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Official campaigns

Career mode has been overhauled with contracts, reputation, and funding as of update 0.24 (First Contract), see the Career mode page for more information. There are however community-developed campaigns below if you want to be challenged with the current sandbox.

Community-developed campaigns

The KSP community offers the following logical campaign mission progression manifest to players looking to follow a near historical and future age list of mission goals and milestones that can be done in the current sandbox. These campaign ideas are listed here to help you plan your own space program.

Feel free to add your own ideas to the list, or add additional missions to existing campaigns. Please follow our standard Campaigns Template. We would also love for people to go through the existing campaigns and re-format them to this template. If you're unsure about adding a campaign, post them in this page's discussion page first. To make a new campaign, reference it in the previous campaign's Final Words with "[[" and closing brackets, save changes, open the red link you created, make your page using the template, update the navigation tabs in the campaign pages before and after the new one, then finally update the list on page. If you'd like to change an existing campaign, post in that campaign's discussion page. Please be courteous to other contributors and ask permission whenever possible.


From solid rocket launches, to commercial spaceflight, to nuclear exploration beyond the Kerbol system, this campaign is for you! This campaign is a large series of missions designed to present a logical sequence of space development, at a pace matching historical spaceflight, modern missions, and future planned spaceflight. These campaigns are designed to be played in the order presented, up until the Kerbollo 13 campaign. After completing the Kerbollo 13 campaign, you are welcome to run neighboring campaigns simultaneously, and of course, add your own missions and goals that fit the theme of the campaigns you are running. Note that each successive campaign assumes you've acquired the necessary skills to complete the previous missions. This community developed series assumes you are in the Sandbox game mode.

NOTE: These campaigns have some continuity issues, along with large difficulty fluctuations. Changes to improve these would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Spaceflight is expensive, and technology progressive. Challenge yourself to build the simplest and cheapest launch systems and spacecraft to accomplish the mission.
  2. SAS modules don't exist until the middle of the Kerbinai Program, so don't use them until then (yes hotshot, you will need to fly using your onboard command module SAS only). Advanced SAS modules don't exist until the Kerbollo Program during the Mun Race.
  3. If an advanced part exists, don't use it if an alternative exists and you can still accomplish your mission.
  4. You are welcome to end any flight except where Kerbals are involved (unless it was called a test flight prior to launch), at which point you will get to launch rescue missions later.

To MechJeb or not to MechJeb, that is the question. A middle route is to challenge yourself to learning to fly simpler ships manually, learn launch profiles and orbital mechanics manually, and then using MechJeb later to perform the tedious launch routines of other missions, seeking to have it do what you've already mastered.

Difficulty Scale

The difficulties for the campaigns are represented on a one to ten scale as follows:

  • 1/10 (Beginner)- Can be done as soon as you buy the game.
  • 2/10 (Novice)- Can be done once you are comfortable with the controls.
  • 3/10 (Amateur)- Can be done with some basic knowledge of game mechanics.
  • 4/10 (Trained)- Can be done with a complete understanding of game mechanics.
  • 5/10 (Adept)- Requires some specialized skills (ex. landing on other bodies).
  • 6/10 (Proficient)- Requires hard-to-learn specialized skills (ex. docking).
  • 7/10 (Advanced)- Requires experience with specialized skills.
  • 8/10 (Expert)- Difficult for most experienced players.
  • 9/10 (Elite)- Challenging for experienced players.
  • 10/10 (Scott Manley)- Self explanatory. Seriously, the man is a KSP god.


  • Test your staging by launching test flights (run through everything prior to reaching orbit).
  • Use action groups to manage more complex launch systems and spacecraft.
  • Don't forget the parachute.


A campaign series of increasing difficulty and with a natural progression, based on real-life historical or planned future missions. Each campaign is submitted and edited by users, and some are unfinished or not yet tested, so feel free to contribute.

Feel free to celebrate your accomplishment with player-developed ribbon awards when you reach certain milestones.

Additional Campaigns

Here are campaigns and challenges that are beyond the scope of a new player, require mods, are not based on historical missions or ideas for future missions, or are based on some alternate storyline.

Include ideas for possible additional campaign series here. They can be fictional story-lines, detailed historical programs, or campaigns using a different format. Include basic ideas with just text, links to pages for development ideas, or works-in-progress.

  • Historical missions that could-have-been: Soviet moon landing, Apollo-style planetary missions, Wernher von Braun's epic Mars mission, Dyna-Soar.
  • Detailed Gemini Program.
  • Bases and space stations on other planets. Possible space tourism.
  • Speedrun campaigns.
  • Large-scale Kerbol System Evacuation.
  • Alien Space Programs - Alternate historical campaigns starting from Laythe.