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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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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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 can I get a pod back from orbit when it's out of fuel?

What's the best way to return a Kerbal back to Kerbin if they're in orbit around Kerbin. I have my best pilot, Jebediah, stuck in orbit without fuel. I'm quite fond of him so I would like to mount a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 facility upgrade unlocks maneuver nodes in KSP

Which facility upgrade unlocks maneuver nodes in career mode in KSP? The beta announcement hints that maneuver nodes are now unlocked with a facility upgrade: Are there any perks for upgrading? ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Does the science bonus of multiple scientists stack?

A kerbal of the Scientist class who gained a few levels gives you a percentual bonus to all science collected by the vessel he is on. What happens when you have multiple scientists on board? Do their ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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How do you level up a kerbal?

How do you level up a kerbal in kerbal space program? I have a kerbal with one star, but I don't really know how I got him to one star...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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What do all these difficulty options mean?

I'm getting ready to start a career game of Kerbal Space Program, but I don't understand what some of these options are. In particular, what is the effect of: Allow Quickloading Auto-Hire ...
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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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Kerbal Orbital intercept pre-approach

I have finally figure out how to align inclination and rotate my orbit so that my Kerbal and the stranded one are chasing each other around Kerbin. So the last part before approach is to get closer. ...
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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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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 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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Find location when flying a lander in KSP

How can you find a location when flying a lander in KSP? I have a contract to collect soil samples from specific zones on Minmus. The locations are shown with pink sample bags in the orbit map, but ...
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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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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 ...