LV-1 "Ant" Liquid Fuel Engine

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LV-1 "Ant" Liquid Fuel Engine
Part image
Liquid fuel engine by
Jebediah Kerman's Junkyard and Spacecraft Parts Co
Radial size Tiny, Radial mounted
Cost (total) 110.00 Fund
Mass (total) 0.02 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Impact Tolerance 7 m/s
Research Propulsion systems.png Propulsion Systems
Unlock cost 1500 Fund
Since version 0.18
Part configuration liquidEngineLV-1
Liquid fuel engine
Maximum thrust (1 atm) 0.51 kN
(vacuum) 2.00 kN
Isp (1 atm) 80 s
(vacuum) 315 s
Fuel con­sumption 0.13 units of fuel/s


Thrust vectoring × No
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 LV-1 "Ant" Liquid Fuel Engine is used to provide thrust to a rocket and is currently the weakest liquid fueled engine available. As of 1.0, it has extremely poor specific impulse in atmosphere, but decent specific impulse in vacuum; in combination with its low mass and tiny size, this makes it a good choice for small satellites. There is a radial derivative of this engine called LV-1R Liquid Fuel Engine featuring a similar design and vacuum thrust but very different Isp profile at a slightly higher cost.

Product description

What is this, an engine for ants?

This is a reference to the movie Zoolander.

Variants

As of version 1.7 this engine has two models that can be switched in the editor.

Shroud variant
Bare variant
The different variants of the engine

Changes

1.7
  • New model and texture
  • Added 2 variants
1.0.3
  • Specific impulse at sea level reduced from 85 to 80.
1.0
  • Mass, cost, thrust, and fuel consumption decreased; specific impulse changed. Fuel gauge added. Given proper nickname.
0.24
  • Cost increased from 150 to 350 (and made meaningful)
0.23.5
  • Thrust increased from 1.5 to 4 kN.
0.18
  • Initial release