User talk:Elembis

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Good job adding that gallery section on the Minmus page, we should probably do that for every celestial. --Craigmt1 (talk) 19:57, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

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hi, do you know how to add the planetboxrow to Infobox/Body 2.0? I've been trying to do that but it has been screwing up. It just ends up removing half the page. I am not really fluent in programming, so it is probably me just making a stupid mistake. But if you could help me, i would be forever thankful!--Azivegu (talk) 14:30, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

I made a change to Template:Infobox/Body 2.0 showing an example of how to use Template:PlanetBoxRow. Note that the table syntax for a row occurs within that template, so using the template means you can get rid of "|-", etc. for the row it appears on. Take a look at and let me know if that helps. =) — Elembis (talk) 15:29, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Units of measure

Hi Elembis,

I am trying to be very careful only to post accurate information so any input is welcome.

I am trying to find where mass is referred to as kg in-game but I can't seem to.

My logic for converting kg to metric tons is as follows

While units are not specifically labeled in-game, a bit of logic can quickly determine that thrust is measured in kilonewtons (kN) and mass in metric tons (t). For example, if measured in kilograms(kg), a "9 kg" Rockomax X200-16 Fuel Tank on Kerbin, having a surface gravity of 9.81 m/s2 (According to the wiki page), would be roughly the size of a 48 oz coffee tin and only hold about 1.5 L of fuel. If measured in metric tons, a 9 t Rockomax X200-16 Fuel Tank under the same gravity would be about 0.67 m tall and 2 m in diameter, easily capable of holding the advertised 1600 L of fuel. Only a rocket engine with a thrust around 100 kN, let alone 100 N, could have any chance to lift a 9 t fuel tank. Also, on a side note, Kerbals appear to be about 0.75 m tall :)

Please let me know if this seems reasonable as my calculations may be incorrect. A good number of forum pages and even MechJeb agree that kN and tons are more inline with the scale (meters) of the rockets.


--Jlmr (talk) 01:51, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for bringing this up! And yeah, now that I think about it, I don't know if kg is actually specified in-game. I did see your explanation for using metric tons and kN instead of kilograms and N. In any case, we need to use the same mass units everywhere, for parts as well as for planets... — Elembis (talk) 02:20, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
Take a look at this handy calculator, It looks like the mass of Kerbin in kg is spot on. We could use metric tons (tonnes) for planets as well to save some space on the page. --Jlmr (talk) 02:27, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
For the planets, one easy way of proving that their masses are specified in kg and not tons is to calculate the orbital velocity needed for, say, a circular Kerbin orbit 100 km above the surface. With kilograms, I calculate a period of 845.92 s for a velocity of 2971 m/s. With metric tons, I calculate a period of 26.75 s for a velocity of 93,953 m/s. The numbers that match gameplay are clearly the first ones. =) — Elembis (talk) 03:00, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
I agree with you there, I was just suggesting a conversion to tons to match the parts list, it really is not necessary though. It's probably simpler to leave planets in kg as that is what most real world measurements of planetoids are in. It's odd that you get a different number when calculating period though. You should get the same answer albeit having to do a unit conversion 1ton/1000kg. --Jlmr (talk) 03:11, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

To be clear, when I say planets' masses "are specified in kg and not tons", I'm referring to the values returned from the CelestialBody.Mass() function, whose documentation specifies no units. Similarly, I believe the part masses displayed in-game correspond to those in Part.mass, which one can only assume is specified in the same arbitrary mass units as a planet's mass. Would you agree that these arbitrary mass units are actually in units of kg, based on the orbit calculation above? — Elembis (talk) 03:18, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

