In Kerbal Space Program, take charge of the space program for the alien race known as the Kerbals. You have access to an array of parts to assemble fully-functional spacecraft that flies (or doesn’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics.
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February 14

KSP Loading...KSP Enhanced Edition is getting some love


We are sad to hear that after 14 years and 293 days (55 times longer than its planned lifetime) exploring the surface of Mars, Opportunity has ceased operations. So long, little explorer! On the bright side, KSP Loading… is back with fresh news and updates! Do you want to learn about all the current developments of KSP? Here’s the place to be, so let's get started!

KSP Enhanced Edition

You’re reading correctly, KSP Enhanced Edition is the first item in this issue of KSP Loading…! It’s been a while since our last update to KSP on consoles, but we’ve had something very special for you in the making, and we’re thrilled to finally shed some light and reveal all the juicy details you’ve been craving for!

For a while now, we have been working hand in hand with BlitWorks on a console-optimized free update for KSP Enhanced Edition, as well as its first DLC: The History and Parts Pack!

Releasing on the same day, both the History and Parts Pack and the free update are filled with content, including new parts, revamps, suits and features that console players will be able to enjoy for the first time! Without further ado, let’s dive into the details:

Free Update

As we mentioned before, KSP Enhanced Edition is getting a content-filled console-optimized update that will take bits and pieces of all updates we have released on PC after 1.2.1; some of the ones that people like the most, as well as performance improvements, bug fixes, and more!

Kerbal Personal Parachutes

Personal Parachutes are coming to KSP Enhanced Edition! Kerbals with level 3 and above experience will have fully steerable personal parachutes. You will be able to deploy the chutes using the cursor or via the secondary radial menu.

Click here to see an animated gif showcasing this feature.

All part revamps up to PC 1.5

There has been a big effort on our side to give old parts a fresh new look, all with the intention of having a more sleek and cohesive part catalog. While staying true to the game’s original essence, the geometry and texture maps of these parts were completely redone. Some of these parts also include new texture variants to choose at will. Yes, you’re getting the variant switcher, too!


New Suits

Both the recruit and veteran classic EVA and IVA Space Suits have been given a well-deserved overhaul and console players get to enjoy it, too! We knew that such an iconic element of the game needed to stay true to its identity, so we are keeping its style, while also giving it a sleeker look.


Kerbals can now be placed in external command seats in the VAB/SPH

Another highly requested feature that we are including in this update is the ability to assign Kerbals directly from the VAB/SPH into an EAS-1 External Command Seat, so that Kerbals appear in their respective command seat as the vessel is spawned.

History and Parts Pack DLC

Largely based on its PC counterpart, this console-optimized DLC will include a broad range of new parts, new space suits as well as new launch sites and runways that players can use throughout Kerbal Space Program. Additionally, the History and Parts Pack includes several missions inspired by historical moments in space exploration.

Historical Missions

10 pre-made missions inspired by humankind’s own space exploration. Now you can spacewalk, pull off a crash landing, and attempt to recreate some of the most memorable moments inspired by historic events. All with our unique Kerbal twist, of course. Are you up to the challenge?

New Parts

More than 70 new parts inspired by the American and Russian Space Programs during the Space Race Era. Want to build Soyuz- and Saturn V-inspired rockets? With the History and Parts Pack you will be able to!


Vintage-spacesuit

The History and Parts Pack includes a Vintage Space Suit that will match perfectly with your Space Era-inspired crafts.


New Launch Sites

With the History and Parts Pack you will also have the ability to launch your crafts from 4 additional complexes: the Woomerang Launchsite, the Dessert Complex, the Island Runway and a brand new Mun Launchsite, not currently available on PC!

Lack of Mission Builder

Some of you may notice we haven’t included the Mission Builder from the Making History Expansion for PC. After some investigation, we were not confident in maintaining a solid user experience in navigating the menus and setup controls required for its use. Additionally, implementing a sharing feature which is core to the value would have required significant time investment for our team. We did not believe that the tradeoff time-wise made sense as it would have sacrificed some of the other content.

PC Update 1.7

As we revealed a few weeks ago, the development of update 1.7 keeps us busy, too! As has been the case with our previous releases, this free update will be packed with content! For instance, we continue with our endeavor to update and modernize our part catalog, but there’s more up our sleeves that we’ll be revealing along the way. For the time being check out some of the revamps that 1.7 will include in its repertoire.

