| Parachute by |
Found lying by the side of the road
|Max. Temp.||2500 K|
|Impact Tolerance||12 m/s|
|Unlock cost||4 600|
|Part configuration|| parachuteMk16-XL.cfg|
|Semi-deploy trigger||0.04 atm|
|Fully-deploy trigger||1000 m AGL|
|Max. Temp chute||650 K|
|On the surface||No|
|In the ocean||No|
|On the launchpad||No|
|In the atmosphere||Yes|
|In an orbit||No|
|On an escape||No|
|Test by staging||Yes|
The Mk16-XL Parachute module is a parachute part which, once deployed in the atmosphere, will slow down attached parts. As it relies on the atmosphere, it is only useful on a few planets and moons, such as Kerbin, but due to 'simplicity' of the simulation, it can be relied onto a safely bring a command pod down to the surface, maybe even with a few extra parts attached. Its properties are similar to the Mk16 Parachute but has a higher mass and because of the simulation also a higher drag.
When deployed the parachute will act as a drag chute until reaching an altitude less than 500 meters above the ground. Once under 500 meters the parachute will open, thus slowing down the attached parts even more to a (hopefully) nice safe descent. The parachutes' efficiency depends of atmospheric density (requires a minimum air pressure of 0.01 atm), so they will not work or deploy in vacuum (i.e. in space or on small celestial bodies without atmosphere, such as the Mun).
|“|| The Mk16-XL Parachute is a double-sized variant of the Mk16, now with only 50% of the structural integrity!
— unknown engineer
Fully deployed parachute attached to Mk1-2 Command Pod
- Can no longer be placed radially
- Initial release