Orbital Survey Plus CKAN

A stock survey scanner overhaul!

License: MIT

Game Version: 1.8.1

Downloads: 38,923

Author: Wheffle

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Does the insta-scanning capability of the M700 Survey Scanner keep you awake at night? Are you thirsty for more realism but uninterested in complex add-ons that ignore or replace the rest of the stock resource system? You might be in luck! Orbital Survey Plus 2.0 provides you with a more realistic and intuitive way to perform surveys with the survey scanner while still using the rest of the stock resource system. Gone are the arbitrary inclination requirements and instant full-body witchcraft resource reveals! The M700 will now reveal resource data as it passes over regions in real-time.

How It Works

After deploying the M700 Survey Scanner and pressing the "start survey" button, survey of the current body will begin. As long as altitude conditions are met (which are the same as stock behavior) the scan will progress, gathering resource information for the terrain under the vessel and draining electric charge. There are no other specific orbit requirements besides current altitude. As the scan progresses, survey data is accumulated, which can be transmitted back to the KSC.

As soon as you transmit your first batch of survey data the stock resource overlay becomes unlocked. When you toggle the resource overlay, you will notice that regions that haven't been scanned and transmitted will be shrouded. As your vessel gathers more data as it passes over terrain, the resource overlay will become revealed for those regions after that data is transmitted.

[Science] Not only does transmitting survey data back to the KSC reveal planetary overlays, it also yields science!

[Biome Overlay] This mod adds a biome overlay toolbar button to go along with the stock resource overlay. The biome overlay will be shrouded in the same way for regions that haven't been scanned and transmitted by the survey scanner.

[Background Scanning] Once you get your scanner going, feel free to leave it and launch more ships! Scans will progress in the background, so there's no need to stick around and time warp.

[Settings] Many of the features of OSP can be tweaked or toggled with the in-game settings menu, and a handful more are available in a settings file found in the OrbitalSurveyPlus folder. For example, if you're just here for the biome overlay, the advanced surveying feature can be disabled.

Version 2.3.6 for Kerbal Space Program 1.8.1

Released on 2018-03-27

  • Recompiled for KSP 1.4.1

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Version 2.3.5 for Kerbal Space Program 1.3.1

Released on 2017-10-11

  • Made compatible with KSP 1.3.1
  • Fixed a bug with celestial body display names in screen messages (still English only unfortunately)
  • Biome overlay toolbar button is now only visible when a planet is focused
  • SciBonus parameter for the OSP scanner module has been lowered to 10 (from 20) to match the stock scanner, meaning by default you will now reap the same amount of science for 100% scanning a planet as you would with the stock system instead of twice as much (this is individually tweakable for your game by altering the module manager patch)

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Version 2.3.4 for Kerbal Space Program 1.3.0

Released on 2017-06-03

  • Made compatible with KSP 1.3

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Version 2.3.3 for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-06-03

  • Fixed an issue that often caused significant slowdown when the resource overlay was open on partially scanned planets

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Version 2.3.2 for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2017-03-09

  • Adjustments have been made to make OSP compatible with alternate solar system mods, including Real Solar System
  • Scan grid size and minimum/maximum scan altitudes will adjust based on largest and smallest scannable planet
  • Scaling is based on stock parameters, so users with stock KSP solar system will not be affected
  • Added some caching behavior to optimize performance
  • Optimized coverage percentage calculation
  • Made changes to try to reduce a "zipper effect" on straight vertical and horizontal scan lines
  • Made requested change to science transmission code for clarity to other mods
  • Fixed several small UI bugs

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Version 2.3.1 for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.2

Released on 2016-11-21

  • New save compression that should reduce clutter in the persistence file a bit
  • Improved efficiency of the overlay shrouding system which was hogging a lot of resources when an overlay was up
  • Scan percentage calculation tweaked to be more accurate (it was neglecting projection scaling before)
  • Various UI tweaks
  • Various other attempted performance improvements

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Version 2.3.0 for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.1

Released on 2016-11-14

  • Scan area is now scaled to project correctly onto a globe, eliminating distortion at high latitudes (exact poles still see some weird stuff)
  • Found and fixed a bug causing constant re-processing of the resource overlay shroud and bogging down the game
  • Fixed an error in maximum scan altitude calculation
  • Retroactive scanning added: an attempt will be made to fill in gaps caused by scanning at high time warp
  • Optimizations made to compensate for the increased processing necessary for retroactive scanning
  • Overlay auto-refresh implemented: active overlays will now refresh for new scan data when the processing requirement is reasonable

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Version 2.2.0 for Kerbal Space Program 1.2.1

Released on 2016-11-04

  • Made compatible with KSP 1.2
  • Migrated OSP settings to stock KSP game settings menu

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Version 2.1.1 for Kerbal Space Program 1.1.2

Released on 2016-05-06

  • Scanning small bodies (Minmus and Gilly) now produces data for transmission properly
  • Fixed a few other edge-case problems with data acquisition
  • "Surface Scanned" percentage should now update when changing SOI
  • Fixed an infuriating misspelling of "received"

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Version 2.1.0 for Kerbal Space Program 1.1.2

Released on 2016-05-02

  • Science! Survey data accumulates as the surface of a planet is scanned and can be transmitted!
  • Default science reward for complete survey data is increased from stock (since OSP makes you work harder for it) (tweakable in module config)
  • Furthermore, overlay maps only update when scan data is transmitted (toggleable in settings)
  • When 95% of the surface has been scanned, the survey will auto-complete to 100% (tweakable in settings)
  • Default electric drain while scanning raised a bit (tweakable in module config)
  • Fixed NullPointerException spam when using the M700 part in the editor
  • Shrunk scenario persistence data a bit (planets that are fully scanned are saved differently)

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Version 2.0.2 for Kerbal Space Program 1.1.1

Released on 2016-04-29

  • M700 now shows altitude parameters and percent surface scanned for the current main body
  • IndexOutOfBounds exception spam around north pole has been dealt with
  • Scan area "squishing" mitigation around polar regions improved
  • Shrunk saved scan data in persistence file (still rather heinous but better), old saves should be ok
  • "Time Between Scans" applies to active vessels also (it's not scanning every tick anymore)
  • Added "enable background scan" setting
  • Quick check to make sure everything works fine in 1.1.1

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Version 2.0.1 for Kerbal Space Program 1.1

Released on 2016-04-27

  • Vessels scanning in the background should no longer ignore altitude parameters

  • "Perform Orbital Survey" button should no longer appear when extended surveyor is enabled

  • M700 overlay buttons should always be available now

  • Added "Start Survey" button so the M700 isn't always active when deployed

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Version 2.0.0 for Kerbal Space Program 1.1

Released on 2016-04-26

  • Overhaul! Resource scanning is now progressive and real-time instead of all-at-once. Overlays will be shrouded for areas that have not been scanned.

  • Lots of fundamental changes, new part module, and new options.

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Version 1.2.2 for Kerbal Space Program 1.1

Released on 2016-04-24

No changelog provided

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