Private Division has partnered up with the European Space Agency to add new content to Kerbal Space Program. This content includes the Ariane 5 rocket and missions based on ESA missions. The update will include all the stages, engines and systems of the Ariane 5 rocket so players can build a replica, or you can use those parts and fuse them with other components from other rockets to build hybrids. The two missions on offer are the BepiColombo Mercury explorer and the Rosetta comet chaser. The BepiColombo mission is a joint one between Europe and Japan which is set to study Mercury. In the game players will have the same mission parameters but instead of Mercury will be heading Moho. Meanwhile, the Rosetta mission focuses around dropping a lander on the surface of a comet, mimicking the events of the Philae lander. The update will be released on July 1st for PC.
Günther Hasinger, ESA’s Director of Science, said
“Here at ESA, many of our engineers and scientists are very familiar with the Kerbal Space Program. Both Rosetta and BepiColombo are highly complex missions which have specific challenges but prove to be very rewarding for ESA and the global scientific community. Because of this, I am very happy that these ground-breaking science missions can be experienced on Kerbin as well as on Earth.”
Kerbal Space Program 2 is expected to launch within the next year. The sequel will be a bigger experience adding a lot of new content for budding rocket builders to play around with so as to find a way to get the Kerbonauts beyond the Final Frontier and have them living in Space long term. It looks past simply reaching the Mun, with colonisation now the game’s goal. Squad is not involved with developing the sequel as it will maintain the first game. Instead, Star Theory is working on Kerbal Space Program 2.
Source: Press Release