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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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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What are the minimum altitudes for each warp level?

The higher warp factors have a minimum altitude requirement. What is the lowest altitude at which each warp is allowed?
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How can I find the way back to the runway? [duplicate]

Kerbal Space Program doesn't seem to have an option to plant flags in EVA anymore. How can I find my way back to the runway I launched a Space Plane from without using a mod?
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How many science points can be obtained through experiments in the whole solar system?

When you perform every single experiment in every single biome of every single celestial body in every possible situation until their return values are zero, how many science points will you gain in ...
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Docking Port Bug

I've been working on a space station and, upon sending up the final module and getting it in place I realized I neglected to send up the "hallways" that connect them (the modules) to the core. I ...
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Can not extend Antennae after data transmission

In my current version of the game (1.05) if I have a Communotron 88-88 extended and use it to transmit data, it will automatically retract and thenceforth be unable to be re-extended since the ...
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Do Kerbal Contracts recur?

In Kerbal Space Program 0.24 the new contract system has been introduced. Do contracts recur, that is, if I do a mission once, will it come up again? I don't want to be repetitive doing the same ...
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How to design heavy lifter rocket

I'm building a space station that will make a trip to Jool, collect science from its moons and return. Here is my reusable science module (2600kg): I tested my Laythe lander in Kerbin. The lander ...
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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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Does deltaV have a limit using only stock parts?

The problem: I am trying to go to as much of the Kerbal system as possible, with the technology and base facilities that most people (including myself) used to get to the mun. (Why? We go to the ...
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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 ...
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Why are parachutes so useless?

It seems that in one of the last few version the physics have been tweaked to make re-entry and landing much more dangerous. In particular, parachutes now (1.0.5) seem absolutely useless. I've been ...
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Can I transfer my saved game between platforms?

I've been playing KSP on a Mac, but I'd like to transfer all my save data over to a Windows PC. Is this possible? If so, where are the files and what do I need to transfer?
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What's more fuel efficient, orbit or slingshot?

I didn't test it because I just had that idea. Normally, I (maybe everyone?) would send the ship to orbit Kerbin and then plan the trajectory to the final destination. Making the spaceship to orbit ...
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Kerbal Space Program, how do you disable autosave?

Yesterday I was in the middle of a space shuttle orbit mission when something urgent came up that forced me to leave my computer. I exited the game, Kerbal Space Program. Today I come back and find ...
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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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Why did Jebediah survive after jumping out of a plumeting rocket?

A weird thing happened this morning, I suspect it was a bug, but I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else. Jebediah was coming in for reentry to Kerbin when he deployed the parachute too ...
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Why I ever should use a Kerbodyne S3-14400 Tank?

The Kerbodyne S3-14400 fuel tank's statistic is just the double in anything I'm considering so far of the Kerbodyne S3-7200 Tank. It costs twice as much money, is twice as high, contains twice as much ...
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How can I tell if my parachute will work?

In a recent (relatively, stopped playing for a while) update of KSP, drag is much more of an issue now. Prior to this update, the staging icon (the orange icon to the left of the screen while in ...
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Why does short pressing the left shift key switch the view mode in addition to increasing the throttle?

When flying a spaceship if I press left shift briefly and let go immediately it beeps1 and switches the view mode2 in addition increasing the throttle. If I long press it it just increases the ...
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Sane career mode lowest tech levels

I am requesting guidance on the sane limitations of technology in Career mode. I've been beating my head into a brick wall with the game, and I'd appreciate knowing if it's my incompetence or I'm ...
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How to make a dockingport not detatch it self?

Actually I'm experimenting with dockingports because before I sent a spacecraft into orbit which later should be dockable, I'm experimenting I got it correct how the ports are working. Fortunately I ...
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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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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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Is there any way to reduce repeated science experiments?

