Kerbal Space Program’s Asteroid Day Planetary Defence Challenge Winners Announced!Kerbal Space Program’s Asteroid Day Planetary Defence Challenge Winners Announced! https://asteroidday-uploads.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/30133629/Kerbal.png 496 279 Asteroid Day https://asteroidday-uploads.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/30133629/Kerbal.png
Thank you to the brilliant scientists and engineers around Kerbin who submitted their planetary defense plan for the 2021 Asteroid Day Kerbal Challenge! Kerbal Space Program is a space flight simulation video game developed by Squad and published by Private Division for Microsoft. In the game, players direct a nascent space program, staffed and crewed by green humanoid aliens known as “Kerbals” who live on the planet Kerbin.
Asteroid Day judges Ed Lu (American physicist and former NASA astronaut) and Richard Garriott (Video game developer and private astronaut) were the judges for this Kerbal planetary defense challenge.
And drum roll please…… the winners in these following categories are….
1. Best implementation of in-game features/mechanics goes to TomMaverick and his Maverick Space Exploration Planetary Extinction Prevention Project.
Astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux “Good work spotting the asteroid part of the mission using this mod.”
Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu “Creative idea to capture the asteroid after the deflection.”
Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu “Nicely done! I like the details about the launch too.”
Astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux “Loved the drop of a cube sat to measure the movement after their “explosive” process.
Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu “Great video production (and music). I like the newspaper headlines!”
Astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux “its fun”
Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu “Creative idea to control laser thrusting”
Astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux “very clever”
Astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux Even with the “technical Difficulties” I am a fan of this one!
Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu ”Good work, technical difficulties were overcome!
Astronaut Richard Garriott de Cayeux “Wow! I love this one, it solves the “what if the pile of rubble just breaks up” problem elegantly!
Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu “The container is an interesting idea for controlling the asteroid.”
Congratulations to all the other submissions from around Kerbin. Your Asteroid Day protects hat is on the way to you! Each of the winners and other contestants are all now skilled members of the Planetary Defense Coordination Division of Kerbin and Earth’s Astronauts salute you for your leadership! All the submissions for this challenge can be found here.
And we wanted to note there are no asteroids in Kerbal that are on a collision course with Kerbin, mods were used to populate the asteroid that players used for their submissions. The asteroids are fully under control of the physics system, as any craft would be. Therefore, in Kerbal they can be rotated or accelerated by the application of torque or thrust, making any of these entries theoretically possible to do in-game. The mods they used are merely cosmetical.
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