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Martin MH-SP: The bird that made it to spaaaaace!
Despite all it’s universality and birdness, MH-1 was pretty useless, as here in space program, we don’t have much tasks for atmo planes, specially so slow and bulky one.
So it was trimmed here and there, equipped with that cool
rapier things and thrown up.
And it flew good enough!
Built in the SPH in stock KSP version 1.1.2.
- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 62
- Pure Stock
- Max payload 10.5 tons
Idea of this craft really was to put the Modular Bird into orbit. But it’s the only thing that left of MH-1.
Space Martin was made from scratch and tweaked to be as good as I able and like to do.
It isn’t kind of superoptimal SSTO, but can be one of most comfortable ones. It can go to space even with such ssto noob as its creator :-)
HOW TO: Lazy Reentry
Martin MH-SP is designed to make reentry aerobraking on its own.
After deorbiting burn,
engage SAS to hold RAD+(nose toward space)
Turn it so bottom facing prograde.
Activate reentry mode (ag2, nose airbrake deploys).
Turn OFF RCS. And… just enjoy.
Martin MH-SP will automatically align itself at safe AOA as it enters dense atmosphere, and drops speed below 800 m/s at 30-35 km alt.
From there just fly it as regular plane.
With empty tanks and no payload, plane unstable without trim, so its better to have SAS on
Reentry tested with AP up to 100km and PE in the ground. No overheating
Max AP unknown.
Martin MH-SP is compatible with my Mission Modules
This was it’s goal after all.
Cargo bay has two ports, so can fit two shorter Modules at once
Fill any remaining cargo space with fuel to extend orbital dV
Has inline port and RSC for docking
FOR GOD’S SAKE, DO NOT USE FLAPS AT HYPERSONIC! And hard turning too.
Be as gentle as you can.
Probably you’ll survive, but it gets zillion Gee’s and can turn Jeb into jam, or even tear itself to atoms, if you say it so!
I’m not Scott Manley, but Fly safe anyway!
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