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- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 136
- Pure Stock
A stock aircraft called VTOL M (Stock). Built with 136 of the finest parts, its root part is trussPiece1x.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.
The need to transport more than two passengers made me build this VTOL. It’s beautifully ugly, but functional :)
This drone can carry 8 passengers, or a
Pilot+Engineer and 6 passengers, as demanded by some contracts from the
Kerbin Side GAP mod.
Like the VTOL 4, this one also flips 90 degrees for forward flight.
This one has
airbrakes to slow down faster and to help it flip back to vertical mode. The jagged lip on the top is also designed to help with this. Hold the
Brake key to engage.
There are two pods, an OKTO for vertical flight, and a Stayputnik for forward flight. Set
control from here appropriately, and don’t forget to check on takeoff and to switch back before landing :)
The craft is designed to hover in wet mode, but the engines have just enough lift in dry mode as well. However, the throttle lag is terrible, and I think the engines don’t have thrust vectoring in dry mode. But if you are low on fluel and a skilled pilot, this may be useful.
Action 1 switches the two middle engines, while action 2 switches the four corner ones. All are needed for hovering (balance, note the middle ones are slightly off-center) and for forward flight in dry mode (thrust). But in wet mode, you can switch off the middle engines to save fuel.
Abort toggles the engine mode.
The craft has a few lights to illuminate the landing spot for landing at night.
As this is a drone, it has an antenna to make sure the craft can be controlled in remote places. Action 4 deploys the antenna.
Range: >400km (dry mode, all engines)
Cruise Speed: 220m/s (dry mode)
Cruise Speed: 310m/s (wet mode)
PS: This is the stock version. The pictures show the non-stock version which had a Kerbal Engineer module, and were taken before I noticed that and removed it. That’s why the part count does not match. It is otherwise the same craft.
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