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- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 51
- Pure Stock
This two-stage vessel has one purpose: repeatedly shuttle crew between Eve’s high peaks and an orbital station.
It is not easy.
Takeoff from 7500 meters above sea level, hold AoA around 3° to gradually transition to vertical. Outside the atmosphere, open the cargo bay (AG9) and decouple the orbiter (AG2). Start the orbiter engines (AG3) at least 1 minute before apoapsis, to reach orbital velocity before the lifter falls into the atmosphere.
Glide the lifter back to landing at the departure point.
The orbiter will reach orbit but likely need help from an orbital tug to reach any space station.
Glide the orbiter back to the departure point.
For re-docking, both craft point slightly uphill, the orbiter rolls into the cargo ramp, and then the lifter gulps it down, like a pelican swallowing a fish. After docking, the cargo ramp can close around the orbiter.
A stock aircraft called Eve peak-to-orbit shuttle. Built with 51 of the finest parts in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.1.