Porco Rosso
by Samniss_Arandeen
uploaded 2016-09-06
mod spaceplane
#SSTO #experimental #Cargo #mechjeb #Spaceplane


  • Type: SPH
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 64
  • Mods: 3


  • KW Rocketry
  • MechJeb 2
  • Squad (stock)


A mod aircraft called Porco Rosso. Built with 64 of the finest parts, its root part is mk3Cockpit.Shuttle.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.3.

This is my current (as of 5 Sep 2016) work-in-progress spaceplane. As I’m still developing this craft, there may be some pretty severe changes coming down the pipeline. The only thing set in stone is this being a light/medium duty cargo lifter. This being a WIP, more screenshots will come as I continue testing and refining the design.

The batteries are from KW Rocketry, and were put on as a matter of convenience. A version will be made available at some point with stock batteries fitted. Aside from the MechJeb unit (located forward of the quad engine cluster, inside the clipped-in SAS module), everything else on the craft is stock.

REENTRY: From a 100km orbit, make a maneuver that puts your periapsis at as close to 30km as possible, and place the periapsis a few degrees prograde of KSC. Continue moving the maneuver node as the planet rotates under you. This burn takes approximately 60 m/s Delta-V, so whatever mission you do, leave enough fuel. Deploy the airbrakes and pitch up to 10 degrees above the horizon, and let the craft bite into the atmosphere. Don’t let your vertical speed go faster than 100 m/s descent and keep those airbrakes going until you’re down to 1500 m/s surface. Then continue gliding, keeping your sink rate at around 50 m/s.

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