Year 22: Spacecraft Testing
With Requisite Explosions
After the last update we managed to pick up Valentina around Minmus and
bring her and the Duna crew home. So with so many Kerbals safely on Kerbin,
we decided it was time to try out the dreaded KSP 1.1.2.
The savefile transferred over mostly OK. I did manage to make it completely
unplayable at least once, and of course all the flags fell over (known bug
So anyway we embarked on some ship testing. I always try to make my
signature ship, but it always ends up looking like a deformed space shuttle
due to the lack of an appropriately shaped cabin.
Well taking off horizontally didn't work out.
Metroid is being a good sport about all of this testing:
Transparent windows are great, they should be available even without enabling
the special IVA mode.
It's more or less controllable now, though still really ugly.
Now the big reason we were testing ships, plans are underway for a giant
Jool mission. So let's see if we can get part of the ship in orbit.
Don't mind the crazy glowing texture glitches, let's assume those
Well that's two test pilots who aren't going to space today.
Although they somehow survived in their little cabin.
We did finally get the core of a Jool transport into orbit.
Now to work on the landers. We'll have to bring those up, plus a lot
of fuel, which I'm sure is going to be a horrible docking experience.
Most of our designs were variations on this. We want at least 4000 deltaV and
Also trying to use the new inflatable heatshield, as we hope to land on
Laythe. Re-entry goes horrible, even when I don't make the mistake of
separating the shield while still supersonic. We flip and lose control
when the atmosphere gets dense and I can't seem to design a ship that doesn't
do that. How do people land larger ships in one piece?
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