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The Capsule is a staple part that allows control over spacecraft. It has good aerodynamics and is currently only available in a small size. The capsule can carry 1 astronaut.




It has a stronger torque than a Probe, which makes controlling a rocket with a capsule faster to rotate.

Trivia

Orbital rocket

An orbital rocket with a capsule which has 1 astronaut inside


  • The capsule was the first part added to the game.
  • It's most likely inspired by the capsule used in NASA's Mercury, Gemini and Freedom missions. 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 have attachment points on the side, unlike the other three layers of tiles.
  • The Capsule's description says that it holds one astronaut. In real life, it 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 fuel.

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 then separated from the capsule.
  • 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 as of now it is returned to 4 blocks tall.
  • On 1.35, the part was renamed the "Command Module", but is now renamed back to "Capsule".


Parts
Basics ParachuteCapsuleHeat ShieldSeparatorFuel TanksHawk EngineValiant EngineKolibri EngineRCS ThrustersSide SeparatorAerodynamic 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 Hawk EngineValiant EngineKolibri EngineTitan EngineFrontier 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
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