by Niknack
uploaded 2017-04-21
stock ship


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 359
  • Pure Stock


A stock rocket called STS-Sincerity. Built with 359 of the finest parts, its root part is structuralPanel1.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.2.

Ascent profile I use:
-Full Throttle always
-Straight up til 5km
-Slow gravity turn to 45° from 5km to 17km.
-Once those boosters have 200 units of fuel each (around 1min 45sec) this thing wants to flip, so be prepared. If you want, you can use the abort action group to cut the mainsail engines hidden in the boosters to reduce the thrust right at the end, but it’s not necessary.
-the shuttle main engines are angled at 15°. so point craft t 30-35° (while upside down) to burn at 45° until AP is around 70 or 80km.
-Once the shuttle is in space, flip to right side up if you want and continue to manage the ascent.
-I separate from the main tank when my AP is at desired height and my PE is around 30km.
-This is when you should turn on your RCS, which will also shutdown your main engines.
-Use the Rapier engines to get the rest of the way.
-For deorbiting, I prefer a steep descent. I start my deorbit burn shortly after the nipple crater (shown in the image below). I burn until the blue orbit line is lined up just past the small island east of KSC.
-Once in the atmosphere, I keep my angle of attack at 30° until reentry heat has subsided,

That’s all the advise I can give. This is a pretty stable craft. I would love to hear how it flies from someone. After spending hours tweaking the craft just right, it’s hard to say if it’s actually easy to fly or if I just had way to much practice while building it.

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