There are many science experiments in the game that only give you part of the (remaining) value whenever you carry them out and retrieve the data. So, even if you rerun the experiment, you only get ...
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Why is my parachute deploying without input

I have build a simple rocket to bring 2 tourists into space. The final stage consists of, a a MK1 Command Pod, a MK1 Crew Cabine, a small heat shield, and an MK16 Parachute. After flying a few minutes ...
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Any way to edit game files to revert a flight in KSP?

I was showing my friend what Kerbal Space Program was all about, and I wanted to launch a quick mission to the Mun and land so I could EVA just to show him the massive scale of the game. When I got to ...
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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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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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Easy money in Kerbal Space Program

Ships cost money now a days, but I'm unwilling to make any changes to construction style (TWR >5 all the way!). I've had some trouble making fat stacks of ker-cash. What is the easiest way to make ...
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How can I change focus without firing up the throttle?

I can use tab to change between foci, e.g. if my focus is Kerbin and I hit tab, focus shifts to the Mun. However to go back without cycling through every celestial object requires pressing shift +tab, ...
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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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Half of my training missions are missing

After not playing for a while I re-launched KSP and went back to refresh my skills with the training missions - however I only have the more advanced missions available - how do I reset or re-acquire ...
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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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In this Kerbal Space Program tutorial, why does the commentator put the Stayputnik module on top of the crew capsule?

I have been watching Scott Manley's KSP tutorials, specifically this one here. He intentionally strands a Kerbal in orbit, then shows how to build a "rescue rocket", but doesn't go very in depth on ...
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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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New Surface Outpost Contract - add on to an existing base?

So I currently have a surface outpost on both Mun and Minmus, but I've now received two more contracts to do the same thing -- one outpost on each moon. Instead of creating a whole new outpost, is it ...
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My Mun encounter trajectory intersects the Mun. Is this optimal?

My encounter trajectory is pictured below. From a fuel-efficiency standpoint, is it optimal for my encounter burn to intersect the Mun, then perform another burn to curve my periapsis out to a ...
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Can I play Kerbal without Steam?

Kerbal Space Program looks like a game I'd enjoy. There is a free demo available. I noticed the purchase link lists "Buy Steam Key". I have had one experience with Steam, and that was enough. Do I ...
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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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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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Kerbal Space Program Unmanned modules

How can I fly an unmanned module? It shows SPU:no connection when I right click on it. I have tried adding batteries, comms dts m1 on it but no luck.
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Parachute activates on launch problem

So in Kerbal Space Program Im using the MK2 Radial Mounted Parachute, attached to the side of a Science Jr. Module. The issue im facing is that at launch the parachute automatically activates causing ...
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Kerbal Space Program: Gigantor XL solar arrays wobbling heavily on Space Station (no mods)

Background info: I was building a station similar to how the iss was built. So I added module by module. I placed a control module, with a drone core, lots of RCS fuel and SAS modules. After that I ...
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I can't perform science experiments but retrieving space crafts

I have gone into space and went EVA and right clicked on my kerbal, nothing appeared. (I am in science mode) I can't use the mystery goo container or science jr. I am on a mac and using 1.0.4.
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Can one replace/add a ship part in orbit? [duplicate]

I have a reusable ship in orbit and wish to add some parts to it (e.g. parachutes, heat shield, Mono-Fuel ...). Is it possible? Is there a mod that lets an engineer to do it?
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How can I cheat docking in Kerbal Space Program

To make things clear, I know how to and can dock, CoM thruster placing, translation, RCS build aid, 'cotrol from here' etc inclusive. I've built a multi-piece orbital station that was assembled in ...
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Mounting a time-limited rescue mission for kerbal inbound to Kerbin

I have a poor kerbal who, due to poor planning by mission control (erm, me), is returning to Kerbin, but does not have sufficient fuel to enter orbit. The situation: She has 84 days of supplies ...
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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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Does an RTGs efficiency decrease?

I've got a ship with Radioisotope Thermal-electric Generators (RTG), they're the stock PB-NUK variety. When I right click on them they say "Efficiency 1.0". In reality RTGs wear out over the ...