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  1. For Show and Tell this month, we have an ingame flyby of Jool! What is your favorite Jool fact? 1899690443_SeptemberShowandTellJoolClouds.mp4
  2. Appears to be so. A technician will be with you shortly, please enjoy this brief hold music while we await delivery of lemon scented napkins. The issue is resolved! Pesky forum kraken tried to eat my Player Spotlight posts, but I fought it off with the lemon scented napkins.
  3. Welcome to this months Player Spotlight! This is a monthly feature of Q&A interviews which highlight interesting Kerbal Space Program players. We will be featuring people with many different skills and life experiences such as modders, artists, streamers, teachers, engineers, and more. We started this project as an appreciation to our players and to highlight the diverse and inspirational crowd that has gathered around Kerbal Space Program. This month we are featuring FryGuy101 from Reddit! Fryguy is an expert crafter who makes inspiring and creative crafts such as the KSP Carnival Series, the Totally Practical Rovers, and many more! Tell us a bit about yourself? I’m an IT Systems Administrator working in higher education with a one-eyed Golden Retriever and an obsession for all-things-space! When and how did you first get into KSP and what was it about the game that appealed to you? I first picked up the beta in 2015 and loved it immediately for helping understand the basics of orbital mechanics! Unfortunately the beta was pretty sparse so I set it aside until I ran across Scott Manley videos on KSP in 2018 and found the game had grown so much, and have been playing it since! What is your most memorable accomplishment/in-game moment? There’s so many! Probably my favorite was finally figuring out how to make walking robots using the KAL controller. Getting a (somewhat) smooth walking motion out of nothing but hinge angles and timing through trial and error was incredibly rewarding! What inspired you to start creating KSP crafts? After I found the Scott Manley videos, quickly Youtube started recommending Matt Lowne, who frequently makes his craft files available. Once I felt I wasn’t TOO embarrassingly far behind in craft making, I figured I’d share the weird and fun stuff I made! What is the most valuable thing KSP has taught you? Probably how much fun it is to give myself a problem to solve, big or small, and work through it. Especially figuring out solutions to smaller problems you didn’t even know existed until you started working through it! What advice would you give to aspiring craft creators? Just keep at it! When something doesn’t work, start by figuring out one reason why it’s not working, fix that (or try to, at least) and try again. And always be ready to revert to launch! Thank you Fryguy! If you have an interesting KSP experience or want to share your work on KSP, please reach out to us! -The KSP Team
  4. Thank you to everyone who submitted art to our 11th Anniversary collage! This is just the start to many future art things! Art by Lupus.Cantus on Instagram, and by our own @Timmon26!
  5. Hey there! You can contact our Private Division customer support or email us at [email protected] to request a KerbalEDU key. We will be updating the KerbalEDU page back on the website, so thanks for your patience!
  6. The #Artemis mission inspired our team to fly our own recreation in KSP2. We’d be lying if we said we made it to orbit on our first try. From all of us at #KSP2 to all of our friends NASA Artemis there is no shame is reverting to VAB artemis_hires_220902b.mp4
  7. Hello Kerbonauts! In August 2021 you may remember we depreciated the Kerbal Account, which was used to buy a DRM-Free version of Kerbal Space Program and its Expansion Packs and migrated all those accounts to the new Private Division Account platform. Starting today, Kerbal Accounts created on or before August 31, 2021, which have bought the PC DRM-Free version of Kerbal Space Program before 9am PDT / 12pm EDT on August 15, 2022, from the old Kerbal Store or current Private Division Store will be able to claim the Making History Expansion Pack or Breaking Ground Expansion Pack for free when upgrading to a Private Division Account. If you have not yet upgraded your account to a Private Division Account, and want to claim your Making History Expansion Pack or Breaking Ground Expansion Pack then follow these steps: 1. Visit https://account.privatedivision.com/ 2. Enter your Kerbal Account credentials and follow the steps to complete the upgrade of your Kerbal Account into a Private Division Account 3. Verify your account by entering the verification code sent to your email address 4. A redemption claim window will display; choose the expansion pack you want. 5. Download your expansion pack by visiting “Game Downloads”. Here you can also find the Kerbal Space Program base game download you already own. For any issues, please reach us via our Support Page Redemption Terms: 1. Only Kerbal Accounts created on or before August 31, 2021, which have bought the PC DRM-Free version of Kerbal Space Program before 9am PDT / 12pm EDT on August 15, 2022, are eligible. 2. Kerbal Accounts or Private Division Accounts which have no prior PC DRM-Free Kerbal Space Program purchase entitlements are not eligible for this offer. 3. Kerbal Accounts with all KSP Expansion Packs are not eligible to redeem this offer as their accounts already have these entitlements. 4. Purchases of Kerbal Space Program through Steam, Xbox, or PlayStation platforms are not eligible for this offer. 5. One Kerbal Space Program expansion pack may be redeemed per eligible upgraded Private Division Account. 6. Eligible Kerbal Accounts which already have an entitlement for one of the Kerbal Space Program expansion packs for PC and which upgrade to a Private Division Account will be entitled to claim the other expansion pack. 7. Kerbal Space Program base game required to play expansions. 8. Offer ends on October 17, 2022, at 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT.
