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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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    Also will there be satalites

    8 hours ago
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    AndrewGarrison will there be a way to make places in youre satalites where people can stay in the future

    yesterday
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    102 Diver

    @RailfanEthan OK

    2 days ago
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    Ooh

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

    3 days ago
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    @PorkyClown3 ya you are right

    3 days ago
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    Where is today's update? @AndrewGarrison

    3 days 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 3 days ago
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    I might not play SR2 alot cuz no weapons planned 😭😭😭

    3 days ago
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    102 Diver

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

    4 days ago
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    122 MrTaco

    Read the FAQ. @SeanTurbineModifier

    4 days ago
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    when is the game going to be released?

    +1 5 days ago
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    122 MrTaco

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

    5 days ago
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    How much memory will this game take?

    5 days ago
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    add fuselage blocks please
    resizeable engine, resizeable fairings, spacecraft instrument, and different size cockpit

    +4 7 days ago
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    122 MrTaco

    Will fine tuning be in the game upon release?@AndrewGarrison

    7 days ago
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    100 ShakzDar

    Really excited, I'll get it day one on Android and Steam as all of other Jundroo game

    8 days ago
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    Was playing simplerockets last night and realized that putting a detacher on the docking plug would be helpful

    8 days ago
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    104 Fjorge

    This is something that KSP needs!

    8 days ago
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    Interesting.

    8 days ago
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    Neat

    8 days ago
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    what about using a rotator, and pistons to make an artificial gravity habs?

    8 days ago
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    0 Dala1

    And a yo-yo module :( that you detach for the rotation and for fun.

    8 days ago
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    136 Ryn176

    @Mymessage well they ARE (i guess), if it was made from low quality steels, i'm pretty sure it may not perform well

    8 days ago
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    202 Mymessage

    Lol @Ryn176

    8 days ago
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