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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 8 planet star system.

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I Need Help With My Parachute in Kerbal Space Program

I have the very first, beginner rocket in Kerbal Space Program. I set my pressure for the parachute to deploy to the minimum. And also I did put it in the second stage. When the parachute icon turns ...
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What is the reputation formula?

Does anyone know how exactly the reputation points are awarded in Kerbal Space Program? I have read about reputation and know that it acts as a sort of currency. I also know that a 1000 points is the ...
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I went too far back in my KSP world

Can someone help me? I'm having a panic attack because I failed a Kerbal Space Program mission. I pressed F9 and went back really far in the game, and, like, 3 things unlocked in the tree.
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My large rocket is still flipping over

I am trying to put a large (?) rocket into orbit, but I am still having problems which I believe are of aerodynamic nature. However, with the ever-changing model of aerodynamics in KSP (I'm using v1.7....
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Change radial decoupler orientation or attachment part

I am trying to send multiple satellites in space at the same time. The satellites medium-sized and they need quite a bit of fuel so I want them to be radially attached to the main part of the rocket ...
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Calculate Satellite Constellation Launch Interval

I am trying to deploy three relay satellite constellations. One between the orbit of Moho and Eve with four satellites. One between Kerbin and Duna with six satellites. One between Dres and Jool ...
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In parking orbit, how to stay out of nearby moon's SoI?

I parked a space station in Jool's equatorial orbit and inclinated a little to avoid collisions with Tylo or Laythe. After a 5 year tourist contract mission near Duna, I opened the mission control ...
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How to have enhanced steering buttons with SAS in Kerbal Space program?

What are the prerequesites or what to do to get the navigation options shown in the following screen. In my case I see only the green electrical button.
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Can't send science back to Kerbin

I've landed a mobile processing lab on Mün, have a scientist, an engineer and a pilot, and I was thinking about an exploration mission. But it seems I can't send science back to Kerbin. When I tell ...
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Are SAM missiles or interceptors better for shooting down bombers?

With BD Armory, what are the pros and cons of using interceptor fighter jets or surface-to-air missiles for defending the KSC from bombers? Is one better than the other, or should they be used ...
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Ids of celestial bodies in the persistent.sfs file

I'm currently making a tourist planner for KSP which reads in the persistent.sfs which tourist want to do what on which planet . Here's a preview. The problem is that although science has the whole ...
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How can I stop SAS from using RCS while enabling it for the pilot?

While maneuvering I find it useful to have SAS point in a particular direction, e.g. pro-target. Using ijkl (or wasd in docking mode) one can then fine tune the prograde vector with thrusters. However,...
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Do KSP mods allow arbitrary code execution?

My kids want me to install some KSP mods. Some mods are just Config files, but I read that others contain C# code. Does this second class of mod allow arbitrary code execution? Could an unscrupulous ...
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How does air intake work?

I've just started building planes and am confused about the way air intake works. For instance, the J-90 "Goliath" Turbofan Engine is specified to consume a whopping 132.272 Air/sec while supplying ...
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Why geostationary orbit?

Warning : I'm asking why not how ;) Some Matt Lowne and Scott Manley tutorials show how to put satellites in geostationary orbit. My question is : for what use? Even Matt Lowne says that ...
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Why does my parachute turn red in Kerbal Space Program?

Why does my parachute turn red in KSP? Could it have something to do with the fact that my parachute won't even deploy? Or is it just a rookie mistake? I'm using an MK16 chute with the MK1 command pod....
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Quieter launches and crashes?

While I quietly assemble and fly KSP rocketships, my wife quietly reads nearby, enjoying the gentle music and Wernher Von's ah-hah's. Until I launch or crash-land one, whereupon the sudden noise ...
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Visual indicator of changing situation Atmosphere/Space High/Low when orbiting a planet

When orbiting a celestial body, I would like to have a (vanilla/stock if possible) visual indicator of the transition of the position of my ship between altitude situations. In KSP there are several ...
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How do I find Lili?

In the GPP mod for Kerbal, they decided to remove Lili from the map: Deleted Lili's orbit line from tracking station/map view. Ok... so, how am I suppose to find Lili? Just by flying around will ...
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Can I get a crew transfer milestone with the EVA jetpack?

The transfer crew objective has this description: Transfer any crew into any vessel from another mission in orbit of <body> to achieve this goal. One thing this doesn't make clear is, do I ...
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What counts for a satellite deployment contract?

The contracts call for "a new unmanned probe that has an antenna and can generate power". According to the sidebar, this launch vehicle counts in that regard: However, once I jettison the first ...
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kOS Print Pitch of Heading?

I'm writing a kOS script to launch and land a booster, and I'm currently working on the display. I ran the command print steer(pitch) at(0, 3). "steer" is the variable used to store target direction, ...
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What mod has this part in KSP?

gantrylargescalablevariant is a part in a craft I downloaded, and I don't have the mod for it. Unfortunately, I don't know which mod does. Help?
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How can I make a stable re-entry vehicle?

I'm playing a career mode game, and I've gotten my research up to all of level 4, plus Electrics. I've flown a number of suborbital hops, plus one successful orbital flight with re-entry. The Mk1 ...
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No connection and no energy on mission To the mun via Minmus

During the Making History Expansion mission To the Mun via Minmus, I run out of energy even with the probe in Hibernate and both RTC + SAS off. Is there a way to make the probe stop using any energy? ...
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How to achive a highly eccentric polar orbit around the sun oriented orthogonal to the ecliptic?

