by gilflo
uploaded 2016-02-01
mod spaceplane

A mod aircraft called SuperTanker. Built with 122 of the finest parts, its root part is mk4cockpit-1.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.0.5.

SuperTanker is a cargo holding 160T of fuel for space refueling

Fuel or whatever type of what you need can be selected.

Dry Mass 165T (include Oxy, mono prop and Rockomax empty)

Fuel 140.5 Cargo Fuel 160T Freight Mass 180T (5 Rockmax 6400L)

More freight is possible

Total Fuel: 300.5T

Take off weight 465T

Balance for take off at 465T and landing at mini fuel

Before take off

Balance fuel and check that Freight fuel is closed (you don’t want to use it)

Climb to orbit

T/O 120m/s then Pitch to 45° till 11 kms

Then V/S 250

M 2.0 is reached around 16 km and M3.0 around 18.5 km and M 4.0 around 21Km

At 24km M 4.8 take VS 275-290

Light 4 Nukes at 26 kms.

Between 27 and 30 kms, depending on overheating limit, adjust VS to 250 and keep it to

38km where OPT engines stop du to lack of air.

Shut OPT engines and close Air intakes (AG 4 § 7)

Up to 38kms heat will be in red zone

At 100 kms orbit Fuel is more than 70% - Mun orbit easily reachable


For aerobraking from Deep Space Mini periapsis 53 kms

Aerobraking very efficient on Cobra position (Radial + on Navball)

Retrograde cockpit facing Kerbin to 60 kms

At 60 kms switch off Nukes and SAS and flip 90°-120° with vernor cockpit to present SSTO

at High AOA and keep it to 30 kms.

Help with direction Trusters if Tail or cockpit don’t stay perfectly in Radial position

At 40 kms, nose down to 40°-50°

At 32 kms Nose down to prograde - Don’t miss it or you will flip, because of the the big lifting surface

that is aerobraking.

Pilot assistant highly recommended for transition to manual flight

Keep high speed for Transition from 30 kms to 10 kms, pitch axe is very sensitive and can be tricky

Help with pilot assistant

Don’t set speed under Mach 1 when above 10 kms.

Album here:


  • Adjustable Landing Gear
  • B9 Aerospace Procedural Parts
  • Fuel Tanks Plus
  • Heat Management
  • Mark IV Spaceplane System
  • MechJeb 2
  • OPT Space Plane Parts
  • Protractor
  • QuizTech Aero Pack
  • Squad (stock)
  • TweakScale - Rescale Everything!


  • Type: SPH
  • Class: spaceplane
  • Part Count: 122
  • Mods: 11
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