  8. Send us and email to [email protected] with the planned event details and we can look into how we can support it!
  9. Welcome to this months Player Spotlight! This is a monthly feature of Q&A interviews which highlight interesting Kerbal Space Program players. We will be featuring people with many different skills and life experiences such as modders, artists, streamers, teachers, engineers, and more. We started this project as an appreciation to our players and to highlight the diverse and inspirational crowd that has gathered around Kerbal Space Program. This month we are featuring Patrick Ball with the VMASC (Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center) Kerbal Space Summer Camp! *Photo credit VMASC_STEM twitter Tell us a bit about yourself? I am Patrick Ball, a Senior Project Scientist at the Old Dominion University Research Foundation’s Virginia, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk VA. I act as project manager, coordinator, and on-site supervisor for multiple STEM outreach programs under the Director of Stem Outreach. When and how did you first get into KSP and what was it about the game that appealed to you? KSP was strongly recommended to me by one of my best friends several years ago. He had several thousand hours of play, so I figured it was worth checking out. I was hooked right away. What I enjoy most about the game is the design and engineering aspect – being able to build solutions for a specific mission and then test those solutions. KSP is one of the few games that can make my hands sweat and give me real feelings of accomplishment. I now also have many MANY hours logged. What is your most memorable accomplishment/in-game moment? I had designed and deployed a modular space station into orbit around Minmus – complete with a mobile processing lab and a ridiculous extending robotic arm that could reach out and grab rogue fuel tanks and whatnot. After it had kind of outlived its usefulness, I was able to dismantle and reconfigure it in orbit and send it to Duna as three separate vehicles. I probably would’ve been better off designing and deploying a brand new station with all the science I had unlocked, but once the challenge of repurposing the old station was in my head, I couldn’t NOT do it. It’s still in orbit around Duna in my career-mode game, processing science from multiple surface missions and making me smile. What inspired you to start teaching with KSP? STEM education is my profession and my passion. It was INSTANTLY clear to me that KSP could be an incredible tool for introducing students of all ages to multiple STEM concepts, including prototyping, advanced manufacturing, design and engineering, and even rocketry, aerodynamics, and orbital mechanics. We were developing a new STEM outreach program aimed at those concepts and including some Kerbal in the curriculum was a no-brainer. The kids are loving the experience, and they get a lot out of it. What is the most valuable thing KSP has taught you as an educator? The most valuable thing KSP has taught me as an educator is the value of failure. Every failure is a lesson, and KSP allows (I would say encourages) students to fail so spectacularly and beautifully that they can’t help but learn from it. Now, after years of playing and using the program for education, I remember outrageous catastrophic failures at-least as much as the huge successes, and I value them even more. *Photo credit VMASC_STEM twitter What advice would you give to other educators? One lesson I would pass to other educators is to loosen the rails – that is, to let the students get off track. My advice is to let the students run with whatever ideas they have, even if it’s not exactly what you had in mind, and ESPECIALLY if you’re sure it won’t work. When kids pursue their own ideas and follow their own passions, they stand to learn so much more from the experience. *Photo credit VMASC_STEM twitter Thank you Patrick and the VMASC team for hosting an awesome Kerbal Space Program Summer Camp! If you have an interesting KSP experience or want to share your work on KSP, please reach out to us! -The KSP Team
  10. Finally somebody asking the real questions! The answer is.... 27! 27 Kerbals fit in the bell of the Mammoth-lI Engine. 2022-07-30 05-26-45.mp4
  11. This was a mistake on my part, so I apologize for uploading the wrong rating on the video. KSP2 has no rating yet and is still Rating Pending.
