Another nice addition would be extendable & retractable antennae. The Apollo had an antenna with 4 small dishes.
@OldCoach Use piston and hinge for retracting function. Use faring base for dish. See my design: TDRS for dish antenna and ATV for pin antenna.
Can you tell me how to build one with a piston?
That’s what I used for the antennae of my Voyager 1 probe
Use the pistons.
@Chancey21 That's what I do.
Just build one with a piston
@OldCoach a lot of the antennas in KSP extend and retract. They must be retracted when going fast in atmosphere because otherwise they'll shear off, and then you extend then in space. You can't transmit science or control robotic probes without one.
They have ranges, and there are relay antennas so you can set it up like on Mars where the rover talks to the orbiter and the orbiter relays the data back to Earth.
It's a pretty mature (in terms of software readiness for release) setup, so I'm all for just having them in the game right now. However I'd love something of a similar complexity some day in SR2.
I've never played KSP. I was thinking antennae would make the spacecraft look more realistic. I wasn't thinking in terms of actual functionality.
Real question is where should we use them? It can be old school KSP science experience transmitter or modern KSP signal relay.