Kerbal Space Program Tips & Help

Kerbal Space Program’s gameplay (version 0.8.5) can be separated into 3 main sections.

1. The Build (basic | advanced)

2. The Launch (basic | advanced)

3. The Flight/Orbit (basic | advanced)


Building a flyable spacecraft (basic)

KSP’s interface helps keep building a spacecraft fairly simple.

There are 2 mains sections, build area and parts bin with a menu in the top right. The build area is the largest area on your screen and will already contain a part (command pod). Your parts bin located on the left-hand side of the screen, which has a menu at the top where you select different categories for the parts.

Kerbal Space Program Tutorial Category Menu

The catagories are, from left to right:

Propulsion: Fuel and Rockets
Command and Control: SAS Module & Command Pod
Structural and Aerodynamic: Couplers, De-couplers and Winglets
Utility and Scientific: Parachute
Decals: Nothing to see here
Crew: Nothing to see here

You start off with a command pod in the build area with which you can start attaching different parts to.

We are going to build a 2 stage spacecraft which will look like the spacecraft on the right.

Kerbal Space Program Tutorial Basic Build

First we need to make some extra room for all the fuel and rockets that will be added below the command capsule. To do this you just simply click on the command capsule, drag the part upwards and then click again to release the part.

Next we’ll add a parachute so we can return to the planet safely. In the parts menu click on the Utility and Scientific category and select the parachute. This is placed on top of the command capsule.

Now select a decoupler from the Structural and Aerodynamic category and place it underneath the command pod. The allows the command pod to be released from the last used rocket.

Working downwards, add an SAS module from the Command and Control category to help keep the spacecraft more stable.

Now add 2 liquid fuel tanks from the Propulsion category followed by a liquid rocket.

That’s stage two done (don’t forget we are starting from the top and working downwards).

To create the first stage we first need to add a decoupler to separate the first stage from the second stage. Next we will add a tricoupler, this allows us to build outwards and add stability to the spacecraft.

The next part is simple. Add 2 fuel tanks underneath each part of the tricoupler (6 in total) and then add a liquid rocket at the bottom of each fuel tank column.

You’re done! Your first spacecraft is ready to launch. Check out the Basic Launch Section.

Launching a Spacecraft (basic)

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Launching a Spacecraft (basic)

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