  12. Mammoth Engine II Show and Tell.mp4 The Mammoth-II engine, packing all of the performance of the old four-nozzle Mammoth into one very powerful package! Designed by Chris Adderley and brought to life by Jonathan Cooper.
  13. Thanks @intelliCom! One of devs shared your post with the team, and we want to thank you for appreciating our hard work and dedication. We love KSP2 and we love our players!
  14. Hey everyone! The Intercept Games team is expanding! Join us, we have cookies... sometimes https://careers.take2games.com/jobs/department/69706
  15. Since the creation and shipping is handled by Drop.com we can't really answer this question. Drops FAQs about shipping that may answer your question though!
  16. It may be the formatting on the photos. The Drop photos have higher resolution then we can post on social media or the forums if you want to check them out in depth.
  17. Kerbal Space Program + @Drop Desk Mats are here! You can choose between the Danger Zone and Never Tell Me The Odds and explore space in comfort and style. These premium desk mats are only available to pre-order until August 1st so boost your way over to the link below! https://bit.ly/KSPdeskmat
  18. Welcome to this months Player Spotlight! This is a monthly feature of Q&A interviews which highlight interesting Kerbal Space Program players. We will be featuring people with many different skills and life experiences such as modders, artists, streamers, teachers, engineers, and more. We started this project as an appreciation to our players and to highlight the diverse and inspirational crowd that has gathered around Kerbal Space Program. This month we are featuring Timmon26, an artist from the forum! They recently participated in our community collaboration for the Kerbal Space Program's 11th anniversary. Now in their own words: Tell us a bit about yourself? - My name's Matt and I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, working in the field of accessibility. When I'm not addicted to refreshing my browser for SpaceX Starship and KSP2 updates, I like to draw things, sometimes kerbals, sometimes other funny aliens for my Life on Lapat project. When and how did you first get into KSP and what was it about the game that appealed to you? - I discovered KSP all the way back in 2011, I think when the very first version was made available for download, on a spaceflight video game forum. Even though there were maybe only five parts back then, I became totally obsessed with the game and, being in art school at the time, started drawing fan art for the game and posting it to the forums. What made the game appealing to me was just how intuitive and educational it was about teaching orbital mechanics and spaceflight principles. I'd read most of Atomic Rockets before discovering KSP, but never really grokked any of it until I could experiment in real time with different ship designs and flight paths. What is your most memorable accomplishment/in-game moment? - My proudest KSP moment was rescuing Bob and Frodo (who was naturally the bravestest of my kerbals) from the Mun. I burned too much fuel landing their reusable rover and couldn't make it back to orbit. My other kerbals were on missions and couldn't help them, so they were on their own. This was just after "Some Reassembly Required" had been released, so I had the bright idea of having Frodo strip the lander of excess weight, Mark Watney style, but it still wasn't enough. Finally I sent the boys a probe with fuel tanks that Frodo bolted onto the stranded rover, giving it the dV to return to orbit. Felt like some kinda genius, but really it's a testament to KSP's incredible gameplay emergence that creative problem solving like that is even possible. What inspired you to start creating KSP art? - I was inspired to create KSP art by my love of space and spaceflight, but especially by the kerbals themselves. They have so much potential for humor, both lighthearted and incredibly dark, and somehow marry that with a sense of wonder and curiosity about their world that's just infectious. They're at some magic triple-point between Minions, Irkens, and Thermians, truly Baby-Yoda-level genius creations, that do so much to humanize what would otherwise be a very sterile game. All of the player's efforts in KSP, all of the design work, the testing, the contracts and part research, the unintentional learning about advanced spaceflight concepts, ultimately is all in the service of helping your little green buddies go to space today, and that emotionally grounds every action you take in the game, no matter how mundane or mechanical. KSP owes so much of its success as a game and as a community to the kerbals. I think it's incredible that such a simple character design can bring so many people together around such an important topic. How can you not love these little guys? How could I not draw pictures of them? What is the most valuable