Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program.
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2013

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“KSP is still under development. This means the game will be improved on a regular basis, through updates that add new features, content and bug fixes, so make sure to check back for new versions.



The game is being built as a sandbox first, so there are no objectives yet, but we want you to try it out and have fun with it already. You're free to build anything you can think of, and there is an entire Solar System to explore.



During development, KSP is available for purchase at a discounted price, which will gradually increase up to its final retail price as the game nears completion. So by ordering now, you get the game in its current state, and you'll get all future updates for free.”
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December 15, 2014

KSP has gone Beta! v0.90.0 is Officially Released!

Hello everyone and welcome to version 0.90.0 of Kerbal Space Program: Beta than ever!



Version 0.90.0 marks the transition from alpha to beta development of the game and will introduce the final major components to career mode. This then is the version that makes the game ‘scope complete’: every major feature that the game was designed to incorporate now exists and from here on, development will shift focus from implementating new systems to improving the existing ones, adding content, polish, balancing and bug fixing.

The update contains many new features and updates to previously existing systems which combined make for quite likely the largest update in the game’s three year history. Here are the highlights:

Upgradable Facilities
In career mode the Kerbal Space Center will advance with your space program. Start out with small buildings and limited functionality and build up your facilities into a state of the art space center with capabilities to launch and manage every mission you’ve ever dreamt of doing. Each building such as the Astronaut Training Complex, Vehicle Assembly Building and Tracking Station can be upgraded separately (and destroyed and repaired too), unlocking new and exciting capabilities and bonuses to your space program. Choose where you spend your money wisely: constructing buildings is most certainly not cheap.

Kerbal Experience and Skills
Your Kerbals now have specific skillsets they will develop as they gain experience: Choosing from your available applicants now mean deciding between pilots, scientists and engineers, each adding abilities specific to their skill, and unlocking further abilities as they earn experience by going on missions in outer space. Pilots are able to take over control of your spacecraft’s orientation to provide stability control during flight; Scientists are better at collecting and analyzing experiment data, so their science skills give bonuses to science collection, data transmission, and lab processing; and an experienced engineer can repair specific parts of your craft which may just save your mission.

Editor Overhaul
Ship Construction has been almost entirely rebuilt from the ground up. The Parts list now allows you tolook up parts not only by function (category), but also by resource, module type, tech level and much more. In case you want to add your own custom categories, that’s possible as well, you can set up lists of your favorite parts and organize your subassemblies into subfolders. As if that wasn’t enough there’s also the option to sort the filtered parts by mass, cost, size and name.

Also new in the Construction Facilites are the Gizmos which will allow you to Offset and Rotate parts, giving you complete control over how they are placed. The functionality to set a new root part for your craft has also been added, so you don’t have to rebuild your entire craft if you decide the root part should be somewhere else.

Other than these, we've also added many other improvements and new features: Symmetry can be toggled between Mirror and Radial modes, in both editors; Crew assignment is now fully persistent as you build; A new Stats toolbar panel lets you see your craft's total mass, part count and size; the list goes on.

Mk3 parts
After the major overhaul on Mk2 spaceplane parts in version 0.25 there is now a lot more to choose from when it comes to the Mk3 spaceplane parts: the old Mk3 parts have given way to a total of 15 all-new parts of unprecedented size, capable of carrying truly enormous payloads. Really. You can fit an orange Jumbo-64 fuel tank inside those cargo bays!

More contracts
Kerbal Space Program version 0.90.0 also brings the Fine Print mod by Arsonide into the game. This addition brings a whole new array of contract types to the table for you to choose from, adding depth and diversity to the contracts system. Survey areas, deploy satellites in precise orbits, capture asteroids, construct orbital space stations and build bases on planets or moons. This isn't a simple mod addition however. Fine Print author Arsonide has worked with us to tweak the mod into the stock game seamlessly. It’s all included and should provide any player with a challenge suited to their skill level and interests.

More biomes
The biomes system has seen a major overhaul for the first beta release of Kerbal Space Program. With help from KSP enthusiast and streamer Tanuki Chau every planet and moon in the game now has new biomes players can go out and explore. From the canyons of Dres to the peaks on Pol, the game now counts over 100 unique biomes. Each of these places represents another location where your Kerbals can gather, analyse, recover and send data from.