AH! Now I see what you are saying and I agree with you there about planet mass. However, the game engine probably converts kg to tons for the UI so we don't have huge numbers displayed. Example: This fuel tank weighs 20000 kg, instead it shows 20 t to save UI space. --Jlmr (talk) 03:29, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
The game never says "kg", "t", "kN", or "N" anywhere, this is basically my argument:
  1. CelestialBody.Mass() is specified in arbitrary mass units.
  2. Part.mass is specified in arbitrary mass units.
  3. Premise: Part and CelestialBody use the same arbitrary mass units. Even if they don't, we should be consistent on the wiki wherever possible, and this is an area where being consistent is really, really easy. The fact that kilograms and newtons are SI units is a bonus.
  4. CelestialBody's arbitrary mass units are kilograms (see orbital calculation above).
  5. Therefore, part masses are kilograms as well.
I recommend that you don't change "kg" to "t" and "N" to "kN" on every page on the wiki until more people have had a chance to weigh in on this. =) — Elembis (talk) 03:45, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
I understand what you are saying. And I agree completely that the game engine uses kg in the background. However, I am trying to stay consistent with the units used in the game's user interface and part.cfg which is arguably what most people using the wiki will be familiar with. If we do decide to use kg and N we will need to multiply the values for mass and thrust on each page by 1000 to give correct/usable information with respect to the physics of the game. --Jlmr (talk) 03:57, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
I don't think I understand your last sentence -- why can't we just say an aerospike weighs 1 kg (since its mass is "1" in its part.cfg and in-game in the VAB and SPH, and since an arbitrary mass unit (amu) is apparently 1 kg)? Why would we have to multiply it by 1000 on the wiki? — Elembis (talk) 04:13, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
Justification for t and kN (or 1000's kg and 1000's of N) Assuming the in-game parts description uses kg for parts makes no sense from a physics standpoint. For example, we know that the Mk1-2 Command Pod weighs 4 "units" from the in-game description. We also know that the game uses SI, meters for units of distance and acceleration and liters/sec for fuel consumption. The command pod is roughly 2 meters in height and 2 meters in diameter. Calculating it's total volume gives us about 2.09 cubic meters. Let's assume the capsule has 0.05 m (2 inch) thick walls and subtract the interior void to get only the volume of the capsule walls. This gives us a volume of 1.80 cubic meters. Knowing the volume, we can calculate the density of the material making up the capsule taking the 4 in-game units as kg, which comes out to be about 13.79 kg / cubic meter. This is about 72.29 times less dense than water at room temperature and closer in density to some gasses! Perhaps Kerbal's have discovered a super strong gas-like substance to make spaceships from. :D However, if we take the 4 in-game units to mean metric tons, we get a density of around 13793.10 kg / cubic meter, well within the range of the density of real building materials. Hopefully that cleared up my thinking. On the wiki pages we could just as easily say 4,000 kg instead of 4 tons, it's just a matter of a simple unit conversion and space saving. --Jlmr (talk) 20:30, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I understand the density argument, I just think it's more important to use SI units and follow the game in using the same mass units for ships and planets. It's a matter of personal preference, and for that reason I think we should let other people weigh in on it. I made a section on the main talk page for that purpose: Talk:Main Page#Units of measurement for part masses and engine thrustElembis (talk) 04:39, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
Ah I see what is going on and I agree with sticking to SI (metric). I think you must be thinking that I am speaking Imperial tons, as in 2000 lbs. A metric ton (tonne) is an SI unit xD 1000 kg = 1 tonne. I wish we had different terms for an Imperial ton and a Metric tonne to avoid this confusion. A discussion can't hurt though. --Jlmr (talk) 04:47, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
I knew you meant metric ton, but I was referring to kg and N being the SI units for mass and force, with tonnes being among the non-SI units accepted for use with SI. =) But yeah, let's see what other people prefer. — Elembis (talk) 04:56, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Layout of images near a Infobox/Body

Hello, I noticed your change and want to ask if this is standard here in this wiki to handle the problem with images next to a Infobox/Body. Until now I tried to locate the images on the left side and avoid using tables because this table creates whitespaces around the paragraph. --XZise (talk) 16:24, 22 February 2013 (CST)

Where do you see the whitespace, specifically? If your screen resolution is very high, you'll get extra whitespace around the text, but for most resolutions and normal font sizes, I think it'll look fine.
Images on the left side are sometimes fine, but in this case they were interfering with the indentation of the math section and the bulleted list. This is a known problem with MediaWiki: 1 2. Tables seem to be a common recommendation to work around this problem, but I'm open to suggestions.
The reason you can't just float the images to the right (without tables) is that they'll be placed below the planetbox, rather than near the correct section. — Elembis (talk) 19:38, 22 February 2013 (CST)
Hi, I created an example. If you look closely you can see that the first paragraph is a few pixels on the right side and the distance between the text and header underline is almost twice as high as with the normal paragraph. I also noticed that the images tend to float under the infobox if you are using images aligned to the right so I changed them to the left. Unfortunately all solutions aren't very good (images on the left side look awkward and tables create extra whitespaces) so I don't know what is the best way to handle that. — XZise (talk) 07:10, 23 February 2013 (CST)
Thanks for making the example. Take a look at it -- I think I fixed the extra whitespace. — Elembis (talk) 20:43, 23 February 2013 (CST)
Interesting solution, although I think the whitespacing between the text and header underline is larger with the tabled layout. Maybe this could be fixed too :) — XZise (talk) 07:26, 24 February 2013 (CST)

Terminal velocity

Hi Elembis, totally new to KSP wiki, so please forgive any ignorance of protocol. I came across the Atmosphere article, and noticed the terminal velocity chart, reproduced here:

Altitude (m) vT (m/s)
Eve Kerbin Duna Jool Laythe
0 58.385 100.13 212.41 23.124 115.62
100 58.783 101.01 214.21 23.162 116.32
1000 62.494 109.30 231.16 23.508 122.83
10000 115.27 240.52 495.18 27.272 211.77

Unfortunately, I lack the awesomeness it would take to recalculate it, but I did notice one basic issue - terminal velocity should be *increasing* with altitude, not decreasing. That is why I removed the chart... I'd like to replace it, but I figured you're probably better suited to that task than I am, given the derivations you contributed to that page. Many a Kerbal's safe return depends on this information! ...or on their buddies' willingness to die to experimentally verify it... Thoughts?

-- Joren (talk) 02:19, 27 March 2013 (CDT)

Actually this chart uses {{VT}} which calculates the terminal velocity for a planet at an altitude. I did change it some weeks ago so maybe it's my fault. But I guess it isn't as the altitude is part of the divisor. I'll look into this. —XZise (talk) 03:13, 27 March 2013 (CDT)
Tada! I found my mistake. I accidentally removed the part that makes the atmosphere thinner at higher altitude. Thank you for your pointing it out. —XZise (talk) 03:26, 27 March 2013 (CDT)
Thanks for fixing it! -- Joren (talk) 16:54, 27 March 2013 (CDT)

How determined you the mass of a kerbal

Hi, you added a relative precise mass of a kerbal but how did you determine it? I guess you used Kerbal Engineer or Mechjeb to measure the mass of the craft with and without the kerbal? — xZise [talk] 14:43, 1 January 2014 (CST)

Yes, I used MechJeb and noticed a mass increase of 0.375 tons after seating four Kerbals. — Elembis (talk) 15:32, 6 January 2014 (CST)