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- Type: SPH
- Class: spaceplane
- Part Count: 68
- Pure Stock
Named after the Hindu main divinity of water and the oceans Varuna is, without any logic for its name, a simple five seats SSTO.
Conceived about six months ago, just after its older sister the XC-73A, the XC-74A was nothing else than a try from me to give some kind of a tribute to the Myasishchev M-50 by using its configuration.
And with surprise Varuna quickly appears to be much more efficient during the initial climb than Pallas!
As usual, passing the barrier of 500 m/s A.S.A.P still is the rule with it, but unlike the XC-73A this speed can be reached during the climb. Once the barrier broken the craft will quickly reach a good speed. Pressing the action touch 2 will shut down engines 2 & 3, close all the intakes and switch the R.A.P.I.E.Rs mod.
The orbital phase simply is as banal as usual.
The re-entry too is pretty basic but the landing could be a bit surprising as the Varuna needs a speed of about 140 to 130 m/s on short final while the Pallas was way better despite its delta wing (…). Controls appears to answer any demand with a good reaction however i would recommend to keep some thrust for a better pitch, just in case.
Three small braking chutes also are available in the case of a short landing.
A stock aircraft called Sleg XC-74A Varuna. Built with 68 of the finest parts, its root part is Mark1Cockpit.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.
The common full flight album
The XC-74A surprisingly appeared to be easy during the climb phase, contrary to my others SSTOs…
The whole rendez-vous maneuver was pretty simple too.
This station is a common point of meeting for my SSTOs during their test flights, this is why both XC-73A and 74A appear here together.
Traditional goodbye and re-entry.
A pretty fast final approach but, hopefully, the braking chutes are doing their job perfectly.
Well done once again Valentina!
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