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The sound produced by the Frontier engine

The flame produced by the Frontier engine

The Frontier Engine is a high-efficiency and an average thrust engine that is mainly used for second stages and payload carriers that carry heavy payloads. It is the second stage counterpart of the Titan Engine and the larger version of the Valiant Engine.

Since it can be mounted on a 4 unit wide fuel tank, it is sometimes used as a high-efficiency replacement for the Hawk Engine, This engine is best used in the second stage of large rockets, but it also works well as a first stage engine for smaller rockets. It also works well as a third stage of very large rockets. It has the second highest efficiency after the Ion Engine. It burns through 5t of fuel in 12 seconds.


  • This engine most likely represents the RS-25 SSME, Rocketdyne J-2, or the Rocketdyne J-2X.
  • This engine is more efficient than the Hawk Engine but it has lesser thrust.
  • Prior to 1.35, the Frontier Engine had a rather unique texture.
  • This engine likely burns hydrolox (liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen), because hydrolox powered engines give off a transparent flame.
  • In real life, the Frontier Engine would probably only be more efficient in a vacuum, because rocket engines with a long nozzle and high nozzle ratio are more efficient in a vacuum, but provide less thrust and efficiency in denser atmospheres.
  • Two clipped frontier engines can be used in a first stage of a rocket in place of Hawk and Titan engines, but they have half the thrust of one Titan Engine. It can also be used for interplanetary transfers that need a lot of fuel to work on.
  • Four clipped Frontier Engines can be a replacement for the Titan Engine. It consumes 18% less fuel than the Titan Engine, and only weighs 12 tons more.
  • As said in the description, it is a low thrust engine, but it has actually has a high thrust.


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
Removed in older versions
Probe (Large)Fairing AdapterAdapter