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Autonomous Satellite to Orbit

Discussion in 'Community Creations' started by Neotician, Mar 12, 2019.

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  1. Neotician

    Neotician Apprentice Engineer

    I made a 3 stage rocket that could go to orbit, a couple of weeks ago. Really simple, just increased max speed and gravity range + thrusters and a gyroscope.

    It really got me interested in more conventional launch systems in SE, so i made this!
    It's a 3 stage rocket with a satellite payload, it's run by a programmable block that will take it out of the atmosphere on a specific arc, stage, do a burn, coast to apoapsis, circularize, release fairings and finally deploy the satellite.
    The satellite will then orient itself towards the planet at all time (and orient solar panels towards the sun), and will connect to the launch site via a Laser Antenna allowing one to look through the sattelites camera from the planets surface.

    Video of an observed launch, and a fully unattended one:

    The project has been really interesting to me, one of the things i learned is that physics and programmable control seem to work just fine even with an object moving at 800+ m/s more than a hundred kilometers from the player.

    On a suggestion from the previous post, i'm thinking of attempting self-landing first-stage next :)

    Link to the save file, keep in mind that max speed for small crafts has to be set to at least 900 m/s for this to work.
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  2. J-Cataclism

    J-Cataclism Apprentice Engineer

    I am enjoying these automations in your vessels! Run so fine!
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2019
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