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On 11/27/2018 at 6:04 PM, Sturgeon said:

 

Your mod is great! It's a default-include for me if I'm not using a realistic scale system. 

 

I've got loads of questions and requests of course, but they can wait! Welcome to the forum!

 

Thank you! Feel free to ask away, I think I set it up so I'll get emails for thread activity here.

 

On 11/27/2018 at 1:01 PM, Belesarius said:

Welcome to SH!

 

 

On 11/27/2018 at 9:46 PM, Ulric said:

 

This forum tends to show up a fair amount in odd Google Image searches. Anyways, welcome!

 

On 11/28/2018 at 12:17 AM, RobotMinisterofTrueKorea said:

 

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by, and double thanks for making such a great modpack! I'm a huge fan of BDB, I use it to build, at this point, most things. I was working on a recreation of the Ares from Voyage a while back but the save got corrupted. I suppose I'll need to get back around to building it.

 

 

Thank you all! :)

 

EDIT: Wanted to share some stuff I posted on the thread recently, one of the big things this update is a revamp of the Peacekeeper-derived parts, along with an expansion adding things like the little liquid upper stages these LVs use You can now build fairly accurate Minotaur IV/Vs and Athena rockets. For the last year or so I've been mostly focusing on revamping parts, there are a lot that I am very unhappy with and I don't like working on new stuff when there are so many old / subpar parts floating around in the mod. I also remade the Delta 2 and Atlas V parts which will also be included in the next update (Christmas-ish?).

 

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1 hour ago, CobaltWolf said:

Thank you! Feel free to ask away, I think I set it up so I'll get emails for thread activity here.

 

Well, first I go by the U/N "Gremillion" on the KSP forums, and I already was forward enough to post in your thread back in June, which you kindly replied to at the time! I'll quote that just for those following at home:
 

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@CobaltWolf, registered here just to comment how much I love the BlueDog Design Bureau pack! It's a whole lot of fun to recreate historical and alt-historical missions using some really beautiful looking parts.

My CKAN sheet is below:

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I am also running Contares, Cormorant, Coatl, Tantares, and Alternate Apollo. I'm using Kopernicus and Sigma with @_Augustus_'s Realistic Rescale, which BlueDog works perfectly with. The only weird thing is that your tonnage to orbit is massively reduced, resulting in what I call "Kerbal tons", e.g. a Saturn V will only haul 38 tonnes to LEO, but you can still do the whole Apollo 11 mission perfectly, so there's no problem aside from the numbers. Oh, and I'm running 1.4.3, not 1.4.4.

I have noticed a couple of minor issues with BlueDog, figured I'd throw them in here. The extension tank for the S-IVC stage, the M02 orange tank, and a couple other parts like the 7-point S-II engine mount do not scale up and down with TweakScale, though the fact that BlueDog parts play with TweakScale at all is better than most parts packs. Some tanks can't switch fuels, as well. That's about it, basically BlueDog looks great and flies great!

If I may throw out a quick wish list:

 - ETS-style improved Saturn V hardware, e.g. S-IC, S-II tanks with orange foam.
 - Stretched S-IC and S-II tanks
 - RS-25 and RS-68 engines
 - More Titan proposals, like Barbarian!

Anyway, I don't want to ask anything more than what you've already done, keep up the good work!

 

There are two basic limitations I run into when using BDDB: First, sometimes certain parts aren't as flexible as I want them to be. Many parts scale great - as you can see by the Megalodon and Kronosaurus there earlier in the thread. Some parts, however, don't work with scaling at all, which is a little disappointing. It's been a while since I had KSP booted up, but IIRC the orange SIC tank and the extension for the SVIC tank don't scale, nor does one of the SII engine plates, among other parts. For engines as well, having the ability to switch off easily between different fuel types would be awesome. I've taken to editing the stats sometimes to make alternate versions, for example hydrolox LR-91s, but that's somewhat risky and I'm not quite so good at it that I've gotten consistent results. More integration with RealFuels would also be fantastic. And of course, it would be great to have more variants and textures for all the parts, but that's not news to you I'm sure. I'm dying to make a proper orange tank Megalodon.

 

I'd also love to use BDDB parts in an RSS build with a real scale system. Of course I can do this, but the parts would require different scaling to produce accurately proportioned rockets. :( As it is, using the 3.2 scale system works pretty good and provides reasonable verisimilitude with BDDB, although as noted above you end up with a weird "Kerbal tons" effect.

