Starwhal MK3b
by Fyunchclick
uploaded 2016-06-13
mod spaceplane


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


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


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.


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.

Images and instructions

Trials at KSC:

Reaching LKO:

Technical Info and operating instructions:

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