Roadmap

Stage 1: Getting Started

Welcome to Kerbal Space Program, the game where you build rockets, spaceplanes and rovers in order to explore the 'Kerbol' System, which is quite similar to the real Solar System. This is a huge game with a lot of learning and physics involved and it teaches you all about orbital mechanics as well as how to fly a rocket from point A to point B.

The time is set to 60 hours because there is a great degree of trial and error involved and a steep learning curve for those new to the game. However, if you are an experienced player, you should have no trouble doing this platinum in about 30 hours.

Kerbal Space Program includes three different gamemodes: Career, science and Sandbox. In Career and Science mode, you will need to collect 'science points' to unlock new rocket and spaceplane parts. In Career mode, these parts also cost money. Career mode also includes contracts as well as business strategies and reputation (neither of which are important for this guide, unless you wanted to do everything in Career mode). Sandbox mode will be your best friend for this platinum, since every part is unlocked from the start, meaning you can jump straight in without worrying about the cost of parts or the consequences of losing a kerbonaut.

There are only two gamemode-specific trophies; Silver Here Comes the Kerbalry and Bronze Open for Business!. These two can only be completed in Career mode. Therefore, it is recommended that you begin with Career mode until you've unlocked Silver Here Comes the Kerbalry and then make a new game in Sandbox mode to tackle the rest of the trophies, as you will not need to deal with funds, science or limited parts. However, if you want to enjoy this game to its full extent, then feel free to do as much as you want in Career mode (or Science mode).

For this stage, you will want to focus on the following trophies:
Congratulations! You visited Mun.
You've completed a fly by of the Mun!
You've completed your first EVA on the Mun.
You've planted your first flag on the Mun!
Congratulations! You've completed your first contract. Now it's up to you to keep this facility growing!
You've completed your first Launch Pad launch.
You've been to space and landed safely back home!
You've completed your first EVA in space. Now you've joined the leagues of those who repaired Skylab in 1973.

Stage 2: Miscellaneous Cleanup

Congratulations! By this point, you should have made it to the Mun and back, which means you'll be familiar enough with the controls to tackle a few more trophies before you begin your voyage beyond Kerbin's gravitational pull. This stage won't take you too long and will help you practice as you approach Stage 3.

For this stage, you will want to focus on the following trophies:
Completed your first ship to ship dock! Congrats, lots of people don't make it this far.
Congratulations! You visited Minmus.
You've launched your first satellite into space!
You've completed your first landing at the Kerbal Space Center!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Minmus.
You took your first rover out for a spin!
You've completed your first runway launch!

Stage 3: Visiting Every Planet and Moon

And now for the fun part, visiting every single planet and their moons and safely returning to and landing back on Kerbin. By now, you should have enough experience with the game to be confident enough to tackle this hefty task. It may seem like a lot, however, if you focus on one planet at a time, it shouldn't take you too long. Some planets, such as Duna, will be relatively straightforward since it only has one moon and requires a relatively little amount of △V to get to. On the other hand, planets like Moho or Jool will be quite difficult. It is recommended to do this all in Sandbox mode, since there is a lot to tackle and it will take a long time to unlock all the parts needed to make long-distance journeys (but if you choose to do this in Career or Science mode, then good luck!)

There are 7 planets and 9 moons in total to visit. That's 6 planets and 7 moons after Kerbin, The Mun and Minmus. Each celestial body has two trophies attached to it - one for completing a flyby and another for visiting the planet and returning to Kerbin. 

 It is recommended to tackle them in the following order:
  • Duna and Ike
  • Eve and Gilly
  • Dres
  • Moho
  • Jool, Laythe, Vall, Bop, Tylo and Pol
  • Eeloo

For this stage, you will want to focus on the following trophies:
Congratulations! You visited Ike.
Congratulations! You visited Dres.
Congratulations! You visited Duna.
Congratulations! You visited Eeloo.
Congratulations! You visited Gilly.
Congratulations! You visited Moho.
Congratulations! You visited Jool.
Congratulations! You visited Bop.
Congratulations! You visited Eve.
You've completed a flyby of Eeloo.
Congratulations! You visited Tylo.
Congratulations! You visited Laythe.
Congratulations! You visited Pol.
Congratulations! You visited Vall.
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Pol.
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Gilly.
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Jool!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Ike.
You've completed your first landing on Moho!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Dres.
You've just completed your first flyby of Eve!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Moho.
Yeah! We just did a flyby of Bop!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Vall.
You just completed a flyby of Duna!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Laythe!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Kerbin.
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Tylo.

