by Dr_Farnsworth
uploaded 2015-08-06
stock spaceplane
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  • Type: SPH
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 33
  • Stock:
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A stock aircraft called Meerkat. Built with 33 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2Cockpit.Standard.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.0.4.

The Meerkat flies like a dream and you might be fooled to believe it’s a fighter jet. It lacks a tad of pitch authority when it’s low on fuel because the com has moved forward, it’s still completely controllable and a joy to fly. You can rotate off the runway at around 150ms. Climb to 9 to 10 kilometers and level out to build up speed. Once you have your speed up to around 800 to 900 ms, start bringing the nose up to about 20 deg. and stay that way until your suborbital. Switch over to closed cycle on the rapiers when you see the speed starting to drop off. The Meerkat can easily make a 100k orbit. to reenter, set a maneuver node on the peninsula that is east of the KSC at about 38km altitude. As soon as you enter the atmosphere, pitch up to 60 deg. and leave it. Atmospheric drag will eventually bring the nose down. You don’t have to touch the controls or move any fuel.

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