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All of the figure skating on TV lately from the Winter Olympics has me really excited about Newton's Third Law of Motion and the conservation of angular momentum.

It's not an overly exciting part, so to show off the new, telescoping piston in SimpleRockets 2, I threw together a silly satellite that's orbiting an Earth-like planet. It has four very heavy fuel tanks connected by a series of pistons. I got the satellite spinning with some RCS blasts and then I extended the fuel tanks to slow the rotation down. Retracting the fuel tanks increases the rotation speed, just like those figure skaters do with their meaty appendages.

To be honest, it wasn't as exciting as I hoped it would be, but I had too much time invested in this post to abandon it. Maybe I needed some heavier fuel tanks or maybe some better ice skates.

The piston can be customized in several ways in the designer. It's range, speed, and scale can all be customized. It can also be set to cycle back and forth, respond to an activation group, and it can be wired up to any available input. It's a lot of fun to experiment with. Here are the current part details:

  • Mass: 5kg to 212kg (11lbs to 467lbs)
  • Price: $5k to $25k
  • Retracted Size: 0.25m to 1.25m (0.8ft to 4.1ft)
  • Extension: 0.05m to 3.3m (0.2ft to 10.8ft)

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    The physics look bueatful, the centrifical force that is shown... Smooth.

    +1 one month ago
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    @henhen129 nice thing explosions are best

    2 months ago
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    If the game was out, i would make piston powered rocket...

    +1 3 months ago
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    This game looks really exciting. But I have 1 question... will there be really big awesome explosions?

    +4 3 months ago
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    I like my meaty apendages, thank you

    3 months ago
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    104 Diver

    @RailfanEthan ok

    3 months ago
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    @Diver no... I can confirm from experience

    3 months ago
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    102 JetFly

    @AndrewGarrison, what did you hoped for, if this isn't exciting for you? Many developers can't create this, but you made it! Come on, it will success. motivation mode off

    3 months ago
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    104 Diver

    @RailfanEthan i Thought it always had arms.

    3 months ago
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    104 Diver

    @RailfanEthan guess so

    3 months ago
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    There should be a crew for the ships.

    3 months ago
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    succ

    +1 3 months ago
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    Also will there be satalites

    +1 3 months ago
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    AndrewGarrison will there be a way to make places in youre satalites where people can stay in the future

    3 months ago
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    104 Diver

    @RailfanEthan OK

    4 months ago
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    Ooh

    4 months ago
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    110 Bmcclory

    @PorkyClown3 It was late last time too, but not this late.

    4 months ago
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    @PorkyClown3 ya you are right

    4 months ago
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    Where is today's update? @AndrewGarrison

    4 months ago
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    @MineGamer231 you'll survive, SP had no armament for a long time
    @Diver moar success = moar moneeh, i imagine if you do sciency stuff it'll make money

    +1 4 months ago
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    I might not play SR2 alot cuz no weapons planned 😭😭😭

    4 months ago
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    104 Diver

    like how much do you get at the start $500,000,000,000,000?

    4 months ago
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    216 MrTaco

    Read the FAQ. @SeanTurbineModifier

    4 months ago
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    216 MrTaco

    So far 500mb on the steam version is all I know. But that number will only go up. @Physicist

    4 months ago
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    How much memory will this game take?

    4 months ago
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