MK2 Cargo Bays less draggy while open.
What happens: When opening the MK2 Cargo Bay CRG-8 in flight, there seems to be less drag than when closed, and the aircraft accelerates. This may hold true for the MK2 CRG-4.
How to reproduce:
- Create an atmospheric aircraft with a MK2 Cargo Bay CRG-8.
- Fly at a fixed pitch until speed and altitude level.
- Open the MK2 Cargo Bay
- Aircraft will begin to accelerate, assumed due to broken drag model.
- Created discussion on KSP forums, other players have confirmed issue. Link: https://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/181500-mk2-cargo-bay-less-draggy-when-open/&tab=comments#comment-3524682
- Tried with parts inside the Cargo Bay, still accelerates.
Have only noticed on 1.6.1, but I don't use the MK2 parts very much.
#1 Updated by bewing about 1 month ago
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This has been a bug since at least version 1.2.2.
#2 Updated by email@example.com about 1 month ago
This really needs an example craft. When I open the bay, the aircraft usually slows down.
With an empty bay, at high speed, the cargo bay does get slightly less draggy when open.
The cargo bays already have custom drag_cube entries, and they do have larger exposed surface area when open. The coefficient of drag Cd, however, is slightly lower when open. Starting in version 1.2 KSP raises Cd to a power at high speed, so at mach 5 the drag depends on Cd³, so small reduction in Cd can overcome the greater area.
For this problem, we could fix by making the Cd of the open doors bigger when open (currently it is smaller).
A Module-Manager patch that changes just this one number, but copying the unchanged one for context:
@cube,0 = A, 5.66,0.42,1.32, 5.66,0.42,1.32, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 9.39,0.94,0.70, 9.39,0.93,0.70, 0,0,0, 2.5,3.75,1.5
@cube,1 = B, 7.09,0.56,2.07, 7.09,0.57,2.07, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 14.95,0.93,1.93, 14.95,1.00,2.10, 0,0,-0.28, 4.00,3.75,2.06 // 0.93 and 1.0 were 0.82
@cube,0 = A, 2.81,0.42,1.32, 2.81,0.42,1.32, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 4.69,0.93,1.39, 4.69,0.93,1.54, 0,0,0, 2.5,1.87,1.5
@cube,1 = B, 3.51,0.57,2.02, 3.52,0.57,2.09, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 2.49,0.96,0.15, 7.51,0.93,1.93, 7.51,1.00,2.10, 0,0,-0.28, 4.0,1.87,2.1 // 0.93 and 1.0 was 0.82