Welcome to this months Player Spotlight! This is a monthly feature of Q&A interviews which highlight interesting Kerbal Space Program players. We will be featuring people with many different skills and life experiences such as modders, artists, streamers, teachers, engineers, and more. We started this project as an appreciation to our players and to highlight the diverse and inspirational crowd that has gathered around Kerbal Space Program.
This month we are featuring Andrew, a recent graduate in aerospace engineering, after being inspired by playing Kerbal Space Program!
*Photo credit to Andrew
My name Is Andrew, I recently graduated cum laude with a degree in aerospace engineering. My favorite planet in the Kerbolar system is Eve, and my favorite planet in the solar system is Venus.
v0.22 just came out when I first played, so late 2013 which was when I was a freshman in high school. I saw a video on YouTube of someone landing a Mun base. I was really into space sims but this game stood out to me because it was really grounded I reality. What I loved about it was the Lego aspect of the building. I quickly figured out how to draw all the parts on graph paper with the correct sizes and I would draw up rocket ideas in the back of class and build them when I got home from school.
My most memorable moment playing the game was my first interplanetary transfer. I was trying to send Kerbals to eve because I figured with the atmosphere it would be easy to land which I wasn’t very good at the time. My Kerbals must have spent 15 years in interplanetary space as I played with the maneuver node trying to get an encounter. By the time I got it I didn’t have enough fuel to capture and those Kerbals are still out there to this day probably. Since then, I’ve learned to plan when I leave Kerbin and bring extra fuel.
The most valuable thing KSP has taught me is there is always so much more that I don’t know than what I do know. I taught me to never stop learning. It taught me that failure is a learning experience and that If we never failed, we would never learn. Its important to learn those lessons before facing challenges where failure is not an option.
Advice I would give to aspiring engineers is to never let that spark of curiosity die. There is a lot we don’t know about our universe, but there is also a lot we do know here on earth. There is an almost endless trove of knowledge for you to explore here that will help you reach for the stars. Never be afraid to ask why or how when you don’t know something.
*Photo credit to Andrew
Thank you Andrew and best of luck in your career as an aerospace engineer!
If you have an interesting KSP experience or want to share your work on KSP, please reach out to us!
-The KSP Team