Campaign: Kerbinai Program

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Over Kerbin, Kerbal-made stars could be seen gleaming from their orbits upon a treeless world. It didn't matter, because no one on Kerbin had ever seen a tree, so they weren't missed. GeoSat proved the point that there was absolutely no vegetation at all on the planet, except the microscopic green stuff that made the surface what it was. It was also discovered that there were not a whole lot of theme parks to visit, or really anything to do at all on the whole planet of Kerbin, except for which was happening at the Kerbal Space Center.

The Kerbican president announced that he wanted to see a Kerbal on the Mun ahead of the Kerbiets, and to do so before the decade was out. The Kerbal Space Program set its sights on an eventual Mun landing and return, although most scientists doubted the success of such. To get there, much needed to be learned. Volunteers were called up, but most Kerbals were content to be spectators, and viewed the whole space program as a spectator sport. Jebediah Kerbin, a daredevil from Kernicopia, was the only volunteer...for a while. Though after showing off his new spacesuit with jetpack, his very intrigued brothers Bill and Bob would soon join him, and it became apparent to KSP scientists that the whole Jebediah Kerbin family had what it takes to get into space; a penchant for a good bribe and a lack of education.

This campaign will have you docking with another manned ship before the day is out. Ok, maybe weekend.

(Video tutorials on docking, rendezvous, etc, etc: Orbital Mechanics 101)


  • Length: 10-20 hours (2-5 if you already know how to dock)
  • Difficulty: 6/10 (Advanced)
  • Skills needed:
  1. Advanced navball familiarity (assumed for all following campaigns)
  2. Intermediate navigation via maneuver node
  3. Advanced orbiting
  4. Intermediate of launch windows
  5. Intermediate understanding of intercepts/rendezvous
  6. Basic docking
  • For version: Every version (tested on 0.20.2)


Launch Escape System

  • Gene Kerbin, the new safety manager at the KSC, requests that you develop a launch escape system for manned spacecraft.
  1. Escape system must be able to pull command module away from a rocket in flight under its own power.
  2. Command module must be able to land safely on the ground from any launch altitude up to 70 km.
  3. Escape system must be able to be triggered by the Abort action group, aka Backspace key.
(Escape systems for manned missions are not required though until Gene takes over the KSC after The Kerbinai Program.)
(Version 0.24 added a part specifically for this, though custom systems can work 'better'.)
(Tip:Set your abort group to shut down all liquid fueled engines to help with escape launch).

Koskhod 2: Alexey Kerbinov, First Spacewalker

  • Looks like the Kerbiets beat the Kerbicans again... this time it was the first spacewalk. Go out for an EVA once in orbit. Bring him back alive.
  1. While near a 80 km orbit, your Kerbal will have to go outside, and eventually let go of the spacecraft, and grab it again and get back inside.
  2. Jets optional.
  3. Return mandatory. You don't want to scare off any of the current volunteers waiting in line for the next missions.
  4. Must land in water or at least on the continent on the other side of Kerbin from the KSC.
(If you haven't already, start naming your spacecraft prior to launch.)

Kerbinai 4: Ed Kerman, First Jet Assisted EVA

  • This Kerbican used the first jetpack in space...and returned successfully to his spacecraft.
  1. In 80 km orbit, have your Kerbal leave your comfy spacecraft and float around the spacecraft. Must complete one circuit around the craft.
  2. EVA must take place entirely on the day side of Kerbin, else you must let your Kerbal drift in space until daylight comes back and he can "see" the ship and try to make it back.
(If you lose your Kerbal because you have run out of jetpack fuel... well... um... your first orbital intercept will be to rescue him using a remotely controlled intercept vehicle.)

ComSat IV

  • Replace a Defunct Satellite and Designate it as Debris
  1. Launch a new ComSat to replace ComSat I.
  2. The new ComSat must replace ComSat I at ComSat I's originally intended location (directly over KSC).
  3. Designate ComSat I as Debris (so it no longer shows up on your map, or you can choose to end its mission to save cpu resources)
(This mission is a good one to practice your first orbital intercept, assuming your old satellite is where you want your new one to be)

Kerbinai: 6 & 7: Orbital Rendezvous

  • Intercept and Rendezvous a manned ship to within 100m of another manned ship
  1. Both ships must be identical and carry a single Kerbal, for a total of 2 Kerbals at the rendezvous.
  2. No docking ports on either ship.
  3. Must have RCS thrusters with propellant.
  4. With experience comes new technology. Rocket may have a basic SAS module at this point since previous missions may have been "a wee bit wobbly."
  5. You must take a screenshot from inside the cockpit of one ship through the window looking at the other ship, when both ships are less than 100m apart.
(Building orbital intercept vehicles will require a more powerful launch vehicle. Consider your trial by error development as Kerbinai 5. Experiment first before committing Kerbonaughts to an official Kerbinai mission)
(KSC scientists don't think it's possible on the first try, so that's why both ships don't have docking ports. Prove them wrong with a screenshot.)

Kerbinai 8: Neil and the Kerbina Target Vehicle

  • Launch an unmanned Target Vehicle with docking point into orbit.
  1. Must be unmanned.
  2. Must be powered continuously.
  • Launch a manned single-Kerbal vehicle with docking port into orbit.
  • Intercept, Rendezvous, and Dock the manned vehicle with the waiting unmanned vehicle.
  • Transfer fuel from the Kerbina Target Vehicle to your ship, make sure there is enough for both ships to deorbit.
    • If you're feeling daring, don't transfer fuel, but rather, send the entire ship into an uncontrolled spin and simualate the actual Gemini VIII abort.
(After you're done, you are welcome to deorbit the Target Vehicle or end its mission or use it for the Kylab mission.)

2 Kerbals, 2 Ships, and a Party

  • Transfer crew with another spaceship in orbit while docked.
  1. Must transfer one Kerbal from one ship with one Kerbal from another via docking port and then go back to the other ship via EVA.
  2. Transfer fuel so both ships have equal amounts for the return
  3. Return one Kerbal to his ship via EVA
(Tip: Switch between EVAs by using the bracket keys, use a 2 seater command pod with an seat empty)
(Don't forget to bring four bottles of Fizzy Kerbin Ocean Water with straw caps to celebrate!)

Finishing word

After the completion of the Kerbinai Program, Robert Kerbin retired to much fanfare, and settled down to write books about the early pioneers of Kerbal Spaceflight who he helped put into space. A new director, Gene Kerbin, arrived to take his place at the Kerbal Space Center.

After the Kerban family reunion which took place in orbit during the program, Gene ordered the Kerbonaught corps to take a well deserved vacation while the space program ramped up its final preparations for a Mun shot. While on vacation, Jebediah took the initiative in his home town of Kernicopia to fund a new start up company: Jebediah Kerman's Junkyard and Spaceship Parts Co. - cobbled together from a number of junkyard parts he had laying around from his daredevil days. Being an insider, her figured he'd be able to score a number of kontracts with the Kerbal Space Program. While he prepared his company, Gene Kerbin stepped up missions to send Probes and Rovers to the Mun.