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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How do I do science?

KSP 0.22 has introduced a new "career mode", which introduced a tech tree, which you can progress along by collecting "science". I've figured out some things that can give you science, but I know I'm ...
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How do I rendezvous and dock with a ship in orbit?

I've been watching video tutorials and doing some Googling, but I just haven't been able figure out exactly how you're supposed to rendezvous with a ship in orbit. I always either end up somewhere in ...
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Can I abandon my Kerbonaut in space?

My little Kerbonaut is currently circling the planet in a stable orbit, and seems to be having a grand ol' time with it. You should see the smile on his face. He's been circling now for what looks ...
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How do I clean up this space-town?

After having some successful and (primarily) not-so-successful rendezvous in space, the area around my nascent space-base is full of detritus. Ending the missions responsible for littering didn't ...
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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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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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How fast do I need to be going to kill my Kerbals?

While crash landing on Kerbin, I managed to slow myself down to around 10m/s before hitting the water, and they still died. How fast do you need to land to kill a Kerbal and does anything else (like ...
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What is the difference between a stack decoupler and a stack separator?

So what is the functional difference between a stack decoupler and a stack separator? Why might I use one over the other? In what cases would I want to choose the TR-18D Stack Separator over the ...
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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 ...
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Can I escape Kerbin's gravitational pull?

In Kerbal Space Program, I finally managed to build a rocket that would actually do something other than explode on the launch pad. So far I've been fairly consistent in making it into orbit. Sadly, ...
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Is it possible to check the log before a crash?

In Kerbal Space Program you get a "Crash Log" after your rocket disintegrates. I'd like to see this log, before my spacecraft actually crashed. I can see the debug console by pressing Alt + F2. But ...
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Where's a good spot to land on the Mun?

The Mun appears to have quite a varied surface. Is there a particularly good spot for a first landing, i.e. where the ground is level and smooth?
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What factors decide if an engine overheats or not

I made some strange observations regarding engine overheat. When you place 4 RT-10 solid-boosters radial around a 5th, the outer boosters will overheat and explode before they are burnt out while ...
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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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How do I bring back lost Kerbals?

I did a bad thing - I shot Jebediah at Kerbal 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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Can I activate engines on spent stages?

To avoid cluttering my sky with bits of engine and fuel tank, I had the thought to strap some solid fuel boosters to stages pointed retrograde and activate them during staging in order to deorbit ...
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Can you land an asteroid?

I did it. I "docked" with an asteroid using the "Klaw" and changed it's orbit. Now it has a non-escape trajectory. But now I'm wondering... can I de-orbit it and land it safely on Kerbin? If I dock ...
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How Do I Use Docking Clamps?

I've built the following ship, which is capable of taking me to the Mun. However, with some careful piloting, I can make it into a stable Mun orbit with a bunch of fuel still left in the ...
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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. ...
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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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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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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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Is minor overheating a problem for my engines?

Some engines like the Mainsail tend to always overheat when at full throttle, so I just set the throttle a bit lower. But I was wondering what the effect of minor overheating is, and how far I can ...
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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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Do I definitely lose science when transmitting reports by antenna?

In the latest patch (0.22), which introduces career mode, we can do science. Then the way to recover the data collected is either sending it by antenna, or landing the ship back on Kerbin to retrieve ...
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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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Do plugins for Kerbal Space Program work on unix?

I have KSP installed on Ubuntu (via Steam) and I'm trying to install some plugins to make my rocket science easier. I have successfully installed NovaPunch and it works (new parts appeared!). But ...
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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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How do I determine a landing position in Kerbal Space Program?

I like Kerbal Space Program. I have a good understanding of space flight and use maneuver nodes to assist. I'm thinking about working on a multi-part Mün or Minmus station, using multiple ships to ...
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A way to find a flat area of the terrain before landing a delicate lander?

I have a convoy of ships in orbit around Duna, and now I need to pick a spot to land a kethane miner. The shuttle that will ferry the kethane to the orbiting station is very large and I am worried ...
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Can I change command module?

I've built a pretty good/enormous first stage rocket that's pretty reliable, and I'd like to use it to put different payloads in orbit. The only problem is I can't seem to switch out my command ...
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Controls locking up while in space

I am trying to launch a space probe which involves quite long periods of waiting at times to be able to raise apoapsis maximally. Sometimes during these waits when I try to start up engines again (or ...
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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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Does fuel feeding make sense?

Imagein a rocket with a central fuel/engine stack and four fuel/engine stacks of the same size and type attached with radial decouplers. Here are two scenarios: Scenario 1 - The outer four fire ...
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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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What altitude do I need to be to register as being above a biome?

In KSP, I can do science "from space just above Kerbin's Deserts" or "while flying over Kerbin's Water". At what altitude do I stop "flying over" and start sciencing "from space just above"? At what ...
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Is anything outside the solarsystem where Kerbin resides?

So, I wanted to recreate the Voyager and see how far into space I could launch a probe. As it stands now I've gotten past the highest orbit of the outermost planet (Eelo) and when I quit the game ...
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How to control the Rocket Powered VTOL?

When I try to control the Rocket Powered VTOL in KSP, it just tilts one way, and then when I try to correct it, it goes way, way the other way. For the moment this is just in the Kerbin atmosphere. ...
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Kraken ate Jebediah - any way to resurrect him?

I landed on Minmus. Some parts exploded, but that's only to be expected, it's Kerbal Space Program after all. I got Jebediah EVA to take some samples, and Hell Kraken ate him. Screen got blank, ...
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What's a reasonable control setup for a controller in KSP?

I can bind this and that axis to whatever in Kerbal Space Program for sticking my rockets, but my binds always feel clumsy and inelegant. Is there a good "standard setup" for using a controller (i.e. ...
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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 to keep a kerbal on the command module

How do I keep a Kerbal on the command module? I can barely get in orbit be for I run out of fuel and I need more science to get farther, but I can't without an EVA report and a review report for it, ...
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How to install 2 instances of Kerbal Space Program from Steam, on one computer?

KSP loads slowly. Sometimes very slowly. More parts and addons, slower loading. So I want to have a second instance, with no mods and only some of the stock parts, to quickly test things. I bought my ...
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Focus current craft on orbit map

I lost focus of my craft on the orbit map and I'm flying far away from any celestial bodies that I can focus. I have to plan a maneuver but a single pixel on my current flight path represents a couple ...
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How to make sure directions on navball correspond to directions I see my ship flying?

When I land on celestial body without atmosphere, I can't count on drag to nullify my horizontal velocity. So I need to use translation RCS for the final 3-5 m/s I can't nullify with manoeuvres. But I ...
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What version is the Kerbal Space Program demo?

I'm getting into Kerbal Space Program. I've been playing the demo and looking at youtube videos, but the youtube videos look SO different to what I've been playing. Does anyone know what version (or ...
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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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Editing Kerbal Space Program save files for KSO

Currently I've got a communications satellite in almost geosynchronous orbit around Kerbin. Unfortunately, it is not where I want it (I'd like it to be over the space center) and the orbit is off by ...
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Can I get science from asteroids?

Wow, I've just noticed a load of asteroids appearing in KSP's space center. My first thought isn't "What if they hit Kerbin and wipe out the entire Kerbal race?". It's "How much science can I get from ...
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How to build a water lander that can move?

I've build several landers that can safely splash down in water (on moons like Laythe, for instance). However, they cannot move around. The lander is basically a standard rover, with a lot of RCS. ...