Tips & Strategies

There are a few skills you will need to learn to platinum Kerbal Space Program. Although the last one is not essential, it will be extremely beneficial if you visit the planet 'Jool' and all 5 of its moons in one trip:
  • Launch a rocket and create a stable orbit
  • Achieve an encounter with a planet/moon
  • Perform an aerobrake to slow orbital velocity and create an orbit
  • Land on the planet/moon
  • Perform a rendezvous with another vessel
  • Use another planet/moon's gravity to perform a 'gravity-assist'

This game can be quite hard to understand if you are new or not an astrophysicist. Therefore, below are some useful guides that will help you on your journey:
Master Astrophysicist
Unlocked all Kerbal Space Program trophies.
1.75%
Ultra Rare
Platinum
Look Ma, No Tractor Beams!
Completed your first ship to ship dock! Congrats, lots of people don't make it this far.
6.32%
Very Rare
Gold
In order to dock two ships, you will need to have built two vessels that each contain at least one docking port (any variant of the 'Clamp-O-Tron docking port', which can be found in the 'Coupling' section in the parts list). You can stack this with Silver Let Me Play Among the Stars if you want by making one of your vessels autonomous, or with Bronze Failure is Not an Option if you wish to make an Apollo-style lander (i.e the lander docks with the command module). You'll want to make sure both ships have RCS modules onboard, which will make docking a heck of a lot easier. Either way, this trophy shouldn't take you long if you know how to rendezvous two ships (see Silver Here Comes the Kerbalry for more information if you don't).

Once built, you will need to position one of the ships in orbit around Kerbin (or any planet/moon). After that, launch the second rocket into orbit and create a maneuver node to rendezvous with the other vessel. As with Silver Here Comes the Kerbalry, you will need to reduce your separation from the other vessel and kill your relative speed. Once you are close enough (around/less than 5km), you can activate docking mode (found in the bottom left) to use your RCS thrusters to slowly move your ship closer to the other one. Once the two are close enough to touch, you'll want to carefully move your docking port to align with the docking port on the other ship. Slowly move them together and the magnets will take care of the rest. After the ships are successfully docked, the trophy will pop.
A Rocky Planet
Congratulations! You visited Ike.
3.29%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Completing Missions and Unlocking Asteroids
Congratulations! You visited Dres.
2.25%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Duna 2000
Congratulations! You visited Duna.
4.20%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Eeloocidate the Matter
Congratulations! You visited Eeloo.
2.12%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Flying Minmus
Congratulations! You visited Minmus.
8.89%
Very Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Gilly Up!
Congratulations! You visited Gilly.
2.52%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Got My Moho Back
Congratulations! You visited Moho.
2.21%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back and Bronze Failure is Not an Option for more information.
Here Comes the Kerbalry
You've recovered your first crew member from the perils of space!
4.98%
Ultra Rare
Silver
This trophy will need to be completed in Career mode. You will eventually receive a contract(s) asking you to rescue a stranded Kerbal in orbit, it will be labelled something along the lines of 'Rescue Bob from orbit of Kerbin'. You will also need to upgrade your 'Astronaut Complex' so that Kerbals can perform EVAs.

Build a vessel containing at least one extra crew slot (and remember to make sure it is not automatically filled before you launch, as you will have to leave a poor Kerbal to die in the cold vacuum of space). It is recommended to use RCS thrusters and monopropellent as it will be easier to make fine adjustments to your speed as you approach the Kerbal. Before you launch, you'll want to warp time until the stranded Kerbal is in a position in orbit such that they will be above the Kerbal Space Centre by the time you have escaped the atmosphere, so you will be reasonably close together. Remember to set the Kerbal as your target.

Once you are in orbit, you will need to align the ascending and descending nodes so that they are at 0.0°. Then, you will need to maneuver your craft so that you will have an encounter with a reasonably short separation (the closer to 0km, the better). You will need to have your navball in target mode (press Cross on the grey box with the green text using your cursor, L3) and regularly burn retrograde to slow your relative speed. This can take a few attempts and you may need to change your orbit a few times to get it right.