thing KSP has taught you? - The most valuable thing KSP has taught me is that there is no subject that can't be taught. Rocket science is idiomatically "hard to understand", but anyone can begin picking up basic and even complex physics concepts if they are given the tools to manipulate them in a state of play. Dropped into a virtual world where delta-V, TwR, and Isp matter, and given a reason to explore it, anyone will begin to intuit these concepts the same way they can intuit where to place their hand to catch a ball. Questions like, "Why do rockets fall apart as they go up?" or "Why can't we just throw our garbage into the Sun?" or "Why did we go back to capsules after the Shuttle?" go from confusing to obvious after a few hours tinkering in KSP. I'll bet there are many other "hard to understand" subjects that can be taught using games in a similar way. What advice would you give to aspiring artists? - The best advice I can give to aspiring artists, advice I consistently fail to follow myself, is don't ever start thinking you're not good enough. You will always be your own worst critic. If you listen too hard to that worst critic, they can be enough to discourage you from making art entirely. It might be a cliché at this point, but the "Two Cakes" meme really does have the right of it... I repeat that meme to myself occasionally, like a mantra. If you have an interesting KSP experience or want to share your work on KSP, please reach out to us! -The KSP Team
  19. The White House will release the first image from the JWT, and the rest of the images to follow on July 12th at 10:30am EST.
  20. Welcome to this months Player Spotlight! This is a monthly feature of Q&A interviews which highlight interesting Kerbal Space Program players on our website. We will be featuring people with many different skills and life experiences such as modders, artists, streamers, teachers, engineers, and more. We started this project as an appreciation to our players and to highlight the diverse and inspirational crowd that has gathered around Kerbal Space Program. This month we are featuring Andrew, a recent graduate in aerospace engineering, after being inspired by playing Kerbal Space Program! *Photo credit to Andrew Can you tell us a bit about yourself? "My name Is Andrew, I recently graduated cum laude with a degree in aerospace engineering. My favorite planet in the Kerbolar system is Eve, and my favorite planet in the solar system is Venus." When and how did you first get into KSP and what was it about the game that appealed to you? "v0.22 just came out when I first played, so late 2013 which was when I was a freshman in high school. I saw a video on YouTube of someone landing a Mun base. I was really into space sims but this game stood out to me because it was really grounded I reality. What I loved about it was the Lego aspect of the building. I quickly figured out how to draw all the parts on graph paper with the correct sizes and I would draw up rocket ideas in the back of class and build them when I got home from school." What is your most memorable accomplishment/in-game moment? "My most memorable moment playing the game was my first interplanetary transfer. I was trying to send Kerbals to eve because I figured with the atmosphere it would be easy to land which I wasn’t very good at the time. My Kerbals must have spent 15 years in interplanetary space as I played with the maneuver node trying to get an encounter. By the time I got it I didn’t have enough fuel to capture and those Kerbals are still out there to this day probably. Since then, I’ve learned to plan when I leave Kerbin and bring extra fuel." What is the most valuable thing KSP has taught you? "The most valuable thing KSP has taught me is there is always so much more that I don’t know than what I do know. I taught me to never stop learning. It taught me that failure is a learning experience and that If we never failed, we would never learn. Its important to learn those lessons before facing challenges where failure is not an option." What advice would you give to aspiring engineers? "Advice I would give to aspiring engineers is to never let that spark of curiosity die. There is a lot we don’t know about our universe, but there is also a lot we do know here on earth. There is an almost endless trove of knowledge for you to explore here that will help you reach for the stars. Never be afraid to ask why or how when you don’t know something." *Photo credit to Andrew Thank you Andrew and best of luck in your career as an aerospace engineer! If you have an interesting KSP experience or want to share your work on KSP, please reach out to us! -The KSP Team
