Who’s Who in “The Prestige”? A Complete (Mental) Breakdown.

The Prestige (2006), directed by Christopher Nolan, is a very complicated movie, primarily because two of the main characters are much, much more than they first appear. Only at the very end do we get any kind of confirmation of the real truth behind the illusion we were presented with throughout the film. This blog post sets out to properly identify and explain, scene by scene, exactly who is who, and remove the mysteries.

Spoiler Warning:

Everything following refers to a massive, massive spoiler in the The Prestige. If you have not yet seen the film, I highly recommend you stop right here, and go watch it first. This film has a big secret that you cannot “un-know” once it’s been spoiled for you, for example like The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects, or Fight ClubFrom here onward I am assuming you know the secret. You were warned.

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KSP Craft File: Kiwi Orbiter

If you play Kerbal Space Program, you inevitably get to a point where sending Kerbal crew members up and down to a space station becomes a mundane drain on your in-game cash and your real-life time and enthusiasm. It needs to be easy for the player, and efficient for the game.

DESIGN PROBLEM: We need a space bus; a commuter service. The standard “Go Up, Move Around, Come Down” mission. It needs to be very cheap, efficient, and undemanding of the player.

DESIGN SOLUTION: The Kiwi Orbiter

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The Kiwi Orbiter is a partially-reusuable, low-cost/high-versatility space capsule, designed to take three Kerbals to a circular, equatorial Low Kerbin Orbit (LKO) of 245km, perform several rendezvous and docking maneuvers, then re-enter safely for a landing at Kerbal Space Centre (KSC), with minimum of fuss, bother, hoo-haa, and flap-doodle to the player.

The vehicle is built with precisely the right resources for the mission, meaning the player can fly it by using mouse-clicks only and no planning, construction, or flight control inputs are required! *(MechJeb mod required for some operations).

It is an analogue for the real-life Russian Soyuz TMA in terms of function, but takes more the physical form of a SpaceX Dragon in that it re-enters in one piece without a Service-Module Separation.

HERE is the download link, but please read on for a full vehicle description and mission walk-through.

You MUST have MechJeb installed. Download MechJeb first here.

The ship is designed in game version 1.3.0, and works in 1.3.1 , 1.4.0, 1.4.1, and 1.4.2.

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