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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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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 ...
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How can I reduce the sensitivity of my spaceplane's roll?

I'm trying to build a spaceplane that looks and behaves like a modern jetliner. It's looking and working correctly for the most part, except for one thing: the roll of the spaceplane is extremely ...
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How to build a satellite network around Kerbin which guarantees full coverage?

With update 1.2, you need to make sure that probes always have a communication link to Kerbin. There is also an advanced difficulty setting where you don't have stations all over Kerbin but only have ...
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Why RCS thruster moved my ship while rotating

When I attempted docking I have annoying issue of RCS changing the ship speed. Once when I tried to rotate next to fuel station I got 10 m/s just by rotation. I place RCS near COM when designing the ...
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How to prevent the “Minmus Quake” that is destroying my base

I know that several versions ago (pre-1.0) that there was a stability bug that would cause parts to start vibrating heavily on load, causing things to pull apart, explode, or some other nasty result. ...
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Dismiss ship after finishing contract

Regarding those contracts about placing a satellite (or something else) around some planet or moon... May I dismiss them after the contract is fulfilled? Or there is some kind of penalty if I do that (...
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Trouble moving parts in space

I am working on building a Minmus orbiting base, where I would use ore from Minmus to make fuel, and basically make this my base of operations for any long range missions. I created a "space mover" ...
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Why do I lose control of my ship near the Mun?

I built a ship and launched it into orbit, then set it on a trajectory for the Mun. I accelerated time until the ship was near it. At this point, the Mun was between my ship and Kerbin. I went to ...
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How do I install mods for Kerbal Space Program 1.1?

How do I install mods into the latest 1.1 version of KSP? I tried to put the .zip file into the gamedata folder but when I launched I didn't see the parts. Can anybody help me?
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How should I approach Jool to make best use of my fuel?

Suppose I want to land a kerbal on one of Jool's moons, say Vall, for example. How should I approach Jool to make best use of my fuel, without using aerobraking? What kind of orbit should I shoot for? ...
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Can I slow down my orbit enough to land on Eve?

I'm playing KSP. I've successfully gotten a craft in circular orbit around Eve about 100,000 meters up for the first time (I'm a noob). I'd like to land on Eve, however when I try to adjust my orbit ...
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How is engine thrust calculated in environments with atmospheres greater than 1 atm?

Each engine has a vacuum thrust and an ASL thrust. Presumably, there is a linear relationship between thrust and outside pressure. Or, as pressure increases from 0 atm to 1 atm, thrust decreases from ...
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What is the limit to the number of KSP installations I can have on my account?

So, the title is pretty self explanatory, but I'll clarify just to be safe. I've recently purchased KSP and installed it on my desktop PC at home. However, I am going somewhere and I want to have ...
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Duna: Is it always more efficient to aerocapture than to do a capture burn?

I know this sounds like a dumb question, but hear me out. Capture burns are obviously extremely expensive because the spacecraft needs to carry a bunch of fuel with it all the way to Duna. However, ...
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When visiting an extraterrestrial moon, is it typically most efficient to fly straight into the moon's orbit then do a capture burn?

Consider the mission of travelling from Kerbin to Ike (low orbit). There are two ways of getting to Ike that I'm trying to compare in terms of fuel requirements. First method: Duna capture, Ike flyby ...
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The first click of the KSP re-root tool, what does it do?

In Kerbal Space Program for the reroot tool, I know you click a part, then click another part and the second click is the new root. What is the first click for?
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What is that colorful display under MechJeb's Maneuver Planner, advanced transfer to another planet option?

I've been using MechJeb mod successfully for some time now. But there is one piece of its user interface that is puzzling me. On the Maneuver Planner, when I select the advanced transfer to another ...