But Kerbal is a tremendous hog of player time. I've launched hundreds and hundreds of rockets manually, probably hundreds of spaceplanes too by now. It takes 6 or 8 minutes of player time to launch and circularize a rocket, more like 10 or 12 for a spaceplane.
So I shouldn't feel guilty about using a mod to launch my stuff, how stupid is it to feel guilty about automating something in a fucking vidya game.
But it's so nice to start an automated launch and throw in a load of laundry, come back and everything is safely in orbit. Except I don't have enough solar panels to run all the science experiments so revert the launch, edit the ship, and automate another launch while I empty the dishwasher or feed the woodstove or whatever.
Enter KoS, now that I've spent the last few weeks of evenings writing my own launch code I can automate launches with no guilt.
The best resources for KoS seem to be Youtube tutorials.
It's a generation thing I guess, this is how the young'uns want to learn/teach stuff.
But holy fuck is it ever a time wasting way to drip feed information.
And it must be a ton of fucking work to make these goddamn videos, record the audio, edit them down, when I'd be much happier with a couple dozen paragraphs and a dozen screenshots which I would think would be so much easier to produce and polish.
Youtube nerds write neater code than I do and certainly know the math a lot better but I find it amusing that my seat of the pants intuition can get the job done anyways. I don't need to log a bunch of flights to a CSV and feed them into a self tuning algorithm if I already have a good guess at the starting parameters.
And it's funny watching a video and thinking "that bucket doesn't have enough TWR to get into orbit with the ascent profile you've programmed" and be vindicated by a fiery crash a few minutes later.
Once I've polished the launch script it'll be time for automated landers.
After that it's probably scripted interplanetary intercept burns, but I'll need to figure out a bunch of math first. Or maybe just hardcode the fuck out of it.
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