• Kerbal Space Program, commonly referred to as KSP, is a large scale space program simulator. Millions have fallen in love with the Kerbals, and have created their own space programs to explore the galaxy.
  • While many have found love in the base KSP game, did you know that there are KSP mods that take the game to new heights? Experience realistic space station chatter,
    and even an entire overhoal of the engineering system with KSP mods.
  • We will take you through the top 10 KSP mods that currently exist on the market.
    These mods are sure to change the way you experience KSP.

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HOW WE RATE THE TOP KSP MODS

We have a straightforward process for rating the best mods that KSP has to offer.  

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We rate the best mods you can find in KSP based on the following factors:

  • Number of total
    downloads
  • Does it improve
    the core KSP experience?
  • Developer support

NUMBER OF TOTAL DOWNLOADS

The first indicator that a mod is excellent is the number of downloads that the mod
in question has. Mods that are worthwhile are usually picked up by the KSP
community.

The powerful mod database CurseForge, have statistics that show how many downloads a mod has, and how popular it is with the community. CurseForge never snakes its user base, so they are definitely a reliable source of community information.

DOES THE MOD IMPROVE THE CORE KSP
EXPERIENCE?

We also ask ourselves whether or not the mod in question improves upon, or changes
the KSP experience in a way that is enjoyable for the player.

Mods, in general, have the potential to breathe a breath of fresh air into a game
that has been around for some time. We will analyze the specific ways in which
the top mods bring new joy to Kerbal Space Program.  

DEVELOPER SUPPORT

At the end of the day, mods live and die by the support that their developers
bring them. When a game updates, there may be conflicting files that leave mods
broken.

 Developers who support their mods usually have a standard update pattern that users of the
mod can view. This is important when considering the best KSP mods.  

10 TOP MODS AVAILABLE FOR KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM

1

CHATTERER

Chatterer is a cool mod that lets players simulate the experience of being in a space craft launched by a variety of different space programs. If you are a fan of the
chatter that goes on while in a space craft in movies like Star Trek and Star
Wars, then you will love this mod.

This mod has been downloaded over 242,323 times! It is quite popular with the KSP
online community as it makes flying around in your space ship much more
engaging.

We believe this mod improves the core gaming experience by providing players with
a more immerse flight space ship flight simulation experience. The chatter that
made up Apollo 11 and STS-1 flights are used in this mod, giving it a high
quality feel.

The developer last updated this mod on March 7, 2018. We suspect that the developer
will continue to support this mod for the foreseeable future.

We rate Chatterer a 4 out of 5.

2

KERBAL ENGINEER REDUX

Kerbal Engineer Redux is a mod that provides players with critical information about
their ship’s orbit during building and flight. This HUD is a much needed tool
that allows novice engineers to see information about their ship that was
previously harder to find.

This mod has 1,134,496 total downloads making it an insanely popular fan mod to use.
We suspect that the added usability features are what make this mod so popular
with the community.

Kerbal Engineer Redux can be thought of as a massive UI overhaul of key engineering systems in KSP. This helps make the game more usable by providing folks not invested in KSPs systems an easier time getting acquainted with the game’s systems.

Kerbal Engineer Redux was last updated on May 28, 2017. The developer has been
updating the mod since July 23, 2014, so we think the developer has a stable
track record of providing fixes for this UI overhaul.

We Kerbal Engineer Redux a rating of 5 out of 5.

3

KERBAL PLANETARY BASE SYSTEM

The Kerbal Planetary Base System is a KSP mod that gives players the ability to
create sustainable living spaces on other planets in the Kerbal universe.

With downloads reaching 533, 883 this mod is definitely exciting KSP players.

This mod adds value to Kerbal by allowing players the ability to build launch
stations, greenhouses, labs, and command centers on other planets. This
essentially expands the gameplay potential of KSP immensely.

Nils277 first created this mod on Jul 1, 2015, and has most recently updated on Sep 24,
2018. It is safe to say this mod will still be updated.

We rate Kerbal Planetary Base System a 5 out of 5.

4

KSP INTERSTELLAR EXTENDED

KSP Interstellar Extended expands KSP by allowing players to build space craft and
command centers with emerging technologies. The goal of this mod is to get
players to think about the advantages and disadvantages of using experimental,
futuristic technology.

This mod has around 503,787 downloads making it among the most popular mods
available. 

We think KSP Interstellar Extended adds value to the KSP experience by giving
players real world scenarios to consider. With mass particle accelerators
abound, it is intriguing to think about the advantages and ramifications of
using those technologies.

The developer has consistently updated their mod, most recently pushing an update
on Sept. 30, 2018.

We
rate KSP Interstellar Extended a 4 out of 5.

