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  1. #41
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    I built a rocket powered spaceplane and based it off the X-15, which actually went into space at one point.

    Mine did too. It's the first thing I've built that can go from horizontal takeoff and leave the atmosphere.

    screenshot47 by rarewhiteape, on Flickr

    It wasn't too successful, re-entering the atmosphere with no fuel left to power it was a very interesting proposition. So I attached it to this for fun!

    screenshot46 by rarewhiteape, on Flickr

    It wasn't too successful either. It did make it into a suborbital flight, only a few dV short of reaching orbit, but trying to bring it down again was the problem, flying mostly like a very stable brick that only spins on one axis instead of three when not under power. Re-entry heat was the worst of it; the crew cabin disintegrated and left me to watch on helplessly as the rear of the vehicle slowly tumbled back to sea level like a headless chicken. Not so good for maintaining the healthy population of Kerbalkind.

    More research needed, methinks.

    screenshot45 by rarewhiteape, on Flickr

  2. #42
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    I watch a lot of videos featuring KSP on YouTube, and I think some of them are good. Really good. Scott Manley, Hazard-ish, Matt Lowne, etc. Just hella crazy, creative and scarily skilled flying, cut together with music to make wee stories in time lapse.

    But among all of these great channels, I found one video today which really struck me like a lightning bolt and put a giant smile on my dial.

    Cupcake Landers has been doing its own thing for a little while with ultra cute craft designs, and this particular video is a perfect firestorm of story, adventure, great music, and a super twee aircraft that the Kerbal guy gets around in. Most importantly, this combination of factors comes together to show off the absolutely mind-bending sense of awe that exploring the world with rocket science can elicit. It is this awe in computer game form that drives humanity in real life to explore the universe. It might just be Kerbal Space Program, but this guy gets it.

    You please watch now


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    I've just found out that a pre-release version of the 1.1 update is available now for Steam users.

    Go to the game's properties via the Steam library menu, choose the Betas tab, and opt-in to pre-release versions. It should start downloading right away. It'll be a 900 MB file.

    I'll be taking this for a spin in a half an hour

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    Pre-release of 1.2 is out now.

    It brings communications (think, talking between ground and controlling a robotic spacecraft) and a host of other things to the stable of improvements.

    Thus:






  5. #45
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    Hnnng. I'm playing this again.

    The Apollo 11 50th anniversary got me playing agian; I did a Mun mission last weekend. And then the new robotics expansion sucked me in. So far I've been experimenting with prop-driven as well as swing-wing aircraft. You can build so much cool stuff now, and this week led me to multiple late nights just mucking around.

    Look at this guy!

    *Top Gun theme plays in background*




  6. #46
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    KSP 2 was announced at Gamescom!

    Me so happy


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    Yeah I read about that.
    Said they didnt mention Mac/linux support, just Windows and consoles.

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