How do I get a communication satellite into a highly eccentric polar orbit around the sun, oriented orthogonal to the ecliptic in the most efficient manner? The idea is that this orbit would create ...
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Should I start trading Science for Money after unlocking the entire science tree in KSP?

Yesterday, after completing my Jool mission, I have gathered enough science to unlock all nodes of the science tree in the R&D department and I have over 1300 science left. Should I use the ...
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Can't straighten rocket components

This is a little annoying quirk that I've struggled with whenever I'm building a rocket: Half the time pieces refuse to go on straight. Once the rocket gets into this state I usually have to scrap ...
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How to control a rocket?

Historically I've been using a LOT of rockets and a LOT of fuel in order to achieve successful flights -- burning 6-8 BACC "Thumper" Solid Fuel Boosters to lift a payload of 2-4 FL-T800 Fuel Tanks so ...
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Why is this mission not complete?

I'm fairly new to KSP and it took me a long time to finally figure out how to play the damn game because without science you can't get better rockets and without better rockets you can't get into ...
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Asteroid mining without engineer

I have an issue with an asteroid in KSP, I am properly klawed on it, the drill is well connected to its surface and when I turn it on it does the mining animation continuously, however there is no ore ...
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Kerbal space program: science collection

Scenario: I use a goo experiment and the green bar shows I will get 15 science If I observe another goo straight after , it also shows I will be getting 15 science. But when I recover the spacecraft,...
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Should aerobraking vessels using SAS aim towards orbital retrograde? Or Surface retrograde?

There's no "air" SAS mode to position your craft relative to surrounding wind speed. So what should the SAS mode be for aerobraking maneuvers? Orbital, or surface? Or, is there a more precise way to ...
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Asteroids as portable gas stations?

I never saw an Asteroid before because I was playing Kerbal before it was a thing. Apparently, they are source of Ore and when I grab them with the Klaw, they become "part of the ship" and you can ...
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Why won't a ferry VIP mission complete?

It seems like a bug: I accepted the mission months ago. I recently came back, carried out the missions, but the missions did not complete. Furthermore, the VIPs are no longer able to be added to new ...
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Kerbal Construction Time

I installed Kerbal Space Program V1.22 and downloaded the Mod Kerbal Construction Time for more realism. But for some reason this mod doesn't show up during the game and construction and research time ...
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KSP throttle off after set time

Is there a way I can automatically turn off a burn after a pre-set countdown? For example, I have a 2 hour burn to do, so I want to start the burn, then leave it to do it's thing and automatically ...
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Ore capacity in mining rig limits production when away?

This is Rover. He refuels ships by biting them and wagging his tail (drilling). Rover acts very differently depending on whether or not I'm watching him. Warping through a full day while he's under ...
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Kerbal Space Program Science Malfunctioning

I have a major issue here. I can control my Kerbals just fine and even right click to see their propellant reserves, but the options for samples, reports, etc. are gone. I can't run experiments from ...
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Will having an engineer on board let me extract more fuel from an asteroid?

Here's a simple question that I couldn't easily find an answer to: Will having a skilled engineer on board my asteroid resource harvester (equipped with a Convert-O-Tron 250 and a pair of Drill-O-...
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How can I cure tourism with an MKS medical bay in KSP, and do I know if it's working?

Here's the situation: I have a station full of Kerbals who have gone insane in space due to homesickness, and now believe they are tourists. The station has a medbay (the MKS Tundra Medbay highlighted ...
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Is there a way to create new planets?

Is there a way to create new planets with or without the use of mods? Like, is there a file I can make/add to add another planet to the the solar system? And if so, how can I make new terrain and add ...
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Can direct antennas used to route a localized CommNet network to a long-range destination if the vessel also has relay antennas?

I understand relay antennas are used to relay and direct antennas aren't, but direct antennas can call home and are more light-weight than relays. I was thinking of the following system: The idea is ...
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Docking ports are not snapping

Why could two docking ports to not snap to each other? They a definitely close enough, speed is about 0.5 m/s and both ships have power. What i'm doing wrong?
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Can you only get the same science once?

I've been playing KSP for a while, and can land on the Mun, Minmus, etc. but one thing I've never been able to find a clear answer to is - can I only get the same science one time? For example, when ...
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Why is my heat shield failing?

Recently I did a Duna mission in Kerbal Space Program. I was landing my capsule on Kerbin (from Duna). I had a Heat Shield (0.625m), a Mk1 Cockpit, parachutes and a SAS. My periapsis was 19 kilometers....
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Does mining require a power source when I'm not looking?

In KSP vessels don't seem to consume or gain any power when they aren't loaded. So, for instance, a ship with no power generation can fly indefinitely without losing electric charge, as long as you're ...
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How to change Kerbal contracts settings during play or in save?

I made mistake. I hate part testing contracts but I enabled them when I was starting new game. Is there a way to change it now, without restarting my career? I find the initial stages pretty boring ...
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What is reasonable deviation in Kerbal Space Program contracts?

I tried to align my orbit as close to required orbit as possible, but still it doesn't count as I've reached the designated orbit. Why is that? and what's reasonable deviation? I checked Apogee, ...
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Is there a way to view total rocket mass in KSP?

I was building a rocket in Kerbal Space Program the other night, when I started to wonder if there was a quick way to view the total mass of a rocket. I was wondering this because each rocket part has ...