Stock Antenna Balance

Rebalance the stock antennas to make relay antennas and networks required.

License: GPLv3

Game Version: 1.5.1

Downloads: 5,622

Author: wuphonsreach

Mod Website: Forum Thread

Followers: 32

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This mod is not known to work with the latest version of Kerbal Space Program. Proceed with caution.

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Stock Antenna Balance

Uses ModuleManager to adjust the range, power usage and other attributes of the stock antennas and how they function with the new CommNet that was added in KSP 1.2. This makes it much more important to use a mix of direct and relay antennas to communicate with Kerbin's Deep Space Network (DSN).

Current effects:

Full details are available at GitHub, including sample network link strengths between planets.

  • Direct-connection antennas are changed so that you can't reach back from Jool/Eeloo without relying on a relay network.
  • Stock antennas now have better defined niches.
  • Relay antennas are now equivalent in power (or stronger) then DSN antennas on Kerbin's surface. This makes it possible to disable the extra ground stations on Kerbin's surface in the difficulty options.
  • The drawback is that relay antennas also consume a lot more power when transmitting data and should not be used on science-gathering probes / spacecraft.
  • Relay antennas are also heavier and more expensive and have constant power draw. The optional contracts will give you guidelines on how much battery capacity you need to operate through Kerbin's shadow.

Effect on existing games:

  • May cause loss of probe / craft control due to changed CommNet ranges.
  • May cause power issues due to the constant power demand of the relay antennas.
  • Science gathering spacecraft may be unable to send data back home if they only have relay antennas installed (and not enough battery capacity to process and transmit the data).

Removal is easy as long as you have not used any of the antennas which were added by this mod, removing this addon's folder under GameData/ will revert your antennas to the stock capabilities.

Recommended KSP difficulty settings:

These are available in the "Settings / Difficulty Options / Advanced" menu and can be changed at any time in a career save.

  • DSN Modifier - use a value between 0.02 and 0.10
  • Turn off "Enable Extra Groundstations"
  • Occlusion Modifier, Vac = 1.02
  • Occlusion Modifirer, Atm = 0.98

If you don't adjust these values, you'll find that the DSN ground stations are often going to take priority over those relay satellites that you lovingly placed into KEO orbits.

Affected Mods/Addons:

There are ModuleManager (MM) patches for the following mods:

  • DMagic Orbital Science (Soil Mosture and SIGINT)
  • SXT

Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.5.1

Released on 2018-12-23

v1.5.1.0 - Dec 21 2018

  • Reworked some balance to hew closer to 1.5 stock values
  • Removed all use of :FINAL, but may need to add it back for JX2Antenna in future release
  • Some contracts have had their "not be under acceleration" requirement removed

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Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.4.4

Released on 2018-07-29

Tested on KSP 1.4.4, but probably works fine on all versions of KSP 1.4.

  • Rebalanced a lot of antenna values to hew closer to 1.4.4 stock values
  • Lower battery capacity requirements on most contracts, some relays have lower power consumption
  • Rebalanced contract requirements, deadlines, rewards (with more notes in ContractGroup.cfg explaining power levels)
  • Add a relay version of the Coatl Aerospace CA-A100 Small Dish
  • New tier zero contracts for putting up 2Mm power antennas in low-orbit with low inclination
  • Add some tundra / kolniya orbit contracts for variety
  • Duna is now considered to be an "inner planet" (Mars should be too)
  • Add contract to setup surface level relay at the Dessert Launch Site and Woomerang Launch Site
  • HG-5 and HG-55 are no longer clones of each other

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Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.3.1

Released on 2017-11-05

  • Balance changes
  • Verify that everything is working under KSP 1.3.1

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Version v1.2.2.10 for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-02-27

v1.2.2.10 - Feb 27 2017

  • Use :FINAL to undo JX2Antenna/OPM Changes (@Erebus1 and @canisin)
  • Boost HG-5R / HG-55R from 5G to 10G (better balance for larger systems)
  • Contract rebalancing (rewards, reputation, penalties, advances)
  • Increase number of simultaneous contracts to 8
  • Add a tier 1 home world polar relay contract (@Apocryphus)

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Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-02-05

v1.2.2.9 - Feb 5 2017

  • Package README / CHANGES / LICENSE inside distribution archive
  • Better method of dealing with UPGRADES{} from forum's "blowfish" user
  • Tier 3 homeworld contracts will stil be available after tier 4 is unlocked
  • Boost rewards for tier 4 stationary, increase maximum completions
  • Lower power storage requirement for polar orbits
  • Loosen acceleration requirement for polar orbits (KSP has trouble near Pe)
  • Outer planet rewards boosted based on cube root of SMA ratio with homeworld
  • Tweak reputation rewards

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Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-01-28

v1.2.2.8 - Jan 27 2017

  • Reorganized, make sure you delete the old install folder before upgrading
  • MM patches for DMagic Orbital Science antennas (Soil Moisture & SIGINT)
  • DMagic Soil Mosture was 100G direct (200G relay) now 4M & 6M
  • DMagic Univeral Storage SM sensor was 50G direct (100G relay), now 2M & 3M
  • SIGINT (undersized/oversized) constant power drain of 30/90 EC/s for balance
  • DMagic upgraded SIGINT (under/oversized) are now only 1.5T and 12T relays
  • SXT Kommunotronski 16 made slightly more powerful (500k -> 800k)
  • SXT DTS-M4 made less powerful (2G -> 40M, below adjusted DTS-M1)

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Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-01-24

v1.2.2.7 - Jan 24 2017

  • Loosen up maxAcceleration parameter (from 0.1 to 0.2)
  • Loosen up stationary orbit deviation window
  • Increase rewards and make them randomized
  • Rebalance some contract parameters
  • Boost number of simultaneous contracts for the entire group up to 6

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Version for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-01-13

No changelog provided

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