Plan your (Space) Flight! Fly your Plan! Handy tools to help you set up maneuver nodes that will get you where you want to be. Making spaceflight planning easier for Kerbal Space Program 2 one mission at a time.
NOTE: This mod draws heavily on some core MechJeb2 code that has been adapted to work in KSP2, and would not be possible without the kind and generous contributions of @sarbian and the MechJeb development team! It is not the intent to replicate all MechJeb2 features and functions in this mod, but merely to make some handy maneuver planning tools available for KSP2 players. While you may be able to create some useful nodes with this mod, you'll still need to execute them accurately! Also, understanding some basic mission planning will be very useful for those employing the tools in this toolbox.
Note: Version 0.8.0 has received significant updates and improvements in the GUI from cfloutier who richly deserves the credit for those parts. His contributions have dramatically improved the quality of the user interface and make the mod not only more modern and visually pleasing, but also easier and more fun to use.
Source Code: GitHub Repo
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BepInExfolder on top of your game's install folder. If done correctly, you should have the following folder structure within your KSP2 game folder:
...\Kerbal Space Program 2\BepInEx\plugins\flight_plan.
Easy Celestial Target Selection
Burn Time Option Selection
Maneuvers Relative to the Selected Target (only available if a target is selected)
Moon Specific Maneuvers (only available when in orbit about a moon)
Display Status of Last Command
Game Input Enable/Disable Status
Integration with K2-D2, v0.8.1+
Integration with Maneuver Node Controller, v0.8.3+
The Flight Plan GUI will always display all Ownship maneuvers available in the current orbital situation. These are maneuvers which don't require a target and so are relative to your current vessel's orbit alone. Each Maneuver Type may be customized by the making a selection from the Burn options menu (right below the Celestial Target Selection Menu). For example, selecting Circularize as the Maneuver Type will result in having Burn Time options for at the next Ap, at the next Pe, at an altitude, and after a fixed time. In the case of the latter two options these will cause an additional input field to be presented where you can specify the Maneuver Altitude or Time From Now.
Similarly, selecting Match Planes will give Burn Time options for at the cheapest AN/DN w/Target, at the nearest AN/DN w/Target, at the next AN w/Target, and at the next DN w/Target. NOTE: in the Match Planes example above the Make Node button has been pressed and Flight Plan is showing a status indicating the node is ready. In this example, with K2-D2 installed, the K2-D2 Astromech Icon is displayed in the lower right indicating that K2-D2 is ready to help you fly the node.
In addition to the basic UI screens above, the UI will automatically adjust to offer capabilities relevant to the current orbit and selected target. Some options such as Interplanetary Transfer (above far right example) are only available if the Experimental Features option has been selected in the Flight Plan configuration options menu.
This mod includes a number of user configurable parameters which can be accessed through the SpaceWarp configuration screen. Press Alt + M to pull up the SpaceWarp Mod dialog, and select the Open Configuration Manager button at the bottom to display the list of installed mods with configurable settings. Clicking on the Flight Plan entry will display the ionterface shown above. There are tool tip strings which describe what each setting does. Using the configuration parameters you can change a variety of things such as how long a staus message sticks around before it start to fade, and also how long it will take to fade.
NOTE: The following settings are dyanically managed and may be usted by the user while the game is running. All others will require exiting and restart to take effect.
Work In Progress developmental features may be enabled by switching on the Experimental Features in the mod's configuration screen. You do not need to restart the game for this setting to take effect, and it will allow you to play with some broken toys if you like. As these featuers mature and become realiable enough to use they will be moved up into the main feature set avaialble without turning on the Experimental Features setting.
WARNING! Switching on the Experimental Features will void the product warrantee!
Maneuvers Relative to the Selected Target (only available if a target is selected)
Interplanetary Transfer Maneuvers (only available if a planet is the selected target)
Step 1: Match Planes Here we're stating out in a nicely equatorial Low Kerbin Orbit. As we want to go to Minmus, the first step is to get into a new circular orbit that's co-planar with the target. We can see that the necessary plane change maneuver has been planned and is ready to execute.
