by CaptKordite
uploaded 2015-10-03
mod satellite
#russian #tantares
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  • Type: VAB
  • Class: satellite
  • Part Count: 142
  • Mods: 3
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  • Squad (stock)
  • Tantares LV
  • Tantares
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Stands for GLObal NAvigation Satellite System except that it’s in Russian so there are a lot more consonants.

A mod rocket called GLONASS. Built with 142 of the finest parts, its root part is probeCoreOcto.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.0.4.

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GLONASS is an acronym, which stands for GLObalnaya NAvigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, the Russian GPS system. It consists of 24 satellite orbiting in three 64.8 degree planes. In Kerbal space, with the day being 6 hours long, a launch every 2 hours will set up the proper spacing.

I used the shift-E key in the VAB to rotate the rocket on the pad so that it is easier to get the proper orbital inclination. Each shift-E rotates the craft 5 degrees. Thirteen makes 65 degrees. But, because of the planet’s rotation, adding one more works better.

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In the real world, the Russian Space Agency would launch two GLONASS satellites at a time. In Kerbal Space, the Proton is more powerful and so can launch eight satellites at a time. If you set your booster into a 1136.46 X 1493.00 orbit, you can drop each GPS satellite in turn at apogee, spacing them out evenly in the orbit.

Before you start dropping satellites, tweak the inclination and orbit as precisely as possible. That will make the final constellation of satellites better.

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As the booster approaches apogee, detach one satellite. Activate the engine. Extend the solar panels and the antennas. I would choose a satellite and select control from here. Then I would point the satellite prograde so that, when I detached it and gave a little puff of thrust to move it away from the booster, I was setting up for a clean circularization without the booster being in the way.

I also took that time to name the satellite. A, B, C for the three planes, 1 through 8 for each satellite in each plane, and 1 through 24 for each satellite in the constellation.

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