Melano A
by Keaz
uploaded 2016-10-09
mod spaceplane
#SSTO #Mk2 #nuclear #RAPIER #spaceshuttle


  • Type: SPH
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 142
  • Mods: 3


  • Hullcam VDS
  • KerbalEngineer
  • Squad (stock) •Joints reinforcement

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  • Price: 222.000$
  • Mass: 125t no xFT: 117t
  • Height: 6m
  • Width: 19.3
  • Length: 28.9

  • L.Fuel: 11360
    no xFT: 9300

  • Oxidizer: 2640
    no xFT: 1100

  • Δ full tank no xFT:
    ≈ 6000

Melano A

The Melano series are 2 parts medium/long range mk2 SSTO able of aerobrake .
Built with 142 parts, the A version contains science cargo bay and it’s the first developed with an external propelled fuel tank xFT.
This vessel is easily able to go and back from the mun withn’t any refuel, it’s supposed to be able to go on most of planets and back if you refuel it around Kerbin.
The external fuel tank is here to maximise the amount of liquid fuel once in orbit and it’s able to land easily on Kerbin by using parachutes .

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.3. C version made for 1.2 incoming !


You are supposed to decouple the external fuel tank at a point you have an apoapsis higher than 75.000 or you will not be able to land the exFT because of you cant switch vessel in athmosphere.

You'r suposed to have about >4500L.Fuel after reaching a low stable orbit. ( ≈3000Δ )

  • This spaceplane hasn’t been test withn’t Kerbal Joint Reinforcement but possibly it work withn’t any mod. The other mods are only here too add cameras and the Kerbal Engineer computer.

  • The plane is kind of hard to take off because of too small landing gears so you have wait the runway end before pitching up or the nuclear engines are going to hit the ground. Plus you have to take care of your speed or the plane is gonna yaw in the runway.
    This problem can be easily solve by changing the landing gears but it will affect the plane ascent only for a better take off and i didn’t wanted that.

  • The external Fuel tank must be séparate when its totally empty of oxidiser so you have to check manualy to know when its off. In some case the xFT will be out of fuel before you reach a 75000m ap. so you can hold it till you have the right speed to be able to recover it.

  • For the landing dont forget to put all your Liquid Fuel to the top/nose of the plane for a better stability, you can deploy Elevons too.

  • The 3 top L.Fuel tanks are Locked at the start, advisable to let them lock during the ascend.

  • There is not any dockin port on the vessel, you can add one where you want.

  • SAS always on.

Have a good flight !

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