77I - Tiger Beetle
by Azimech
uploaded 2017-11-18
52 downloads /
8
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SPH
stock rover
#Fast #Strong #Duna #Rover

This started as an experiment in survivability. I tested it on Duna and the result was impressive. It circumnavigated Duna in just less than 12 hours.

The name comes from the Australian Tiger Beetle, more specifically the Cicindela Hudsoni, famous for being the fastest running insect on Earth.

What you see are wheels on the front and back. These are the bumpers. They work extremely well. The vehicle drove for 2000 km, often slamming into the terrain and rolling over. It finished its run without any damage. Top speed on flat terrain is ~55 m/s but it will gladly accelerate to 70 or more on downhill slopes.

This download comes with a fairing and lander. It doesn’t have a launch vehicle but you can build it yourself. I’ve also tested it on the Mun but it’s better to reduce the spring rate of the main wheels. Part count of the vehicle itself should be around 55, mass with two kerbals around 6.5t.

Works best with the Mechjeb Rover Autopilot.

Fuel consumption is low. Don’t forget to switch on the fuel cells.

On kerbin and some other high gravity worlds the reaction wheels don’t have enough torque to right it up if it lands on its roof. Add more wheels if you need them.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.1.

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: rover
  • Part Count: 111
  • Pure Stock
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