Starwhal MK3b
by Fyunchclick
uploaded 2016-06-13
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SPH
mod spaceplane
#SSTO #VTOL

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 408
  • Mods: 3

Mods

  • Kerbal Planetary Base Systems
  • KerbalEngineer
  • Squad (stock)

Description

The starwhal, so named because, well, it looks like a whale with that cargo ramp up front, and it goes to the stars.

I built this because I really wanted to do some extended mission vehicle around the lovely homely K&K Planetary Bases stuff, and I just like SSTOs.

Comes with a big ISRU, all the science stuff you need, a little rover, and those very nice K&K parts that make you feel just like you’re at home.

Notes

It’s not very efficient. The greenhouse for sure is overkill, and so’s a lot of the other stuff, but I just liked the idea of a couple of kerbals going out for a long time and growing their food along the way, so it’s very much built form over function.

fully fueled and loaded with 6 t. of fertilizer (to be delivered in LKO), it has a vacuum dv of 3.26 km/s (1.05 km/s at a kerbin TWR of 1.13-1.59 from rapiers, 2.24 km/s from LV-N at 0.11-0.14 kerbin TWR).

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.2, using parts from KER and Planetary Base Systems (and requires USI life support too I guess). RCS build aid needs mentioning because it was instrumental in getting the thrust offsets down to a minimum for different fuel/cargo configurations. Trust offset should never overwhelm the reaction wheels except for VTOL, where a bit of RCS may be needed to keep attitude control.

Use the Fuel Mule which can meet it in LKO and get it on it’s way. https://kerbalx.com/Fyunchclick/Fuel-Mule-MK1

Images and instructions

Trials at KSC: http://imgur.com/a/eGGEV

Reaching LKO: http://imgur.com/a/iP8lM

Technical Info and operating instructions: http://imgur.com/a/rG012

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