KSP Craft File: Kiwi Orbiter

If you play Kerbal Space Program, you inevitably get to a point where sending Kerbal crew members up and down to a space station becomes a mundane drain on your in-game cash and your real-life time and enthusiasm. It needs to be easy for the player, and efficient for the game.

DESIGN PROBLEM: We need a space bus; a commuter service. The standard “Go Up, Move Around, Come Down” mission. It needs to be very cheap, efficient, and undemanding of the player.

DESIGN SOLUTION: The Kiwi Orbiter

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The Kiwi Orbiter is a partially-reusuable, low-cost/high-versatility space capsule, designed to take three Kerbals to a circular, equatorial Low Kerbin Orbit (LKO) of 245km, perform several rendezvous and docking maneuvers, then re-enter safely for a landing at Kerbal Space Centre (KSC), with minimum of fuss, bother, hoo-haa, and flap-doodle to the player.

The vehicle is built with precisely the right resources for the mission, meaning the player can fly it by using mouse-clicks only and no planning, construction, or flight control inputs are required! *(MechJeb mod required for some operations).

It is an analogue for the real-life Russian Soyuz TMA in terms of function, but takes more the physical form of a SpaceX Dragon in that it re-enters in one piece without a Service-Module Separation.

HERE is the download link, but please read on for a full vehicle description and mission walk-through.

You MUST have MechJeb installed. Download MechJeb first here.

The ship is designed in game version 1.3.0, and works in 1.3.1 , 1.4.0, 1.4.1, and 1.4.2.

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