Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

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Most films and books about actual human space exploration are about triumph. There are challenges and accidents along the way, but they’re stories of humans overcoming incredible odds in the noble pursuit of knowledge and exploration. Kerbal Space Program [official site] is different because it’s a game about the failures along the way, rather than the success that comes at the end.

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At this very moment, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is blasting past Pluto, snapping photos, doing science, and sending all that glorious data back to us here on Earth. Isn't that amazing? You better believe it is. It's also something you can duplicate, if you've got the right stuff, in Kerbal Space Program.

You could also, if you don't really have the patience for this sort of thing, watch astronomer, YouTuber, and Kerbal Space Program aficionado Scott Manley do the job in the "Launching New Horizons" video he posted yesterday. In it, he talks about the real New Horizons mission, while simultaneously sending his own digital equivalent into the inky void. It goes well, although at around the two minute mark he says his model breaks down a bit, and the Realism Overhaul mod causes him a spot of grief—vapor in the feed lines—at about three minutes. It's all part of the fun.

It's not a picture-perfect duplication of the real thing, but it's a fascinating exercise, and it also illustrates the capabilities of Kerbal, especially when modded to the nines, as is the case here. Along with the Realism Overhaul, Manley's mission also uses the Real Scale Solar System, Procedural Fairings, Procedural Tanks, Real Fuels, and KW Rocketry mods, plus Raider Nick's US Probes Pack and the OMSK ULA Pack.

There are (slightly) less strenuous ways to undertake a mission to the edge of our solar system: The Outer Planets Mod, for instance, offers Kerbalized versions of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, as well as several of their moons. But even without the rest of the mods, getting there will be a tremendous challenge, and you'll need to "be ready to travel years or even decades" before you arrive. Want more? Don't miss our latest round-up of the Best Kerbal Space Program mods.

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We are happy to announce that Valentina Kerman is now available at our Shapeways Store!

We’ve been working to bring Valentina to Shapeways for a long time and it’s great to see her complement the current figurines at long last. If you wish to read more about how such a process works you can find an article on our forums by lead artist DanRosas.

Visit our Shapeways store now!
and find the perfect companion for your desktop!
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Yes, I know. This is old. The Asteroid Day official mod for Kerbal Space Program was released for Asteroid Day, which was two whole days ago. As an act of contrition, I have consigned myself to the shame barrel. It is dark and damp in here.

Asteroid Day is a global awareness movement focused on protecting Earth from asteroid attacks, presumably because a lot of people saw the film Armageddon and—so moved were they by Bruce Willis's nuanced performance—their priorities were indelibly rewritten. In celebration for the day, and presumably because asteroids are a thing in space, the developers of Kerbal Space Program released a new official mod for their game.

The mod adds four new parts, a new experiment and a "unique contract". The contract is based around the B612 Foundation's planned Sentinel mission. The job is to position a telescope around Eve s orbit. "When deployed with an antenna and a power source between Eve and Kerbin, aligned to face away from the Sun, and activated," explain SQUAD, "the telescope will begin to map the orbit of the outer planet in a 200 vision cone for passing asteroids." Sounds like a piece of cake.

This is the second official mod for Kerbal Space Program. The first was based on the World Cup.

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Introducing Kerbal Space Program’s second official mod: Asteroid Day! We’ve partnered with the B612 Foundation to bring you this mod which will give you four new parts, a new experiment, and a unique contract.

The Sentinel Infrared Telescope mimics the real world Sentinel mission being planned by the B612 Foundation, which plans to map 90% of the larger asteroids threatening Earth's orbit sometime between 2018 and 2024. Due to sun glare it is difficult for telescopes on Earth to observe objects passing on the planet's day side. Deploying a telescope into a solar orbit near Venus and facing it away from the Sun, back towards Earth's orbit, would cover that blind spot.

Your mission will be to recreate this mission profile in Kerbal Space Program, deploying a telescope around Eve’s orbit. When deployed with an antenna and a power source between Eve and Kerbin, aligned to face away from the Sun, and activated, the telescope will begin to map the orbit of the outer planet in a 200° vision cone for passing asteroids.

Other than the telescope itself, you will have three new parts to make your unmanned missions more enjoyable:
  • The HECS-2 Probe Core comes with integrated batteries and SAS, to make building a compact Sentinel probe much easier.
  • The OX-STAT-XL Photovoltaic Panels are a much larger version of the stock solar panels, for larger probes.
  • The HG-55 High Gain Antenna can transmit larger amounts of data than any of the existing antennae in the game.

This pack also includes a long-term contract to map asteroids around Kerbin as well as other planets that match various specifications. It differs from other contracts in that it encourages the use of existing infrastructure. It does not require a new vessel for each contract, and each scan is faster with more telescopes deployed.

Get it now at Curse!
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Hi,

KSP version 1.0.3 is now live! This revision brings several much-needed bugfixes and improvements, as well as a few new parts.

Most importantly, this patch introduces a big revision to the thermal system for parts. The heat simulation has been greatly improved, heat from reentry is now handled in a totally new (and more accurate) way, and we've also added five new Radiator parts, so you can have much more control over how your ship deals with excess temperatures.

We've also fixed a significant amount of bugs. You can find the complete changelog in our forums.

Happy Launchings!

Cheers
Community Announcements - KasperVld


Hello Everyone!

As you might know we've been working with Gamer’s Edition to produce the official physical release of Kerbal Space Program. With a physical edition we didn't want to give you just a USB drive or disc with the game on it, but we wanted to make something a bit more special, that's worth investing in. Like every Gamer’s Edition, the Kerbal Space Program collection includes a Steam code, is packaged in an individually numbered presentation box and is part of a one-off run that will not be repeated.

What’s in the box?
  • Four hand-painted Kerbal figurines - Bill, Bob and Jebediah Kerman plus a standard Kerbalnaut, each showing varying emotional reactions to the adventure that awaits.
  • A stirring diorama backdrop - which optimistically suggests you have made it to the moon.
  • Official Kerbal Space Program mobile - allowing you to ponder the hypnotic vastness of space and the quantity of space junk and unlucky Kerbals you have scattered across it.
  • Official Kerbal Space Program patch - proudly displaying the Latin motto of the program: “Demum Pervenius” (lit. We’ll Get There Eventually).
“It’s a real honour to partner with one of the most enthralling indie games of recent years”, said Jon Hicks, Head of Gamer’s Edition. “Having spent many hours abandoning Kerbals to uncertain fates in orbit, on the moon, or within several feet of the launch site, I feel more than qualified to do the same in the real world”.

The Kerbal Space Program Gamer’s Edition campaign runs from today until midnight BST (4PM PDT/7PM EDT) on the 29th of July and costs $85 (roughly £55). It’s available for purchase now at The Gamer’s Edition website.

If you wish to learn more about Gamer’s Edition you can find them on their
website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Fly safe!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Kerbal Space Program [official site] is a game about exploration, vehicular design and physics. It involves triumph and tragedy, careful meticulous planning and improvised catastrophe. We asked Brendan to suit up and go forth, in the name of science.>

… [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Kerbal Space Program [official site] is a game about exploration, vehicular design and physics. It involves triumph and tragedy, careful meticulous planning and improvised catastrophe. We asked Brendan to suit up and go forth, in the name of science.>

… [visit site to read more]

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