What happened to me yesterday:

  1. I made a rocket
  2. Put Bob in it
  3. Start
  4. Crash
  5. Revert to vehicle assembly
  6. Fix crash reason
  7. Start

And then I realized Bob wasn't there, Jeb was piloting my ship! How can I stop that? How can I prevent Jeb from pushing his butt into my rocket if I haven't invited him? If I chose a pilot for specific ship, I want my choice to be kinda persistent (until I change it), so how can I achieve that?

  • Why on kerbin would one want anyone but Jebediah piloting a ship? Aug 5, 2014 at 11:33
  • @KendallFrey There is this little something called "pilot's reputation" now, and whilst I have no idea how exactly it works, I don't want to loose it all if I'll kill Jeb and science + contract gains will prevent me from reverting flight.
    – Mołot
    Aug 5, 2014 at 11:35
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    Jeb never dies, he merely gets "placed into a higher orbit". Aug 5, 2014 at 11:38
  • @Mołot I thought reputation applied to your space program, not individual pilots
    – CyanAngel
    Aug 5, 2014 at 15:47
  • @CyanAngel I'm not sure. And I don't like surprises. Last but not least - I have fun with letting different Kerbals visit moons ;)
    – Mołot
    Aug 5, 2014 at 18:48

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Kerbal Space Program always uses the first Kerbal on the astronaut list, it does not have the facility to remember your previous selection. You have to change the Kerbal every-time, or put Jeb in a permanent orbit to prevent him from returning to the KSC

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    I like to make a rocket and call it "Retirement" and launch Jeb, Bob and Bill into retirement
    – Coomie
    Aug 5, 2014 at 1:43

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