HydroTech RCS Autopilot

New update: 0.5.1 (2013.08.28) An autopilot that focus on driving with RCS – docking, landing, etc. 0.20+ compatible Now include: – Main Throttle Control – RCS Thrust Info – Precise Control – Automatic Translation – Landing Autopilot – Docking Assistant Links to the forum are below in the overview. PLEASE DO NOT REPORT PROBLEMS HERE IN THE COMMENTS!


If you have any questions about usage, please go to the forum release thread.
Ideas, suggestions and bug reports please go to the development thread.
Please do not report a bug here!


Unzip GameData folder into your KSP directory

How to use

Included in Readme.txt Watch kurtu5's awesome video on docking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFS5p3eqPec


31 Comments for “HydroTech RCS Autopilot”

  1. Saves me the trouble of rendezvous/alignment. Thx!

    Asialsky December 2, 2012
  2. can you use the docking camera as a standalone?

    power5000 December 2, 2012
  3. Works fine. Think is better then MechJeb because you can rund the engine perfect to the percent and second.
    But – looks very ugly! Thats not a space part, thats a surf board screwed on a space ship ;-(

    Martin December 2, 2012
  4. Excellent mod!
    It really helps playing with the new docking features of .18

    Nachtwind December 3, 2012
  5. This is *awesome*, don’t know if this will stay popular once other options are available but the docking camera is a total game changer, makes docking much easier but also feels more realistic. Way easier to focus on piloting the spacecraft rather than constantly messing around with camera angles and getting confused which way is ‘up’

    John December 3, 2012
  6. Couple you please make it so we can have camera views in small window rather than changing view to the selected camera. This would be nice to see view from different angles at the same time. Also would be awesome if you could make it record the video from camera(s) and save it somewhere.

    P1X3 December 4, 2012
  7. Totally failed. On two tries now it has refused to engage RCS, and just let the target drift on by as if it didn’t care. Both were engaged at under 60M.

    Tassyr December 6, 2012
  8. Whoever uses this mod is a horrible pilot.

    Alexander December 8, 2012
  9. “Whoever uses this mod is a horrible pilot.” – Alexander

    Watch out, we got an evangelist over here.

    Whoever uses this mod can do so if they want to :) and it makes you no bad pilot whatsoever.

    Ling December 11, 2012
  10. Why rating so low? It is as good in docking, as mechjeb used to be for everything else up to 0.17.

    Dvc December 15, 2012
  11. I created a tutorial video on how to use both the Automatic and the Manual docking features of this mod.


    Enjoy. Now go make huge space stations!

    kurtu5 December 23, 2012
  12. Can the docking camera be used by itself?

    engraverwilliam December 27, 2012
  13. Thanks for the demonstration video, I had been trying to figure out how to use this to dock, now I know.

    kurtu5 wrote:
    “I created a tutorial video on how to use both the Automatic and the Manual docking features of this mod.


    Enjoy. Now go make huge space stations!”

    cbg December 27, 2012
  14. HydroTech RCS will not stop spinning my craft during auto docking. And when it does manage to dock it spins my craft to the point of destruction. I love this mod, but its making docking harder than manually docking.

    Ksp December 31, 2012
  15. [Exception]: Exception: An exception has been thrown in HydroJebCore.onFlightStart(HydroJeb)
    Exception type:
    The message is:
    HydroFlightInputManager.AddOnFlyByWire fail when adding DockAP.Active: duplicate nameString

    Getting that :(

    William Jagels March 6, 2013
  16. Fixed ^

    William Jagels March 9, 2013
  17. I love this mod and use it all the time. I can dock manually but it just pisses me off and gets boring after a while. Having a computer do it is awesome.

    Thomas Babb March 15, 2013
  18. Great mod! As above, I can do it manually, but always cool to have the option to let the computer do it for me.
    More importantly, look at all this RCS information :)

    Morgantao March 18, 2013
  19. I was excited about that docking autopilot, but it never worked properly for me. So only good thing this mod made for me is that it taught me how to dock on my own.

    elkar March 24, 2013
  20. One of my favorite mods, very nice the docking large parts together.
    Some experiences, like with manual docking should be in equal orbits then activating this. not 100 meter above or below the target.
    Smart to align the target and ship ports against each other before activating.
    I usually turn on rotate target but disable RSC or disable cross-feed on the target monopropelant tank to stop it from using monoprop rotating.

    magnemoe April 15, 2013
  21. it looks kinda like its out of the 70,s but its the best auto dock out there ive tried them all and tis one never has failed me grat mod it deserves 5 stars

    derek snyder April 15, 2013
  22. My favourite mod so far. As a rookie pilot this has made docking so much easier – it takes me a couple of minutes rather than two hours spent quick/save loading all the time.

    This is what works for me:

    Docking targets on my station berthing ports and camera(s) on my modules. RCS thrusters set as close to the center of mass of the module final stage as possible. Use HydroJeb in auto mode for rough alignment and then switch to manual for the last 50m.

    My only suggestion is a retexture option to match the stock parts.

    Paul Ireland April 22, 2013
  23. Has anyone figured out how to fix the spinning of death this mod sometimes causes between 2 docked ships? I don’t get it all the time, played around with rcs placement, port placement….anything I could think of but so far no luck.
    Love this Mod..it just destroys stuff every now and again hehe

    Randy Fuessel April 30, 2013
  24. This plugin needs a PROPER “how-to” readme. I have tried various orientations of the cam and marker, and different combinations of computers and the cam/marker, but I cannot get the two vehicles to even see each other. Looks promising, but doesn’t work for me.

    munkpuppy May 7, 2013
  25. It says don’t report bugs here, but no way otherwise to report bugs. So, f to that. I can only use the HydroJeb twice before I have to restart the game. The third time, the dialog box either doesn’t go away or doesn’t appear. Either way, it fails to work any more. And I’ll repeat what I said in my last post, I have done everything according to the tutorial, but I still cannot get the docking cams to see the docking targets, even from a range of 20m.

    munkpuppy May 7, 2013
  26. munkpuppy exact same problem here, if you figure it out let me know please. I am using the mac version of the game, if that makes a difference.

    Damon May 10, 2013
  27. 4:08 pm Central Time
    Revelation 9 and Revelation 10 make a the first successful docking
    Thank you for this mod.
    Only recommendation is make this docking computer identify targets further than 98m’s because it was a pain to get it that close.

    War Eagle 1 May 18, 2013
  28. @munkpuppy
    the dev has a forum thread he is very active in to post bugs

    Randy Fuessel May 26, 2013
  29. The author of the mod is a little pedantic, get used to it. I reported a bug in the forums, and he then directed me to an alternative thread and asked me to post it there – lol. How about He, as the developer take my problem and post it along with all the other ones you have to fix, there are so many threads for this thing now I’ve lost track. That being said, it’s a very good mod but needs some work.The docking cameras are very buggy and the zoom/orientation on them takes some time to figure out, truth be told the RCS autopilot translation is the only thing I use, but even that is wearing thin now. I wish the author would be a bit more human.

    Devogen June 2, 2013
  30. were are the threds mentioned

    David M.S. June 12, 2013
  31. It makes moving rockets with huge payloads so much easier for me, and landing on planets and such.

    Heavy1098 August 3, 2013

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