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Offline MR_T3D

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Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
I recently stumbled upon a new space sim, one focusing on just getting to space
http://kerbalspaceprogram.com/download.php
You take an assortment of rocket bit and put them together to make a craft to hurtle three Kerbals into the sky
Come complete with
-Fairly realistic physics
-A planet
-Rocket parts
-An editor to build your multi-stage craft.

It's extremely fun, right now I've made my first craft to break orbit....but there is no way it's coming back down now, oops!

 

Offline Epeo

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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
This is absolutely fantastic game. My record is around 150km and I got Kerbals back to earth alive! Also here you can get some extra parts. They make building little more interresting.

 

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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
Hilarious game. Orbit is a pain, however; I've yet to get a stable one.
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
Aw, windows only. :(
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
downloading now, please tell me i am not going to regret this
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
cant be any harder that orbiter
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
I can get altitude of 6000 easily.....also speed of 300...yet I can't seem to keep orbit
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"

"it is a black day in the Kerbal Space Program as we bury 6 of our... cough* bravest cough* pioneering astronauts."

Bill Kerman, Jebediah Kerman, Bob Kerman, Bill Kerman Clone I, Jebediah Kerman Clone I and Bob Kerman Clone I were killed in two separate  incidents when aerodynamic and technical failings cause their crewed test rockets to crash, despite the much hyped about mashed spacebar abort protocol, which in both occasions failed to release the capsule module from the final engine stage causing horrific high speed impacts with the ground.

On top of this director headdie was forced to announce that despite the horrific toll the program only managed to achieve 12000 meters crewed by the heroic Bill Kerman Clone II, Jebediah Kerman Clone II and Bob Kerman Clone II

Questions remain about the viability of the Kerbal Space Program but it is hoped with this dark day over the program can make massive strides in the future.

Jillian Kerman, back to the studio"
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
Ok so this 2 stage rocket of mine went waay higher than I anticipated.



Rocket composition: Command module + chute -> auto leveling thingie -> decoupler -> 3 l.f. fuel tanks -> l.f. engine -> decoupler -> that thingie for attaching 3 modules (technical term) -> 3 solid fuel boosters.

I need to try a 3 stage rocket later on. Didn't try an orbit yet, just shot it straight up a bit like the early Gemini missions. The astronauts survived a wet landing.

Stats:

Total mission time: 22:40
Highest alt. : 418225m
Highest speed over land: 718.6
Ground distance covered: 504874.1
Total Distance Traveled: 1011612
Most Gee Force Endured: 16.8G (what? only? I need to find a way to strain those idiots more.. way more :P)



BTW, great find! I always wanted a game like this :)
« Last Edit: July 15, 2011, 12:50:18 pm by newman »
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
newman, I'll see your flight, and raise you one more.
Max Altitude of 518 km with a design not too different from your own.

Onward to bigger and badder rockets! YAR!
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
So, it's a space race then? So be it! I'm waiting for my current rocket, the greatly improved Gemini-3 to stop gaining altitude before I post the next results. But here's a hint; I found out what happens when your altimeter goes off the scale (well, the scale just switches from "m" t "K") :P
In short, this will once and for all establish the space superiority Newman's Soviet Union over the decadent, corrupt and puny space program of IronBeer. :D

btw, hope they plan on implementing some sort of time compression later on.
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
Yep, time compression is necessary. Unless they already have a keyboard shortcut for it. 56 minutes out, just stopped climbing..



Max. altitude was actually 2245K, took this just after the alt started dropping. This game is fun.. but man what sort of a monster would I have to build to get to a moon-equivalent distance? Wonder if the game supports reaching escape velocity - in theory..
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
In short, this will once and for all establish the space superiority Newman's Soviet Union over the decadent, corrupt and puny space program of IronBeer. :D
Loooool. The latest rocket to come from the laboratories of the Iron Bastion, the aptly-named "Abomination" has sent the capsule... at this moment, 4590 Km from home, and is still travelling at the rate of 2.8 Km/s. The Grand Coordinator IronBeer will hold a press conference with detailed data and photograph(s) once we recover our brave astronauts.