Part Catalog Revamps

24-77 "Twitch" Liquid Fuel Engine Revamp

As you probably know by now, the 24-77 “Twitch” Liquid Fuel Engine is one of the revamps you’re going to enjoy in update 1.7. The Twitch got its geometry and textures completely redone. In addition to the classic orange, a gray & orange variant was created to match with the style of your crafts. An emissive texture for the throttle animation, as well as an animated gimbal have also been included. All this will make the Twitch Engine look great when it’s in action!


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LV-1 “Ant” Liquid Fuel Engine

The LV-1 “Ant” Liquid Fuel Engine is one of the parts that most desperately needed a makeover. With a decent specific impulse in vacuum and a very low mass, this engine has helped small satellites and crafts find their way in space for years, its aesthetics never stood out, though. Luckily, our art team took up the task of improving the look of this tiny engine. The geometry and texture maps were redesigned, and a new bare variant has been added, as well as a blazing emissive texture.



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LV-1R “Spider” Liquid Fuel Engine

Being the radial version of the Ant Engine, the LV-1R “Spider” Liquid Fuel Engine allows for a greater variety of mounting points. With a reworked geometry and new textures, the “Spider” looks better than ever. Players will be able to choose from a shrouded and a bare variant for this engine, as well. An emissive texture for the throttle animation, as well as an animated gimbal have been included.



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Vernor Engine

The VR-N1ER Veer-Governor, popularly known the “Vernor” Engine has also been heavily revamped. Our artists not only reworked this part’s geometry and texture maps, but also added a pretty nozzle with a metallic look that includes an emissive texture that will glow when the Vernor heats up.

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O-10 "Puff" MonoPropellant Fuel Engine

Being the only monopropellant reaction engine with throttle control, the O-10 “Puff” was selected for a well-deserved makeover. The art team added new textures for the “Puff”, including a new emissive texture for the throttle animation.

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The Bug Hunt

As with every release, with update 1.7 we are determined to include a broad range of improvements and bug fixes in an ongoing effort to improve the KSP experience and reduce the amount of bugs that inevitably arise with every release. Our QA and development teams have been very busy confirming, reporting and fixing issues. For example, we recently squashed a bug where symmetry would break animations on some parts. The team also fixed a Null-Reference Exception triggered when RCS was enabled with an EVA Kerbal, which resulted in the Kerbal not being able to move. Our goal is to make each KSP release more and more stable and our team is working hard to achieve this.

Meet the team

For those who are interested in getting to know the people behind Kerbal Space Program we’ll continue with our “Meet the team” section of KSP Loading… until we’ve presented all of our team. This time it’s the turn for one of our programmers, Marco “Samssonart” Salcedo. Having worked at Squad for more than 8 years, Marco is a true KSP veteran despite his young age, and has been in the backend of KSP since the very beginning. Here are a few words from him.

I've been playing games since my childhood and started making my own simple games since I started programming in high school. I have a bachelor's in Computer Engineering and a master's in Computer Science, both with a specialty in graphics and interactive technology. Aside from games and technology, I'm a big music freak, I attend as many gigs as I can afford; I like to work out, I practice martial arts; and spending time with my family, girlfriend and cats.

Finally we want to remind you that you can share and download missions on Curse, KerbalX, the KSP Forum and the KSP Steam Workshop.

That’s it for this edition. Be sure to join us on our official forums, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned for more exciting and upcoming news and development updates!

Happy launchings!
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December 20, 2018

Kerbal Space Program 1.6: “To Vee or not To Vee” is now available!



Hello everyone!

Kerbal Space Program 1.6: To Vee or not To Vee has launched and unlike Hamlet we know the answer - it is definitely to ΔVee...

This update has a great deal of awesome things for you, including new features, beautiful revamps, a number of navigation tools, and a whole lot of bug fixes. We also have added some fun new idle animations for Kerbals, dynamic cube maps that will make shiny parts reflect their environment. We rebalanced and fined tuned various Making History parts, and much more!

With Kerbal Space Program 1.6: To Vee or not To Vee we continue the endeavor of optimizing resources, improving performance, and making KSP the best game it can be through continuous support and meaningful updates.

