Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a spacecraft simulation game for Mac, Linux or Windows. Players build, launch, and pilot spacecraft and airplanes through a fictional 8 planet star system.

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Build a plane or rocket for Kerbal high altitudes

I currently have a contract where I'm asked to take crew reports at certain spots on Kerbal at an altitude of 18,000m. However, I've failed to build a vehicle to achieve this (without a hundred ...
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How fast should I be going through Kerbin's atmosphere during launch?

I'm playing Kerbal Space Program on Career mode. I'm doing a lot of space tourism to build up funds and science. My current six-tourist design uses a three stage rocket with seven BACC boosters in ...
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My ship is exploding on entry, what do I do?

My ship consists of a pod with a parachute on top and a science lab at the bottom. Now with the new update for KSP, my ship burns and my parachute gets destroyed when entering Kerbin. How do I stop my ...
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How do I add a tourist to a vessel in KSP

I'm trying to do the tourist flight contracts in KSP, but can't figure out where I can find the tourist kerbals to add them to my vessel?
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The game pauses but the menu doesn't appear?

Usually, when you hit escape during a mission, the game pauses and the menu pops up. I've just come back to playing KSP after about a year long break, and I'm encountering a bug that is pretty much ...
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How do you tell if re-entry will destroy your ship?

Kerbal Space Program 1.0 is finally out. The big change is re-entry disintegration. It's a problem for me. My first few flights escaped atmosphere without a heat shield and reentered just fine. But ...
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Lock up in space plane hangar issue

When im in the hangar for space planes and have finished creating a plane, I go and press the launch button and the game locks off all of the buttons but still lets me interact with certain parts of ...
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Do I have to buy Kerbal Space Program 1.0 even if I already purchased KSP before the update?

I want to download KSP 1.0, but it says I have to purchase it. I have already purchased KSP before the update.
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Where are the game files for DMP mod so I can put them on my second machine as well

I've got two computers and I'd like to move the game files from my one computer to my other so I can play under the same multiplayer account using the DMP mod. Can anyone point me to which files I ...
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Why all of a sudden my KsP Launcher Stoped loading

When I fire up KSP, the launcher will say "Looking for updates" rather than play or options, and the background will be a big red question mark rather than the Kerbal X Space craft. It worked just ...
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Does ksp auto-update?

According to the dev team's blog, KSP, 1.0 is 7 days from launch, and I was wondering, does the game itself auto-update, or do I have to manually download the game again from the website? Please note, ...
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How do I restart probes that have lost power?

It seems that some probes (maybe all) switch off permanently after they lose power. I've got a nice probe (with reaction wheels) that is just dead in space. Is there a way to restart them?
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Why can't I move my unmanned rocket?

I have an unmanned rocket in Kerbal Space Program. I have batteries and solar panels and I am clearly not out of electricity. I still can't control my rocket at all though. Why can't I control the ...
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Is there any way to repair a broken ship in kerbal space program

I was learning how to use the Eva jet packs when my kerbal (i hate dandard) flew into the solar panel and chopped it clean off. Is there any way to recover the broken part and reattach it without ...
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Does Near Future Propulsion (KSP mod) get easier late game?

After playing Kerbal Space Program way too much. I added the mod "Near Future Propulsion" along with the axillary near future mods. But now, mid-career it looks like the nuclear engine (everyone's ...
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Why does KSP keep crashing from access violations?

Whenever I'm playing KSP 0.90, the game seems to crashes routinely about every 30-45 minutes, and whenever I look in the crash logs, it's always the same reason. The game usually crashes when I'm ...
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Help me blow up a space station

I'd like to create a scenario where there is space station debris scattered in an area within a 0.5km radius for at least an in-game hour or so. The space station is has one center structural part, ...
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No option to decouple

I have built a small sub-assembly with a small docking port. I have also added a small docking port to my rocket. During construction in the VAB the ports never snap together but I am able to align ...
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Why is the load button unclickable?

Whenever I go into a VAB and try to load a craft, the load button is unresponsive. All other buttons work except for load. Loading crafts that came with mods from clicking on the runway doesn't work ...
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Does KSP model friction?

I'm currently try to land a kerbal without a spacecraft on gilly, but I just keep sliding around. Is this an effect of the low gravity, or the fact that there is no friction?
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Kerbal Space Program - Can I transfer Parts to another in-orbit vessel?

I have a few satellites and stations orbiting my planets, but I'd like to add onto them. I've seen numerous videos on using docking clamps to attach my new ship to the existing station, but can I do ...
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Can I play Kerbal without Steam?

A recent hot question, brought my attention to this site and the Kerbal space program. It looks like I would enjoy it, and there is a free demo but when I look at the purchase link it lists a "Buy ...
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What is craft unloading and how should it be handled?

What is craft "unloading" due to being farther that the "physics distance" from the "main craft"? What is the best way to deal with it? Can it be avoided? I only find very sparse information on these ...
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How can I get a pod back from orbit when it's out of fuel?

What's the best way to return a Kerbal back to Kerbin if they're in orbit around Kerbin. I have my best pilot, Jebediah, stuck in orbit without fuel. I'm quite fond of him so I would like to mount a ...
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How do you level up a kerbal?

How do you level up a kerbal in kerbal space program? I have a kerbal with one star, but I don't really know how I got him to one star...
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Where do I put the contents of the source folder with the b9 aerospace pack?

