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A Capsule is a part that can allow control over a rocket. It has good aerodynamics and is currently only available in a small size. This capsule can carry 1 astronaut. It has a stronger torque than a probe, which makes controlling a rocket with a capsule faster to rotate, although large rockets need more capsules to rotate faster.

Trivia

Orbital rocket

An orbital rocket with a capsule


  • The capsule was the first part added to the game along with Separators, Hawk Engine, Valiant Engine, Fuel Tank, and a few more.
  • It is likely inspired by the capsule used in NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Freedom missions and the Mk1 Command Pod in KSP. In real life, the capsule does not have a reaction wheel to produce torque. The astronauts could have spun around inside it, but it would likely have produced less than a specialized reaction wheel (depending on power).
  • The lowest layer of tiles now has attachment points on the side, unlike the other three layers.
  • The Capsule's description says that it holds one astronaut. In real life, similar ones can hold 4, 7, or even 13 astronauts at once.
  • The top of the Capsule is designed to join to the 2×1 docking port and parachute without overhangs, for optimal aerodynamics.
  • Within the files the capsule with the heat shield is referred to as CapsuleNew while the capsule with no heat shield is referred to as just Capsule.
  • A capsule with a top parachute on it is called a Capsule + Parachute.
  • You can customize your capsule's skin by putting a 10t fuel tank on it, and putting it with a parachute on top. It can also be put with RCS Thrusters, so you can control your capsule's trajectory.

History

  • Prior to 1.4, the Capsule had what looked like an ablative heat shield on its bottom, and when the part was re-textured in 1.5.1.3, the heat shield was added back, but brighter than the original. In 1.5.3, the heat shield separated from the capsule and became its own part.
  • In older versions of the game, the capsule used to be 4 blocks tall. On 1.35 it was 5 blocks tall, on 1.5 it returned to 4 blocks tall, at 1.5.1.3, it was 4 1/2 blocks tall, and on 1.5.3 it returned to 4 blocks tall.
  • On 1.35, the part was renamed the "Command Module", but in a later version (1.5) it was renamed back to "Capsule".


Parts
Basics ParachuteCapsuleHeat ShieldSeparatorFuel TanksHawk EngineValiant EngineKolibri EnginePeregrine EngineRCS ThrustersSide SeparatorSolid Rocket BoostersAerodynamic Nose ConeLanding Leg
6 Wide 6 Wide Aerodynamic Nose ConeFuel TanksSeparatorHeat ShieldEngine Base
8 Wide 8 Wide Aerodynamic Nose ConeFuel TanksSeparatorHeat ShieldEngine Base
10 Wide Fuel TanksSeparatorHeat ShieldEngine Base
12 Wide Fuel TanksSeparatorHeat ShieldEngine Base
Engines Titan EngineFrontier EngineHawk EnginePeregrine EngineValiant EngineKolibri EngineRCS ThrustersIon Engine
Aerodynamic Parts ParachuteSide ParachuteAerodynamic Nose ConeAerodynamic Fuselage
Fairings Fairing
Structural Structural Part
Other Docking PortLanding LegsIon EngineProbeRCS ThrustersWheelsSolar PanelFuel Pipe
Currently removed in Version 1.5
BatteryRTG
Removed in older versions
Probe (Large)Fairing AdapterAdapter
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