Sleg X-25A Eitri
by XB-70A
uploaded 2017-08-06
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VAB
stock spaceplane
#Space #Shuttle #X-Craft #liftingbody

Details

  • Type: VAB
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 81
  • Pure Stock

Description

Named after the brother of Brokk, a dwarf from the Norse mythology, Eitri was my attempt to conceive a simple and reliable shuttle with the lowest cost possible.
A bet almost won as the X-25A is able to realize flight to Minmus or the Mun without any difficulties with its 2.2 km/s of impulsion available. But the price still is high as only Eitri, with its own cost of approx 31 000 funds is recoverable, or just 47% of its launch price.

However its greatest advantage against the other shuttle I built isn’t the price, but its stability. The X-25A will reenter the atmosphere without any intervention from you. Put the S.A.S on, give it an angle of 35-45 degrees around 60 km and Eitri will do the work by itself, regardless of its mass.
The landing also is pretty simple as the craft is still able to glide well at a speed of 60 m/s, while being well maneuverable from the descent to the final flare. For all these last reasons the X-25A only is recoverable by landing it manually, there is no parachutes to ensure a safe return in any conditions like with the precedent shuttles, only a small braking chute to help in case.

Also, the vertical surfaces can be deployed to act as speedbrakes if you press your braking touch. Their deployment can, by the same way, enhance your stability. Even a high rate descent will not change your speed if they are acting (as it can be seen in the album).

In case of a need for space stations transfers, the craft is equipped with a Mk2 docking port and seven Linear RCS Ports to ensure a soft operation.

A stock rocket called Sleg X-25A Eitri. Built with 81 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2DroneCore.

Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.3.0.

The whole flight to Minmus album.

Enjoying our trip to Minmus before the returning burn.

Stability and a good acting from the S.A.S control made the reentry soft and easy.

It’s nearly the end of the journey.

Soft landing followed by a crew proudly posing for the picture.

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