Inspired by SpaceX and my kids’ interest in space I am back to playing KSP.
I’ll use this thread to talk about a few fun things I am doing in the game and maybe post a screenshot now and then.
As mentioned in previous threads about KSP I am playing with a metric ton of mods. I like the game more challenging but dislike not having the right tools for the job, so that’s what mods do for me.
Anyway, let’s start with the bragging: I finally figured out some of the factors that contributed to my inability to build proper planes in KSP! Flying never was a big problem, but it turned out that the part called “landing” can be a problem. Who would have thought?
I am still not a great plane designer, but since I play with the FAR aerodynamics mod, which makes things actually pretty realistic, I was able to look up real airplane design techniques and use them for solving some of my design problems. Another fun thing about that topic is that even if you don’t exactly know why, if you build something similar to real life it tends to work, and for the same reasons.
I started with smaller planes but ended up with a huge (300 tons or so) SSTO that can transport ~36 tons to LKO (lower Kerbal orbit). Probably not the greatest design, but previously all my attempts at usable SSTOs with noteworthy cargo capacity failed.
Right now I am building a Skylon-inspired SSTO as a shuttle for at least 12 Kerbals, but yaw instability at hypersonic speeds kills it right now so I will have to improve the design.
The other thing I did was designing a space station and launching it part by part using a standardized rocket. Which naturally involves a lot of rendezvous and docking maneuvers, but I am pretty good at those so it was fun building it.
And lastly I built a manned mission to the Mun not completely unlike Apollo, including a vehicle for the Kerbals to drive around on, and my kids watched the whole mission while I explained interesting space facts.
I’ll post some pics soon.