 

Beyond that, there's a lot of directions you can expand BDDB! I see you're doing Minotaur which is cool. Have you read Kolyma's Shadow?

 

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I spent some time trying to make my own R-6, but the number of appropriate parts is fairly limited:

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My not-so-great R-6. It's longer than the canon one is supposed to be, but it has to be to reach orbit. As you can see, I had little problem making my own Minerva - although sadly that Dyna-Soar mod I was using kinda... Sucks. It never flew right, would crash the launcher. But I launched my own Columbia-6 (Kolyma timeline Apollo 8 c. 1976 - KS is really the "saddest" space timeline, but it's still neat!), so the booster itself worked just fine. Would be nice to have a true blue E-1 engine though (I made my own by scaling down your F-1 and adjusting values in the part file):

 

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We have Tantares for Russian stuff, but I'm gonna be honest I'd love to see your take on an ETS Vulcan, or even something from OTL like Angara.

I'm sure you can already tell, I love Titan hardware, especially alternate stuff like Barbarian. However, your parts really are so great I find it hard to want much more in that respect; my Barbarian already flies fantastic and I've made even bigger Titan-derived boosters that are great, too. I'd hardly complain if you added more Titan stuff, though!

More spacecraft are always great. We already have the GE D2 Apollo proposal from mcdouble, which is a refreshing and awesome alternative. I do want Kolyma's Columbia, though...

 

As for non-request questions: What are you working on next? Any juicy plans you want to spoil for us?

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EDIT: This wound up being much longer than I anticipated, probably best to grab a coffee or something before you sit down to read...

 

Sounds like I'll generally be able to give you some good news then! :) (well, further down)

 

2 hours ago, Sturgeon said:

 

Well, first I go by the U/N "Gremillion" on the KSP forums, and I already was forward enough to post in your thread back in June, which you kindly replied to at the time! I'll quote that just for those following at home:
 

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There are two basic limitations I run into when using BDDB: First, sometimes certain parts aren't as flexible as I want them to be. Many parts scale great - as you can see by the Megalodon and Kronosaurus there earlier in the thread. Some parts, however, don't work with scaling at all, which is a little disappointing. It's been a while since I had KSP booted up, but IIRC the orange SIC tank and the extension for the SVIC tank don't scale, nor does one of the SII engine plates, among other parts. For engines as well, having the ability to switch off easily between different fuel types would be awesome. I've taken to editing the stats sometimes to make alternate versions, for example hydrolox LR-91s, but that's somewhat risky and I'm not quite so good at it that I've gotten consistent results. More integration with RealFuels would also be fantastic. And of course, it would be great to have more variants and textures for all the parts, but that's not news to you I'm sure. I'm dying to make a proper orange tank Megalodon.

 

Hmm, I don't think I responded actually. Sorry about that! I do try to reply to as many posts as possible, but sometimes I get behind or only log in to post screenshots of new stuff.

 

Unfortunately, I don't maintain things like the Tweakscale or RealFuels configs - we're pretty dependent on knowledgeable users contributing stuff like that to our Github repo.

 

As for engines, I don't think that sort of change is possible in the current B9 Part Switch mod. They were working on an awesome update that would basically let me embed multiple parts in a single part (if that makes sense) but the guy who was contributing the code is currently AWOL so I don't know if it will ever get implemented. :(

 

I have taken to making the parts more flexible where I can. The Peacekeeper-derived parts all got white and black variants, there are switchers for things like endcap/adapter diameters on some of the new parts, stuff like that. As with everything it usually comes down to a tradeoff.

 

On the topic of spray-on foam insulation for the S-1C/S-II, I want to redo the Saturn parts at some point and I'll keep that in mind. I actually don't know if I'd do an all-SOFI S-1C, since it doesn't really make sense to put the foam insulation on a kerosene tank. I actually speak to E of Pi fairly often and recently that came up, he basically told me that the Multibody was orange because he didn't know as much about rockets then as he does now. Personally I think the S-IVB and S-II stages in SOFI are a lot more plausible. I don't know how likely it is to include those variants though. The RAM usage would shoot up pretty quick with texture sheets that big.

 

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I'd also love to use BDDB parts in an RSS build with a real scale system. Of course I can do this, but the parts would require different scaling to produce accurately proportioned rockets. :( As it is, using the 3.2 scale system works pretty good and provides reasonable verisimilitude with BDDB, although as noted above you end up with a weird "Kerbal tons" effect.

