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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 7 planet star system.

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When is the orbit of an asteroid determined?

So I've discovered and started tracking a fair number of asteroids in my short time playing the Asteroid Redirect Mission update. Some of them are completely harmless (at least for now), most have a ...
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How to prevent cargo from swinging inside fairings?

I'm using Ferram Aerospace Research to add some realism to drag. But this makes me to use fairings for my payload. Sad thing is, my payload swings. A lot. I tried both KW Rocketry and Procedural ...
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Corrupted save file

Something just went wrong with my ksp persistent.sfs (and quicksave.sfs) files. I launched the program like always, loaded everything just fine, made a rocket perfectly ok, then tried to launch and ...
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How do I get back from Eve?

I can now successfully land on Eve using a nuclear engine and several parachutes on my lander. I had originally tested taking off at Kerbin by equipping a pair of solid fuel boosters, but of course ...
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saving number of kerbals in ship

Is there any way to save the number of kerbals along with a ship? I always forget that these get reset and launch with less kerbals than expected only to realize my mistake midlanding somewhere.
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lv909 and nuclear engines flaming out?

I launched a ship into orbit around the sun and got to the point that I have to start using my small engines but when I decouple the previous poodle engine, all four of my lv909/nuclear engines die: ...
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Getting to Gilly and back

Been trying to get to Gilly (in career mode) to get more science but I can't seem to ever have enough fuel to get back. I don't know if it's because I have too much weight or not enough fuel but no ...
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Can I abandon my Kerbonaut in space?

My little Kerbonaut is currently circling the planet in a stable orbit, and seems to be having a grand ol' time with it. You should see the smile on his face. He's been circling now for what looks ...
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Reuse mystery goo transmit in career mode and multiple science for same canister

Is there a way to transmit data and not have the object be unusable anymore?
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What altitude do I need to be to register as being above a biome?

In KSP, I can do science "from space just above Kerbin's Deserts" or "while flying over Kerbin's Water". At what altitude do I stop "flying over" and start sciencing "from space just above"? At what ...
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In KSP-Interstellar, is there a way to disable a fission reactor?

I've installed KSP-Interstellar and I'm enthusiastic of this beautiful mod, but I'm still far from understanding all of its complex mechanics. One of the problems I'm facing now is the excess of ...
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How to install 2 instances of Kerbal Space Program from Steam, on one computer?

KSP loads slowly. Sometimes very slowly. More parts and addons, slower loading. So I want to have a second instance, with no mods and only some of the stock parts, to quickly test things. I bought my ...
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How can I kill Kerbals? From what drop height can they not survive?

What are all the ways a Kerbal in KSP might die? I know that they always wear space suits, so they (seemingly) can't suffocate. Side Question: How far must a Kerbal fall to die?
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Do I have to land ships that contains parts I will not have access to, before updating addon?

I'm playing career mode. I have 2 mini-stations at Mun and Minmus. But they contains parts from an add-on that did not have any technology tree entries and I added them as I felt right. Now there is ...
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How to make sure directions on navball correspond to directions I see my ship flying?

When I land on celestial body without atmosphere, I can't count on drag to nullify my horizontal velocity. So I need to use translation RCS for the final 3-5 m/s I can't nullify with manoeuvres. But I ...
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how to keep a kerbal on the command module

How do I keep a Kerbal on the command module? I can barely get in orbit be for I run out of fuel and I need more science to get farther, but I can't without an EVA report and a review report for it, ...
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Editing Kerbal Space Program save files for KSO

Currently I've got a communications satellite in almost geosynchronous orbit around Kerbin. Unfortunately, it is not where I want it (I'd like it to be over the space center) and the orbit is off by ...
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Kraken ate Jebediah - any way to resurrect him?

I landed on Minmus. Some parts exploded, but that's only to be expected, it's Kerbal Space Program after all. I got Jebediah EVA to take some samples, and Hell Kraken ate him. Screen got blank, ...
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KSP Lag when above Kerbin

I'm getting some heavy lag when flying over kerbin (or on the surface) sometimes. Still have not figured out any pattern. It does not happen as soon as I move above the ocean. Changing settings.cfg ...
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How to get kerbals out of Mobile Processing Lab MPL-LG-2?

I have a space station on Duna orbit, equipped with Mobile Processing Lab MPL-LG-2. I plan to decommission it and bring my kerbals back (or move them to the new station). But I have no idea how to ...
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Focus current craft on orbit map

I lost focus of my craft on the orbit map and I'm flying far away from any celestial bodies that I can focus. I have to plan a maneuver but a single pixel on my current flight path represents a couple ...
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A way to practice certain stages?

I'm wondering if there is a way of practicing different stages of a flight. I am currently trying to land on the Mun and after some hours i just made my first semi successful attempt at it. But most ...
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Turning too fast makes me lose control

I am building a Space plane. Its very simple, I have a completely symmetrical design with the center of lift near the edge of the center of mass sphere (so behind but not WAY behind). The problem I'm ...
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Can I move my Kerbals inside a pod?

How can I move my Kerbals inside the Lander-can, Hitchhiker, or Command pod? If it isn't possible by default, is there a mod allowing me to do that?
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How to produce an EVA report

I'm in carreer mode, I've finally managed to reach the orbit, I see the EVA button, but when I'm outside the only thing I can do is to climb the ladder up and down and eventually get lost in space :) ...
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With KSP Interstellar, how can I tell what my velocity vector will be when I turn off my warp drive?