  21. Welcome to our new monthly feature, Player Spotlight! This is a new monthly feature of Q&A interviews which highlight interesting Kerbal Space Program players. We will be featuring people with many different skills and life experiences such as modders, artists, streamers, teachers, engineers, and more. We wanted to start this project as an appreciation to our players and to highlight the diverse and inspirational crowd that has gathered around Kerbal Space Program. To start things off, we reached out to one of our long time modders JadeofMaar about their experience playing Kerbal Space Program, and what brought them to make mods. *Photo credit to JadeofMaar When and how did you first get into KSP? What was it that got you hooked in the game? "I was introduced to KSP by a classmate in 2015. Before I knew KSP I was a sci-fantasy world builder and I was fond of the flashy and often unrealistic flying vessels that appeared in movies etc, such as Mobile Suit Gundam, Mass Effect's Normandy, Star Trek: Voyager. What hooked me to KSP was that eventually I'd be able to build such things for myself and fly them well." What is your most memorable accomplishment/in-game moment? "My most memorable in-game moment would be, not even my first (modded) Jool 5 attempt, but after that. It was when I attempted a grand Eeloo mission with a large and fancy nuclear ship carrying a human-shaped lander. But, the kraken decided to haunt the lander bay, eat the lander, and every kerbal in the ship? Lesson learned: trying to attach a lander by shielded docking port invites the kraken." What inspired you to start making Mods for the game? "I don't have a straight answer for "what inspired me to start making mods," but I'd have to say the spark for that fire was lit when I joined in on "Team Galileo" and helped to create "Galileo's Planet Pack." There I contributed supporting (non-planet texture) artwork, started learning to make configs, and wanted more for part shapes and propulsion systems for the fantasy ships I wanted to build and fly around those planets." What has been the most challenging thing about what you do? "The most challenging thing about what I do is putting up with the webs of configs that I spin myself into, and providing support for these when someone (usually using far more mods than me) finds them lacking somewhere or involved in errors . I tend to go to town and back on writing compatibility configs for mods (setting myself up), and so far, I have spun 3 such webs which are the cores of the mods they comprise." What has been the most enjoyable/best thing about what you do? "I've lost the zeal for spinning webs of configs now but while I had it, the great enjoyment was knowing that everything worked out and all the options I wanted to see were ready for myself and for others to use. The most enjoyable or best thing about what I do nowadays is simply making parts as for most of my time as a modder, I've had to borrow (permissively licensed) mod parts that haven't aged well, or borrow stock parts (which anyone, and many) will do, and I want very much to rise from that level." Thank you JadeofMaar for sharing those experiences with us! If you want to check out more of their work click here. If you have an interesting KSP experience or want to share your work on KSP, please reach out to us! -The KSP Team
  22. Most of you are familiar with Chris, AKA Nertea on our forum. Here is some insight from him about part creation: Hello! My name is Chris Adderley, a designer on the KSP2 team. If you’ve been around the community for a while, you may recognize my alias of Nertea from a few mods for KSP1 I have made. Almost a year ago I moved over to game design for KSP2 and I’m here to talk to you about my key area of responsibility and joy… PARTS. Parts are great, and while KSP2 is made up of Kerbals and a bunch of physics/engineering driven systems, one of the main ways the player interacts with the game is with the library of parts that you assemble into a vessel and then fly off into the sunset or ground. For those new to KSP, this is a part: It does get a little weirder. In case you’re curious, this asteroid is also a part: Games are strange. With KSP 2 on the horizon, it might seem odd to talk about developing new parts from square one. However, KSP is such a complex set of interacting systems that through iteration and testing, the team often finds areas where the game could benefit from a new part (or two, or three). In addition, we have a long roadmap of features we want to add to the game, so looking towards the future consistently results in new parts showing up for the team to design and create. Seems like a good opportunity to go over the why, where, when, what, and who of KSP2 parts. Why Parts? Let’s back up a bit. Why build a new part? Ultimately, a part needs to serve KSP2’s four design pillars, which I’ll recap here with a few notes about how parts play into them: Building cool and unique rockets: well, you’ll be doing that with cool parts that you can assemble in unique ways. Exploring new planets: this typically requires a vessel, made of parts. You may have heard that KSP2 will have new and interesting