Difference between revisions of "LV-N "Nerv" Atomic Rocket Motor"
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== Usage ==
== Usage ==
The LV-N has
The LV-N has low thrust and a very high mass, giving it the worst [[thrust-to-weight ratio]] of all liquid engines. Its while in atmosphere is also poorit not recommended or .
the atmosphere, its efficiency becomes superb with a vacuum [[Specific impulse|I<sub>sp</sub>]] of 800 sof any liquid engineliquid ]]. This remarkable efficiency makes it quite popular for interplanetary travel.
It will overheat, but it will usually
It will overheat, but it will usually the overheat bar. As of version 0.23, it will quickly overheat and explode when placed under a [[Rockomax Jumbo-64 Fuel Tank]].
== Description ==
== Description ==
Revision as of 18:34, 18 July 2014
|LV-N "Nerv" Atomic Rocket Motor|
| Liquid fuel engine by |
Jebediah Kerman's Junkyard and Spacecraft Parts Co
|Max. Temp.||2500 K|
|Impact Tolerance||12 m/s|
|Unlock cost||45 000|
|Liquid fuel engine|
|Maximum thrust||(1 atm)||13.88 kN|
|Isp||(1 atm)||185 s|
|Fuel consumption|| 1.53 /s
|Thrust vectoring||× No|
|On the surface||✓ Yes|
|In the ocean||× No|
|On the launchpad||× No|
|In the atmosphere||✓ Yes|
|Sub orbital||✓ Yes|
|In an orbit||✓ Yes|
|On an escape||✓ Yes|
|Test by staging||✓ Yes|
|Manually testable||✓ Yes|
The LV-N Atomic Rocket Motor is a low-thrust, high-efficiency rocket engine. It is modeled after the real-world nuclear thermal rocket, which uses a fission reactor to heat liquid hydrogen and propel it out of the rocket nozzle; however, as of 0.24[outdated], it is still a hybrid design which is powered by liquid fuel and oxidizer. This is largely due to programming constraints, as stated in its parts.cfg file, although the real-world equivalent could use other liquids for propulsion, but then with a lower efficiency.
The LV-N has low thrust and a very high mass, giving it the worst thrust-to-weight ratio of all liquid engines. Its Isp while in atmosphere is also quite poor, making it not recommended for operation within atmospheres or for landings on larger bodies.
However, when outside the atmosphere, its efficiency becomes superb with a vacuum Isp of 800 s, by far the highest of any liquid fuel engine. This remarkable efficiency makes it quite popular for upper stages as it is ideal for interplanetary travel.
It will overheat when run at full throttle, but it will usually stabilize before completely filling the overheat bar. As of version 0.23, it will quickly overheat and explode when placed directly under a Rockomax Jumbo-64 Fuel Tank.
|“|| Despite the big scary trefoil painted onto the side of this engine, its radioactive exhaust, and tendency to overheat, the LV-N Atomic Rocket Motor is harmless. Mostly.
— Jebediah Kerman's Junkyard and Spaceship Parts Co.
|“|| Yes, I know this is wrong. NTRs don't actually burn fuel and oxidizer, but we don't want to jump into making separate tanks for the two yet.
— Excerpt from the part.cfg
- The description of this part is a reference to the Douglas Adams humorous sci-fi novel "Mostly Harmless"
- Cost increased from 1700 to 8700 (and made meaningful)
- Alternator added, engine now gains 5.0 electricity.
- Initial release