Research and Development

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The R&D facility, seen with the rest of KSC in the background.
The starting tech tree, with the first tech unlocked.
The science archives of the facility. Wernher von Kerman can be seen.

The Research and Development Facility is a structure added in version 0.22. The building is used to unlock new parts in the technology tree in career mode. Unlocking parts requires science. The facility contains multiple buildings, but it is not possible to go inside each individual building. The R&D facility is the largest building in the KSC.

It is possible to browse through the archive of already executed scientific experiments. There are several filters available to limit it only to a specific body, situation, biome or experiment.

Secondary buildings

The Research and Development Facility one of two structures containing multiple buildings, along with the tracking station. The R&D facility has a telescope and contains a structure of 3 cylinder tanks containing an unknown substance. Several barracks can be found on-site, as well an overhanging passageway between two buildings. There are three main buildings, which are all inter-connected.


If a player tries to enter the R&D facility in sandbox mode, a message will appear saying "The research and development facility is closed". Attempting to send experimental data (ex. from a goo canister) will yield three messages, one of them being "You feel that you aren't really learning anything."


In the first official release in 0.23.5, the scientific progress was reset when visiting the facility using a save from an old version.[1] An update afterwards changing the version number to fixed that issue.[2]


  1. Notification from Rowsdower about that issue in the forums
  2. KSP: Asteroid Redirect Mission is Officially Released!” by HarvesteR released on April 1st 2014