Kerbal Space Program
Event Description: KSP is a game where the players create and manage their own space program. Build spacecraft, fly them, and try to help the Kerbals fulfill their ultimate mission of conquering space. In this project, student teams of civilian contractors will engage in a government-sponsored space exploration competition using KSP.
- Every active space organization must create and maintain appropriate documentation of their activities in the "Projects and Labs" thread of the APlusPhysics Community. Each post must include an up-to-date accounting of the organization's net worth.
- Every active space organization must maintain at least one certified safety representative, responsible for overseeing and verifying launch plans of other organizations.
- Safety of all Kerbals must remain the highest priority. Fines will be imposed for any activities placing Kerbals in unnecessary danger. Any injuries / fatalities will result in significant penalties. All Kerbals must be returned to Kerbin safely for any milestone to be achieved.
- All milestones and accomplishments must be documented as described below. Completion time of a milestone will be determined by the forum thread post date only when all requirements of the milestone and the documentation are complete. Only one prize may be accomplished per mission. If more than one milestone is achieved during a mission, the milestone with the highest reward value will be awarded.
- As always, good design, planning, and documentation are keys to success.
Scoring: Teams will be provided an initial amount of funding which can be spent as the team sees fit. The first team to successfully meet and document a milestone will receive 100% prize money. The second team to meet and document that same milestone will receive 50% of the prize award. All subsequent teams meeting that milestone will receive 25% of the prize award.
Logistics: Five copies of the Kerbal Space Program software have been installed on classroom computers. Students are free to use these computers during class time, during free periods (when not in use by other classes), and before and after school as coincides with the space program director's (instructor's) available time.
Safety Representatives: Prior to any launch activity, it is the responsibility of each team to have a designated safety representative from a competing team sign off on their completed launch plan by submitting an "I approve" reply on the forum. For this service, the designated safety representative will receive a $5,000 team stipend for every safe launch approved. Any incomplete or unsafe plans approved, however, will result in a $5,000 fine to the safety representative's team.
Awards / Milestones
Kerbin Milestones (with associated awards)
- Launch to 10 km - $10,000
- Manned launch to 10 km - $20,000
- Manned launch to 50 km - $30,000
- Achieving stable orbit - $40,000
- Achieving stable manned orbit - $50,000
- First Kerbal EVA - $60,000
Satellite / Space Station Milestones
- First working satellite placed in geosynchronous orbit - $80,000
- First manned space station in orbit - $130,000
- First successful docking with a space station - $500,000
- First non-Kerbin manned satellite (not space junk) - $180,000
- First manned satellite in stable orbit around a planet other than Kerbin - $1,000,000
- Landing on Mun (+ safe return) - $200,000
- Landing on Minmus (+ safe return) - $240,000
- Landing on Eve (+ safe return) - $2,400,000
- Landing on Moho (+ safe return) - $5,000,000
- Landing on Dres (+ safe return) - $2,000,000
- Landing on one of Jool's moons (+ safe return) - $2,000,000 per moon
- Landing on Eeloo (+ safe return) - $2,500,000
- Landing on Duna (+ safe return) - $1,500,000
- Detailed forum thread on orbital nodes - $60,000
- Detailed forum thread on Delta-V - $70,000
- Detailed forum thread on Hohmann Transfer Orbits - $80,000
- Detailed forum thread explaining the use of the Kerbal Nomogram - $80,000
- Taking a picture of the Neil Armstrong Memorial (Apollo 11 landing site) - $150,000
- Picture of Kerbal in spacesuit beside Mun Arch - $150,000
- Picture of UFO on northern ice cap of Kerbin - $100,000
- Picture of the crashed flying saucer on the Mun - $150,000
- Picture of the floating monolith on Minmus - $150,000
Each launch activity will require two separate forum posts. You are welcome to cut and paste the following text directly into your forum posts for ease of editing
Pre-Launch Design Release
Team Name: List your team name here.
Available Funds: How much kerbency does your team currently have available?
Vehicle Name: What you named your vehicle.
Vehicle Parts List and Cost: list all rocket parts and their costs, as well as a total. It would also be a good idea to take a screenshot of your rocket and include it here.
Design Goals: What is your vehicle designed to do, and what strategies did you employ to tailor the vehicle to the task at hand?
Launch Goal: What are you hoping to learn / demonstrate on this flight? Do you expect to achieve a milestone as part of this launch? If so, which ones? If not, how does this launch put you closer to achieving a milestone?
Pilot Plan: What will the pilot be doing during the different stages of the launch? Are there different activities / maneuvers to be completed at different altitudes or stages?
Illustrations: Any other photographs or illustrations to help communicate your plan.
Safety Rep: Which safety representative is this plan being submitted to? Note that once this is posted, you may not launch until you have written confirmation in the form of a reply to this post from the safety rep that your plan is complete, sufficient, and has addressed risks and concerns appropriately.
Launch Report and Debrief
Launch Time: List the "real-world" time of your launch.
Team Members Present: Who was present from your team to witness / participate in the launch?
Play-by-Play: While the launch is occurring, at least one team members should be acting as a reporter, taking notes, and telling an engaging narrative about the launch. This is the bulk of the Launch Report
Photographs: Each launch should be accompanied by a minimum of two photographs from the mission. Screenshots may be made by pressing the F1 key at any time during the mission. If an award is achieved, make sure you take a screenshot as proof of the accomplishment.
Time-of-Flight: List the total time of the mission (game time, not real world).
Summary: In one paragraph, sum up your mission. What goals were achieved, what challenges were met and which were not, etc. Highlight any award milestones or safety concerns that will need to be addressed to move forward.
Opportunities / Learnings: What "big picture" items did the team learn from this launch?
Strategies / Project Timeline: How does this effect your team's strategy and timeline moving forward? Are you ready to tackle the next milestone? Do you need to go back to the drawing board and start over? Do you have some more research to do before you begin the next phase of the activity?
Milestone Awards Presented: List any milestones specifically achieved and the associated monetary award presented.
Available Funds: List your available funds following completion of the mission. Any fines, penalties, or award adjustments will be indicated by a reply to this post and must be taken into account at the start of your next pre-launch design release.
Tutorials / Helpful Links
- The Drawing Board - A Library of Tutorials and Other Useful Information
- Kerbal Space Program Wiki
- Kerbal Space Program Forums
- Kerbal Space Program Official Tutorials
- Mission Report Examples
- KSP Nomogram Calculation Tool
- Kerbin System Delta-Vee Map
- PC Gamer Article: Kerbal Space Program blasts into physics classroom as an end-of-year project