STS ComSats (RemoteTech)
by inigma
uploaded 2015-05-31
(updated 2015-05-31)
mod ship
#ComSat #Communications #Remote #Tech #RemoteTech
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  • Type: Subassembly
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 88
  • Mods: 2
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  • RemoteTech
  • Squad (stock)
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12 Tons. 3 RemoteTech ComSats for a starter constellation.

A mod subassembly called STS ComSats (RemoteTech). Built with 88 of the finest parts, its root part is probeStackLarge.

Built in KSP version 1.0.2.

Intended for use with the STS Space Shuttle

This subassembly comes with three RemoteTech enabled communication satellites with Kerbin SOI dishes (two for the other comsats, 1 for Mun, 1 for Minmus) and an active medium range dish capable of contacting craft sent to Duna. Comes with enough power supply to last through a back to back Kerbin and Mun solar eclipse. Launchable with the STS Space Shuttle, see my forum thread there for support and questions!

Requires RemoteTech, a minimum of 6 STS Space Shuttle crew members, and thus the STS Operations Module or STS Service Module in order to control the satellites up to their final Kerbin geosynchronous orbits. Also check your staging to line up like this image, and be sure to fill up all tanks on the STS:

Both the STS Operations Module and STS Service Module have an antenna you can point at your satellites as you deploy them to maintain manual control, even without the need for KSC:

All fuel tanks (RCS) on the satellites are shut off. You will need to turn them all on to operate the satellite:

I recommend a parking orbit of 100km, to allow your shuttle to orbit at a rate that matches when your satellite reaches deployment altitude at geosynchronous orbit of 2868.75 km:

Tips: Feel free to use MechJeb or go manual. I prefer manual. To set target your satellite’s final position, at 100km orbit simply start your transfer orbit burn approximately 1 quarter orbit behind your desired final position. For example, to place your first ComSat directly above KSC at 2828.75 km, simply start at 100km orbit, and start burning one quarter orbit away before you pass over KSC. Once you circularize your satellite at 2868.75 km, use Kerbal Engineer Redux to set your period for each satellite to as near exact to 6 hours as you can to prevent drift. Target your remaining satellite positions the same way, and fine tune your orbital distance by increasing or decreasing your orbit before circularizing at 2868.75 km:

Ideally, your finished ComSat constellation should look like this when done:

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