Extraplantary Launchpads

Launch rockets from other planets and moons!


You’ve flown to other planets, and started a colony on, say, Duna. You’ve even made the base self-sustaining – via Kethane, perhaps – and then one day you come in a little too fast for the landing and break your lander. What to do? Or, perhaps you have a new vehicle you want to launch from your Tylo colony, but don’t want to wait seven months for a transfer window. The answer to both these problems has, so far, been either to send a new rocket up from Kerbin (and in the latter case, just wait) or to use an unrealistic plugin like Hyperedit.

But what if you could set up another Space Center at your colony and build the ships there?

Extraplanetary Space Centers is here to allow that! With this mod, you can build your ships at your colonies – never even having to visit the Kerbin launch pad!

ORE MINING IS (CURRENTLY) INCOMPATIBLE WITH STOCK KETHANE.DLL. You can still mine Kethane with the version provided here. I have been given permission by Majiir to redistribute this modified version of Kethane until multiple resources is added to Kethane core.


Addon Installation Guide


How to install Addons in KSP:

Installing addons in KSP is as simple as moving files into their appropriate folders. This guide explains which folders hold each type of addon, and how to locate them. Keep in mind that Addon packages may contain any combination of addon types. These instructions are meant only as a generic guide.


Finding the KSP Main Folder.

The first step to installing an addon is to locate the KSP folder in your computer. This is where KSP keeps all of its files, including your game saves and screenshots. The KSP folder is located where you unzipped it when you first downloaded the game.

The KSP Folder contains the following subfolders:

KSP root folder

NOTE: On OSX, the KSP_Data folder does not exist. (Its equivalent lives inside the App package)


Installing Part Addons

Parts are all contained inside KSP/Parts. Each part has its own subfolder in the Parts folder:

The Parts Folder

To install new parts, extract the part folders from the downloaded package into the KSP/Parts folder.


Installing Craft Addons

Craft files are saved ships created in the game. These files can be placed in a few different folders:


In KSP/Ships, you will find separate subfolders for the different construction facilities in the game. The VAB folder, for instance, holds craft files that are editable on the Vehicle Assembly Building in game, and launched from a Launch Pad. Similarly, the SPH folder holds craft files that are editable in the Spaceplane Hangar Facility, and launched from the Runway.

Craft files placed in a subfolder of KSP/Ships will be available to all saved games. Ships placed here are considered to be "Stock",. They won´t be overwritten directly if edited, and cannot be deleted from inside the game.


It is also possible to make craft files available to only one saved game:

Each game started creates its own folder in KSP/Saves. Each save has its own Ships folder, which is organized in the same way as the common Ships folder above. Craft files placed in one of the subfolders are only visible when playing the corresponding game, and can be overwritten and deleted. Ships created while playing the corresponding game are also saved in these folders.


Installing Scenarios and Training Addons

The KSP/Saves folder contains the training and scenarios subfolders. SFS files in the training subfolder are listed in the Training section of the Main Menu in the game, and files in the scenarios subfolder are visible in the Scenarios section of the menu.

To install scenarios and training missions, extract the SFS files from the downloaded package into the appropriate subfolder.


Installing Plugins

The KSP/Plugins folder holds the DLL files for plugin-powered addons. These plugins extend the funcionality of the game, adding new part types, or new missions.

To install a plugin, extract the DLL files from the downloaded package into the KSP/Plugins folder.


Installing Internal Models

Some addons add new internal spaces and objects. Those are installed in the KSP/Internals folder.


Props are objects that can be added into internal spaces, like cockpit gauges or cabin decorations. Each internal prop has its own folder in KSP/Internals/Props:


Spaces are the internal models that are associated with parts. Each internal space has its own folder in KSP/Internals/Spaces:


To install internal props and spaces, extract the folders from the downloaded package into the appropriate subfolder.



How to use

Land a launchpad or runway on planet of your choice. Right click it, select "load ship", and load the ship you want to launch. By default, both the launchpad and runway are in "debug mode"; they do not require any resources to function. If you want a more realistic gameplay experience, change the line "debug = true" to "debug = false" in the part.cfg. Now you will need sufficient fuel, monopropellant and electricity to build a rocket, as well as enough rocket parts. Rocket parts can be built in the Rocket Workshop out of Metal; Metal can be smelted out of Ore in the Smelter; and Ore can be mined, like Kethane.


33 Comments for “Extraplantary Launchpads”

  1. this mod seems awesome but it could do with a quick guide/walk-through as I’m unsure how to us it proporly

    oz searle June 11, 2013
  2. I heard about this mod floating around on the forums a few weeks ago! It’s finally here!!!

    Daniel Lindsay June 11, 2013

    Daniel Lindsay June 11, 2013
  4. Now I can have an actual, functional base!

    Daniel Lindsay June 11, 2013
  5. Hey one thing I saw in the description that it can conflict with the Kethane.dll. Does that mean that Kethane will not work?

    astroadrian99 June 11, 2013
  6. have my babies

    radical_lenny June 11, 2013
  7. Can’t even extract it my Windows 7 says this :

    A problem prevents encryption of the file

    Yes or No are choices

    Yes = A problem prevents encryption of the file


    Jakey4159 June 11, 2013
  8. The launchpad could use some more folding since its rather awkward looking to have four gigantic poles sticking out of your craft.
    Also the ore and metal container models aren’t loading properly on my mac and appear to be invisible.

    wrothmonk June 11, 2013
  9. Metal bin, ore bin both only show up as 8 green lines in two rings outlining the top and bottom of a cylinder at 90 degree marks

    Christian Gerefalk June 12, 2013
  10. And the GameData\Extraplanetary Launchpads\Plugins\PluginData\Kethane and GameData\Extraplanetary Launchpads\Plugins\PluginData\MMI_Kethane folders are empty, there is however a MMI_Kethane.dll in GameData which doesn’t seem right…

