Sleg Kolibri Mk III
by XB-70A
uploaded 2017-12-09
stock spaceplane
#Spacecraft #Shuttle #Recoverable #Reusable


  • Type: VAB
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 90
  • Pure Stock


The Kolibri family 3rd member. Way more older than the 4th version uploaded earlier, it was extremely unstable on its initial flights. Unstable to such a point that I decided to turn the page and let it rot in the VAB. However, the funny assembly of the Mk IV made me want to finish it.
The instability during the climb as been partially resolved by a re-modelling of the launcher, and a re-positioning of the orbiter. Still, I would recommend to turn the whole system to the direction wanted in the VAB. Like all the others Kolibris, the Mk III’s launcher can realize the circularization in orbit, then de-orbit itself to land back at the KSC. For the last point it is more than possible to do it manually (as it can be seen in the album), but it can be annoying to do it sometime. This is why I would recommend to de-orbit it and let the Stage Recovery mod do everything.
The orbiter for its part enjoys 3 km/s of impulsion available for a visit of the two natural satellites, to come back and re-circularize around Kerbin.
The sole exceptions with this craft (compared to the other members of the family) is the fact that it is not landing horizontally but vertically, thanks to its three parachutes which should ensure an impact speed of around 9.5 m/s when totally empty. It is easier and safer this way, not to mention the fact that it saves from the landing gears weight.
The second being that the docking is not realized vertically, but by the back of the craft (something I’m addicted to…).

A stock rocket called Sleg Kolibri Mk III. Built with 90 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2FuselageLongLFO.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.1.

Album of the inaugural flight.

Initial climb and first stage separation at 200 km.

On the way to Mun for a rescue mission.

Enjoying the trip at Minmus and reentering Kerbin’s atmosphere

Seconds to land.

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