Alliance V Shuttle
by The_Black_Badger
uploaded 2021-03-29
| Version 3 of 4
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VAB
stock spaceplane
#Space #Shuttle #Mini #5 #crew

Google Drive link to the 2 flags needed for this craft to appear as pictured. They are the USA flag and the Alliance nameplate.

An unmanned version, the HOPE-K, can be found here.

Description

This is like the collector’s edition of my Alliance-V shuttle. I spent hours tweaking and revising the entire vehicle. Compared to the original version there are almost one hundred additional parts. I think this is the best-looking spaceplane I’ve ever made, and I hope you enjoy flying it as much as I enjoyed building it.

The Alliance-V is rated for low-to-mid altitude Kerbin-Orbit spaceflight and has been tested in a symmetrical 300km orbit. Approximate dV in an 85km circular orbit is ~550 m/s.

It carries up to five Kerbonauts, and can be flown autonomously or with a pilot at the controls.

Details

  • Type: VAB
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 270
  • Pure Stock
  • KSP: 1.11.2

Flight Instructions

The first stage is primarily used to gain altitude and ascent should be steep.

Turn on SAS and RCS, throttle to full and stage. Keep nose pointed vertical until speed reaches at least 80 m/s. Then lean the shuttle back to 80 dregrees. From here, fly hands-off until side booster burnout. The shuttle will wobble some, and will force itself into continuing the turn.

After side booster burnout, the nose should be well above 45 degrees. Stage to separate the boosters, throttle down to 75%, and refine your trajectory.

So long as you follow these few instructions, it remains easy to fly until the booster runs out of fuel.

Action Groups

1) Toggle shuttle engine
5) Toggle docking bay
Backspace) Separate launch stack, disable all booster engines, drain shuttle’s fuel
G) Toggle landing gear and landing light
U) Toggle exterior lighting

Notes

-New additions to the Alliance shuttle are overwing spoiler airbrakes, a stinger mount for the parachute, full exterior lighting, and extensive tweaking to parts for appearance.

-The booster rocket propels the Alliance-V to a high suborbital trajectory. I recommend to be at 50% from 35,000 meters until booster burnout for stability and best efficiency, though you can fly full throttle if you wish.

-The Alliance-V features an abort function, which separates the launch stack and cuts all booster engines, as well as draining all fuel in the shuttle. WARNING: Fuel drain is irreversible


A stock shuttle, the Alliance V Shuttle. Built with 270 parts and no DLC, for those of you who still need to purchase Making History.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.11.2.

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