 

Yeah, I wish the RO people had more time to properly implement BDB into their stuff. I don't think rockets would work in a RSS system due to the kerbal-balancing, even if they were full scale instead of 62.5%. When I playtest I usually use the Stock Scale Real Solar System mod, with Sigma Dimensions + Rescale! to increase it to 2.5x the stock scale.

 

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Beyond that, there's a lot of directions you can expand BDDB! I see you're doing Minotaur which is cool. Have you read Kolyma's Shadow?

 

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I spent some time trying to make my own R-6, but the number of appropriate parts is fairly limited:

 

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My not-so-great R-6. It's longer than the canon one is supposed to be, but it has to be to reach orbit. As you can see, I had little problem making my own Minerva - although sadly that Dyna-Soar mod I was using kinda... Sucks. It never flew right, would crash the launcher. But I launched my own Columbia-6 (Kolyma timeline Apollo 8 c. 1976 - KS is really the "saddest" space timeline, but it's still neat!), so the booster itself worked just fine. Would be nice to have a true blue E-1 engine though (I made my own by scaling down your F-1 and adjusting values in the part file):

 

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I love Kolyma's Shadow, though you're absolutely right - it is a very dystopian timeline. I've been trying to get a  decent X-20 implemented for years, to the point I've tutored at least two different people in modelling/texturing to try and make sure it happens. Both of them ghosted before finishing. For the longest time Minerva was on the roadmap for BDB but at this point I don't see them getting made at this point. See below for a note on E-1 ;)

 

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We have Tantares for Russian stuff, but I'm gonna be honest I'd love to see your take on an ETS Vulcan, or even something from OTL like Angara.

 

I like a lot of the Russian stuff but I think I have enough American stuff to do to keep me going for years at this rate. :)

 

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I'm sure you can already tell, I love Titan hardware, especially alternate stuff like Barbarian. However, your parts really are so great I find it hard to want much more in that respect; my Barbarian already flies fantastic and I've made even bigger Titan-derived boosters that are great, too. I'd hardly complain if you added more Titan stuff, though!

 

Alright, now's where this post starts to get good. So, first, a bit of explanation: You'll note from the thread title the mod hasn't been updated since February. That's not really true, as I've been working on it fairly constantly since then. Unfortunately, I have been struggling with a lot of IRL issues the last year or so including some pretty severe depression which has definitely reduced my output. Coupled with that, my art style, while improved, is also probably a bit more time intensive than it was before. Around March 2017 I sort of re-taught myself how to model and texture and I feel the results are much better, but again it takes a bit longer to make parts sometimes. With all that said, Barbarian/LDC parts have already been made, just not released! :) They are 3.125m diameter in game (equivalent to about 5m IRL) because I wanted to flesh out that diameter. I made most of the parts back in March-April but I got stuck on what I wanted the first stage engine mount to look like and dropped it for other stuff. 

 

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I don't think it's going to be 'finished' in this coming update, since there are more variants for the engine mounts I'd like to make, I think there are some utility parts like fresh decouplers and stuff that need to get made that I might not have time for. Right now the first stage takes 4x and 5x engines. The 4x was based/inspired by Zenit's first stage. The big 'humps' are scaled to work with the new models I made for the LR-87. So, the LR-87/91 family is *also* getting revamped at some point, but I don't know how soon. When that happens they will be a lot more accurate (the engine models for them are *old*), more flexible / made with switching in mind from the beginning, the LR-87-LH2-Vac and LR-87-Vac (Barbarian's second stage) will have proper giant nozzle extensions, etc. The 4x mount with... well, 8 LR-87s has more thrust than an F-1!

 

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You'll notice that the single stick LDC/Barbarian above doesn't use LR-87s... so what is it using? Well, related to your E-1 comment earlier...

 

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That was a real pain since the best depiction I could find of an E-1 in any source material was that single, grainy, B+W photo of the thrust chamber, and a general outline of the engine's shape in an X-20 document. Like all the engines I've made in the last year, it has properly animating gimbals, the bellows on the RP-1 and LOX pipes flex, etc. In general I think I've gotten better at engines, here's the RD-180 that got made back in May or June or so...

 

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See below for more pics of what is coming up!

 

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More spacecraft are always great. We already have the GE D2 Apollo proposal from mcdouble, which is a refreshing and awesome alternative. I do want Kolyma's Columbia, though...

 

As for non-request questions: What are you working on next? Any juicy plans you want to spoil for us?

 

Agreed, I keep saying that BDB has enough LVs and doesn't have enough interesting payloads to launch with them. Unfortunately I'm somewhat trapped in an LV revamp cycle at the moment...

