XM-G50 Radial Air Intake

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XM-G50 Radial Air Intake
Part image
Air intake by
Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems

Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 250.00 Funds
(dry) 250.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.02 t
(dry) 0.02 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Volume  ?
Impact Tolerance 10 m/s
Research Tech tree aerodynamics.png Aerodynamics
Unlock cost 4 500 Funds
Since version 0.18
Part configuration airIntakeRadialXM-G50.cfg
Intake speed 10
Intake area 0.006 m2
Maximum intake air 0.6 Air unit

The XM-G50 is a intake which is naturally radially mounted, although the ability to attach the StrutCo Cubic Octagonal Strut radially has allowed for functionally radial mounting of intakes designed for node attachment to the ends of fuel tanks.


The XM-G50 Radial Air Intake is an air intake for jet engines. It collects more oxygen at higher velocities, simulating more air passing through the intake as the craft velocity increases. However, the XM-50G is effective (compared to the Engine Nacelle or the Mk1 Divertless Supersonic Intake) neither at low speed (outperformed by engine nacelle's static suction) nor at supersonic speeds. However, for low-tech planes that can't find a suitable intake otherwise, it will be mostly sufficient (as in, you won't be going very fast anyway).


Before changes in 1.0.5, the intake had an unusually high impact tolerance of 80m/s and seeming hydrophobic nature. Because of this, radial intakes were the go-to stock part for watercraft such as boats, jet skis and seaplanes. Credit for popularizing this perhaps goes most to YouTuber Danny2462 who played with them in a series of videos, beginning with a Dec 9, 2012 video called KSP Moments: Intake Skipping, progressing to Intakeology on Dec 8, 2013 and Absurd Contraptions: Water Strider on Feb 9 2014. More practical use of the XM-G50's aquatic qualities was demonstrated by YouTuber Scott Manley's April 13, 2014 livestreamed building of a seaplane which was rather successful.

Product description

A must-have for air breathing engines, this intake duct will pull in outside air to run turbine engines on, as long as there is any outside air to begin with, of course. Warranty does not cover engine flame-outs or any objects, inanimate or otherwise, sucked in by the intake.

Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems

Appearance before 1.0.5


  • Model overhauled
  • Cost decreased from 1000 to 250
  • Mass increased from 0.01 to 0.02
  • Crash tolerance decreased from 80 to 10
  • Tech tree location changed from Aviation to Aerodynamics
  • Maximum air intake decreased from 1.000 to 0.600
  • Maximum temperature decreased from 5000 to 2000
  • Tech tree location changed from Aerodynamics to Aviation
  • Intake area increased from 0.004 to 0.006
  • In-game description changed. It was formerly:
Tired of sucking in air directly from the front of something, an intrepid designer asked the question. "Why not make an intake that sticks out, then we can put one anywhere!". Shortly thereafter the XM-G50 prototype was constructed. However this led to a tragic abuse of intakes in SSTO designs.

Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems

  • Mass reduced from 0.1 to 0.01
  • Initial release