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- Type: VAB
- Class: spaceplane
- Part Count: 77
- Pure Stock
Before starting I have to say the story of that craft is really particular to me.
About two years ago one health problem and dishonest medics definitely condemned me to realize my sole and only dream for the next years. Caught in a depression I discovered KSP as refuge, a place where some possibilities were still possible but enraged by the failures after failures of my craft I came here, on KerbalX, to find some solutions and between the dozen of files I downloaded one was the most charming to me : the X-38 by Flakbadger.
I flew it a lot of times to my sole space station just for the fun, then lost all of my craft files some months after.
Once restarting under 1.0.5 it was only with craft made from my hand but still I was thinking about the little X-38.
So now comes a craft inspirated from the memories of that great vehicle, the X-35A Adikia.
Named after the Greek goddess of injustice the X-35A is a shuttle consisting of a two stage launcher and the orbiter.
The launcher is a direct inspiration of Atlas V, two Vector roughly imitating the RD-180 while the second stage is made like a Centaur with two Swivel ensuring the propulsion.
Just by itself the launcher got around 4775 m/s of delta-V in the atmosphere.
Also as usual (and because I hate to waste funds) the first stage is equipped with eight parachutes and four landing legs to recover it. One RC-L01 Remote Guidance Unit and more than 800 units of electricity should ensure you enough flexibilty, just keep some propellant to fedd the Vector during the last seconds then deccelerate properly.
The orbiter for its parts got 1427 m/s available in the atmosphere for 1688 m/s in vaccum. More than enough to realize some transferts to two stations on the same flight.
Two Spark engines ensure enough punch to accelerate quick enough without having to wait for another circle to meet your target orbit. 600 x 600 km is perfectly possible, just don’t forget to keep some fuel onboard to reduce your altitude before the de-orbit maneuver.
The flight on the album below consist of a launch to 200 km. The first stage is dropped with still 1000 units of fuel onboard while the second stage is only use to accelerate and place the apogee to the targeted altitude. It is dropped just after then the whole flight from the circularization to the station rendez-vous at 300 km and de-orbiting is ensured by the orbiter only to proove its capabilities for these kind of flights.
A puppy called Sleg X-35A Adikia. Built with 77 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2DroneCore.
Built in the VAB in KSP version 1.2.1.
The traditional album. It also countain an alternative ending where I tried an horizontal landing at low speed with a huge sink rate… creating my first in-game unicyle by the same way!
The re-entry had nothing specific and is really soft, even the use of the body-flap is more aesthetic than useful. Just tranfert the fuel from the front tank to the back one and you will be able to make it without your hands.
Expect a rough landing with a VS around 10 m/s. But the gear will support it. Or you can try an horizontal one around 200 m/s. Crazy but fun.
One full flight and she still got more than enough capabilities
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