Turisticheskiy 1VK Oligarch
by CaptKordite
uploaded 2015-10-10
mod ship
#tantares #tourist


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 12
  • Mods: 2


  • Squad (stock)
  • Tantares


A single passenger sub-orbital craft for tourists based on the Vostok balistic capsule.

A mod rocket called Turisticheskiy 1VK Oligarch. Built with 12 of the finest parts, its root part is Vostok.Crew.A.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.0.4.

When I first designed this craft for version 1.0.2, it’s flight profile was simple: straight up and straight down. However, a KSP update changed the aerodynamics and the craft I had previously built now fails to decelerate enough to survive. I attempted any of a number of redesigns, each more expensive than the last. Finally, the solution became obvious… don’t fly straight up.

The flight profile should be the same that I use for other craft: at 5000m you want to have turned the craft over by 10 degrees. By 10000m, 20 degrees. At 15000m and 30 degrees, hold there to reach space. Then, the ballistic trajectory will allow the craft time to slow down enough to pull the chute before terminal impact.

Version 1.0.5 has changed the aerodynamics yet again. This time only slightly. Add a pair of small radial Otter rockets to give this craft better control on the ascent. You will also want to adjust the chutes to fully deploy at 1000m instead of the default 500m. You will be coming in fast and there is no margin for error.

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