 

As for what's next, perhaps best to start with a (non-exhaustive!!) list of what is due to be pushed out in the upcoming release:

Again, that is non-exhaustive but I think I got pretty much all of it. :) That's in addition to a ton of tweaks and bug fixes mostly pushed through by my co-author, who you can thank for the overall good balance of the mod (except for tech tree placement, which we both keep forgetting...). Unfortunately I doubt as many bugs got squished as got added, but neither of us have a lot of time for playtesting so we rely on users reporting issues on the thread or Github. It's a pretty big update though like I said I feel like I could have gotten a lot more done in the time that has passed since the last one. I struggle a lot with ADHD and artist's block, so finishing things can be difficult. There was/is a ton of stuff that was half done and uploaded to Github earlier this year that I'm scrambling to get finished and polished so I can make a release.

 

Now, for what's next... so, so much! Probably the biggest issue I have with the mod is that there's so much I want to do and only so much time I can put into it! It's actually a pretty big source of stress for me, moreso now that I've been graduated and employed full time in the animation field for the last year. Not only does that take a lot of my energy, but it can be hard to boot up modelling software after you've been looking at it all day. So, I'm pretty consistently frustrated with the pace of progress on the mod, because believe me there's a lot I want to do.

 

I think the first priority for me once this update is pushed out, is fixing the Titan solids - and by fixing, I mean redoing. I actually managed to make the textures significantly worse during this development cycle (I'm probably going to strip them and revert them to the previous release for now) and I want to redo them. Prior to... well, about this last year, not only was my art a lot more primitive, I also didn't do nearly as much research on what I did so the parts are a bit thrown together. I had touched up those parts last year so the textures aren't awful (those are the ones in your D-2 screenshot) but I'm really at the limit of what can be done with those old models/UV maps.

 

After that, I think my next priority might be the engines - like I said I already have a new model for the LR-87 made up. I still need to do the LR-91, and then all the variants (single-mount, vacuum optimized, etc) and sort of make sure they're flexible and can easily be made switchable like the current parts kind-of-are. Then they'd all have to be UV unwrapped and textured... I also really want to redo the Saturn engines (F-1, J-2, H-1) and their variants because they haven't aged well (the biggest improvement in quality over the last year or two is definitely how I make engines) and I know I can do them much more justice. The Titan tanks and all the remaining parts (Transtage, for instance) aren't quite as bad following the texture touchups they got last summer, but the proportions are all wrong (poor research on my part) and there are some more bits I'd like to add like a flared fairing base for Titan III/IV similar to the one I made recently for Atlas V, so it feels somewhat justified. I also want to redo the Thor, Redstone, Vanguard, Juno, Able, and Ablestar stuff even though they also got texture touchups last year, since again they were poorly researched, not very accurate, and I know I can do a lot better. I hate the thought of there being old/subpar stuff in the mod. Last year I wasted a lot of time trying to just fix up the textures on all these old parts (basically, everything that got made in 2015/2016) and I really should have just modeled them from scratch. Similarly, the MOL parts need to be redone and fixed up still - I started to touch up their textures earlier this year but part of me thinks a lot of them need to have newer models. I like a lot of the stylistic decisions I made but I also want parts more accurate to the real thing, so I might add new stuff (like a proper KH-10 inline lab instead of the weird flared one) as well as remaking the old parts (since I really like the overall design of the current lab, for example). Then there's the aforementioned Saturn revamp, a lot of the probe parts like the experiments haven't aged well, it goes on and on...

 

And that's just the stuff I want to revamp! For new stuff... well, I think we're probably good on LVs for a while. One exception is I know that the Saturn parts aren't as flexible and there are a lot of things people want like S-1D (stage-and-a-half Saturn first stage) but I don't want to put work into new parts if they're supposed to work with existing stuff that I want to redo, so I'm hesitant to add more parts - for instance we want to make Saturn's first two stages a more accurate 6.25m instead of whatever weird size they are now, so I don't want to model anything now that would need to be redone at a different diameter. Similarly, I want to make LEM variants like a hab, lab, etc but part of my wants to redo the LEM first because it has a lot of model, UV, and texture issues - especially because those issues would make it harder to create those variants and have them work! It's really frustrating...

