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Parts Expansion Required
Some or all of the parts and/or features on this page require the Parts Expansion in-app purchase.

Rover Wheels are two types of attachable wheels that can be used to move rovers and other stuff around on celestial bodies.

The two types of wheels mainly differ in size (2×2 and 3×3) and the maximum ground speed (6 m/s and 15 m/s).

Large wheels seem to be able to overlap with other parts, and full squares on their corners can be obstructed without them becoming unbuildable, but they will collide if not part of the same vehicle.

The small variant is free, but the large variant requires the Parts Expansion.

Building Tricks

Example of a landboat

  • Landboat
    • One can make large wheels stick out slightly through fairings by placing the wheels right next to the sides of the fairing on the inside. Combined with the fairing attachment trick (mentioned in fairing page), allows the player to make landboats. The No Collision Damage cheat is recommended for this one since the fairing bumps into terrain a lot.
  • Airbags
    • Since rover wheels can break at around 50 m/s you can consider it as airbags if your going to lithobrake or survive an impact more than 12 m/s (Note: The impact speed should not exceed more than 50 m/s)
  • Spherical Solar Panels
    • Rover Wheels can even be as spherical solar panels.
  • Spherical Fuel Tanks
    • The part can even be as spherical fuel tanks unlike BP-Editing a fuel tank spherical or clipping a parachute in all sides.
  • Retractable Part
    • Like using a landing leg; rover wheels can even work as a cargo door retractor.
  • Service Arms
    • Can even work when making a custom launch tower.

Trivia

  • Small wheels break when moving at more than 30 m/s downward.
  • Although the game indicates that the maximum velocity of large rover wheels are 15 m/s, they can reach speeds of 17.9 m/s while going downhill in version 1.4.06.
  • Prior to being patched in 1.35, rover wheels could work without capsules or probes. 1.35 also made them require electric power to work. The requirement was removed in 1.5 due to the electricity rework. For more detailed info look at Version History.
  • Before 1.5, wheels used to consume energy (1 unit for small; 2 units for big).
  • Wheels can be used as balls and they are virtually indestructible when impacting the ground. They can also used as projectiles along with side separators.
  • In the files, the small wheel's name is Wheel_Medium, and the large wheel's name is Wheel_Big.
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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