Mission milestones

Milestones of Kerbinia

1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960


Date Mission Description Goal
1951, 14/2 First Flight First flight of the very first test rocket. To make a rocket go upwards.
1951, 25/3 First unmanned space flight First Kerbinian rocket reaches space, and does a lot of scienc-y stuff in space! Launch a rocket far enough upwards to reach space and conduct scientific experiments.
1951, 14/06 First manned flight past the Kerman Line The JBI-1 carries a disappointed Jebediah past the Kerman Line – the disappointment stems from being about 10 km. from making it to actual space. Pass the Kerman Line.
1951, 16/09 First Kerbinian in space After a near-fatal mishap on the first attempt, Valentina finally makes it to space and can report back on how it feels. Get a kerbal into space.
1951, 6/12 New height record Boomer 4 increases the Boomer 3 record of nearly 1200km to a full 3000 km, in order to keep ahead of the pesky Illyriens. To get higher.


Date Mission Description Goal
1952, 13/1 First landing The newly designed “Vals Jet” managed to land successfully on the actual runway – without resorting to parachutes! To actually land a plane.
1952, 15/2 First orbital probe First launch of an unmanned probe into orbit around Earth. To achieve orbit.


Date Mission Description Goal
1953, 15/11 First Lunar probe First unmanned probe to achieve lunar orbit. The mission impactor sadly failed. Fly-by and orbit of the moon.


Date Mission Description Goal
1954, 17/2 First Lunar Impact First recorded impact of the Moon, proving without a doubt that it is solid enough to land on. Hit the Moon
1954, 28/2 First probe recovered from orbit The first probe launched to orbit and the subsequently  de-orbited safely for recovery. Recover probe after orbit.
1954, 24/7 First Extra-planetary probe launched. Launch of the first probe towards another planet. Fly-by of Venus.
1954, 15/9 First kerbal in orbit. Achieve orbit with a kerbal, perform an EVA and recover the pod and pilot safely. Orbit and safe recovery.
1954, 11/11 First fly-by of another planet. The Venus 1 probe arrives at Venus and perform a fly-by even skimming the atmosphere. Fly-by of Venus.


Date Mission Description Goal
1955, 13/8 Kerbal 12 days in orbit. Valentina piloting the Endurance 1 remains in LEO for a full 12 days. Extend time in orbit for a kerbal.
1955, 20/10 First verified space walk from an actual space capsule in orbit.  Jebediah performed the first Kerbinian space walk from an actual space pod, in actual orbit. EVA test and extend manned spaceflight to 14 days.


Date Mission Description Goal
1956, 17/1 Lunar Lander 1 Land a probe on the moon, as the first step in verifying for good that the thing is solid, and that we can land on it with kerbals later. To land a probe on the surface of the Moon.
1956, 1/3 Kelvin-1 First manned Kerbinian fly-by of the Moon by Valentine Kerman. Manned fly-by of the Moon.
1956, 11/3 KOOL-3 Communication and surveillance fully established with 3 identical satellites in geosynchronous orbit around the Earth. Global communication network in geostationary orbit to supplement the LEO swarm network in the form of the KFC-network.
1956, 27/7 Lunar Mapper 1 Place a probe in polar orbit around the Moon, with a radar capable of mapping the Lunar elevation in preparation for planning future landing sites. Complete an elevation map of the Moon.
1956, 17/8 Earth Mapper 1 Place a probe with radar in polar orbit around the Earth to produce an elevation map of the entire planet. Complete an elevation map of the Earth.
1956, 5/11 Docker 1 Place a docking target in LEO as a step one, and follow up a few days later with another rocket that intercepts the first one, docks with it and de-orbits both. Intercept and dock with a target spacecraft in LEO.


Date Mission Description Goal
1957, 21/1 Bear-1 On January 21st, 1957, the Kerbinian hero Jebediah Kerman became the first kerbal to set foot on a foreign celestial object, as he stepped out onto the surface of the Moon. Four days later, he returned safely to Earth and Kerbinia. Land a kerbal on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.
1957, 11/5 Orbiter-3 Pre-mission to actually constructing a space station – the series of orbiter-3 launches are meant to let us learn about staying longer in space. First extended 3-kerbal orbital stay of two weeks.
1957, 4/12 Kerlab-1 First main part of our Kerlab station launched into a 45 degree 500×500 km orbit. The station is ready for both crew and future expansions – the first two crews bringing a fuel cell power module and spare parts respectively. Launch our first space station, ready for crew to start rotating in for 30+ days at a time.


Date Mission Description Goal
1958, 15/2 Kerlab-1 First 30 day mission begins on Kerlab – Kerbinians are now truly in space. The first 30-day mission, with kerbonauts staying in space for a month – with many more to follow.
1958, 9/5 Venus-3 Arrival of Venus-3, inserted into low orbit above Venus, and begun mapping the surface. The lander launched as it should, but exploded mysteriously – Illyrien sabotage suspected. To place a fixed orbital probe in orbit of Venus, as well as try a landing of an unmanned probe.



Date Mission Description Goal
1959, 1/5 Mercury-2 Fly-by of Mercury, recording and transmitting vast amounts of useful data about the planet. Fly-by of Mercury.
1959, 13/6 KLS First Kerbal station in orbit around the Moon – providing living space and laboratory in orbit of the Moon, to be used for multiple shorter missions. Establish a station in permanent orbit around the Moon.
1959, 26/7 KSS crew 1 First crew to board KSS after the completion of phase-1 of the station. The crew is the first of several, establishing a permanent Kerbinian presence in space. Crew on KSS
1959, 22/8 Mars-2 First Kerbinian probe to establish orbit around Mars. Polar orbit around Mars-
1959, 22/9 KLS-1 Return of the first crew to have spent a month in orbit of the Moon, on-board the Kerbinian Lunar Station. Stay in orbit of the Moon for a month.
1959, 25/9 Hunter-1 First Kerbal probe to intercept an asteroid. Intercept near-Earth asteroid.


Date Mission Description Goal