These are the major changes for Kerbal Space Program update 0.90. For everything else, check out the complete changelog here:

http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/content/322-KSP-has-gone-Beta%21-v0-90-0-is-Officially-Released%21

As always, the update is now available on the KSPStore and Steam.

We hope you will enjoy Kerbal Space Program: Beta Than Ever as much as we enjoyed making it.

Cheers

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About This Game

Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program.


In KSP, you must build space-worthy craft, capable of flying your crew out into space, without killing them. At your disposal is a collection of parts, which must be assembled to create a functional ship. Each part has its own function and will affect the way a ship flies (or doesn't). So strap yourself in, and get ready to try some Rocket Science!


The game has different game modes, you can play the Career Mode if you want to expand and manage your own Space Center, taking on missions and researching new technologies. Or you can play Sandbox mode if you're only interested in flying and discovering the Kerbal universe without restrictions. There is even a mid point between these two, Science mode.

Key Features


  • The Vehicle Assembly Building and the Space Plane Hangar allows players to build spacecraft out of any imaginable combination of parts.
  • Fully-fledged, Physics-based Space Flight Simulation ensures everything will fly (and crash) as it should.
  • Take your Kerbal crew out of the ship and do Extra Vehicular Activities.
  • Fly out to Moons and other Planets.
  • Procedural Terrain delivers detailed terrain at a vast scale. The Kerbal Planet is 600km in radius!
  • Mod-enabled, allows players to create new content and modify the game.
  • Ship systems. Keep an eye out for engine temperatures and fuel levels, and try not to explode.
  • Build ships with multiple stages, and jettison parts away as they burn out.
  • Full control over the ship’s setup allows for complex ships and advanced functionality.
  • Dock spacecraft together to build Space Stations, Massive Starships, or even surface bases on other worlds.
  • Manage your crewmembers, hire them, and send them out into space and make them into heroes.
  • Research and Develop new technologies to advance your Space Program.
  • Take on Missions to attract interest in your Space Program.
  • Discover new worlds and expand the scientific knowledge of Kerbalkind.
  • And a whole lot more!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 or 8 64 bit
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Snow Leopard (10.6)
    • Processor:Intel
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM3 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Yosemite (10.10)
    • Processor:Intel Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux (Most distros should work)
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HD space
    • Video Card: SM3 512MB VRAM
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM4 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
155 of 168 people (92%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
142.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Early Access Review
1) Buy this game.

2) Build rocketship.

3) Accedently seperate boosters and deploy parachutes whilst still on laucnhpad.

4) Rebuild rocketship.

5) Fail to Escape atmospher

6) Crash

7) Rebuild rocketship.

8) Fail to achive orbit.

9) Crash

10) Rebuild rocketship.

11) Fail to achive orbit of the Mun

12) Abandon Kerbal and rocketship to drift in space forever without fuel.

13) Build new rocketship

14) Crash into the Mun.

15) Build new roecketship

16) Successfully get Kerbal to the Mun

17) Gather munrocks and plant flag

18) Get Kerbal back from the Mun, safly splashdown in ocian, recover craft.

19) Realise you have been playing for hours, learnt a lot about spaceflight and orbital mechanics, had a lot of fun and that your now realy good at building and flying spacecraft.

20) Attempt to build a spacestation, send probes or kerbals to other orbital bodies in the solarsystem, or design a working spaceplane.

21) Crash.

22) Rebuild Rocketship.
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110 of 123 people (89%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
have major science test tomorrow
screw studying
play KSP for 12 hours
Test rolls around
Ace it with 105% (bonus points)
only person in school to do this
teachers asks how
say that Jeb helped me
she asks who Jeb is
look her in the eyes

he's a badass

JEBERICA! F*CK YEAH!

No really. Get the game. It's amazing. (I acutally did ace that science test)
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1,028.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Early Access Review
I liked the part about rockets

jeb/bob
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34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
536.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Early Access Review
Simulators are often dumbed down, or complex to the point of absurdity.
KSP has a steep learning curve, but an easy interface.