I've been trying to figure out some stuff with the KSP Interstellar, and my biggest problem is that I don't know how to enter orbit of another planet. When I leave warp, I'm basically left with a ...
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Kerbal Orbital intercept pre-approach

I have finally figure out how to align inclination and rotate my orbit so that my Kerbal and the stranded one are chasing each other around Kerbin. So the last part before approach is to get closer. ...
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How do I calculate necessary Delta-V for circularization burn?

I'm trying to write a launch into orbit program. I could use wait until periapsis > x, but this seems inaccurate, because I can't start the burn at the exactly right time, because I don't know how ...
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Do I need to bring my scientific instruments back from the Mun?

I'm doing science (career mode), and I plan to send a manned spacecraft to the Mun. It'll have some basic science instruments on it -- SC-9001 Science Jr, Mystery Goo, etc. Assuming that I don't want ...
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Do I definitely lose science when transmitting reports by antenna?

In the latest patch (0.22), which introduces career mode, we can do science. Then the way to recover the data collected is either sending it by antenna, or landing the ship back on Kerbin to retrieve ...
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How can I deal with the “floppiness” of tall rockets?

I just tried to build a rather tall rocket which also uses several Quad-Couplers to add more engines, and as you can see in the screenshot below this thing is rather floppy and unstable: It also ...
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Do plugins for Kerbal Space Program work on unix?

I have KSP installed on Ubuntu (via Steam) and I'm trying to install some plugins to make my rocket science easier. I have successfully installed NovaPunch and it works (new parts appeared!). But ...
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Is minor overheating a problem for my engines?

Some engines like the Mainsail tend to always overheat when at full throttle, so I just set the throttle a bit lower. But I was wondering what the effect of minor overheating is, and how far I can ...
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How do I create symmetrical and even struts?

I'd like to add some EAS-4 strut connectors between some components to improve the stability of my rocket. But I can't seem to add them with any kind of reasonably symmetry and evenness. The second ...
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Combine two saved rockets in KSP Mac

In Kerbal Space Program on the Mac, is there any way to load two saved rockets into one workspace in the Assembly Building? For example, I want to load the Heavy Orbiter with the Kerbal X in order to ...
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Does fuel feeding make sense?

Imagein a rocket with a central fuel/engine stack and four fuel/engine stacks of the same size and type attached with radial decouplers. Here are two scenarios: Scenario 1 - The outer four fire ...
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Left shift doesn't work in KSP or other Unity games

I've got an issue in several different unity games: the LeftShift key doesn't recognize, nor does RightShift. Every other key works fine, and LeftShift works in other games and outside of Kerbal. ...
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How do you tell which way a planet rotates?

I understand that planetary rotation can help me get in to orbit. I've been told that some planets and moons rotate the wrong way or are tidally locked. I'm not so much looking for a list, but a way ...
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Kerbal Space Program max Surface Sample storage?

I've been trying to stay away from using the communitrons to send data back to Kerbin due to loss of content/data, and was wondering how Surface Samples are stored. For example, if I wanted to take ...
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How does the career mode change when you have unlocked the entire tech tree?

I've nearly unlocked all the science tech tree. How does the game change after that? Specifically, is there any reason for more science when I've unlocked everything? I've unlocked pretty much ...
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How do I do science?

KSP 0.22 has introduced a new "career mode", which introduced a tech tree, which you can progress along by collecting "science". I've figured out some things that can give you science, but I know I'm ...
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Which communication method is most efficient?

I'm playing Kerbal Space Program 0.22 and I've just unlocked the Comms DTS M1. It looks better than the Communotron 16 but is it more efficient? Specifically is the throughput or electricity use ...
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How do I set a maneuver point on the surface?

In the Luna 9 tutorial on the KSP wiki, it says: To keep track of how much time you have left, set a maneuver point on the surface. How do I go about setting a maneuver point on the surface? I ...
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A way to find a flat area of the terrain before landing a delicate lander?

I have a convoy of ships in orbit around Duna, and now I need to pick a spot to land a kethane miner. The shuttle that will ferry the kethane to the orbiting station is very large and I am worried ...
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How to build a water lander that can move?

I've build several landers that can safely splash down in water (on moons like Laythe, for instance). However, they cannot move around. The lander is basically a standard rover, with a lot of RCS. ...
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Is it possible to dock two Clampatron docking clamps at the same time?

I'm building a space station, and I've come to a point, where I need to dock two Clampatrons simulatenously. I'll explain what I mean with a little ASCII picture. My space station looks like this, ...
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Is it possible to check the log before a crash?

In Kerbal Space Program you get a "Crash Log" after your rocket disintegrates. I'd like to see this log, before my spacecraft actually crashed. I can see the debug console by pressing Alt + F2. But ...
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I need docking help. No, I'm not using a single dock

So I've gotten use to the general idea of docking. That was fun. How do I make it useful now? Well, I saw in the ksp wiki the mention of Nasa's Constellation program, docking ship parts together to ...
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How do I place attachments on the side of other objects?

I want to create a set of launch configurations to come together and create a ship I can build in orbit. To do this, I want to be able to put parts only on one face, like on the side of the orange ...
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What determines a Kerbal's uniform?

I've noticed that both in the mini-window in staging mode and in the Astronaught Center some Kerbals wore a different uniform. Sometimes blue, sometimes white and sometimes yellow. Are these ...