vpb: I wonder if Elon will contract a sudden case of death soon. That's a lot of money to take from a big defense contractor.
Empty H: vpb: I wonder if Elon will contract a sudden case of death soon. That's a lot of money to take from a big defense contractor.Why would that happen? I thought people were all about the free market taking advantage of situations like this.
Cpl.D: Uh oh. Gonna run outta Kerbal pictures...[i.imgur.com image 850x478]
the_sidewinder: Cpl.D: Uh oh. Gonna run outta Kerbal pictures...[i.imgur.com image 850x478]Am I the only one that ever does sane looking rockets in KSP?[cloud-4.steampowered.com image 850x531]
Cpl.D: Uh oh. Gonna run outta Kerbal pictures...
Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Subby: SpaceX can save the government $1B annually. Or about a quarter of NASA's annual budgetUhhh... subby, NASA's annual budget is about $17B-$18B, maybe a little bit less now with the sequester, but $1B is significantly less than one quarter of NASA's budget. Plus, the particular contact SpaceX wants to complete for would be DoD budgeted money, not NASA, because its for defense based launches. The requested DoD budget for next year is $495.6B, so this would save about 0.2% of that budget.
Dick Gozinya: Wow, you guys totally over-engineer your KSP rockets. I'm no Scott Manley, but I can get to the Mun and Minimus on about half what you are using.
Cpl.D: Sure, but for me at least, that just isn't fun. Everyone else can build more efficiently and sensible than I. So I lurk the other end of the scale. I'm not about efficiency. I'm about spectacle.
Dick Gozinya: Dont get me wrong, spectacle is fun. But too many people think "one is good, one hundred is better!" and then biatch because nothing they build ever works. I've lost track of the number of KSP threads that turn into whine-fests because people dont get that you have to get good at the small stuff first in order to get good at the monstrosities.
ThatBillmanGuy: [img.fark.net image 850x637]This is the rocket design I use to get to The Mun and Minmus (and would probably let me at least do a flyby of Duna if I wanted to try it).[img.fark.net image 850x637]As you can see, it lets me slow down to a safe m/s speed to release the lander right above the surface. I could probably land it as is on the surface, but I'm sure it would fall over.
bmckenna: the_sidewinder: Cpl.D: Uh oh. Gonna run outta Kerbal pictures...[i.imgur.com image 850x478]Am I the only one that ever does sane looking rockets in KSP?[cloud-4.steampowered.com image 850x531]nah, mine are pretty sane generally, though I haven't gone past the mun with my campaign (did a minmus landing in sandbox a long while ago). I generally stick with a 5 rockomax engine base asparagus-ed (2 stages, 2 drop off at each stage each). That gets me to 100k orbit with a 400 capacity mid-diameter tank up top for a lander (overkill to get to the mun and back) completely full and the single rockomax with the tall tank below that about 2/3 full. If I needed some extra power I could probably get away with adding another 4 engines outside that in an even crazier asparagus arrangement...or throwing a docking port on there somewhere, getting to orbit, and sending up a refueler of some sort.I got most of the biomes on kerbin science-d out...working on the mun now, then minmus, then beyond :).
farking_texan: 2014 : OMG KERBALS
farking_texan: Evolution of Space threads on FARK:early days-2006 : barely ever mentioned2006-2008 : a handful of excellent discussions by informed and passionate space nerds2008-2011 : WHALERS ON THE MOON LOL2011-2013 : endless threadshiatting by the space troll who shall not be named2014 : OMG KERBALS
Argonreality: Here's hoping Musk can improve that margin even further while avoiding a sudden case of Polonium. On the Kerbal side of the thread, I've been wanting to start a very large project in KSP, a modular space station design intended to eventually turn into an orbiting ring with all segments linked together circling Kerbin/Mun/wherever I want it but have not been able to get off my butt and do it quite yet. Anyone try something similar yet so I can get some hints?
New Farkin User Name: If you mean a ring that completely encircles Kerbin, I don't think you can. Others have tried it, I believe, I think KSP kind of loses its shiat when the project gets far along. Also, it would take forever, as even though Kerbin is small it is still substantial, and the largest rocket (according to Whackjob here) is 2.5 km. I doubt that the engine can tolerate so many different velocities in the rocket too.
Cpl.D: Dick Gozinya: Wow, you guys totally over-engineer your KSP rockets. I'm no Scott Manley, but I can get to the Mun and Minimus on about half what you are using.Sure, but for me at least, that just isn't fun. Everyone else can build more efficiently and sensible than I. So I lurk the other end of the scale. I'm not about efficiency. I'm about spectacle.[i.imgur.com image 850x478]
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