I stayed up all night until my rocket could make it to orbit.
Lost many hours of sleep my first week of playing, getting to the moon.
Lost even more sleep, getting to the moon and back.
Lost more still docking for the first time.

And I don't want any of that lost sleep back, this game is WIN.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
1 built a rocket
2 put jeb in it
3 got into space
4 jeb went for a space walk
5 accidently left hand on shift
6 jeb is the newest palnet orbiting the son
7 jeb hits the sun
8 let the tears flow (bagpipes play)
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
Built 10's of hundreds of different space planes, they all fail.

10/10 NASA wished they had my funding and expendable human resources
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
256.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
This is what a sandbox game should be. Start from nothing, and work hard learning how rockets work, and how rocket science and physics play a part in how your ships going to fly.

Put all that knowledge to good use and work to build a solid Rocket capable of flying all over the universe.

Then realize you did something incredibly stupid and crash on takeoff.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
161.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
I like to use things learned from this game to baffle my friends.

11/10
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
213.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
This game truly will rob you of every free moment you ever thought about having.

Your experience with this game is only limited by the capacity of your creativity.

I also want to credit this game for generating interest in a number of fields that young people these days need to be invested in. Engineering, Aerospace, Physics, Science, and many more.

Honestly its great to see a game be so fun AND genuinely thought provoking.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
131.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
Am now qualified to join NASA.

Honestly though, this game is amazing! You learn so much about how space travel is done in the real world. This game has already taken so most of my playtime ever since I got it, and no doubt it'll continue to do so for a long long time. It's so fun to build your own aircraft, rocket, space station, rover, etc and make them work.

And when you ever get bored(which is not possible, but on the vigintillionth chance you do), you can look for mods that add parts or gameplay elements, having great modding support and an awesome community.

And this is still in beta, and looking at the developers, it can only get better.

If you ever get stuck from the steep learning curve, you can watch some tutorials done by Scott Manley.


Why are you still reading this? BUY IT NOW AND GO TO SPACE!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
487.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
I cried when I landed on the Mun for the first time.

Greattest thing ever.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
An amazing flight/space simulator, with amazing depth and detail, as well as vast scope. From building space-pleanes(and not-so-space planes), to hi-tech rockets to land on everything from the mun to Dres, as well as do orbital science, this game is a incredible space program simulator.
In addition, it is fully modable(and has a huge modding community with hundreds if not thousands of mods), and has cooperated with big-name groups like the ESA and NASA.
I highly recommend buying this, and i can only say, there is no such thing as to many struts, and check(and then RE-check) your stages. And then check them for a third time, just to be sure........

Easily, 11/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
A must have imho. Great game, great mod communities. (/played around 2k 3k or more may be)

(source wikipedia: )

"The sections "Trivia", "Other Details", "Did you know? "," Quotes ", etc.
...
Squad working relationship with TeacherGaming company to develop a version of KSP specially designed for classrooms. This project, named KerbalEdu, aims to teach students the basic principles of physics, including gravity, and could be used to illustrate history courses on space conquest. A first draft was released in November 2013 in fifty schools, and should become available for all schools if the first tests are conclusive.
..."

oh yeah it's totally neglectable at all xDr
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
122.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Early Access Review
one of the best games ever for pc
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
160.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
Fab game
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
206.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Early Access Review
A must-have for everyone who likes space, sandbox games or smashing thing into the ground!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1,836.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Early Access Review
I have followed Kerbal Space Program for a long time and it has gone from a good game to epic! It's tricky to master but you are rewarded every step of the way and it's not even final release! My favourite single player game of all time.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Early Access Review
Functional rocket Lego. Need I say more?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
things to do in KSP:
-build ships
-crash ships
-copy danny2462s game breaking creations
-crash more ships
-build space planes
-crash space planes
-crash space planes into ships
-crash ships into space planes

10/10 would play crashing simulator agian
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
I have played this game more than I would dare to admit. 30 hours on steam now, and probably another 200 before connected to steam. I like this game so much, because the developers alway come up with new stuff. I would definetely recommend this game.
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