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We're going to try to move all our valuables to orbit tomorrow morning before the hurricane gets here; safest place we could find in a hurry. Wish us luck.
In addition to the above, in random order:
@RyanFodder noted after we finished up that I had no trouble controlling my vehicles while docking on RCS and not losing my bearings. A lot of that is practice but there's some stuff you can do to improve your play:
Ensure any RCS jets you place are equally spaced about your vehicle's center of gravity. There's a button in the hangar/assembly building that shows vehicle center of gravity like so:
The advantage of doing this is that it decouples translation from rotation such that using the H-N, I-K, J-L translation controls don't impart rotational forces though it's possible to meet this with asymmetric arrangements if you balance things such that the force multiplied by the lever arm (distance to CG) is equal.
Even if you don't have balanced RCS jets, using the "hold attitude" autopilot mode will fire additional jets to cancel rotational moments whenever translation is commanded. You saw me using this feature anytime I was flying the small capsule by itself as it doesn't have balanced RCS.
Most folks build symmetric spacecraft such that it might be difficult to tell which way is which at a glance. I add navigation lights to solve this issue. The international standard convention is green on the "right" side, red on the "left" side, like so:
I put a cross pattern of lamps around my spacecraft docking ports both to provide an alignment aid to get that nice right-angle orientation as well as to aid finding the port in the dark.
I've attached the environment for the EPIC 2017 tutorial; simply extract it to your KSP directory and have fun!
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