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Yesterday I started work on a new type of engine. Today I have a helicarrier.
Someone expressed his need for a tiltrotor engine for his massive, very heavy cargo plane. So I started work and surprisingly fast I had one running. This engine has 6 blowers producing 111kN static thrust. The propeller/rotor produces a whopping 1720kN!
The next logical step was something like this.
Taking off: Best done at 90% throttle. I could add even more air intakes but part count is already high. Hover is done at ~80% throttle.That throttle setting is also the best to start the forward propulsion. There are four Goliaths at your disposal (action groups 2 and 3). Don’t start all four of them at the same time.
Cruise: either use the docking ports on the deck and
radial out (there are multiple angles) or fly normally. I discovered Pilot Assistant doesn’t understand this craft - it can hold pitch and climb rate but a heading or bank makes it go all over the place.
Landing: do it gently at max 2m/s. This big baby can land and take off from water but you have to minimize forward motion and keep it as level as possible.
Out of fuel: make sure you have enough forward motion and/or altitude. Pitch down to pick up/maintain speed and pull up just above the ground like a normal airplane.
At low fuel it starts to become tail heavy. Transfer fuel to compensate. When balanced it also becomes quite agile :-)
Engines: Vapula version 1; 6x Wheesley blowers, rotor output 1720kN.
Max gross weight: 588t, fuel tanks full, 58830 units of fuel - not recommended.
Standard weight: 484t, 38010 units of fuel.
Fuel tanks empty: 294t.
Top speed: ~100m/s with 9000 units of fuel remaining.
Endurance: 1-1.5 hours.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.1.
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 668
- Pure Stock