Mini-Shuttle
by MaverickSawyer
uploaded 2019-03-29
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VAB
mod spaceplane
#Mini-shuttle

Mods

  • Airplane Plus
  • Bluedog DB
  • Mk2 Stockalike Expansion
  • Near Future Spacecraft
  • New Tantares
  • Smart Parts
  • Squad (stock)
  • TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
  • TweakableEverything

A six-seat orbital shuttle. Designed for use in crew rotations for stations, though if transported to Minmus, it could be used as a lander in a pinch.

Flying notes:
-Booster staging is mostly automatic. After the six groundstart motors drop off, hit the spacebar once to arm (but not jettison) the airstart motor decouplers. Due to the delay built into KSP staging, the prompt decoupling of the second trio of groundstart motors less than half a second after the first trio are jettisoned causes weirdness. Hence the need to arm the decouplers for the next set of motors by staging once.

-If flown properly, you should have enough dV left over after orbital insertion to deorbit the core stage of the launcher. There are three RCS packs at the base of the rocket to assist you with pointing the vehicle.

-Once on orbit, I suggest throttling the main engines of the shuttle to 50% with the thrust limiter to reduce the acceleration.

-Reentry can be safely handled (with autopilot assistance) at up to 458 AoA. This is actually recommended to help manage the energy during descent. MechJeb and Atmosphere Autopilot (with a 45* pitch AoA limiter instead of the normal 15*) are highly recommended, as MechJeb can help you monitor your downrange distance.

Caution: landing speeds are a bit on the high side, and she does tend to go a bit sideways on landing. Still troubleshooting that.

WARNING: Vehicle has NOT been flown without Atmosphere Autopilot assistance. Do so at your own risk!

Details

  • Type: VAB
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 102
  • Mods: 9
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