Kerbal Space Program To Receive New Ship Parts From NASA Collaboration

Kerbal Space Program will be integrating new and realistic NASA spacecraft parts in the near future.

The new parts will be joining the game as a part of a previously revealed collaboration between its developers at Squad and NASA itself. The driving force behind these new ship parts will be special missions based on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission. The mission, which is expected to be completed by 2022, will culminate in the physical redirection of an asteroid to a position beyond the moon where it will then be studied by a manned expedition.

This collaboration is, understandably, a point of excitement for the game’s developers.

“Kerbal Space Program is about giving gamers the chance to dream big, even if they’re not astrophysicists. This relationship with NASA, the very beacon of big dreams and imagination, is going to give players a real opportunity to learn about the universe we’re living in,” said Lead Developer Felipe Falanghe in a press release. “The Asteroid Redirect Mission is going to be one of the [most] rewarding and challenging accomplishments in all of gaming. We can’t wait to see our current and future players take on this mission and perhaps, teach NASA a few tricks along the way.”

Altogether, the game will be adding nearly a dozen new NASA-based ship parts for players to experiment with. These will include new fuel tanks, which will be the biggest in the game. A new robotic grappling arm will also be added that players can use to grab and redirect the asteroid in question. These parts will all be available in the game’s open sandbox mode after they’re released.

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