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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. However, Career Mode is still WIP. There are community-developed campaigns below if you want to be challenged with the current sandbox.

Community-developed campaigns

NOTE: These campaigns have some continuity issues, along with large difficulty fluctuations. Changes to fix these would be greatly appreciated. Until Career Mode will be developed, 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.


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.


  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 (Very Easy)- Can be done as soon as you buy the game.
  • 2/10 (Easy)- Can be done once you are comfortable with the controls.
  • 3/10 (Easy-Intermediate)- Can be done with some basic knowledge of game mechanics.
  • 4/10 (Intermediate)- Can be done with a mild understanding of game mechanics.
  • 5/10 (Intermediate-Hard)- Can be done with an advanced understanding of game mechanics.
  • 6/10 (Advanced)- Requires hard-to-learn specialized skills (ie, docking).
  • 7/10 (Very Advanced)- Requires several hard-to-learn specialized skills.
  • 8/10 (Expert)- Requires quite a bit of game experience.
  • 9/10 (Elite)- Requires a ton of game experience.
  • 10/10 (Scott Manley)- Self explanatory.


  • 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.


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

Additional Campaigns