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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
30 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
37 views

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, ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

What can be grabbed with the Advanced Grabbing Unit?

I'm curious as to what can be grabbed with the Advanced Grabbing Unit from the Asteroid Redirect Mission update. The wiki says that it can "pick up just about anything," but that's just not reassuring ...
5
votes
1answer
78 views

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, ...
3
votes
3answers
90 views

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, ???, ...
15
votes
1answer
656 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
45 views

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. ...
-1
votes
2answers
472 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
158 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

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.
4
votes
1answer
102 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
84 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
411 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
119 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
103 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
157 views

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 ...
10
votes
4answers
13k views

How do I bring back lost Kerbals?

I did a bad thing - I shot Jebediah at Kerbin 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? ...
7
votes
2answers
136 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
608 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
6k views

Will my parachute fail if I'm going too fast when I deploy it?

I was going to put a whole back-story for this question here, but thought it'd be better as a Google+ post instead, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who reads it. So, during high velocity ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How does Min Pressure affect chutes in Kerbal Space Program?

I like to set my chutes to deploy at 50 meters because I don't have time to hang around (pun - get it?). But I've crashed several ships after accidentally changing the min pressure as well. How ...
2
votes
0answers
381 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
196 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
97 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
616 views

Move kerbals in KSP - to save Jebediah from an unjust fate

I'm hoping for some help. I'm fairly new to the game so please bare with me. I recently reloaded a quicksave instead of creating one by accident. According to How would one undo loading a quicksave in ...
10
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
905 views

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?
9
votes
4answers
16k views

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?
6
votes
1answer
867 views

Are SSTO (Single Stage To Orbit) vehicles cost effective?

I've been experimenting with building rockets that can make it into orbit with a single stage, decouple and then land/splash the booster section with a probe core in control (or sometimes Jeb in a ...
17
votes
3answers
7k views

What are the key design principles when building a space plane?

I want to build a single stage to orbit (SSTO) space plane. I have a design right now that I know is capable of making it to orbit, but only just. There isn't enough fuel or monopropellant to ...
0
votes
2answers
47 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

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.
7
votes
1answer
482 views

Are empty fuel tanks cheaper in Kerbal Space Program?

In previous versions of KSP you could adjust the amount of fuel in your tanks so to get better TWR. You can still do it in KSP 0.24 but now the fuel tanks cost money. My question is: if you reduce ...
-2
votes
3answers
3k views

Lag is ruining KSP - any ways to improve performance?

I've been to the Mun countless times and at one point had 3 bases, 6 landers, and 8 rovers operating there. I've sucked all of the science points out of Kerbin, the Mun and Minmus. I got rid of all ...
3
votes
1answer
15k views

How do I activate custom action groups?

I've created an action group to deploy my solar array, but now I'm safely in orbit, I have no idea how to actually do this. What do I need to do?
5
votes
2answers
271 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
15k views

Can I transfer Kerbonauts from a capsule to Hitchhiker Storage Container without taking an EVA?

I've been constructing a space station, and up to this point, I've been using autonomous launch vehicles to put unmanned sections into orbit. But now it's time to have a permanent presence in orbit. ...
3
votes
1answer
347 views

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, ...
2
votes
4answers
193 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
114 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
141 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
112 views

Rasterpropmonitor for Kerbal Space Program

Hello people I am a player of the PC game kerbal space program. I don't use many mods so I am unfamiliar with the process. I have download the rasterpropmonitor.zip, uncompressed it with 7-zip then ...
1
vote
0answers
129 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
91 views

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?
4
votes
1answer
1k views

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, ...