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An unconventional SSTO that uses a combination of ACS thrusters and Nuclear Air-Breathing engines. Can easily lift heavy (Space station parts) to high orbit (500km +)
What’s remarkable is that while in the atmosphere, this craft uses no fuel (liquid) until the final push to orbit. Which by that time, it’s already moving 2000 - 2400 meters per second. The combined engine and thruster output are over 3500kn (with cargo) so pushing to orbit is pretty easy.
Flight notes: Quickly push up above 7000m (10 degrees) then slowly level out as your altitude / speed increases. Take slow steady turns (as needed) and be aware that Pitch control isn’t as strong as I’d like, hence the Air-Brakes doubling as elevators. The ACS thrusters use a horrendous amount of electrical power to operate (400 -500 EC’s) so don’t forget to activate the MK3 reactor @ 12-15%. Despite that one caveat, they’re great for their raw thrust as well as their ability to help control / stabilize the craft.
Cheers and Happy Flying!
A mod aircraft called ACS STTO Version 3. Built with 417 of the finest parts, its root part is mk3FuselageLF.25.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.7.2.
- Type: SPH
- Class: spaceplane
- Part Count: 417
- Mods: 10
- HeatControl Core
- Mk2 Stockalike Expansion
- Mk3 Stockalike Expansion
- Near Future Solar
- Orbit Portal Technology [OPT] Spaceplane Parts (Legacy)
- Squad (stock)
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