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Parachute-open.png|Opened Mk16 Parachute, attached to [[Mk1 Command Pod]]
Parachute-open.png|Fully deployed parachute, attached to [[Mk1 Command Pod]]

Revision as of 06:31, 30 May 2014

Mk16 Parachute
Part image
Parachute by
Found lying by the side of the road
Radial size Tiny
Cost (total) 422.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.10 t
Drag 0.22
Max. Temp. 2500 K
Impact Tolerance 12 m/s
Research Start.png Start
Unlock cost 0 Funds
Since version 0.7.3
Part configuration parachuteMk1
Semi-deploy drag 1
Semi-deploy trigger 0.04 atm
Fully-deploy drag 500
Fully-deploy trigger 1000 m AGL
Max. Temp chute 650 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 Mk16 Parachute module is primarily used to slow the descent of the command modules; like all parachutes it can be used to slow any part.


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 fully deploy slowing down the Command Pod to less than 20 m/s for a nice safe descent. Don't forget that parachute's efficiency depends of atmospheric density, so it won't work or even deploy in vacuum (including Munar landing).


The Mk16 Parachute might be considered by some to be little more than a random stitching together of the surplus parts it is, in fact, made from. But the fact remains that the Mk16 has been widely accepted as a generally better alternative to being in freefall.




  • (part rebalancing) Changed weight from 0.3 to 0.1, and fully deployed drag from 55 to 500.
  • (undocumented) Parachutes can now be radially attached. (previously they could only be placed on nodes)
  • Parts now have an ActivatesEvenIfDisconnected parameter on the cfg to allow them to be activated after jettisoning
  • Fixed parachutes not deploying if not set to the last stage. (they can still deploy when jettisoned)
  • Parachutes now have a 'useAGL' parameter. If that's enabled, it will deploy when it reaches deploy altitude from ground level
  • (undocumented) Parachutes no longer deploy outside of the atmosphere
  • Parachutes can now deploy automatically if jettisoned along with other parts (allowing for parts to be safely landed)
  • Added some sound effects for the parachute opening
  • Added cfg-definable parameter for parachute autodeployment delay
  • Initial release