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- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 66
- Pure Stock
A stock aircraft called VTOL 4. Built with 66 of the finest parts, its root part is Mark1Cockpit.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.
This VTOL does not have rotating thrusters or one set for vertical and one for forward flight. It just flips over 90 degrees to fly forward. Both orientations are stable, and it can flip between them only when it’s slow enough (< ~70m/s). For forward flight, there is a Stayputnik that you can
control from here to have the navball show the attitude correctly. This also enables autopilots like
Kramax Autopilot Continued to maintain altitude and heading. In this mode it flies pretty much like a normal airplane.
Make sure to check that the Mk1 cockpit is the controlling part before taking off. Also remember to put control back there after forward flight, or you will be in for a surprise as the controls are weird and you may lose control over the craft. It’s easy to forget, BTDT :)
For hovering, wet mode is mandatory, as there is not enough thrust in dry mode. The Panther engines also have way less throttle lag in wet mode, so it is much easier to control.
The demo video shows me flying around KSC and to the island and back. It also shows an almost-accident due to my lack of piloting skills :)
The craft has one pilot and can transport 4 passengers. I use it to fly missions for the
Kerbin Side GAP mod.
Range: 280km (with dry engines)
Cruise speed dry: 140m/s
Cruise speed wet: 210m/s
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