Here we can see that K2-D2 has been activated. The Flight Plan status has been updated to show that we're executing the planned maneuver, and K2-D2 is reporting its status indicating the vessel is turning to point in the right direction for the planned burn.
Here we can see K2-D2's status indicates we're warping to the burn. The Flight Plan status is unchanged.
Here we can see K2-D2's status indicates we're executing the burn. The Flight Plan status is unchanged.
Here we can see the plane change burn is done, the old node has been deleted, and we're now in a coplanar orbit with the target: Minums.
Step 2: Hohmann Transfer Now that we're in a coplanar orbit with our target we're ready to plan a Hohmann Transfer. Note that Flight Plan generated Hohmann Transfer maneuvers are not always spot on but will get you close. For this reason Flight Plan will bring up the Maneuver Node Controller mod if it's installed any time it produces an Hohmann Transfer. You may need to make minor adjustments to the prograde burn component or the node time, but should find that it's easy to get the transfer orbit you need with only a few clicks and no need to manually tweak the node. This example produced a good initial orbit that only required a few m/s more prograde delta-v and a slightly earlier burn time to get the result shown below.
Here we can see K2-D2 has been commanded to execute the node and we're warping to the starting point for the burn.
Here we can see K2-D2 executing the transfer burn.
Step 3: Course Correction Sometimes in the game, as in life, things don't go quite as planned. What if you overshot the planned burn slightly as shown below? This can easily happen when executing a burn manually, and may also happen in some isolated cases when executing an automated burn.
Here we can see a Course Correction burn has been planned. Like the Hohmann Transfer option, this option will also bring up the Maneuver Node Controller mod so you can fine tune things to make sure you've got the exact node you want. In this case very small prograde adjustments were made to get a good Pe at the Minmus flyby encounter.
Here we can see K2-D2 performing a flawless Course Correction burn to get us back on track and headed for the encounter we want.
Step 4: Arrival at Minmus Here we can see that we've arrived inside the Minmus SOI, and are on track for a nearly equatorial flyby with a nice low Pe in a prograde orbit. What if we'd like to have an inclined orbit when we get to Minmus? Easy! Use Flight Plan to set up a a New Inclination at a burn time 30 seconds from now (this offset ensures we'll have sufficient time to point in the direction we need before the start of the burn).
Step 5: Capture! Here we can see we're in a 60 degree inclined flyby orbit and we've got a Circularization burn planned for the periapsis of the Minmus encounter.
Here we are approaching Pe in our Minmus Flyby with a Circularization burn planned to put us into a 60 degree inclined low circular orbit about Minmus. Perfect for picking a landing spot almost anywhere we may want to go. In this view you can also see the Maneuver Node Controller's GUI showing that our planned maneuver will place us in the orbit we want.
The follwing images show more details illustrating Flight Plans fetures and capabilities. Althoguh the GUI has since been updated, these images still show relevant performance characteristics for the nodes you can generate. Circularize at the Next Ap
Burn Timing Detail (Note how the burn brackets the effective point: Ap)
Circularize at the Next Pe
Set New Pe to User Specified Value: 80000m
Set New Ap to User Specified Value: 200000m
Set Inclination to User Specified Value: 0
Match Planes with Target at AN - Matching planes with Minmusfrom 20 deg inclined orbit
Match Planes with Target at DN - Matching planes with Minmus from 20 deg inclined orbit
Hohmann Transfer to Target - Headed to Mun from coplanar orbit
Hohmann Transfer to Target - Headed to Mun from non-coplanar orbit: Inclined 20 degrees from target plane
Circularize at Pe - for Munar Fly By
As this mod updates and reuses some MechJeb KSP1 code that was released under the GNU GPL V3, those portions code retain that same license. The top-level GUI employs the MIT license. See the license.md file on GitHub for details, and the individual source code files which each declare their specific licensing information.
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