Let’s go through some of this update’s highlights:

Delta-v per Stage and Delta-v Tool App

Plan missions better and find flaws in your ship staging setup with this long requested feature that will let you visualize the Delta-v values along with a range of other technical data for each stage and the vessel overall. Plus, a Delta-v App that will allow you to see a vessels Delta-v information while you’re building it in different situations. No Kerbal will be left stranded now… or so we hope.

Click here to see a video showcasing this feature!

Part revamps

To Vee or not to Vee includes 20 fully revamped parts that have been optimized, re-shaped and re-textured, plus more than 40 color variants to make your craft look sleek and beautiful!


Navigation Icons to Launch Sites

A quality of life feature that will help stray pilots find their way back to any Launch Site or Runway. From the Map View players will now be able to activate navigation waypoints to get direction towards the KSC or any other launch sites.

Click here to see an animated gif showcasing this feature.

Helmets Off!

You can now remove Kerbals’ Helmets, as well as their neck rings! But be careful, there is a reason why Astronauts wear Helmets for space travel…

Click here to see an animated gif showcasing this feature.

And much more!

To learn more you can read the full Changelog here:

1.6 Changelog - BaseGame ONLY (see below for MH changelog) +++ Improvements * DeltaV Readouts added to Stage Icons/Groups as well as DeltaV App. DeltaV available in Editor (VAB/SPH) and Flight scenes as well as a more detailed Debug menu option. * Stock and mobile launch sites are now navigable in all game modes. * Performance improvements for DV calculations that are used by Burn Indicator. * Recommended UI Scale for the current resolution is now checked on the Settings Screen, working the same as the mini settings where a not recommended UI scale will turn the text red. * Performance improvements for craft browser menus. * Craft browser menus now check for craft compatibility. * Added keyboard arrows navigation for main dialogs and menus. Highlight items with the directional arrows, Accept with the Enter and Space keys, and Cancel is Escape key. * Generate reflections of the environment to be displayed on shiny parts. * Improved part search in the editors to give more relevant results with short search terms. * Adjusted shadows from The Sun to be more precise. * Add new idle animations when the kerbal is standing in the ground. * The command parts now have an option to change their 'forward' direction in the PAW. * Kerbals helmet and neck ring can now be removed by right clicking the Kerbal while on EVA if it’s in a breathable atmosphere. * Automatic warp to next maneuver node now takes the player to a margin before the start burn time rather than the node itself. Said margin can now be overridden from the default 1 minute via GameSettings.WARP_TO_MANNODE_MARGIN. * Allow wheel spring and damper advanced tweakables to be set up to a value of 3. +++ Localization * Localize the phrase “Advanced Message App:” in the Mini-Settings dialog. * Some Community feedback for localization strings applied. +++ Parts Updated Parts (reskinned): * Mk2 Lander Can * 48-7S Spark * RE-L10 Poodle * LV-909 Terrier * FL-A10 * FL-A5 * ADTP-2-3 * Rockomax Brand Adapter * Rockomax Brand Adapter 02 * TVR-200 Stack Bi-Coupler * TVR-1180C MK1 Stack Tri-Coupler * TVR-2160C Mk2 Stack Quad-Coupler * TVR-200L Stack Bi-Adapter * TVR-300L Stack Tri-Adapter * TVR-400L Stack Quad-Adapter * Small Nose Cone * Aerodynamic Nose Cone * Advanced Nose Cone - Type B * Advanced Nose Cone - Type A * Protective Rocket Nose Cone MK7 Color Variants: * Mk2 Lander Can (New “Lander” and “Rover” color variants) * 48-7S Spark (New “Shroud”, “Truss Mount” and “Bare” color variants) * LV-909 Terrier (New “Shroud”, “Truss Mount” and “Bare” color variants) * FL-A10 (New “White” and “Orange” color variants) * FL-A5 (New “White” and “Orange” color variants) * ADTP-2-3 (New “White”, “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * Rockomax Brand Adapter (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * Rockomax Brand Adapter 02 (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * TVR-200 Stack Bi-Coupler (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * TVR-1180C MK1 Stack Tri-Coupler (New “White”, “Dark” and “Orange” color variants) * TVR-2160C Mk2 Stack Quad-Coupler (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * TVR-200L Stack Bi-Adapter (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * TVR-300L Stack Tri-Adapter (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * TVR-400L Stack Quad-Adapter (New “Black and White” and “Orange” color variants) * Aerodynamic Nose Cone (New “Black and White”, “Dark” and “White” color variants) * Advanced Nose Cone - Type B (New “Black and White” and “White” and “Orange” color variants) * Advanced Nose Cone - Type A (New “Black and White” and “White” and “Orange” color variants) * Protective Rocket Nose Cone MK7 (New “Black and White”, “Orange” and “White” color variants) Other Part changes: * Fixed the normals maps on the Stayputnik. * Fixed the normals maps on the Okto. * Fixed the visible texture seams on the Rockomax X series fuel tanks orange variant. +++ Bugfixes * Fix SAS on all probes in Sandbox and Science game modes to operate as per their config files. Game setting allows player to toggle SAS functionality on probes in these game modes. * Fix handling of docking ports and multiple nuclear or ion engines for DV calculation used in Burn Indicator. * Fix handling of stages with multiple engines and asparagus staging for DV calculation used in Burn Indicator. * Fix flashing Burn Indicator and display of DV when vessel are prelaunch. * Fix Vernor Engines now correctly use Liquid Fuel