CR-7 R.A.P.I.E.R. Engine

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CR-7 R.A.P.I.E.R. Engine
Part image
Hybrid engine by
C7 Aerospace Divisionand Rockomax Conglomerate

Radial size Small
Cost (total) 6 000.00 Funds
Mass (total) 2.00 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Impact Tolerance 20 m/s
Research Aerospace tech.png Aerospace Tech
Unlock cost 35 000 Funds
Since version 0.23
Part configuration rapierEngine
Liquid fuel engine
Maximum thrust (1 atm) 162.30 kN
(vacuum) 180.00 kN
Isp (1 atm) 275 s
(vacuum) 305 s
Fuel consumption 12.04 Units of fuel/s

Thrust vectoring 3 °
Jet engine
Maximum thrust 105 kN
Isp (max) 3200 s
Fuel consumption 0.67 Units of fuel/s
Intake air consumption 4.02 Air unit/s
Thrust vectoring 3 °
Testing Environments
On the surface Yes
In the ocean Yes
On the launchpad Yes
In the atmosphere Yes
Sub orbital Yes
In an orbit Yes
On an escape Yes
Docked No
Test by staging Yes
Manually testable Yes

The R.A.P.I.E.R. Engine (Reactive Alternate-Propellent Intelligent Engine for Rockets) is a hybrid engine. It can change between an airbreathing jet and a liquid fuel engine. It has the feature to auto adjust, changing between jet and rocket mode automatically when it runs out of intake air. This engine is an in-game counterpart of the real life SABRE engine, which is also visible in the naming as both are named after swords.

This is the first stock engine which has multiple engines incorporated into one part (four in this case).

This is the first engine which has two different manufacturers. Prior to 0.24 one of the manufacturers seems to be misspelled. Instead of Rockomax Conglomerate an o was missing attributing it to the Rockmax Conglomerate. However, the description text used the common spelling and the manufacturer entry was fixed in 0.24.


This engine has two modes of operation. An AirBreathing mode in which it runs on liquid fuel and intake air like a jet engine and a ClosedCycle mode in which it runs on liquid fuel and oxidizer like a rocket engine. The air-breathing mode is far more fuel-efficient and delivers slightly more thrust, but just like normal jet engines it only works in the atmospheres of Kerbin or Laythe.

The engine can either be set to switch automatically to closed-cycle when the intake air runs out or it can be switched manually between the two modes.

The hybrid feature makes this engine especially useful for single-stage-to-orbit designs. The engine has less efficiency than comparable jet or rocket engines, but because it can switch between modes, it may be a better choice than a Toroidal Aerospike Rocket for orbital insertion. This engine is one of the few engines that do not provide electric charge when active, another example being the LV-909 engine.

Product description

The R.A.P.I.E.R (Reactive Alternate-Propellent Intelligent Engine for Rockets) is a joint venture between C7 Aerospace and the Rockomax Conglomerate. Designed to fill a gap in the design requirements for sustainable single stage to orbit aircraft, this engine combines the best of rocket and air-breathing thrust technology


  • Cost decreased from 5900 to 3600 (and made meaningful), manufacturer name fixed
  • Initial release