    Christian Gerefalk June 12, 2013
  11. Auger doesn’t animate, it starts retracted and starting it up doesn’t make it spin or lower or anything O_o

    Christian Gerefalk June 12, 2013
  12. heare there are some things :
    1- bins are just a square of green lines
    2- try to add kethane mod
    3- next relase you can close totaly the lunch pod, not only two arms
    4- i think if the models are better you more people will use this great mod
    5-how i can use dinamyte :) ?

    anyway really good mod, i waited a lot to see a mod like this!
    thank you ;)

    fanofhiperversum June 13, 2013
  13. If you want some feature to be added to KSP Mod Manager, just make a great mod that’s going to be really popular, but that can’t be installed without that feature. For example if you want to be able to install just some files from a mod, you can make your mod incompatible with default kethane.dll. ;-)

    DiEvAl June 13, 2013
  14. whatever they’re paying you, it’s not enough PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF KOD, CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS MOD.

    Tanya Sapien June 13, 2013
  15. How do you get rid of the stability launch enhancers?

    Ricardian19 June 13, 2013
  16. I have a tiny problem. Kethane is still mineable, however all planets and moons seem to have disappeared and my farms rate is now below 5 fps

    elind21 June 13, 2013
  17. @wrothmonk: try this fix:

    @Christian Gerefalk: You must install Kethane Pack first:!
    ..and then (as far as I understand) you must copy MMI_Kethane.dll to …/Kethane/Plugins folder.

    @Daniel Lindsay it will (hopefully) work if you do what I said above. It seems to work for me =)

    Also.. I don’t understand where (and how) to mine ore. My drill is not animated too (may be I still installed it incorrectly)

    Musickiller June 14, 2013
  18. woops.. 1) fix was to Christian Gerefalk
    2) about MMI_Kethane was to Christian Gerefalk
    3) last comment was to astroadrian99


    and HOW TO MINE ORE?!!

    Musickiller June 14, 2013
  19. Spacejunk Co aproved man!!!!!

    so f-ing good

    Spacejunk Co June 15, 2013
  20. emm.. no. I still did not found the way to drill this thing..

    Musickiller June 16, 2013
  21. How do you build this thing?

    Andrew Thomson June 16, 2013
  22. when i install this mod my game will not load. any help?

    troy mcinroy June 28, 2013
  23. Having the same problem. Can’t load the game.

    nightmind July 14, 2013
  24. Need a guide for this. I landed this on Mun, and after decoupling with the lander it no longer worked, (became lander debris).

    Maybe needs to be stronger?

    RICHARD HARTER July 15, 2013
  25. I installed the mod, but when i place a launch pad and use it, it says I don’t have the required parts. It’s still on debug true, and if I change the debug to false, nothing loads. Any help please?

    Duncan Mulligan July 22, 2013
  26. I was so happy when i downloaded this but instantly disappointed as i found you can’t orbit any of these without hacking really you should of made them very compact with lots of folding so the pieces could be 2.5m parts that fold out lots then balanced it by making them really dense i’m so devastated that the only launchpad mods are this and ones are just addons to this oh well hopefully someone will make a good launchpad you can transport and land without save editing or cheat using

    a August 10, 2013
  27. after i install it my game wont load

    troy mcinroy September 12, 2013
  28. Same problem as others, game won’t load.

    MilesNoctis September 15, 2013
  29. The Auger don’t work…? it can be deployed, but it doesn’t mine any ore. Any tips?

    Sandy Wang September 20, 2013
  30. Cant get vehicles to load. Am I missing something? Its in debug mode. Shouldn’t I be able to open and load a ship. Maybe a tutorial video would help.

    justin stubbs September 22, 2013
  31. Update for 0.21.1 Please?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Mike Thompson September 26, 2013
  32. Timtower October 10, 2013
  33. The vehicle load used to work but it does not work all of a sudden…I tried the Timtower’s link and tried new one. It just does not load anymore all of a sudden. So I downloaded this one. The game works fine but I cannot get the ore system out of it….

    sun gyu park October 11, 2013
  34. Can you please make this thing easier to launch? It’s way to big to do it.

    Avery Ricaldi October 15, 2013
  35. can you make a runway too?

    Tristan Commons December 18, 2013
  36. I expect it to be made for the newest version!

    SpaceTraveler December 30, 2013
  37. When I click on “load vehicle” it takes me to the list of vehicle options, but nothing happens when I try to load one. I select the ship and hit the load button, but nothing happens.

    dragonfiremalus December 30, 2013
  38. for all of you who say the game wont load… you like exceeded the
    4GB Mem limit. uninstall some mods and it’ll work.
    i had the same problem once.

    tyler burns January 26, 2014
  39. How bout an option to actually BUILD the launch pad on another planet. Just to save time on getting a good launch stage for the thing.

    Avery Ricaldi February 20, 2014
  40. does it work on .23?

    Emilio February 20, 2014
  41. I have been searching but to no avail. How does one recycle debris? I’ve been trying to figure it out by testing on Kerbin but so far I’m getting nowhere.

    Tarkus54 February 20, 2014
  42. Modemus February 26, 2014
  43. Hola, descargue el programa en mi ordenador WIndows 7, lo instala bien pero cuando uso una unidad Kethane no puedo acceder a el Space center ni a otras naves, mi version es 0.23, tengo instalado el Kethane que pones para descargar.

    Hello, download the program on my computer WIndows 7 installs fine but when I use a Kethane unit can not access the Space center or other ships, my version is 0.23, I installed the Kethane you put for you to download.

    Migui April 14, 2014

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