Hopefully you will have a close encounter with the stranded Kerbal and with a low relative speed. Kill your relative speed by very gently burning away from the kerbal. If you've used RCS thrusters, activate docking mode (the small, blue-grey icon in the bottom left with a black circle inside, beneath the green button with the rocket on it), which will allow you to move back and forth very slowly using RCS, and move towards the Kerbal. Take your time as you don't want to overshoot and have to go back again. You can also take control of the stranded Kerbal and use their thruster pack to fly directly to the craft.

Once you have the Kerbal close to the craft, take control of them (if you haven't already) and fly to the capsule's door, then simply hold Circle to enter. Safely return the rescued Kerbal to the surface of Kerbin, recover your vessel and the trophy is yours!

Note: The trophy might pop as soon as you take control of the stranded Kerbal's vessel while your rescue craft is close by. If this is the case then you do not need to land back on Kerbin, however, if you wish to continue with this Career save then it will be beneficial to return back to Kerbin, but this is not necessary for the platinum.
Jool of the Starry Sea
Congratulations! You visited Jool.
2.30%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.

Jool is a huge, green gas giant that has 5 moons: Pol, Bop, Tylo, Vall and Laythe. You will be able to visit every one of its moons in a single trip, however, it will require a lot of fuel and delta V (15,000m/s should do the trick if launching from the Mun but bring as much as possible).

You can perform some more advanced maneuvers, i.e. using the gravity of other bodies to slingshot you, but these can be quite tricky. The inner-most moons are quite close together, so it's a great opportunity to practice gravity assists and they will help you get to the more far away moons without using as much fuel.
Kerboy BeBop
Congratulations! You visited Bop.
2.03%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Let Me Play Among the Stars
You've launched your first satellite into space!
18.16%
Rare
Silver
To build a satellite, you'll need the following things: an unmanned command module, an antenna, a way to generate power (e.g. solar panels) and batteries. If you want to be super efficient, you can even slap a docking port on there to stack up with Gold Look Ma, No Tractor Beams!, although this is entirely up to you. Remember to pack quite a few batteries because unlike manned command modules, the unmanned ones will drain a lot of power. Most thrusters will contain a power generator that produces EC while in use, so this shouldn't be a huge issue.

Once you've made the satellite, strap some rockets to it and launch it into orbit (it can orbit any planet/moon, so using the Mun Launch Site is the quickest option). As soon as you reach a stable orbit, the trophy will unlock.
One Does Not Simply Return From Eve
Congratulations! You visited Eve.
2.96%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
So Eeloosive
You've completed a flyby of Eeloo.
2.28%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
The Largest Moon in the Kerbol System
Congratulations! You visited Tylo.
2.06%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
The Sapphire of Jool
Congratulations! You visited Laythe.
2.08%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
To The Mun and Back
Congratulations! You visited Mun.
13.80%
Rare
Silver
This is the first of many 'You visited X' trophies in this game, so the following information applies to all similar trophies. You do not need to land on the planet/moon to earn these trophies, all you need to do is enter its gravitational field. You can stack these trophies with their corresponding 'You completed your first flyby of X' trophy. It is recommended that you build a vessel with a high amount of △V (delta v) so you can visit a planet and its moon(s) in one trip (for example, Duna and Ike), as this will save a lot of time. See Tips & Strategies for more information.

Each of these trophies follows the same pattern:
  • For the Mun and Minmus:
    1. Get into orbit.
    2. Achieve an encounter with the moon by creating a maneuver node and performing said maneuver.
    3. Enter and leave the moon's gravitational field.
    4. Return back to Kerbin in one piece.
  • For other planets and their moons:
    1. Use time warp to make sure the desired planet is aligned correctly.
      • Here is a diagram to show where each planet should be in respect to Kerbin (blue) so that you can easily acquire an encounter (by Reddit user, u/trevize1138).
    2. Achieve an escape trajectory so that you orbit the sun.
    3. Acquire an encounter with the planet and, once you've entered its gravity, burn retrograde to create an orbit.
    4. If the planet has a moon(s), repeat the steps under 'For the Mun and Minmus' to complete a flyby, which will grant you another trophy.
Too Much RCS
Congratulations! You visited Pol.
2.10%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
Vall Hauler
Congratulations! You visited Vall.
2.08%
Ultra Rare
Silver
See Silver To The Mun and Back for more information.
A Grain of Sand
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Pol.
2.45%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Almost No Gravity
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Gilly.
2.77%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Crowned Jool
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Jool!
3.61%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Duna's Only Natural Moon
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Ike.
5.00%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Failure is Not an Option
You've completed your first landing on Moho!
2.35%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
Unlike the other planets and moons which only require you to complete a flyby to earn the two trophies, you will actually need to land on Moho, which shouldn't be too difficult if you've made it this far. The main obstacle with this trophy is that it requires you to return to Kerbin after landing, meaning you can't just save, land, get the trophy, and reload.