planets that might require interesting part-related challenges. Realistic space flight: as we develop them, we must make sure the parts we provide have a strong grounding in science and engineering. Defining and achieving unique goals: parts should enable the definition and creation of unique missions and activities for players. If a part doesn’t align with these needs, we are probably not excited about building it. You’ll notice that parts that have extremely narrow roles or very specific designs don’t fit into this very well, but perhaps a reality-grounded part that is very cool-looking, which enables new ways of exploring planets, with a myriad of possible unique uses might be the holy grail of parts. Where Parts? There are a few different places a new part could come from. Often playtesting might reveal the need for a part. This often comes from existing part families – we may find that it helps player construction if they have access to a larger, 3.75m battery. Parts that come out of this kind of need are quite common – though we already have over 600 parts in mind for KSP2, there’s always a few bare-looking part families that can use some love. Even so, new-sized parts of existing part families are not the coolest and so might not hit all four design pillars, so while we may want to do them at some point, we will prioritize other parts over them. A missing part might also come from capability. A new, electricity-consuming part that doesn’t have useful ways for a player to power it may identify a gap in capability. Depending on whether there are other ways for a player to solve the design problem, that might identify a critical place for a new part or is something to look at down the road as a quality-of-life feature. In other cases, a feature or gameplay system may require new parts to be fully realized. As a very simple example, if we want to include a new fuel type in the game, many parts are required to support it. We’ll need engines and fuel tanks at the minimum and maybe resource mining and conversion equipment. This isn’t something to be done lightly, and when bringing a new system to life in the game, we have to carefully weigh the needs of the system versus any parts (or changes to existing parts) it calls for. The final place I’ll discuss for part sources is something we like to call cosplay. If you’re a pure power gamer, your ideal vessel might include nothing but functional parts relevant to your mission. As an aside, rocket engineers are somewhat power gamers – no space or mass is wasted on a spacecraft. Cosplay parts don’t significantly add to the core play experience of KSP but can greatly expand what players can build – consider all the inventive fan creations that have come from the humble M-1x1 Structural Panel. For KSP2, we want our players to be able to build vessels at least as cool as what the community has come up with in KSP1, and expand the range to huge interstellar ships and extensive colonies on many celestial bodies. This lends itself to a need for more cosplay parts. When Parts? Once the design team has decided that a part is needed, the part is added to the backlog of work we have scoped for the game. Our Production team has the ultimate say about when we will commit resources to actually designing and building the part, so cooperation is key! One of the important things to identify at this stage is whether we need the Engineering team to develop new technology to make this part work. That could be a new Part Module , new functionality for an existing Part Module, or even specific user experience (UX) work that we want to do to ensure the part, once it is in-game, delivers the gameplay experience we want for it. When Production is confident that the team can deliver anything the part needs, it gets scheduled for building. What Parts? Once we finally get down to the Part Build section, we’ve got to design it in a visual sense. For KSP2, this involves building what we call a whitebox or greybox, a 3D model that doesn’t have a ton of detail or any surfacing (it’s uh, white or grey) which is the responsibility of yours truly. Before the whitebox really gets started, we ask some fundamental design questions that will determine some core aspects of a part, such as: What size should it be? How will it connect to other parts? Should we stack it? Attach it on the surface? What part family does it belong to? What subfamily does it belong to? What technological level does it belong to? Does the part have any real-life analogues that will define its shape? If not, what technologies can we use to refer to this? Sometimes it is easy to answer these questions. A basic methalox fuel tank is probably a cylinder that can stack and surface attach to parts. Its size, part family/subfamily and tech level usually depend on the fuel type it contains, and how much we want stored inside of it. There’s also a lot of real-world reference. At