Follow the Guide #1: Key Binding

Follow The Guide

Before going any further… Make sure you have read the following tutorials: Follow the Guide #0: Discovering KSP.

Remember you can translate the subtitles in any language with YouTube.


In this first real tutorial of a long series, we will be discussing keyboard configuration, a necessary step in the life of a budding Kerbal to master its phases. Nothing too complicated, the game is well-designed in this regard! Naturally, we’re not dealing with the most exciting document here, and it will be particularly lacking in visuals… No matter how hard we try, a menu interface is never very sexy! A neat and clean file will even be provided to make things even simpler, but it’s still important to go through this document in its entirety to understand the layout of the keys and their significance. It’s also an opportunity to read the translation of each item, which you won’t find everywhere! 😉

Reading recommendations

  1. Take the time to go through the entire guide once, with a calm mind, without the game. If you find a section challenging, it’s likely to be detailed and explained later 😉
  2. Use the provided download files.
  3. Do not hesitate to revisit a tutorial that you thought you had mastered; you might find important information!
  4. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, making sure to be specific enough 🙂
  5. Save frequently while executing a tutorial in-game. Use the Alt + F5 and Alt + F9 tools to name and easily find your saves. The tutorials often suggest important save points, but there’s nothing stopping you from creating more!
  6. Try the exercises at the end of the tutorial: by downloading a save, you can try out various specific scenarios, allowing you to improve and/or identify your difficulties. This makes it easier to ask questions about specific points that are causing issues, without having to specify the rocket you used, the location, or the circumstances 😉
  7. On the last page, discover some mods directly related to the elements presented in this tutorial, but be careful: they sometimes introduce changes to gameplay!
Structure of the document

The text contains several spoilers: they significantly shorten the length of tutorials while preserving many details for those who would like to read them. However, don’t hesitate to open them to discover their content, as they can be rich in explanations and concrete examples!

The embedded gifs are precisely timed: the selected passages correspond to your reading. You can also watch the entire video at any time to get a sense of the sequence of steps.

Some links allow you to download files. This is highly recommended (unless otherwise noted) as it ensures that we all start with a common base and avoids any design errors from the outset: most of the time, you’re learning a maneuver, a technique, so let’s avoid basic electrical power oversights! It also eliminates exotic considerations related to eccentric designs: use the bricks provided, learn with them, and you’ll be able to adapt the explanations to your needs and creations later on 😉


  1. VAB : « Vehicle Assembly Building »
  2. SPH : « Space Plane Hangar »
  3. Parts: Building elements such as tanks, thrusters, batteries, lights…
  4. Craft: It’s a construction, like a rocket, a satellite, an aircraft, a rover.
Materials for Download Purposes

In some of our tutorials, you will find a comprehensive archive of KSP documents, typically containing a save file that includes crafts and scenarios for you to practice and test your skills. Check out the exercises at the end of each chapter 🙂 As a reminder, this archive needs to be extracted, and all you have to do is copy and paste the folder “KSC – TutorialName” alongside your other save files. It is advisable to dedicate a clean, mod-free installation for the best experience with our tutorials, allowing you to neatly accumulate your saves! For more information on handling save folders and creating a fresh KSP installation, we direct you to these two links; it’s very simple and quick 😉 And of course, for managing the Craft files that will undoubtedly be offered for download, this is where it happens.


Enjoy the game!

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