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Ker­bal Space Pro­gram’s mod­ding com­mu­nity has four years of ex­pe­ri­ence with the game, and it shows. Ad­di­tions over that time range from bug fixes to physics tweaks to bun­dles of new mod­ules that add en­tirely new build­ing dis­ci­plines to the game. With the Ker­bal Air­craft Ex­pan­sion, KSP be­comes a game about build­ing and fly­ing tra­di­tional prop-driven planes and he­li­copters. This hooks into the core game as much or as lit­tle as you’d like it to. Think you can give your pro­to­type space­plane a kick­start by fer­ry­ing it into the strato­sphere on the back of a heavy cargo plane? Then go for it. You’ll need to learn how air­craft work first, how­ever – and the game’s fun­da­men­tal re­spect for the ac­tual laws of real physics is held in high re­gard by the com­mu­nity.

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