LT-2 Landing Strut

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LT-2 Landing Strut
Part image
Landing leg by
Moving Parts Experts Group
Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 340.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.10 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Impact Tolerance 12 m/s
Research Landing.png Advanced Landing
Unlock cost 4 100 Funds
Since version 0.14.0
Part configuration landingLegLT-2


LT-2 Landing Strut extended (left) and folded (right)

The LT-2 Landing Strut is primarily used to land safely on celestial bodies. Prior to its introduction in 0.14, winglets were often the preferred method of providing landing legs for Mün missions.

Usage

The LT-2 Landing Strut is used as a landing support when landing vertically. It is connected radially and extends with the G key (Default). It extends much farther than the smaller cousin LT-1 through a unique telescoping action, making it suitable for landers with larger engines.

Although comparatively long, LT-2 landing struts still need to be placed low on a rocket. They extend far enough to be used with the Poodle, LV-T30, and LV-T45 Liquid Fuel Engines, but cannot reach past the LV-N or Mainsail.

LT-2 Landing struts can be set to start either extended or retracted. This is done by right-clicking the part in the VAB or SPH and clicking the relevant button. The landing struts can be toggled in flight with the “G” key or hitting the “extend gear” button on the HUD. While in motion the legs can produce substantial forces, potentially resulting in a several meter “hop”. If the leg collides with another part of the rocket, it can break connections and push that part away.

The maximum safe landing speed for an LT-2 landing strut is ~12 m/s. Landings with massive rockets or on rough terrain may need to be slower to avoid ripping off landing legs.

As of 0.23.5, landing leg mass is counted. This is in contrast to landing gear.

Product description

The LT-2 Landing Strut offers a heavy-duty method for planting yourself firmly on the ground, without the severe consequences that usually accompany planting yourself firmly on the ground.

Changes

0.22
  • Suspension
0.14.0
  • Initial release