NASA and ‘Kerbal Space Program’ challenge gamers to recreate historic SpaceX launch to space station2 min read

You have until May 27 to enter.

It’s safe to say NASA is pumped up for SpaceX’s historic Crew Dragon launch. After all, the planned May 27 liftoff will mark the first time American astronauts will launch to the International Space Station from U.S. soil on an American spacecraft since 2011.

The mission profile for SpaceX’s Demo-2 Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station launching astronauts on May 27, 2020.
(Image: © SpaceX)

To mark that event, NASA and Private Division — folks behind the upcoming space game “Kerbal Space Program 2” — are looking for gamers with the right stuff. The challenge: Recreate the SpaceX mission in the original “Kerbal Space Program.”

According to our friends at PC Gamer, Private Division threw down the first gauntlet on Twitter.

“Kerbonauts, we have a mission for you!,” the game publisher wrote. “We challenge you to simulate the mission and share your footage by May 25 using #LaunchAmerica. We’ll show NASA the best ones to see what they think!”

Then NASA joined the challenge.

“We love a good challenge,” NASA wrote on Twitter. “Kerbonauts, show us your skills!”



As Private Division stated above, the deadline to enter is May 25 and players should use the hashtag #LaunchAmerica to submit their entries. Details of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission are available on NASA’s mission page here.

NASA’s ‘Ride to Station Challenge’

NASA is also running a STEM contest of its own for the Demo-2 mission. The agency’s “Ride to Station Challenge” calls on kids to build a virtual version of the mission using the agency’s Rocket Science: Ride to Station App.

To enter, kids need to start a mission by completing the Ride to Station app (where they’ll select a crew, build a rocket and launch), then visit NASA’s Crew Orbital Docking Simulation to create a space capsule docking game. Finally, kids can share a screenshot of the CODing Sim on social media with the hashtag #LaunchAmerica to enter.

The deadline for NASA’s “Ride to the Station Challenge” is May 19, with a winner to be selected on May 20. For more details on the challenge, visit NASA’s website here.



Sebastien Clarke
Sebastien Clarke

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