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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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Long Ships Wobbling

I have personally experienced this in Version 0.25 as I sent up my own ISS. (International Space Station) I had a very long Main payload which every other part would dock to. As I got it into orbit ...
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Is it possible to collide planets?

Like if I change some existing mod with engine and increase power of that engine. Then land to the Mun, and use this customized engine aimed to the Mun, will Mun orbit change? Does the game physics ...
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Can I fill or empty fuel tanks in the VAB?

I've read about people emptying some of their fuel tanks to save money. How is this done? I've tried everything I can think of short of editing the persistence file. What I really need to do is fill ...
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What are the units of measure used in Kerbal Space Program?

Kerbal Space Program is, ostensibly, all about having fun with rocket science. Of course, much of rocket science is dependent upon mathematics. Sure, there's plenty of mods and tools to help you out ...
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Translating time units in KSP

In Kerbal Space Program, not all time units are equivalent to their real-world counterparts. Seconds, minutes, and hours seem to be roughly the same but there seems to be some breakdown after that. ...
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Is there a way to track player-defined missions in Kerbal Space Program?

I've played Kerbal Space Program now to the point that I'm no longer really interested in the pre-defined missions in Career Mode. For awhile, I want to just focus on exploring space my way. This ...
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Is there a way to “make” Kethane?

I'm still trying to learn how things work in the Kethane mod, and I'm having a bit of a hard time with it since my current game doesn't appear to have any Kethane available at the KSC launch pad. I'm ...
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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 ...
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Reusable Goo Canisters and Jr. Science Bays

I would like to ask, how did Scott Manley in his Interstellar quest videos, able to reset the Goo Canister and Jr Science Bay after transmitting the data and used it again? He didn't even include the ...
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Electricity source for magnetoplasmadynamic engines in KSP

I'm attempting to create some cool long distance ships with the new hydrogen+electricity engines but quickly realized how ridiculous these engines are in terms of electricity intake. I managed to use ...
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KSP parachutes not deploying

I have several parachutes to slow my craft on Duna. I set their altitude at 1500m and their atmosphere setting to 0.5, yet they do not deploy. They turn blue when I activate them with space bar but ...
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Adding parts from other mods to Kerbal Attachment System

I've played KSP for a while now, and my approach here has been the same as with other games: First try it out vanilla, then add mods as I see which holes they'd fill. I added mechjeb first, to ...
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How do I keep my rockets from blowing up the pad without launch stabilizers?

Since 0.25, it is now possible to destroy buildings at KSC. Unfortunately, this appears to also mean it's now possible to overload your launch pad. On several occasions, even with relatively small ...
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KSP VS1 VTOL Engine. Can't 'Run Test'

I have been given a contract to test the VS1 VTOL engine while landed but I can't because the Right-Click menu is so big it goes off the screen! How do I work around this?
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Exactly what does reputation unlock/buy (KSP)?

I'm selling off all my reputation and I'm noticing the game is a little harder than usual. I've never been told what reputation does. What exactly does reputation do/give/unlock?
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How does Aggressive Negotiations work?

I have little need for reputation so I chose to get a high level of aggressive negotiations. Now it says I pay 90 reputation for each discount. I assume that unlocking science parts is a single ...
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What's the mechanic behind building destruction?

Since version 0.25, the buildings of the space center can be destroyed by flying vessels into them. What exactly are the mechanics behind building destruction? Do buildings have a hidden impact ...
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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 ...
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What causes Kerbals to become brain dead debris?

Jebediah was testing out my new monopropellant lander on the mun. After landing it was obvious that he was some 300 units short of making it back to Kerbin. I designed and sent a lightweight ...
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How can I determine the fastest orbit altitude including time warp?

When using mods like SCANsat, I find I spend a lot of time having to wait for my spacecraft to complete a certain number of orbits in order to complete whatever task it is I launched it for. To ...
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Kerbal stuck in seat, refuses to get out

So I created a rover with an EAS-1 control seat and sent it to the Mun. Everything went well, but now the Kerbal is kind of in the seat and kind of not. It looks like he's trying to walk when I drive. ...
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How can I prevent a part from being added to any stage?

In Kerbal Space Program many parts, typically engines and separators are "stagable", in that their activation can be tied to a stage. However sometimes I have stagable parts that I don't want tied to ...
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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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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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Contract: recover lost kerbals from orbit

For one contract, I'm supposed to recover someone stuck in orbit. I've done it with the grabbing arm but I want to know if it's possible to get the lost guy to board a ship with an empty seat. Tried ...
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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 ...
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Can I load saved ships from one game save into another?

