fommil/kerbal-calculator


Scala calculators for building rockets in Kerbal Space Program

http://fommil.github.io/kerbal

License: GPL-3.0

Language: Scala


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kerbal-calculator

Once you've designed your payload (or any combination of upper stages), and plan your manoeuvres, you'll know how much mass you need to get through a minimum deltav and how fast you'd like to be able to do it (to avoid missing flight windows).

To work out your engine and fuel requirements, you'll either need to do a lot of trial and error or solve the ideal rocket equation with some educated guesses. This calculator will do all that for you.

The calculator is available at http://fommil.github.io/kerbal

Run Locally

To use, clone and run like so

sbt "run-main Solve 1200 10 50 false Large"

(You'll need sbt and a Java Runtime)

Input parameters being:

  1. minimum deltav
  2. payload mass
  3. minimum acceleration
  4. atmosphere
  5. payload size

Results will be ordered by the minimum initial mass of the engine stage.

e.g. the above returns

Rockomax "Mainsail" with 6.9t (86%) in a Rockomax X200-16 [a = 62.8, dv = 1200, cost = 8747, mass = 13.9t]
Rockomax "Mainsail" with 7.0t (87%) in a Rockomax X200-16 [a = 62.6, dv = 1212, cost = 8755, mass = 14.0t]
Rockomax "Mainsail" with 7.0t (88%) in a Rockomax X200-16 [a = 62.4, dv = 1224, cost = 8762, mass = 14.0t]
Rockomax "Mainsail" with 7.1t (89%) in a Rockomax X200-16 [a = 62.2, dv = 1235, cost = 8769, mass = 14.1t]
...
S3 KS-25x4 Cluster with 33.8t (47%) in a Kerbodyne S3-14400 [a = 50.3, dv = 2683, cost = 51697, mass = 53.6t]

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