I've downloaded the B9 Aerospace Pack, and I've put everything where it needs to go, except for the contents of the folder named source. Where do I put the contents of this folder in my KSP directory? ...
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How to use action gruopings in ksp 0.90

I have a rocket and whenever i launch it the parachute automatically deploys and i cant stop it from doing that. Help please?
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2HOT Thermometer “in flight above 7,300 meters” at Minmus?

I have been given a mission to "Measure the temperature in flight above 7,300 meters near Gene's Deposit". I flew to Gene's Deposit on Minmus, put myself on a suborbital trajectory, and attempted to ...
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Why can I not click on any buildings except the astronaut complex?

I have a really good save file, it's in sandbox mode, but I have lots of things in it, and recently it became unusable. Every time I loaded it up, I couldn't click on any facilities except for the ...
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Why is the clock frozen?

When I'm in the space center, the little box with the time in it just reads Year-232, Day-161--3h,-14m. Why is this? Is there some sort of maxint that the developers implemented?
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How do I make sure radially-mounted stages don't collide with the craft when they're decoupled?

Many interplanetary launch platforms tend to require radially-mounted stages, especially for the atmospheric portion of their flight. However, I've found that a lot of these configurations have a ...
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When using Deadly Re-entry, how can I add heat shielding to unshielded parts?

I've designed a SSTO shuttle using mostly B9 Aerospace parts that flies pretty well with Ferram Aerospace Research. The only problem being that it doesn't really like to slow down that much, and ...
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How do I recruit more pilots?

I kind of.... killed all my pilots in carrer mode in .90, so can someone tell me how to get more? Also i have a whole bunch of scientists and engineers if converting the traits of them is possible. ...
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Which parts panel contains control surfaces?

The title is pretty self-explanatory. I'm just trying to make a plane in sandbox mode, and I can't find control surfaces. Thanks!
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Is there a way to measure the structural strength of a connection?

I'm designing a very large spacecraft, and I'd like to attach an arm to the spacecraft. Is there a way to measure just how strong the attachment is? In engineering terms, this arm is a cantilever ...
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How to intercept an asteroid in Kerbal Space Program?

I'm an experienced player with more landings on the Mun, Minmus, and Duna than I can count. I've built 2 successful space stations, and rendezvous and docking (which is something I was convinced I'd ...
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What do all these difficulty options mean?

I'm getting ready to start a career game of Kerbal Space Program, but I don't understand what some of these options are. In particular, what is the effect of: Allow Quickloading Auto-Hire ...
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How to tell scientist from pilot from engineer?

I know that when you pick kerbals for a mission it tells you what their role is, but I didn't even pay attention to who was placed on my ships when I launched, and now I have a space station with 5 ...
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Testing an Eve launcher on Kerbin

I'd like to launch a rocket from the surface of Eve. From what I've read, Eve is significantly harder to launch from than Kerbin. How can I test my Eve launcher design on Kerbin to see that it has ...
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What are the altitudes for the various altitude record contracts?

In career mode, you have the option of taking on a number of altitude record contracts, which are simply to get a rocket to a given altitude. However they're presented one at a time, and if you pass ...
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When is the size and shape of an asteroid determined?

While I was working on an asteroid capture mission, I reverted and retried the launch of my craft many times. I noticed that the mass of the asteroid seemed to be different each time I got to it. It ...
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How can one switch between symmetry modes in space plane hangar?

I don't know what I did, normally the Space Plane Hangar (SPH) uses mirror symmetry - meaning if you place two horizontal stabilizers they will both be on the top of the vessel. And the Vehicle ...
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Keep Mission Flag but edit Kerbal Flag?

I'm trying to recreate the Apollo 11 mission once more... (0.90 update stuffed up my save) But this time I want to do it a little differently... You can choose your save files flag by going to the ...
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Same rocket, different payload?

I'd like to design lifting rockets independently from the ships they launch into space. Basically, I'd like two design two different orbiters (we'll call them Apollo and Mercury) that can be launched ...
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Does the science bonus of multiple scientists stack?

A kerbal of the Scientist class who gained a few levels gives you a percentual bonus to all science collected by the vessel he is on. What happens when you have multiple scientists on board? Do their ...
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Does “stupidity” and “courage” affect the performance of kerbonauts?

With the latest patch Kerbonauts can gain skill as Pilots, Engineers, and Scientists. Besides that they only have the two distinguishing traits Stupidity and Courage. Apparently the latter two affect ...
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Find location when flying a lander in KSP

How can you find a location when flying a lander in KSP? I have a contract to collect soil samples from specific zones on Minmus. The locations are shown with pink sample bags in the orbit map, but ...
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Which facility upgrade unlocks maneuver nodes in KSP

Which facility upgrade unlocks maneuver nodes in career mode in KSP? The beta announcement hints that maneuver nodes are now unlocked with a facility upgrade: Are there any perks for upgrading? ...
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Get SAS working on a probe in KSP 0.90?

In KSP 0.90 (beta), command pods only provide SAS when a pilot is onboard. A probe command pod like the Stayputnik doesn't have a pilot aboard. I tried adding an SAS module to my Stayputnik probes, ...
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Can I salvage my KSP career with a single launch

My KSP career has stagnated. I can't get enough income from contracts to cover my launch costs. My per launch costs to LKO and back are 20-30k depending on payload size. Is there any way to get income ...