A good idea would be to make an Apollo-style lander (a detachable lander connected to a bigger craft with enough fuel to get home), which means you won't need to land a huge craft on the planet and launch, as this would be inefficient. Make sure you check your △V (vacuum) because you will need a lot to make it back home (see Stage 3 for more details on △V requirements). As with most of these trophies, you can do this in Sandbox mode and launch from the Mun Launch Site, since it will require less △V to enter Kerbin's orbit.
First Dwarf Planet
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Dres.
2.50%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Fly Me To The Mun
You've completed a fly by of the Mun!
20.54%
Uncommon
Bronze
Unlike Silver To The Mun and Back, you do not need to return to Kerbin for this or any other 'You've completed a flyby of X' trophy. It is highly recommended that you stack these flyby trophies with the respective 'You visited X' trophy. See Silver To The Mun and Back for more details. This trophy will explain how to perform a flyby, since the method will be exactly the same, just with different numbers.

These trophies will unlock once you've entered and escaped the specified planet/moons gravity. All you need to do is create an encounter with the body, time warp until you enter its gravitational field and time warp again (your warp will slow down by default before the start of the encounter) until you escape.

As explained in Stage 3, if you are visiting a planet with moons, you will need to make a save at the beginning of the flyby, perform a flyby of the planet, then reload to do a flyby of the moon(s). This is because you will need to make an orbit around the planet, meaning you won't get the 'You've completed a flyby of X' when you leave the planet's gravity.
Getting Eve-n
You've just completed your first flyby of Eve!
4.33%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Ground Control
You've completed your first landing at the Kerbal Space Center!
3.60%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
To earn this trophy, you will need to make either a rocket or a spaceplane, take off from the Kerbal Space Center, escape the atmosphere (70km) and land back at the space center, either on the launch pad or the runway.

There is a relatively easy method for this:
  • Build a very small rocket with about 2000m/s to 2500m/s of delta V, some landing gear, and parachutes (including the smaller, orange drogue shoots, as you will be coming in very hot).
  • Launch the rocket from the KSC Launch Pad and keep the rocket pointing directly upwards.
  • Keep burning until the Apoapsis is about 75km. Once you've finished the burn, make a quicksave in case you need to adjust the trajectory.
  • You will notice that the rocket is traveling on a curve path that will land you in the bay in front of the space center, however, due to Kerbin's rotation, this will place you roughly on top of the KSC.
  • Wait until you begin your descent, start burning to reduce your speed - make sure to keep an eye on your △V on the left of the screen, you will want about 300m/s left over when your parachutes deploy.
  • Deploy your parachutes as soon as it is safe to do so. Wait for the icons to go from red, to yellow, to grey.
    • By this point you should be directly above the Kerbal Space Center. 
    • If you are not above the space center, then reload the quicksave and adjust the orbit accordingly. This part might take some trial and error.
  • Now for the tricky part, your goal is to safely land the rocket on the runway. To do this make another quicksave (call it something different so you don't lose your first quicksave, just in case) and use your leftover fuel to burn in the direction of the runway as you slowly descend. You may need to reload the quicksave to get it right and if you find yourself too far away from the runway, reload the first quicksave you made and try to adjust the trajectory again.
  • Once you've safely landed, the trophy will unlock.
Home of the Moholes
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Moho.
2.74%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun and Bronze Failure is Not an Option for more information.
KerBop Doo Wop
Yeah! We just did a flyby of Bop!
2.34%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Mission to Minmus
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Minmus.
8.45%
Very Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Mun Rover, Mun Rover
You took your first rover out for a spin!
9.33%
Very Rare
Bronze
Despite the name, this trophy only requires you to drive a rover on any planet or moon. The best time to attempt this is either when you land on the moon, or when you land on Moho for Bronze Failure is Not an Option, as it will save you another journey.

