VC-131 "Nostromo" Heavy lift cargo VTOL
by Antonluisre
uploaded 2020-08-15
mod+DLC aircraft
#vtol #large #cargo #ramp #jet


The VC-131 is a very versatile heavy-lift jet-only VTOL designed for moving heavy cargo better and faster than any helicopter. It uses panthers and 6 goliath engines for primary vertical thrust as well as clusters of Vernor engines which provide excellent attitude control during hover and flight transitions. Every engine except four panthers on the nose section on the aircraft has a gimbal that allows them to provide horizontal thrust for normal flight so dead weight is minimized and hover thrust is maximized. The panthers on the nose however are very important to the aircraft’s balance when hovering; they are responsible for keeping the center of thrust aligned with the center of mass since they have a shorter spool up time and provide lots of thrust. When the center of mass is shifted, you need to manually change the thrust on at least one of the engines to achieve balance, this is gauged by the aircraft’s pitch responsiveness and can be tricky when the fuel is near depletion. The vernor thrusters are capable of compensating small changes in the CoM but it is recommended to adjust the thrust of the forward engines accordingly as soon as practical in a hover. The biggest factor that affects the CoM location is fuel quantity.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.8.1.


  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 246
  • Mods: 4
  • KSP: 1.8.1


  • Airplane Plus
  • BDArmory
  • Breaking Ground DLC
  • Squad (stock)

*Some things to consider when flying this particular aircraft:

-It hates physics warp and high G’s so be wary of its structural integrity. It has also proven to fall prey to unexpected, unplanned and unscheduled Kraken attacks.

-The giant servos on the Goliath engines are very wobbly and fragile. I haven’t found any concrete solution to fixing this structural problem.

-Always keep an eye when hovering on the fuel gauge, especially the oxidizer. Attitude control becomes null once it runs out.

-TCA could be used to program flight transitions and engine balancing but I designed it to be flown by hand only, the only real problem when hovering is throttling the balance
engines in the nose when the fuel is low or when cargo is loaded.

-This particular aircraft is an earlier version of my hybrid cargo VTOL. I will post this one later. Feel free to improve this design.

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