and Oxidizer on the Engineering report. * Fix all engines now say "Engine stops under: xx%", instead of "Flameout under: xx%" on their part extended info tooltips. * Fix Tutorials unable to proceed when the player has a part selected (attached to the mouse) in the editor scenes (VAB/SPH). * Fix fuel being drained from tanks when fuel availability icon is double-clicked. * Fix partially executed maneuver nodes gets the closest approach to the same orbit parameters. * Fix double quotes in stock craft descriptions. * Fix Contract/Parameters not updating for vessel ownership (such as rescue kerbal) when not in flight mode. * Fix Drills can operate and generate ore only when deployed and proper surface contact. * Fix Kerbal IVA crew mass calculation on crewable parts where user/mods have changed IVA crew mass to be > 0 (the default). * Kerbal IVA crew mass now reported in DV and Engineers report mass totals in editor (VAB/SPH). * Fix TVR-300, TVR-300L, Moving parts in symmetry works correctly. * Removed unnecessary horizontal slider in the mini settings UI. * Fix Summary window no longer appears empty when recovering a vessel with the UI scale at more than 150%, when in a non recommended UI Scale range. * Fix flickering of fairings in editor scene. * Further tweaked the sun behavior to stop it from dimming unnecessarily in the Jool Airbreak scenario. * Fix Intermediate Construction tutorial does not require confirmation when loading the required vessel. * Fix NRE is no longer generated when rockets crash on the Launchpad. * Fixed a shader issue that caused the Mk16 parachute to become transparent when within Aero FX. * Fix cost of fairings shells now is included with initial vessel load. * Landing gear LY-01, LY-05, LY-10, LY-35, LY-60 and LY-99 can no longer be the first part when you are building a ship. * Fix last part of interstage fairings not having correct variant applied when vessel is loaded. * Assigned the correct category to the cfg of all engines. * Limited the amount of undo/redo steps in the editors to prevent excessive use of memory while building large, complex vehicles. The amount of steps can be adjusted via GameSettings.EDITOR_UNDO_REDO_LIMIT * Fix Vessel without name cannot be saved in the editor and no longer generates an error. * Fix part hover highlighting no longers shows from inside IVA or Internal camera. * Fix inverted interstage fairings not being able to activate when a decoupler below them has activated. * Fix KSC building upgrade text padding on KSC Building marker UI for scroll bars. * Fix potential NRE when completing an orbital survey. * Fix Words no longer duplicate on contracts. * Fix Burn Bar and Orbit stays the same when a new target is selected. * Fix An NRE is no longer generated when trying to select the last save game in the save game menu after deleting previous saves. +++ Mods * Call OnWillBeCopied and OnWasCopied for children parts when their parent is copied in the editor scene. * Variants can now disable animations and events. * Alternative control point orientations can be configured on ModuleCommand. * Kerbal Helmet check values are controllable via cfg using stock rules or an extra step by overriding code methods: CanSafelyRemoveHelmet, WillDieWithoutHelmet, CanEVAWithoutHelmet * Kerbals now EVA with a set initial temperature equal to “room temperature” - I mean they were inside with no helmets - can be reverted via GameSettings.EVA_INHERIT_PART_TEMPERATURE +++Miscellaneous * Personal parachute kerbal unlock level requirement is accessible for modders in the traits.cfg file and the requirements have been updated to: 0xp for pilots, and 1 xp point for Engineers and Scientists. * Stock craft have been revised so that they no longer use deprecated parts. The revised vessels are: Aeroequus , ComSat LX , Dynawing , GDLV3 , Ion-Powered Space Probe , Jumping Flea , Kerbal 1 , Kerbal 1.5 , Kerbal 2 , Kerbal X , Learstar A1 , Orbiter 1A , Orbiter One , PT Series Munsplorer , Rover + Skycrane , Science Jr , Slim Shuttle , Space Station Core , Super-Heavy Lander , Two-Stage Lander , Z-MAP Satellite Launch Kit ,Rocket-power VTOL , Satellite Launcher , Stratolauncher. * Kerbals who board a command seat will make the command seat the vessel reference point only when no other part has control of the vessel. * The flight camera near clip pane is automatically adjusted when in IVA to correctly display external visuals. 1.6 Changelog - Making History DLC ONLY +++ Improvements * Open mission menus now check for craft file compatibility. +++ Localization +++ Parts * The following LFO engines were rebalanced : Wolfhound, Cheetah, Kodiak, Mastodon, Cub, Skiff, Bobcat. * The following Engine Thrust Plates were rebalanced: EP-25, EP-37, EP-50 * The following Structural Tubes were rebalanced: T-25, T-37, T-50 +++ Bugfixes * Removed the text “Not played yet” from the tutorial missions buttons in play missions dialog. * Fix to remove the add button in the Modify Score and Change Score nodes if there are no more options left. * Fix Kerbals now appear swimming in the correct position on the water when spawning. * Fix undo function will no longer ignore copied nodes in mission builder. * Fix handling of engine plates and self-decoupling parts for DV calculation used in Burn Indicator. * Fix NRE in Mission builder : Changing the "Location" settings in the "Spawn Vessel" node with the described procedure does not generate an NRE. * Fix Localization description of craft Valkshod 2 on trouble in the Void mission. * Fix Localization name and description of craft Soy-Ooze 10 on Sally-Hut 1 mission. * Fix Localization name and description of craft SWM-94 Communications Satellite on Trouble in the void mission. * Fix Copying Spawn vessel nodes with specific crew creates nodes without crew so they are not cloned. +++ Missions +++Miscellaneous

