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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Docking: RCS translation with joystick

I'm having a problem with my joystick setup for RCS translation. What I expected to happen: In linear docking mode, I'd expect the joystick inputs to trigger translation only. What actually happens: ...
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My rockets lose stability when trying to launch

I've been playing KSP since about 0.22. I've been having a bunch of problems since 1.0 though, where I cannot even get into orbit. The major issue is that with every rocket design, when it comes to ...
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The kerbal space program auto hire option help

I believe that the auto hire option when the light is on then crew should be auto hired and when it's off they should not be auto hired if this is correct then there is something causing this option ...
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What does the engine precooler do?

In 1.0 there is a new part, the engine precooler. The description says, it "improves jet performance" but not how or by what amount. According to the stats it appears to be just a combined intake ...
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How NOT to launch my Mac mini into orbit?

When running KSP, even while I'm still on the ground in Mission Control or the VAB, my mid-2011 Mac mini (2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 512 MB) appears to make serious ...
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How can I make KSP run at half-speed?

In one of Scott Manley's videos (Interstellar Quest I think), I heard him say that he was running the physics of Kerbal Space Program at half-speed so his computer could handle it. He then doubled the ...
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How does the Laboratory work?

How does the Mobile Processing Lab work? There's a "Start Research" option, but it doesn't do anything...
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Flight path for SSTO

Is there an optimal altitude profile for an SSTO spaceplane? I'm guessing it might depend on the mass and lift profiles, but I'm looking for a general outline, if possible. By altitude profile, I'm ...
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Do I need to bring the laboratory back to Kerbin?

The related question talks about bringing experiments back from space. This can be done without penalties if a scientist "removes" the data from given device and stores it in a command module, then ...
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KSP: How to move parts closer/farther in the editor?

The VAB/SPH editor interface frustrates me to no end. I just can't figure out the most fundamental control of moving a part closer/farther from the camera. Yesterday I nearly lost a half-built large ...
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What's the air intake parts air drag in KSP past 1.0?

I've been considering increasing efficiency of my early launch stages by adding jet engines. I found an old thread discussing the idea, and one post struck me as "make-or-break" of my idea: IMO, ...
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Why did my Kerbal die?

I made a tug with the Klaw to rescue Valentina Kerman, who I had stranded in an orbit of the Mun, and bring her back to Kerbin. During reentry, I set the tug's parachutes to fire at a high pressure, ...
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Why does my hoverpad flip over?

I tried building a "pad" that would allow my Kerbals to fly around at moderate altitudes, hovering in the air; something like a quadcopter, just with jet engines. I made sure the center of thrust ...
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Which parts can act as ailerons, elevators and rudders?

I read the tutorial on building planes in KSP, absorbed the knowledge on ailerons, elevators and rudders, then eagerly set off to build one, purchasing the 'aviation' research. And then I got stuck. ...
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How can I make money in the new career mode?

I know, there are tons of people and questions about the new career mode, mostly the tight money system. Most of these posts are answered with "Farm the 'test x while landed on Kerbin' missions, ???, ...
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Where do add-ons have to be placed?

I use the Steam version of Kerbal Space Program and I don't know where add-ons have to be installed. The answer may be easy to find but this question hasn't be asked here yet.
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Is asparagus staging still the most efficient method of staging?

When I used to play a ton, I remember reading and hearing that the dry mass of fuel tanks in KSP is unrealisticly high, resulting in asparagus staging being more efficient than sequential staging by a ...
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How do I toggle the planetary scan overlays?

I put a satellite in polar orbit and used the big scanner to scan the planet (technically a moon) for ore. Now I have a green overlay on the planet making it difficult to determine landing ...
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How to add decoupler to Staging List?

I'm having a problem with Kerbal Space Program where decouplers are not appearing in the staging list. Instead they are just to the left of the staging list. I can click them and drag them but they ...
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Do you need a heat shield to land on Duna?

The title says it all. A big heavy heat shield will mean a whole lot of wasted delta-v if it's not required to re-enter on Duna. With Duna's low gravity and hence low orbital speed, combined with ...
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How to land accurately with a plane?

I've created a basic sub-orbital plane in KSP, it flies well enough. On landing, I always cut the engines, then go into a glide from ~6km up then end up overshooting the runway or landing to it's ...
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How do I space out satellites evenly in an orbit?

I'm playing career mode with RemoteTech. A major task I'm facing is deploying a network of communication satellites in keostationary orbit. As I understand it, three spaced out evenly across the orbit ...
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How can I navigate on Kerbin?

I've seen a number of contracts for "conduct a survey near X at Y altitude". How do I find point X in relation to the space center? It doesn't look like the space center is marked on the planet, so ...
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How does the temperature overlay work?

I've read about the temperature overlay in Kerbal Space Program here. And I've seen it, but how does it work? When I turned it on f11, everything was red, which seems bad. I've seen the temperature ...
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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]( http://kerbaldevteam.tumblr.com/), KSP, 1.0 is 7 days from launch, and I was wondering, does the game itself auto-update, or do I have to ...
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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? ...