Chimera - LowTech Mun Lander
by katateochi
uploaded 2014-12-20
(updated 2014-12-20)
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VAB
stock lander
#Tier1 #Mun-Lander
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Chimera - a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature

A 10.6 ton rocket-plane hybrid that can do a manned mission to Mun’s surface and return. Built to be launched within the limitations of the entry tier buildings. (all started because of this thread on the forum)

Built in the VAB in KSP version 0.90.0 (originally built in the SPH but it starts tipping over on the rough runway, so I moved it)

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Flight

Pretty easy to fly. Take off and go straight up till about 5km, then pitch to ~45-50 degrees and stay on that pitch until the jets are about to flame out.

Just before the jets flame out hit stage to drop the jets and wings. This is the most risky part of its flight, the wings can sometimes hit the craft as they come off.

Then follow standard rocket ascent. The main rocket stage should be enough to get you into orbit and have fuel left over to begin the transfer.

Here’s a vid showing my mission to Mun and back with it =>

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Without patched conics the transfer to Mun and the return home are a bit more fraught. When heading to Mun, wait till you see Mun rising on the horizon and burn till your Ap is about 10.7Gm

The return from Mun is more guess work as you can’t see the return orbit, but you should have enough fuel left over to make corrections and then still have some spare to cushion the landing back at Kerbin

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Details

  • Type: VAB
  • Style: lander
  • Part Count: 30
  • Stock:

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