Kerbal Space Program 1.6: To Vee or not To Vee is now available on Steam and will soon be available on GOG and other third party resellers. You will also be able to download it from the KSP Store if you already own the game.

Happy launchings!

PS: Ask and you shall receive xD

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About This Game

In Kerbal Space Program, take charge of the space program for the alien race known as the Kerbals. You have access to an array of parts to assemble fully-functional spacecraft that flies (or doesn’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics. Launch your Kerbal crew into orbit and beyond (while keeping them alive) to explore moons and planets in the Kerbol solar system, constructing bases and space stations to expand the reach of your expedition.

Kerbal Space Program features three gameplay modes. In Science Mode, perform space experiments to unlock new technology and advance the knowledge of Kerbalkind. In Career Mode, oversee every aspect of the space program, including construction, strategy, funding, upgrades, and more. In Sandbox, you are free to build any spacecraft you can think of, with all parts and technology in the game.

Key Features


  • Build spaceships, rockets, and vehicles using any imaginable combination of parts, each with their own function that will affect the way your spacecraft behaves.
  • Take full control over your ship’s setup to execute complex flight maneuvers.
  • Manage your Kerbal crewmembers, including hiring, training, and sending them into space to become heroes.
  • Discover a whole star system with unique moons and planets, exploring detailed terrain at a vast scale.
  • Send your Kerbal crew outside their ships for “extra-vehicular” activities.
  • Dock spacecraft together to construct space stations, massive starships, and surface bases on new planets.
  • Use satellites to scan terrain and find biomes and other anomalies.
  • Set up communications networks to communicate between your spacecraft and Kerbal Space Center.
  • Research and develop new technologies to extract valuable information and resources from all over the solar system, and much more!

Try out the many mods created by the Kerbal Space Program community!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DX10 (SM 4.0) capable, 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 10 64 bit
    • Processor:Core i5
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DX10 (SM 4.0) capable, 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:macOS Mavericks (10.9) 64-bit
    • Processor:Intel
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM 4.0 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: macOS Sierra (10.12)
    • Processor:Intel Core i5
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:SM 4.0 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 4.0 512MB VRAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 4.0 1GB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB HD space

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