other times, the answer is less obvious. We can explore some of these questions with sketches and mockups. If we really want to test how a part will behave, we can even add a blocked-out version of the part to the game to see how it feels in context to other parts. I’m going to demonstrate this exploration by looking at a small plasma rocket engine from start to finish. This is a high tech (medium tech for KSP2) part, which follows attachment rules shared with other engines. It will draw from a mix of plasma engine proposals. This leads up to a fairly basic shape to start off with; a cylinder on top and an expanding nozzle below. Plasma engines have very basic nozzles without most of the turbomachinery of chemical rocket engines, so we’ll try to keep the engine from becoming a mess of pipes. The basic shape with attach nodes in context (1) lets the parts designer feel out how this part will attach to other parts as well. We can drop in some of the parts we expect players to use (2/3) with it to see how they fit into things. This gives us what I like to call the conceptual design – the very rough look of the part, and a gut feeling that we can build it up to look really cool. I’ve usually done some research at this point to develop the initial part concept, but here’s where the deep dive starts. Depending on the part, there could be a lot of material out there. Generally, the closer to reality a part is, the easier it is to find reference material. That can be a problem with some of KSP2’s part roster, because to our knowledge nobody has built nuclear pulse engines and orbital colonies yet! However, there are a wealth of concept studies, physics treatises and hypothetical engineering trades that have been done to propose things we might build in the future, so we can usually muddle along. With this part, we are representing an electrodeless plasma thruster. There are a number of promising designs out there, including the electrodeless Lorentz force thruster, helicon plasma thruster, Faraday thruster, the pulsed inductive thruster and the well-known variable specific impulse magnetic rocket (VASIMR). We don’t always want to stick to exactly one thruster technology, particularly when most of these engines are basically lab models at this point. Staying away from one specific tech lets us be a little more flexible in terms of how we assign in-game statistics, and lets the artists draw from a wider set of possible concept models to create beautiful art. Once I have a pretty good idea of the tech that’ll be used, and have done some research, I’ll do a bunch of basic silhouette conceptual studies to define the final part shape: Starting from the high-level concept (1), I felt that this was too basic, and the profile wasn’t particularly unique from other engines. It also had poor commonality with the nearest equivalent, the Dawn engine which returns from KSP1. Going for a more cylindrical shape (2) seemed the most interesting. We’ll place capacitors and power conditioning equipment in that area (3) to call back to the distinct two-section design of the Dawn. Based on the research we did earlier, the magnetic nozzle will need some power transmission and support struts, so adding some vertical connections will help with that (4). This will be the approximate silhouette of the model for detailing. I’ll work with our art and creative team to ensure that we are all on the same page and are happy with the result of the part. Depending on the part’s complexity, it could be time for another detail pass, with me going back to the reference material for more… reference. The goal here is to get to a detail level that represents the engineering reality of the part and provides a good base for the part art team to go in and make it look great. As we can see, I build up the area around the power conditioning, going back and forth on how many boxes I want (1/2). Then, building out the magnetic nozzle and finalizing the overall shape (3). Lastly, another layer of detail completes the whitebox (4). Now I’m pretty happy with it! At the end of this phase, we have a concept model to hand off to the art team. This model comes with a set of rough annotations to tell artists where they may want to add (or remove) detail, as well as describe the functioning of the part. Because we want to stay realistic, this whitebox should come with a ton of reference for materials, mechanical diagrams, and the like. Who Parts? I’ve mentioned a lot of teams in this process, from Design, through Engineering, Art and QA, so to me, the answer to the question of ‘who parts?’ is pretty clear – it’s everyone!
  23. It's Kerbal Space Program's 11th Anniversary!!  Thank you to everyone who submitted your work, it's amazing! If you would like to share the full version of your work, please link or comment below!  Happy flying and don't forget your parachutes!
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