar side boosters they often use were each 10 times their current size. So based on that I wanted to see what could be done if we eliminated the SRB’s and just added 1 or 2 additional Vulcains to the core for sufficient thrust for take-off. So that’s the challenge: What would be the payload to LEO if the Ariane 5 core had 1 or 2 additional Vulcains added to the core and no SRB’s? I stated the Ariane 5 core because its propellant mass and dry mass are known, while the numbers for the Ariane 6 core are up in the air. Note with only 2 Vulcains on the core and no SRB’s you could only use a small second stage for it to be able to lift off. I recommend the Ariane 4 H10 hydrolox upper stage at ~10 ton propellant load. With 3 Vulcains on the core though you would have sufficient take-off thrust for a larger upper stage; it could be 30, 40, or even 50 tons propellant load. Robert Clark
  4. ESA can get a low cost, reusable version of the Ariane 6 just by adding a second Vulcain to the Ariane 5. Moveover, without needing the solid side boosters, this can be used to finally give Europe an independent manned spaceflight capability. Multi-Vulcain Ariane 6. https://exoscientist.blogspot.com/2018/02/multi-vulcain-ariane-6.html Bob Clark
  5. http://spacenews.com/esa-members-give-space-agency-an-18-percent-budget-boost/ ESA's budget has recently been increased 18.4% to $5.71 Billion- an increase fuelled by increased investment by the European Commission, along with several European governments- especially Italy. One major area where this funding increase is concentrated in is the Galileo navigation satellite program, along with the Copernicous Earth Observation program- both of whom are owned by the European Commission (But operated by ESA). Thus, the increase in funding the Commission is giving to ESA is largely going to these two programs- which are in the manufacturing and deployment stages, and require the most money at this point. A 72% increase has also been given to ESA for "launchers"- most of which is going to fund the Vega-C and Ariane 6 projects. Italy and France, with majority stakes in the Vega-C and Ariane 6, respectively, have thus increased their funding of ESA by 55% and 18% repectively. However, with the concentration on Earth observation, navigation, and rocket development, some programs have still remained underfunded. One high-profile program is the ExoMars mission, a two part joint program with Rocosmos (the Russian Space Agency) with launches in 2016 and 2018. Woerner, the Director-General of ESA, has stated the 2018 may have to be delayed to 2020 to make up for the underfunding- though this will increase overall mission cost. This portion, which is at risk of delays, includes a lander and a rover being sent to Mars. This possible delay of ExoMars, if undertaken, would be due to ESA underfunding, not Rocosmos- Rocosmos has stated they do not have any delays on their side of the mission. ESA's ISS contributions are also at risk- Weorner has stated that he will do his utmost to convince his member governments to fund ESA's use of the ISS to 2024, from 2020. ESA members are sceduled to meet in December 2016 to determine their future role in the ISS. TL;DR: ESA has been given more money, but it's mostly to new rockets and Earth Observation and GPS-esque satellites. ExoMars may be delayed due to lack of funding, and ISS's ESA use to 2024 is being reviewed.
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