 

I suppose with all that said, what is on the table for new stuff? Well there's enough half-finished stuff to last me a while. Things like the Big G service modules (only the conical one is shown, there is a cylindrical one I also want to do), finally finishing the Gemini Lander (whose updated cockpit I've been sitting on for YEARS now because I keep running into issues every time I try to make the rest of it...), more Skylab-station type parts like the EOSS design which makes use of the S-II interstage volume, some special kinds of docking ports for making interplanetary departure stuff from Saturn stages like in Ares (as well as some special... idk, radiators or something to keep the fuel from boiling), the LEM variants I mentioned, I'd love to make an Olympus type station that launches folded into an S-II diameter though I don't know how to do it, what with needing the parts to animate and stuff, maybe some parts based on the early LEM designs, maybe something like a Direct Ascent Apollo part set... Really just AAP and Apollo what-ifs.

 

That's mostly big manned stuff, but the majority of the mod is smaller LVs! Myself and my co-author were talking recently about needing a lot more probe/satellite parts. Some stuff on the table is Voyager '67/'73 (Saturn-class Mars probe with a lander!), parts based on Nimbus/Landsat, shoot there's just so many probes and satellites with cool designs that most people have never even heard of! I am trying to avoid overlap with Akron's Coatl Aerospace Probes+, so no Mariner 4, Viking, Surveyor, Cassini, Voyager, Pioneer 10, etc. I had written a bunch of stuff down on a notepad that I can't seem to find...

 

Perhaps a better way to put it would be to clarify what I'm NOT interested in doing. Despite including Delta II and Atlas V, I'm really not interested in anything modern, or really post-Apollo for that matter: So no SpaceX, Delta IV, Shuttle, etc. I'm also not really interested (nor do I have time) in creating non-American stuff (my work on Commonwealth Rockets aside, but that's on hiatus and I have no idea what the future of that mod is). I don't have a big interest in making something like Saturn C-8 or X-20 either, even though they're somewhat often requested. So, that kind of nicely constrains us to basically 60s and early 70s era NASA stuff, specifically Apollo follow-on stuff, and believe me I'm nowhere close to running out of things to do. The killer is really just that getting to that point somewhat requires all those revamps which could easily take another year or more.

 

Anyways... Wow! What a long post! Sorry for the wall of text, but I actually had a lot of thoughts bouncing around (and it's a slow day at the office) and this helped me get them all down - sorry for the ramble! I'll have to repost some of this on my thread. :)

 

 

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6 hours ago, CobaltWolf said:

Anyways... Wow! What a long post! Sorry for the wall of text, but I actually had a lot of thoughts bouncing around (and it's a slow day at the office) and this helped me get them all down - sorry for the ramble! I'll have to repost some of this on my thread. :)

 

Wow! Thanks for this, that was quite a read!

Super hyped for what you've got coming, especially the Barbarian parts!

 

Would it be relatively straightforward to make RD-170 and RD-191 variants of the RD-180? I'm thinking alternate histories here where Atlas V uses those instead of the 180.

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17 hours ago, Sturgeon said:

 

Wow! Thanks for this, that was quite a read!

Super hyped for what you've got coming, especially the Barbarian parts!

 

Would it be relatively straightforward to make RD-170 and RD-191 variants of the RD-180? I'm thinking alternate histories here where Atlas V uses those instead of the 180.

 

Unfortunately, not straightforward due to stuff like AO baking etc. The engine was actually donated to me and all I had to do was texture it. If it had been made with that sort of stuff in mind... well, it still would be a lot of work but not "better to start from scratch" work.

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2 hours ago, CobaltWolf said:

 

Unfortunately, not straightforward due to stuff like AO baking etc. The engine was actually donated to me and all I had to do was texture it. If it had been made with that sort of stuff in mind... well, it still would be a lot of work but not "better to start from scratch" work.

 

Gotcha. Hopefully somebody donates the others, too!

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The recent Crew Dragon launch and recovery and the excellent Apollo 11 docu have reignited my love of KSP. I've also admitted to myself that the real reason the game has worn out its welcome for me lately is that I had a 3.2x rescale installed which made planning any kind of missions a real hassle. So we're back to stock scale, with my favorite parts packs. Here's my first project, a sort of SLS-like rocket using 4x sea level J-2s on the core stage, 4x RL-10 on the upper stage, and launching a sort of Dragon/Orion hybrid.

 

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I'm still working on this architecture and will probably go kerolox at some point but this is supposed to be the very heavy lift vehicle to support, first, a munar mission and then others.

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1 hour ago, Sturgeon said:

Did MechJeb always have a "launch into plane of target" mode in its ascent guidance? Cuz that's cool as hell.

