Did you think we would let this aggression against rocket engines stand? No sir!
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You no longer have to be content with basic cookie-cutter rocket engine variants, you can build your own with the eight new engine types, seven new nozzles, and six new fuel types that are available which allow for hundreds of possible rocket engine configurations. They also have slider options for size, nozzle length, throat radius, and chamber pressure so really there are infinite possible configurations.

The new Performance Analyzer window in the designer will give you immediate feedback. You can see how their performance characteristics change with altitude as you tweak the rocket engine's parameters.

One of my favorite details of the new engines is how dang good the exhaust looks, and that they react realistically to changes in their design and environment. From over-tightened shock diamonds to huge bulbous clouds of supersonic gas, the exhaust really amps up the variety of the already diverse rocket engine aesthetics.

This update also brings a lot of improvements and bug fixes for building airplanes. There is now a plane/rocket building mode option available on the command pod and a new tool to help visualize and adjust your pilot's orientation/direction of travel.

A lot of issues with creating airplanes boiled down to control surfaces, airfoil directions, and their relation to the pilot. Some highlighted changes include:

  • You can now visualize the airfoil direction in the designer (and show live lift values in flight).
  • Wing control surfaces set to auto now show which axis they're assigned to instead of having to hope it has assigned them correctly.
  • Unlike rockets, most airplanes fly best with a single axis (Roll/Pitch/Yaw) assigned to a control surface, not multiple...you now have that option when using the auto-assignment.
  • Invert just the airfoil w/o impacting the control surface direction.

    • Manually inverting should not frequently be necessary...adjusting the pilot orientation correctly should auto-orient airfoils properly in most cases.

  • Ability to switch between Airplane/Rocket configurations for a design.

Before Adjusting Pilot Orientation - Control surfaces assigned incorrectly/airfoils inverted.

After - All good!

You can find the full release notes here


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    46 emiIy

    I doubt it would be next year, i think probably somewhere between August and November @kerothehero

    7 months ago
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    Do we get auto orbital intercept?

    7 months ago
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    This game only gets better and better
    And I'm just waiting here for the mobile update
    Until the next year
    Which would only make it better

    +2 7 months ago
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    @PrinceCaspian Thanks! That's great to hear!

    +2 7 months ago
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    I'll admit, I've had my problems with this game in the past. This update comes out, and all those problems go right out the cargo bay and into the void! Great job on this!

    +2 7 months ago
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    @Mod I feel honored!

    +1 7 months ago
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    Mod Mod

    @AndrewGarrison The only reason I noticed it was because I was clearing out who I was following, now it's down to just you guys and like 5 others. :D

    +1 7 months ago
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    @Mod I was wondering if anybody would notice that. The Start Streaming button is right next to the Start Recording button...who designed that! At least throw up a confirmation dialog, OBS!

    +1 7 months ago
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    Mod Mod

    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/412003775 Someone messed up a little. :P

    +1 7 months ago
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    @Exospaceman Nathan will probably start on that after he finishes mod support. Not sure how long it will take.

    7 months ago
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    18.2k pedro16797

    @Exospaceman before Android version blink

    7 months ago
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    6,187 Exospaceman

    @AndrewGarrison This may annoy you but do you know when planet editor is coming out?

    7 months ago
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    20.8k Kell

    @AndrewGarrison Oof

    +1 7 months ago
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    @Kell Unfortunately that's the highest resolution I have available :(

    +2 7 months ago
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    @KraZIvan Thanks! It's a great craft!

    +1 7 months ago
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    2,996 Shoot2kill

    @AndrewGarrison no worries, it's just my shuttles are kinda legless right now. while they do have landings gear, this at the cost of part counts XD

    7 months ago
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    20.8k Kell

    @AndrewGarrison Is there a high res version of the engine display? (The image that links to imgur) I want to use it as a wallpaper.

    7 months ago
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    2,996 Shoot2kill

    @pedro16797 I'm srry I came off as rude, but my shuttles need legs XD

    7 months ago
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    6,939 KraZIvan

    @AndrewGarrison @PhilipTarpley I wasn't expecting to see my Falcon Heavy in the video and I was stoked when I did! thank you! you guys certainly outdid yourselves with this update, thank you for all your hard work!

    +2 7 months ago
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    @Shoot2kill No, I think I said they wouldn't make 0.7.0.x, but should (hopefully) make 0.7.1.x

    +2 7 months ago
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    18.2k pedro16797

    @Shoot2kill don't be a jerk, they fixed many bugs and the new engines are sick! I'm sure they're going to come with 0.7.x

    +3 7 months ago
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    2,996 Shoot2kill

    @AndrewGarrison were are the landing gear, you did say they would be included in the next update!

    7 months ago
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    @MarioG You had a lot of great builds! I didn't realize how many builds of yours I had used until I started writing out the credits for the video's description.

    +4 7 months ago
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    @pedro16797, that can’t be good.

    7 months ago
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    18.2k pedro16797

    @Ehelium2 hahahaha "release"
    With an average of 4 hours of sleep time

    +1 7 months ago
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