Space Shuttle by Norcurion
by Norcurion
uploaded 2016-04-27
stock ship
#stock #SpaceShuttle #orbiter


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 131
  • Pure Stock


This is a Stock Space Shuttle aimed to mimic the NASA Space Transportation System.

Named ingame as KSS Rincewind as a tribut


Volume: one large MKIII payload bay. Mass: ~40t to a 300x300 orbit.


  • Strut down the Payload

  • Good balanced liftoff for full payload, for lighter ones throttle down a bit as needed.

  • SRB’s are balanced to give full Thrust at liftoff and gradually less when shortly befor SRB seperation. Seperate them when the last SRB burned out.

  • When the External tank is burned empty:

    • decouple it via Staging
    • use the RCS thrusters (the small Monoprop system) to get away from the ET
    • activate the Orbiters own tanks
    • Action Group 1 to switch off the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) and switch on the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS)
    • Complete to orbit
  • Drop the payload at your target orbit

  • Lower the Orbit to 100x100 befor deorbiting (will survive higher velocity entrys, but do it on your own risk :)

  • Action Group 2 switches off the OMS and switch on the larger Vernor RCS Thrusters. Use them while reentry! (until you are below 1000 m/s orbital velocity)

  • Activate the controll Surfaces:

    • tailfin: only yaw
    • inner elevator: pitch
    • outer elevator: pitch + roll

There are 2 emergency/balance Tanks hidden inside the cockpit accessible through the payload bay

Have fun!

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.1.0.

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