Sleg Kolibri Mk IB
by XB-70A
uploaded 2016-11-17
(updated 2018-03-03)
stock spaceplane
#spacecraft #shuttle #recoverable #easy


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 102
  • Pure Stock


My oldest shuttle and the first member of the Kolibri family originally built to ride a huge SRB. Her younger sister can be found here.

The launch can be rodeo-like if you don’t start your turn before 100 m/s, what follow is more than basic. Once you get rid of the Kickback the climb is smooth and easy.
The main core/tank can realize the circularization on a 80x80 parking orbit, being separated, de-orbited and recovered manually. But with the StageRecovery mod installed you also can drop it at any time, it will be recovered without any problems.

Once in orbit the Mk II got enough punch to reach a station at 400 km with its six loony kerbonauts, descent back to a lower altitude, re-circularize here then de-orbit.
During the numerous flights made with her I always de-orbited between 250 and 200 km without any heating problems during re-entry.
Her wings also ensure a soft and stable descent : place her at an angle of 45-50 degrees and you can leave the controls for the rest.

The landing probably is the sole wrong point with her (there is always one at least…). Her main landing gear gives a really low ground clearance. Realize an approach as flat as possible, she will glide perfectly, then once the threshold passed just flare a bit to be sure the tail will not touch the runway. Once the contact’s been made a braking chute is here to help you to decelerate.

P.S : Note that these screenshots were taken on a test flight were the craft was equipped of a RTG for not being annoyed by power problems, on this file it gots two 1x6 solar panels.

Update I : main landing gear has been revised and lowered for a better clearance.

A stock rocket called Sleg Kolibri Mk IB. Built with 102 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2Cockpit.Standard.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.1.

As usual, the small album is present. This time the flight consisted to climb and circularize at 200 km, lower the orbit to approx 80 km for a rescue mission, rise it once again to 200 km for a docking test, then the deorbiting maneuver. After all of this, the orbiter was still having more than 1.3 km/s available in its tanks.

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