Mk12-R Radial-Mount Drogue Chute

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Mk12-R Radial-Mount Drogue Chute
Part image
Parachute by
Found lying by the side of the road
Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 150.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.08 t
Drag 0.22
Max. Temp. 2500 K
Impact Tolerance 12 m/s
Research Survivability.png Survivability
Unlock cost 600 Funds
Since version 1.0
Part configuration parachuteMk12-R
Semi-deploy drag 2
Semi-deploy trigger 0.02 atm
Fully-deploy drag 100
Fully-deploy trigger 2500 m AGL
Max. Temp chute 1100 K
Testing Environments
On the surface × No
In the ocean × No
On the launchpad × No
In the atmosphere ✓ Yes
Sub orbital × No
In an orbit × No
On an escape × No
Docked × No
Test by staging ✓ Yes
Manually testable × No

The Mk12-R Radial-Mount Drogue Chute is a parachute introduced in version 1.0.

Product description

The Mk12-R is a half sized radial mount version of the Mk25. This "Drogue" parachute is small, deploys high up, and certainly not enough to stop you smashing into the ground on its own, but useful for slowing craft down before the deployment of your main chutes.

This parachute differs from the others that it activates on a much higher altitude and generates more drag when not fully deployed, but it has much less drag than the others when fully deployed, often not enough to prevent a craft from crashing on the surface. That means that in addition to this parachute a second method of braking is required, like a second conventional parachute or engines.

When a craft is traveling very fast, the sudden shock of being braked by a conventional parachute can cause parts to fall off of the vessel. This can be avoided by deploying a Mk25 parachute first to get the craft down to a more reasonable speed.

Don't forget that parachute's efficiency depends of atmospheric density, so it won't work or even deploy in vacuum (including Munar landing).


  • Initial release