Titanium
by CydonianMonk
uploaded 2016-07-07
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VAB
stock spaceplane
#SpacePlane #NoseShuttle #SpaceTaxi #ForgottenSpaceProgram

Description

One might say the Titanium has a nose for space. A mostly reusable craft, the Titanium will allow transport and return of up to six kerbals into low-Kerbin Orbit. And all it has to lose is its nose!

This craft isn’t easy to fly in Stock KSP, but it’s not extremely difficult either. The most demanding part of the flight is immediately after liftoff, as the craft has a relatively low thrust-to-weight ratio and want to wobble slightly. Keep it upright and pointed slightly East until you’re above 200m/s and you should be good.

At launch the fuel in the orbiter is disabled, this is to force the main engine to cut out once the fuel in the nose tank is spent. A quick stage will discard the now-useless tank, afterwards you will need to manually re-enable the onboard fuel. Also take the opportunity to reduce the main engine’s throttle to 20%, as it will now be very overpowered.

Once in orbit the craft should have anywhere from 600 to 800 m/s of delta-V remaining. More than enough to snuggle up to your favorite space station and transfer your crew.

Reentry is a bit tricky, as it is with all spaceplanes, requiring a roughly 30 degree up Angle of Attack, with a heading alternating between 70 and 110 degrees to spread out the heating. After that it’s all downhill. The included jets will allow the craft to fly, but only enough to reach a safe landing site if you overshot your intended target.

Try to land on the rear landing gear (as you would any normal plane), as the nose gear are a bit on the weak side. Once you’re safely on the ground enjoy your new highly-recoverable, mostly-reusable Titanium Nose Shuttle!

A stock rocket called Titanium. Built with 84 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2Cockpit.Standard.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.1.3.

Details

  • Type: VAB
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 84
  • Pure Stock

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