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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What Science can I perform on and near Kerbin?

I've decided to try the Career mode in Kerbal Space Program and I've flown a few rockets into orbit around Kerbin and landed them safely again. I've taken some mystery goo into orbit and I've taken ...
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KSP Flight Menu won't appear(64X windows 8)

Yeah, it was working a while ago, but ever since my dad decided to install 7 DIFFERENT anti viruses. Normally, pressing esc while in flight or doing a science report replies with a menu appearing. ...
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Can't control small probe launch

I've got a very small probe rocket that I'm looking to launch to harvest a bunch of "Return science from X location" contracts- in this case, Kerbin orbit. However, when I try to launch the probe, ...
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What role does terminal velocity play in a rocket launch?

The section about terminal velocity on the KSP wiki says that terminal velocity "represents the speed at which a ship should be traveling upward during a fuel-optimal ascent." It also has a table of ...
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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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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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Tech research disappearing from tree

I noticed when I went into my tech tree, that there were several blank (unresearched) techs, most of which I know I already bought, including one of the first two you ever unlock. I'm finding myself ...
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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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Kerbal Space Program: Getting the SRB-KD25k “Kickback” to orbit?

In KSP, I have a contract to test the Kickback SRB in orbit. That seems impossible to me, how do I get a huge SRB like that into orbit? Remember, I can't light it up until it's in orbit or 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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? ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...