To build a working rover, you will need the following:
  • An unmanned command module or an external command seat
  • Wheels
  • Batteries
  • A form of energy production (e.g. solar panels)
  • An antenna (if it is unmanned)
  • A docking port to attach it to your vessel

Once your rover is built, you can place it in your vessel using a cargo or service bay in conjunction with a docking port or a decoupler. Then simply fly to the desired planet or moon, land, open the bay doors and you will be able to drive the rover on the surface.
Munwalking
You've completed your first EVA on the Mun.
14.49%
Rare
Bronze
After landing on the moon, you can perform an EVA by clicking the EVA button on one of your Kerbals' portraits. If you are playing on Career mode, you will need to upgrade the Astronaut Complex to unlock this ability.
No Left Turns
You've completed your first runway launch!
40.53%
Uncommon
Bronze
For this trophy, you simply need to make a spaceplane in the spaceplane hanger and successfully launch it from the runway. You don't even need to land afterwards, so feel free to nosedive into the ground once you've taken off.

This trophy is a lot easier in Sandbox mode, since the early spaceplane parts you unlock are not the greatest and small planes tend to bounce around a lot. Make sure to keep the plane straight as sometimes it will try to veer off course.
Off The Vall
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Vall.
2.68%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
One Small Step
You've planted your first flag on the Mun!
13.71%
Rare
Bronze
When your Kerbal is safely walking on the Mun's surface, simply use your cursor and press Circle on the Kerbal, then select 'Plant flag'. Your Kerbal will plant the flag and the trophy will be yours.
Open for business!
Congratulations! You've completed your first contract. Now it's up to you to keep this facility growing!
41.44%
Uncommon
Bronze
You will need to be on Career mode to do this but it can be done pretty much straight away. Start a new game and you will be quickly run through a brief overview of the facility (you can skip this if you like). Head on over to Mission Control (the small building between the Vehicle Assembly building and the Runway) and select your first contract.

The first contract should be titled 'Launch our first vessel!'. Once you've completed this, the trophy should unlock.
Space, Space, SPAAAAACE!
You've completed your first Launch Pad launch.
76.29%
Common
Bronze
This trophy will unlock as soon as you've launched a rocket from the launch pad. You will be doing this in the process of many different trophies.
The Biggest Wonder to Kerbalkind
You just completed a flyby of Duna!
5.48%
Very Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
The Only Moon with a True Atmosphere
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Laythe!
3.03%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
The Right Kind of Pilot
You've been to space and landed safely back home!
44.61%
Uncommon
Bronze
This trophy is easy enough. You simply need to escape Kerbin's atmosphere (70,000m) and safely land.

You'll need a rocket with at least 2,500m/s of △V (This is your delta V, which means your change in (△) velocity (V), it's very important to know this as it gives you an idea of how far your rocket will be able to travel. See Tips & Strategies for a delta V map). Your rocket will also need a parachute and a heat shield to protect you from re-entry heat. Keep an eye on the parachute icon in the staging menu (the orange and grey list on the left of your screen) as it will turn red when it's unsafe to deploy. It will eventually turn yellow and quickly back to grey when it's safe to deploy the parachute. Once you landed safely (with the Kerbal intact), the trophy will unlock.
The View From Up Here
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Kerbin.
16.17%
Rare
Bronze
This trophy can be done alongside any of the other flyby/visit trophies (besides the ones for Minmus and the Mun). While on your way back from another planet, create a save when you gain an encounter with Kerbin. Then simply time warp so that your vessel enters Kerbin's gravitational field and escapes. Once you've escaped, the trophy will pop and you'll be able to reload the save you made so you can still get back home without having wasted fuel.
Tylo, Tylo, It's Off to Space We Go!
Congratulations! You completed your first flyby of Tylo.
3.07%
Ultra Rare
Bronze
See Bronze Fly Me To The Mun for more information.
Zero Gravity
You've completed your first EVA in space. Now you've joined the leagues of those who repaired Skylab in 1973.
20.83%
Uncommon
Bronze
You will, at some point during your playthrough, have a spacecraft in space. When you're at a point where your vessel is not accelerating, press the EVA button found on one of the Kerbals' portraits in the bottom right of the screen. The Kerbal will exit the command module and hold onto the ladder and the trophy should pop as soon as you do this. Don't forget to bring the Kerbal back inside!