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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 (4 wide or basic wide).

It has a stronger torque than a Probe, which makes controlling a rocket with a capsule faster to rotate. The torque of a ship is the sum of that of the capsules and probes it has.

Trivia

A capsule, fuel tank (10t), Valiant Engine and parachute on a rocket.


  • 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. Reentry has not yet been added, so it's intended to be aesthetic.
  • 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, and as of 1.5.1.3 it is 4 and a half blocks tall.
  • On 1.35, the part was renamed the "Command Module", but is now renamed back to "Capsule".

Future

  • In the reentry update (possibly), the capsule will get a smooth texture, and the heat shield will be now a separate part from the capsule, like from 1.4 - 1.5 version. It's not sure when the update would come.
Parts
Basics ParachuteCapsuleHawk EngineValiant EngineKolibri EngineFuel TanksSeparatorSide SeparatorAerodynamic Nose ConeLanding Leg
6 Wide 6 Wide Aerodynamic Nose ConeFuel TanksTitan EngineSeparator
8 Wide 8 Wide Aerodynamic Nose ConeFuel TanksSeparator
10 Wide Fuel TanksSeparator
12 Wide Fuel TanksSeparator
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 ThrustersRover WheelsSolar Panel
Currently discontinued in Version 1.5
BatteryRadioisotope Thermoelectric Generator
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