Kerbal Space Program is a Rocket Game and space flight simulator game. Players direct a nascent space program, staffed and crewed by green humanoid aliens known as “Kerbals”. The simulation game features a realistic orbital physics engine, allowing for various real-life orbital manoeuvres such as Hohmann transfer orbits and bi-elliptic transfer orbits.
The player administers a space program operated by Kerbals, a species of small green humanoids, who have constructed a fully furnished and functional spaceport called the Kerbal Space Centre (KSC) on their home planet, Kerbin. Despite being shown as cartoonish beings sometimes lacking common sense, Kerbals have shown themselves capable of constructing complex spacecraft parts and performing experiments to realise their scientific goals.
We ask about KSP in our application form and we use it to visual explain hard rocketry in a simple and fun way during our live meeting. Most of our members are super passionate about it and know that failure is not a failure if you learned something new.
The game features a realistic orbital physics engine, allowing for various real-life orbital manoeuvres such as Hohmann transfer orbits and bi-elliptic transfer orbits. The game is very challenging and it is ideal to:
- Unleash creativity, for accurate modelling of rocket construction and the underlying calculus as an iterative design approach to learning from mistakes
- Be used to demonstrate Physics concepts and engineer creative solutions through (and often explosive) experimentation.
- Learn basic concepts like centre of mass, the centre of gravity, apoapsis, periapsis, elliptical orbits, angular momentum, delta-v, a ship's trajectory, fundamentals of rocket science, and realistic modern-day space flight.
- Learn the weight-to-fuel ratio of your rocket and learn that small differences mean greater fuel efficiency and the difference between achieving mission goals or crashing 😱, and burning🔥.
👽 KSP Kerbal Space Program and the Scientific community
The game has crossed over into the scientific community with scientists and members of the space industry displaying an interest in the game, including NASA, ESA, ULA's Tory Bruno, and SpaceX. Squad has added a NASA-based Asteroid Redirect Mission pack to the game, allowing players to track and capture asteroids for mining and study. Squad has also developed an official mod for the game centred around observing and tracking threatening asteroids, named “Asteroid Day”.
👽 KSP Kerbal Space Program 2 the new and multiplayer version
The long announced new version of Kerbal Space Program 2, is planned to (finally) be released by 2023. Many new features, like interstellar travelling, advanced graphics, multiplayer gaming, and much more! Here is a cinematic trailer
Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.