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After an hour and a half, I have ended the flight in the interest of doing something else with my computer. Yes, time compression is pretty much a necessity once you figure out how to build a decent rocket.

Mission status just before I disconnected from Mission Control:


And, post-mission statistics:
Mission Time: 1hour, 35min, 5sec
Maximum Altitude: 15,226,160m / 15,226 Km
Maximum Speed: 3716.9m/s
Maximum Overland Speed: 101.6m/s
Overland Distance Covered: 91027.3m
Total Distance Covered: 15,226,930m
Maximum G-Force: 124G
« Last Edit: July 15, 2011, 03:20:15 pm by IronBeer »
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
First Prince SpardaSon21 cannot let Coordinator IronBeer win the space race.
17:37:02   Quanto: I want to have sexual intercourse with every space elf in existence
17:37:11   SpardaSon21: even the males?
17:37:22   Quanto: its not gay if its an elf

[21:51] <@Droid803> I now realize
[21:51] <@Droid803> this will be SLIIIIIGHTLY awkward
[21:51] <@Droid803> as this rich psychic girl will now be tsundere for a loli.
[21:51] <@Droid803> OH WELLL.

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[07:57:32] <Caiaphas> inspired by HerraTohtori i built a supermaneuverable plane in ksp
[07:57:43] <Caiaphas> i just killed my pilots with a high-g maneuver
[07:58:19] <Caiaphas> apparently people can't take 20 gees for 5 continuous seconds
[08:00:11] <Caiaphas> the plane however performed admirably, and only crashed because it no longer had any guidance systems

 

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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
my latest is
0h 13m 16s
Highest Altitude: 124480
Highest speed: 1992.9
Highest Speed Over land: 1837.4
Ground Distance Covered: 893720.6
Total Distance Travelled: 949885.4
Most Gee: 16.5

Using this rocket
Headcase Type 7-B1.craft
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"


orbit reached. my configuration:

chute
capsule
decoupler
sas
lf tank
lf tank
lf tank
lf tank
lf engine
decoupler
sas
7 pack of srbs connected with struts and setup as a single stage, sas on top of all boosters.

now time to play with/make mods. game needs a small de-orbit/ohms engine, and better lateral coupling devices, srbs definately need better struts.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2011, 11:11:30 pm by Nuke »
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"


Powered by the strength of comradeship, my stalwart cosmonauts bring the joys of socialism further than ever before. That being said, I'm done "space racing" until they implement time compression - note the altitude, speed, but mostly mission time. It would have take hours for this thing to start falling back, if not more. Heck I think pointed the right way it might have just crashed on the surface of the Moon (the distance covered here wasn't remotely far enough but the speed was dropping really slowly at this point). Provided the game had a moon, 'course :)

I think I'm going to play with some super convoluted rocket designs in the mean time. I assembled something hilarious with a bunch of solid boosters attached on those side attachment thingies. The whole base of the rocket stretched away and the entire thing was uncontrollably spinning on it's axis as it shot straight up. The rocket would usually fall apart after a few thousand meters though.. Now I want to see if I can create something nausea inducing that would make it at least as far as LEO :)
« Last Edit: July 16, 2011, 03:43:17 am by newman »
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
Do you use any mods? My record is 1053km, command module began its descent a minute ago. I've tried adding more stages, but liquid fuel engines are too heavy IMO, so I see no point in adding more of them.

  

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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
Yes, for that last rocket I installed the additional parts from a link posted in this thread. Don't undestimate the power of a single liquid fuel engine, especially on the upper stage of the rocket! Give it 2 or 3 fuel tanks and it will take you places while not being overly heavy.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2011, 05:57:51 am by newman »
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Re: Kerbal Space Program or "Rocket science is harder than it looks"
i think i got getting to orbit down. last good orbit i lost patience waiting to reach apogee, but it was at 5000+k and still climbing. i lacked the patience to see what my max altitude was. so enough altitude records for me. right now im just doing as much stupid **** as possible, trying to create the biggest explosions and other catastrophic failures that i can. namely unsafe amounts of thrust, ridiculous arrays of srbs, piss poor structural integrity, decouplers placed for the soul purpose of inducing failure. whatever.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2011, 09:57:08 am by Nuke »
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