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1.4.3 Craft File Update
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• Flight Tested and 1.4.3 Approved!
- Type: SPH
- Class: lifter
- Part Count: 128
- Pure Stock
Kodiak Exolifter. Certified for orbital refueling operations and/or 45 ton payload delivery.
Hey nice spaceplane …but do you even lift bro?
A stock aircraft called SKC-07 Kodiak. Built with 128 of the finest parts, its root part is mk3Cockpit.Shuttle.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.4.3.
Orbital Fuel Drop Mission
Makem and Samitch need to heft 45 tons of fuel into high orbit. This could be a bear of a job! …or maybe a job for a bear? Complete mission video in v1.4.1 of the Kodiak placing a large fuel payload into 200km Kerbin orbit.
Flight testing concluded today! The big bear comes in from re-entry perfectly balanced. Floats in and lands so nicely, a joy to fly. Very forgiving if corrections are required. Surprisingly low stall speed and very maneuverable right until the wheels hit the pavement. The auto-balancing fuel priority system is working exactly as designed. She ascends like a big grizzly and lands like a cuddly teddy-bear. A very worthy addition to the UT line of Exolifter heavy craft.
Kodiak delivering a 45 ton payload to 200km orbit above and landing (pic below) after the successful 4 hour mission. Landing with only 4 engines, as shown below, was part of flight testing and resulted in no significant difference in fuel savings. Our flight test crew felt there was no reason to give up the potential thrust during slow flight and therefore we do not recommend it as a standard procedure. The blueprint mentions the Kodiak is
overengineered to put stuff in high orbit and an astute observer may have noticed the indirect Exosphere reference. The Exosphere (for Earth) starts around 500-600km. So to be considered part of the UT Exolifter line the craft would be expected to heft stuff up into 600km range and beyond! So it does indeed put heavy things in very high orbit! I have actually made the same 45t delivery (like pic above) to a stable orbit of the Mun and successfully returned to Kerbin! Not sayin it was easy… might’ve been a long trip; but it’s been done.
Couple things you’ll want to keep in mind when hauling big loads in the Kodiak. As with all heavy lift vehicles 1) always check that your cargo is securely strutted in place or auto-strutted, and 2) whichever type coupler or docking port you choose to use in the cargo bay make sure crossfeed is disabled so you don’t run your cargo fuels dry by accident!
Kodiak intercepting the Mun… not all of that liquid fuel is usable. I’m about to drop most of it into Mun orbit.
Kodiak delivering 45t payload to Mun orbit… confirmed only 1100-ish liquid fuel resource available. Might be a 30-day trip back, but it is doable. Resupply trips to your favorite Kerbin orbital station should not be an issue.
…and just confirming, those were not empty fuel containers left orbiting the Mun 11.4 million kilometers away from Kerbin.
Not suggesting this should be your typical mission. …more a challenge to get an idea of how far we might be able to go!
Thanks for downloading! Go try it out… and if you like the design, your up-votes do make me happy and are a great way to encourage posting another design. ;-D
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