Tylo is the third moon of Jool. It is the largest of Jool's five moons, the largest moon in the entire Kerbol System, and the largest celestial body without an atmosphere. It is Kerbal Space Program's analog for Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter.
Landing on Tylo is extremely challenging. Its gravity is similar to Kerbin's, but aerobraking is impossible, since there is no atmosphere. However, due to its large gravity well, Tylo is an ideal target for a gravity assist to enter or leave the Jool system safely and with minimal fuel consumption.
Having a spacecraft orbiting very close to the surface can give you orbit periods of about 29 minutes going about 2,170 m/s. Like the other large Joolian moons, Tylo is tidally locked. Synchronous orbits around Tylo are not possible, as they would lie outside of its SOI, at a radius of 14,758,067 meters.
Tylo has a rocky surface. It has a varying elevation between 0 meters (Tylo baseline height) and peaks of more than 11290 meters.
Tylo's surface looks similar to that of Mün, but has much fewer impact craters (especially on the side facing away from Jool) and is more uneven.
Due to the coloring of the surface of Tylo, it is likely that it is covered in a layer of ice and small amounts of rock. This explains why Tylo has a rather bright surface.
Because of it's high gravity and lack of an atmosphere, Tylo is very hard to land on and reach orbit from. However, low altitude orbits at high speeds can be achieved for these same reasons.
|Time warp||Minimum Altitude|
|5×||30 000 m|
|10×||30 000 m|
|50×||60 000 m|
|100×||120 000 m|
|1 000×||240 000 m|
|10 000×||480 000 m|
|100 000×||600 000 m|
- Kerbin has the same equatorial radius as Tylo (600,000m) yet Tylo's surface gravity is much lower than Kerbin. This is most likely because Tylo is composed of low density matter.
- There are two known Easter eggs on Tylo.
- Initial Release