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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Efficient solar panel placing strategy

I've built a Mun-orbiting science station to process all the experiments that I've gathered from surface and space around. Basically this is simple final-stage rocket with four 3x2 solar panels ...
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Cause of broken lander legs on my rover? Kerbal Space Program

I made a rover for drilling, containing both wheels and landing struts (for support while drilling.) At first it worked fine, but as I was playing around with various wheels and configurations, I ...
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Is Terminal Velocity important in KSP 1.0+?

Related: Terminal velocity table for KSP v1.0 and later? I like to build big fast rockets. I always get wind and heating effects on my way up. Prior to version 1, that was incredibly inefficient ...
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Terminal velocity table for KSP v1.0 and later?

The KSP wiki presents an interesting table of terminal velocity in Kerbal's atmosphere preceded by an useful advice: Note: this table is useless with KSP version 1.0 and later, see the explanation in ...
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KSP: why does TrackIR crash the first time, run the second time?

I start TrackIR 4.0 software, to control a TrackIR 5 camera (KSP doesn't support TrackIR 5 software yet). Then I start KSP and load a game. When the spaceport appears, headtracking is inoperative ...
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Is there a way to play KSP without having studied rocket science?

A couple of years ago I bought KSP and struggled to even get through the tutorial getting the "basics". I didn't get anywhere, got frustrated and just stopped playing the game. However this morning I ...
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Landing at Kerbin without a chute

I've got a Duna lander. I used my chutes to land on Duna with basically no cost, which was nice. Unfortunately, I did not bring an engineer with me, as I did not know you needed one to repack chutes ...
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Solar intercept from collision course

I've got a craft that was stranded in solar orbit. Unfortunately, this orbit also came close to Kerbin's orbit. After a few cycles whilst I was trying to intercept it, it is now on a collision course ...
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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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Why is this decoupler attached wrong?

Why is this decoupler attached wrong? When I launch my ship, it's fine, but why does the engineering report say this: Any ideas?
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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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Rover power in KSP

I've built a small rover in KSP. I launched it, landed on the Mun and literally pushed it off the top of my lander. However, the outcome is seriously disappointing. Even at the maximum rated speed of ...
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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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Satellite exploding while in transfer orbit

I've accepted a contract to launch a satellite into polar orbit. I've done this before and things went totally smoothly, whereas now when I'm doing another contract like this I've stumbled upon a ...
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What is the list of career mode general achievement contracts?

As @Philipp points out in a comment to this question: The general achievement contracts only appear when it's something you haven't already done yet. To maximize my career performance I'd like ...
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How do multiple Mobile Processing Labs work?

Related: How does the Laboratory work? I had a orbital station with 1x Mobile Processing Lab (MPL-LG-2) in LKO. With another small vessel I did a tour of Mun and Minmus, collecting science as I ...
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When should I perform the inclination matching maneuver?

I'm sending a manned mission to Minmus and, as Minmus' orbit is inclined to Kerbal I need to perform a maneuver to align inclination. From one of Scott Manley's newbie career guide videos I hear that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to bring back mysteriously missing contract in Kerbal?

For reasons unknown contract "Explore Mun" disappeared for me. I can't see it in accepted, can't see it in finished, nowhere. Not even in Alt+F12 debug console. I got the contract to explore Minmus ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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, ???, ...