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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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 ...
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How do I bring back lost Kerbals?

I did a bad thing - I shot Jebediah at Kerbal at 20,000m/s. The chute didn't even slow him down and he impacted at Mach 4. He's now listed as MIA under the Lost tab. How do I bring him back to life? ...
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How would one undo loading a quicksave in Kerbal Space Program?

I just reverted to a quicksave in KSP, but I had forgotten that I had not actually made a quicksave during this mission (or in the last few missions), and thus hours of work were deleted. Is there ...
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Why are my Kethane tanks not filling?

I've been playing around with the Kethane resource mod, and I believe I've met the requirements to be able to extract Kethane from Mun. I've deployed satellites around Mun, in a rather nice fashion, ...
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Kerbin Stationary Orbit

In Kerbal Space Program, I put up 3 geostationary "GPS" satellites. I spaced them evenly around Kerbin, around 120 degrees apart. They're all at the same (KSO) altitude and within 0.1 m/s speed, but ...
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Stabilizing your craft in orbit

Is there a hot-key, trick or maneuvering technique to stabilize your craft in orbit so it does not roll, pitch and yaw relative to the planet it is orbiting? I'd like to get my first station part up ...
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How to control the Rocket Powered VTOL?

When I try to control the Rocket Powered VTOL in KSP, it just tilts one way, and then when I try to correct it, it goes way, way the other way. For the moment this is just in the Kerbin atmosphere. ...
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How to get SAS working in Kerbal Space Program

I've built a small rocket in KSP. It doesn't do much, but it does make it into orbit just fine. It has a parachute, capsule, decoupler, SAS module, 3x liquid fuel tanks, a liquid fuel engine, and 4 ...
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How do I determine a landing position in Kerbal Space Program?

I like Kerbal Space Program. I have a good understanding of space flight and use maneuver nodes to assist. I'm thinking about working on a multi-part Mün or Minmus station, using multiple ships to ...
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What version is the Kerbal Space Program demo?

I'm getting into Kerbal Space Program. I've been playing the demo and looking at youtube videos, but the youtube videos look SO different to what I've been playing. Does anyone know what version (or ...
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Rocket becomes unresponsive [closed]

Every once in a while, I will not be able to control the rocket, and the pilots will no longer be able to EVA, and I cannot IVA, either. My ship has fuel, electrical charge, and a couple communitrons ...
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Duplicate parts but place them in a separate stage?

This is relevant for building asparagus staging rockets. Basically each asparagus-stage should be ejected separately, so they should be on a separate stage, but for consistency and quick building they ...
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Why won't my rover drive on Duna?

I just landed my first rover on Duna, but it doesn't want to drive around! This same design zips around Kerbin like a tiny science race car, but just slowly slides down the very gentle hill it's ...
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How can I undo ending a flight accidentally?

So I had this awesome station orbiting Tylo with a lander and crew there already so that I could (hopefully) perform the landing the next time I played. So having had enough for the day, I proceed to ...
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Two mods use different versions of the same DLL. Which one do I use?

I'm setting up (another) modded install of KSP, and I'm including both the B9 Aerospace pack and the Firespitter airplane parts pack. However, they both use Firespitter.dll in order for some of the ...
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Kerbal space program number binding

Basically i want to be able to press 2 (or any number or key) and have my all solar panels deploy instead of having to activate them all one by one with many annoying mouse click. How do I do this?
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After orbit occurs… things freeze up.

I've been sending probes into deep space, but once I get so far(I use Time Warp), the command pod has no electric charge and the stage lock is locked(pink). I have solar arrays on my probe, but it ...
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Is anything outside the solarsystem where Kerbin resides?

So, I wanted to recreate the Voyager and see how far into space I could launch a probe. As it stands now I've gotten past the highest orbit of the outermost planet (Eelo) and when I quit the game ...
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How do I orientate the navball properly with a probe?

I have designed a rocket with a plane on the top. It looks a bit like a Christmas tree topper and hence a bit silly, but it works. However, once I get it into orbit, left is right, up is down, and in ...
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How can I see the FPS in KSP?

It's probably a very simple question, but I couldn't find the key to show the frame rate in KSP.
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Controls locking up while in space

I am trying to launch a space probe which involves quite long periods of waiting at times to be able to raise apoapsis maximally. Sometimes during these waits when I try to start up engines again (or ...
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Where can I find information about previous Kerbals?

So I've recently started playing Kerbal Space Program, with disastrous results: the survival rate of any Kerbal entering any of my ships is currently 1 survival for every 30 deaths. My question is, is ...
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Rover uncontrollable in low gravity

I've built a rover with the new rover wheels. It works great on Kerbin, but when I bring it to a low-gravity world like Minmus it is uncontrollable. When I accelerate, the back goes up. When I try to ...
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How can I use Jool to put a spacecraft into a solar polar orbit?

I'm trying to use Jool as Ulysses used Jupiter to insert itself into an extremely inclined polar solar orbit with a fairly modest amount of delta-V (direct solar polar insertion from Kerbin escape ...
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My spacecraft was built backwards; gimbal always lies

I put a probe into orbit and is now on a Kerbin escape path, but it has a really annoying quirk; the engines are mounted to the "top" of the probe so the gimbal always seems flipped 180°. In order to ...
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What's a reasonable control setup for a controller in KSP?

I can bind this and that axis to whatever in Kerbal Space Program for sticking my rockets, but my binds always feel clumsy and inelegant. Is there a good "standard setup" for using a controller (i.e. ...
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Can I activate engines on spent stages?

To avoid cluttering my sky with bits of engine and fuel tank, I had the thought to strap some solid fuel boosters to stages pointed retrograde and activate them during staging in order to deorbit ...
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What factors decide if an engine overheats or not

I made some strange observations regarding engine overheat. When you place 4 RT-10 solid-boosters radial around a 5th, the outer boosters will overheat and explode before they are burnt out while ...
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Can the locations of easter eggs be found in the game files?

The official KSP wiki lists several easter eggs - objects which can be found on the surfaces of the various planets. Can you find the positions of these objects somewhere in the game files?