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I decided to return to BDB to make something a little different than usual. This is my 1959 Man-in-Space-Soonest take. It's the stock Mk 1 capsule with some BDB Mercury bits on it, sat atop a Thor. It can lift that little capsule into a sub orbital arc, and really that's about it. I did a separate orbital version:

 

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This was tricky to figure out, the Thor, without any sort of scaling mods, was just outside of the ability to put a capsule in orbit. So I figured out this little work around. As you can see, I opted for the lighter Blue Dog Mercury Capsule, which I also stripped down. it doesn't have any sort of maneuvering thrusters, it just has a parachute and a razor thin heatshield. To get the extra DeltaV I stuck the entire Thor on top of a Flea SRB. It can *barely* get into orbit. It can't carry any sort of additional Payload or experiment package. But if you want an orbital rocket in short order, this does the trick.

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So SSTU apparently got an incredible graphical update, and it's shot to the top of my favorite mods. And hey! I can finally make a halfway decent SLS replica:


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The mod is basically procedural everything, and for a procedural mod it really performs well. It's not perfect (the RS-68s have bugged sound and effects, at least in my install), but it's pretty damn good.

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I was alerted to the existence of the universal storage mod from a reddit post where a gentleman made a Direct Ascent Gemini lander. I copied much of his design from that and put my own spin to create a USAF Gemini-I from the Blue Gemini series. With my added use of KAS and KIS, this gives my Gemini spacecraft some extra utility. The Gemini-I(A) as I call it, is a bit different than the one in the novel, where the service module doesn't open. C'est la vie. It's got more engines, giving it higher performance at the cost of endurance. I'm still toying with the design, but the Gemini is going to be a centerpiece of a great many of my future missions.

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I'm at work again with Skylab in BDB. This time I'm doing an LKO Skylab. This is based on an earlier design which was a Wet Workshop with an Apollo Telescope Mount that retains the LM ascent stage. In a pinch I figure the LM ascent stage can be used to guide incoming AARDVs. Additionally it can be separated from the rest of the station and fly with a CSM to a higher altitude for observations. This is the first of several Apollo Applications Program Concepts I'll be flying with.

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Herein lies the chronicle of the launch vehicle Elasmosaurus. A program to produce a launcher that could lift 2,400 tonnes to LEO in RSS/RO, the Elasmosaurus strained not only sense and reason, but the very fabric of Kerbal Space Program itself. So powerful was the Elasmosaurus that it would often be eaten by the Kraken simply by loading the rocket onto the pad. Its launch leveled the earth for miles, and its booster separation produced clouds of ash that blanketed the coastline, killing crops and animals. Its sonic boom was powerful enough to shatter granite, and its plume could be seen for thousands of miles over the horizon. It was, inarguably, the highest of follies and the mightiest of boosters.

Initially, the first stage possessed a mere 66 F-1B engines, just barely more than all the F-1 engines that ever flew, while the second stage was powered by a paltry 18 RS-25s. Not enough! Not nearly enough. By the end, 24 5-segment Ares solid rocket boosters assisted 126 F-1B engines in lofting an upper stage with 30 RS-25 engines, which was indeed capable of hefting the full 2,400 tonne payload to a 185x185km/28deg orbit. But such an achievement was not without its pitfalls. Booster separation... Did not always go as planned, as the parts limit meant separator motors could not be added. On launch, turbulence from the pad vaporizing to gas and exploding often rocked the booster to the side, though it was inevitably powerful enough to right itself. The rocket was far too large for the normal VAB, and had to be assembled externally, but even then it reached such standing heights as to scrape the sky itself, which could cause spontaneous krakenation upon loading to the pad, if the rocket was not carefully placed.

 

In the end, though, the Elasmosaurus conquered all. It conquered the payload, it conquered the pad, it conquered the sky, and sanity and reason and sense itself. Praise methamphetamines!

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Elasmosaurus engine cluster:

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Statistics:

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Some fun facts about the Elasmosaurus:
>It has twice as many F-1 engines as were ever flown IRL
>It is wider than the Shuttle stack is tall
>It is taller than two Saturn Vs stacked one on top of the other
>and has more than twenty times as much thrust as both of them combined
>In fact it can lift an entire fully loaded Saturn V into Low Earth Orbit.
 

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Hey y'all! Saw the notifications from this thread in my email (says how much I check that inbox...) and wanted to share if anyone missed it: BDB v1.5 released back in January! Here's the promotional album for the release, click the image to see the whole promotional album.

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/WkYHUBb

 

If you want to see what the next project is, click here and here. :)

 

 

 

 

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