Say I designed and saved something cool in Career mode. Now I want to load and modify that ship in a separate Sandbox save. Any saved ships don't show up. Only the Stock ones do. Any possibility to ...
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Space plane take-off & landing using only basic parts?

In the 0.24 science tree I've unlocked the Aerodynamics (tech tree tier 4), which contains the first space plane parts you can unlock. It does not contain any landing gear. :-| 1) Can one even build ...
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How to change default pilot?

What happened to me yesterday: I made a rocket Put Bob in it Start Crash Revert to vehicle assembly Fix crash reason Start And then I realized Bob wasn't there, Jeb was piloting my ship! How can I ...
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How can I see all tech tree nodes?

I'd like to work towards some specific parts in the KSP Career/Science tech tree, but I have no idea where they are. Is there some setting in game (perhaps with a mod) or online resource I can use to ...
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KSP Initial Throttle Value at 50%

Is there a way to make it so that the initial throttle setting is zero? As of 0.24.2 (maybe .1 as well) my throttle starts at 50%.
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Do I have to write down contract rules on paper to ever get a real chance to fulfil them?

To get contract bonuses, one need to meet certain set of conditions. Is there any way to make a game remind / notify me, like: You are at proper altitude and speed to fulfil "Test Mk16 Parachute ...
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Do I get a refund for parts that land on rails?

In the career mode, we have to take care about cash now. It means we need to reclaim as much as feasible. I fly high, it's easy. But it also means that when I jettison unneeded parts, they soon get ...
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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 ...
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What do the colors of the Reputation Bar in Kerbal Space Program mean?

In the Career Mode for Kerbal Space Program there is now a reputation bar, that in many screen shots looks yellow-green or green. Mine is green with some blue and then some stripped blue. I've ...
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How can I calculate the right number/types of parachutes for my craft?

In earlier versions of Kerbal Space Program, even in Career Mode, parts cost and recovery was never an issue to be concerned about. So a typical space mission might only return to Kerbin with the ...
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When is the cost incurred for rejecting a contract in KSP?

I've noticed some of the contracts in Kerbal Space Program 0.24 have a fee associated with failure. When is this fee incurred? If I reject it at mission control? After x number of flights?
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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 satisfy a contract in Kerbal Space Program?

I've been flying a few contracts now that the contracts update has been released. I notice in my contract bar that all of the checkmarks for a contract are green, however I am not awarded the ...
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Is there a contract multiplier

In Kerbal Space Program .24, is there a multiplier on earnings for completing more contracts on a single mission than on multiple individual missions? I can see that fuel costs could be reduced by a ...
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How much money do you make for returning craft safely to Kerbin?

My understanding of KSP 0.24 (First Contract) is returning parts safely to Kerbin will result in profit. My question is, what percent of the part cost is returned? 100%? Also, if I drop parts, say ...
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How can I get science from my space station to cash in the points?

I have built a space station orbiting Kerbin with a lander, science Lab Jr., Mobile Processing Lab, Goo Containers, a "workhorse" multi-purpose ship, fuel depot, and living quarters. I currently have ...
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Does orbital rendezvous require six degrees of freedom?

I'm trying to accomplish my first orbital rendezvous by following the Gemini 6A and 7 mission tutorial on the KSP Wiki. I've gotten the orbiters on about the same orbital plane, and orbiting at about ...
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Mun Numbers and Data in Ksp?

In Kerbal Space Program, even with using plugins that show data like I need, I can never find a conversion or something that will show the required fuel needed get the Delta V to reach a Mun ...
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Do Kerbals die of natural causes?

So, I got a Kerbal stranded on Mun in my first successful landing attempt. No big deal, right? I'll just figure out this whole "getting there and back" thing, then put together a rescue mission. The ...
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Why has my Command Module's orbit not decayed?

On one mission to put Bob Kerman in orbit of Mun and bring him back, his rocket ran out of liquid fuel on the return trip. However, the orbit Bob ended up in was around Kerbin with a periapsis of less ...
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Why are my parachutes failing to deploy?

I have 3 parachutes on my plane's tail, and I'm trying to deploy them while the plane is landing. However, when I deploy the parachutes in sequence, all 3 fail to deploy. This is my scenario: The ...
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How to controll vessel without crew?

I am building a cart to throw it to Eve, where there are some astronauts waiting for it, but every time I click on "launch" it says "This vessel has no remote-controlled or manned modules. It won't be ...
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Welded parts not appearing

I am trying to weld parts together in KSP with the UbioWelding plugin. The "Weld It" button appears and the in game dialog to weld parts seems to work fine, but the finished part never appears in my ...
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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 ...