5

KERBAL INVENTORY SYSTEM

Kerbal Inventory System adds a new inventory system and EVA items to KSP. It allows
you to build multiple installations, robots, and drones from scratch.

There are a total of 1,134,189 total downloads for this mod. Millions of players enjoy the features this mod
adds to KSP.

We think this KSP mod is a worthwhile investment because it extends the building
capabilities of players. Adding more content to an already content heavy game
is definitely a factor we appreciate in mods. 

Kerbal Inventory System was recently updated on Jul 18, 2018. Definitely clear in our
books.

We rate this mod a 4 out of 5.

6

OPT SPACE PLANE PARTS V2.0

OPT Space Plane Parts adds a wealth of content to KSP. This mod includes over 70
different plane parts, near future engines, customized IVAs, and is easily
integrated with existing KSP assets.

With downloads reaching 438,664, OPT Space Plane Parts is not the most popular KSP mod, but it definitely is rising.

We think players who want to give Kerbal spaceships a more realistic look will
enjoy this mod. With space ship designs based on real world craft, players can
get that much closer to simulating a NASA space program experience.

The last time this mod was updated was on July 28,2017. With the addition of more
content by the KSP team, we are sure this mod will need to be updated in the
near future.

We rate OPT Space Plane Parts V2.0 a 4 out of 5.

7

DOCKING PORT ALIGNMENT INDICATOR

Are you tired of constantly crashing your ship when you are trying to dock in KSP?
This KSP mod provides players with a HUD that provides them with the
information they need to dock into space stations and other space crafts
fluidly.

There are definitely many players who appreciate this mod as it has 406,188
total downloads.

We appreciate mods that help players use game systems more efficiently. We suspect
some of the player base enjoys the difficulty that docking presents in a space
simulator. For this reason, we recommend this mod for beginners to the KSP
system.

We rate Docking Port Alignment Indicator a rating of 4 out of 5.

8

BDArmory Continued

BDArmory basically adds combat to the world of Kerbal Space Program. A wealth of weapons
is added to KSP to make the world feel more deadly. We think folks who enjoy
the prospect of space combat will definitely enjoy this mode.

Compared to the rest of the mods we have listed, this mod ranks slightly lower with only
216,318 downloads.

BDArmory pecifically adds turrets, cruiser missiles, and many firing mechanisms for the
ships in your fleet. If you ever wanted to role-play a space commander fighting
off against strange aliens, then this mod will definitely be for you.

This mode has actually transferred ownership as the original mod creator was unable
to continue work on it. It was last updated on Jul 28, 2017. If there is a
conflict with other files, the author will most likely update this mod.

We rate BDArmory a 3out of 5.

9

EVE: Environmental Visual
Enhancements

Are you a fan of cloud city from the original Star Wars trilogy? Or maybe you are a
cyber punk fan and the world of Bladerunner entices you. If you are into either
of those films, then EVE is the mod for you.

Environmental Visual Enhancements adds hi resolution cloud coverage and hi resolution lighting effects to KSP. We think that these additions are one of a kind as
they enhance the visual fidelity of KSP.

Although there aren’t a large number of downloads, EVE number around 57,493,
there is still ample support given to this mod by the developer. We think as
the years go on, more people will come to appreciate the beauty EVE brings to
KSP.

We rate EVE 5 out of 5.

10

KERBAL ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

The Kerbal Attachment System adds a wealth of new gameplay mechanics to KSP.
Included in the attachment system are winches, containers, and dynamic struts
and pipes.

The possibilities with this KSP mod are endless. You could decide to create a large
frigate system by attaching spaceships to one another. Imagine hauling all of
your space craft from planet to planet. Maybe you could even haul a planet if
you strategize correctly.

This mod currently has around 1,835,172 different downloads. It was created on Aug
31, 2014 and was last updated on Mar 9, 2018.

We rate the Kerbal Attachment System 5 out of 5 stars.

MODDER’S GUIDE

Although we have provided you with the top 10 KSP mods available, you may want to
explore other mods that exist for the game.

We recommend that players consider the following factors when deciding whether or
not to install a KSP mod:

  • Mod compatibility
  • Mod size
  • Mod stability

Mod compatibility means paying attention to whether or not the mod will work with
the version of KSP that you are currently using. You also need to be aware of issues
that may arise from using multiple conflicting mods.

Mod size is important to pay attention to. Some mods are large and require more
space than you have on your computer. Pay attention to the size so your storage
space stays ready.


stability is whether or not the mod is going to be stable with your system.
Some mods are buggy and can break certain mechanisms in game. Pay attention to
whether or not your mod is supported by KSP.

THE BEST KSP MODS ADD HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT TO KSP


The mods we have found for KSP all add various features that enhance the KSP
experience. We recommend you try these mods out to improve your overall
experience with the game. See you out in space!

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