The Kerbal Player's Guide
The Easiest Way to Launch a Space Program
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2016
Pages: 428

Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a critically acclaimed, bestselling space flight simulator game. It’s making waves everywhere from mainstream media to the actual space flight industry, but it has a bit of a learning curve. In this book, five KSP nerds—including an astrophysicist—teach you everything you need to know to get a nation of tiny green people into space.

KSP is incredibly realistic. When running your space program, you’ll have to consider delta-V budgets, orbital mechanics, Hohmann transfers, and more. This book is perfect for video game players, simulation game players, Minecrafters, and amateur astronomers.

  • Design, launch, and fly interplanetary rockets
  • Capture an asteroid and fly it into a parking orbit
  • Travel to distant planets and plant a flag
  • Build a moon rover, and jump off a crater ridge
  • Rescue a crew-mate trapped in deep space
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5.0

Long Overdue

By Kerbal007

from Australia

About Me Developer, Maker

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly The Kerbal Player's Guide:

    A wonderful book finally produced for KSP fans. I specifically purchased for Chapter 10 - Hardware to aid in my own development of a controller. Will absolutely purchase a print edition in the near future.

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    5.0

    This book should come with the game

    By Joaquin Bogado

    from La Plata. Buenos Aires

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly The Kerbal Player's Guide:

      Very useful examples to read during play. Planet descriptions are not comprehensive (on purpose, so you can explore). No list of mods worth to try (hello? [X]Science).
      There is little more information than in the wiki, but is darn well organized. Kudos for this!

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Actually pretty hilarious

      By Kathy

      from Mountains in Colorado

      About Me Space Geek

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      • Funny

      Cons

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          Comments about oreilly The Kerbal Player's Guide:

          New book on a very popular geek video game about running a space program. Very funny take on things with a pervasive weird sense of humor (I wonder which one of the authors it is?) Happy and fun way to learn this stuff. Great Christmas present for my 15 year old.

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