Mk1 Command Pod

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Mk1 Command Pod
Part image
Command pod by
Kerlington Model Rockets and Paper Products Inc
Radial size Tiny, Small
Cost (total) 600.00 Fund
(dry) 588.00 Fund
Mass (total) 0.84 t
(dry) 0.80 t
Drag 0.15-0.2
Max. Temp. 2200 K
Impact Tolerance 14 m/s
Research Start.png Start
Unlock cost Fund
Since version 0.7.3
Part configuration mk1pod
Command module
Pitch torque 5.0 kN·m
Yaw torque 5.0 kN·m
Roll torque 5.0 kN·m
Electricity required for torque
Crew capacity (maximum) Crew
(required) Crew
Monopropellant 10 units of fuel
Electric capacity 50.0 
SAS level × None
Lift generated 0.35

The Mk1 Command Pod is a command module capable of housing a single Kerbal during a mission.

Internal View

Interior View of the Mk1 Pod. Kerbin can be seen through the window.

The IVA design of the Mk1 is simplistic and functional. There is a Navball in the center with the three altitude displays on the right: Ascent/Descent rate, Sea-Level altitude, and radar altitude (listed top to bottom). To the right of that is a functional throttle that can be moved with the mouse, and on the left side of the Navball is a series of functioning indicator lights. Behind the panel you can see the hatch with a small window. The window appears shiny-blue from the outside due to game limitations, but you can look out it when in internal view.


Usually placed at the top of the rocket, the Mk1 Command Pod provides all functionality of a command module. It has half the torque power of most other manned command modules. This is often sufficient for smaller rockets, though larger ones will require additional control systems. It can also be used for shuttles and landers due to its small size.

The Mk1 Command Pod features a tiny radial size node on top, typically used for attaching a Mk16 Parachute, and a small radial size node on the bottom. The pod's crew hatch is outfitted with a small window through which an occupying Kerbal can look out during IVA. On the outside there are two rungs of ladders below the hatch.

The Mk1 Command Pod is also the first command module available in the career mode.

Product description

Originally built as a placeholder for a demonstration mock-up of a rocket, the Mk1 Command Pod was heralded as a far safer and more reliable option than its predecessors by rocket scientists throughout the world. It is now commonly seen in active service.

Kerlinton Model Rockets and Paper Products Inc.


  • The model for this parts was replaced in version 0.16, there is a memorial to the original located at the Kerbal Space Center[1], and another at the Island Airfield.
  • Apparently, the bottom side is a hump, which is also [[1]] which does not bode well for many parts attached to the bottom. The TD-12 Decoupler works particularly well hiding the hump. There is a good side: the hump looks nice when attaching "tiny" parts to the bottom, and it appears similar to a heat shield.
  • There was a planned feature where the current model of the part could upgrade to the revamped rocket parts that was intended for 1.2, however the feature was cut and published in a separate download.

Real-world comparison

The Mk1 Command Pod was inspired by the Mercury capsule.



  • IVA improved
  • Added Monopropellant
  • Added ElectricCharge
  • Part rebalancing: Mass reduced from 1.0 to 0.8, and crew capacity reduced from 3 to 1.
  • New part model.
  • Exposed Kd, Ki and Kp parameters for tuning the SAS and CommandPod modules
  • (Bug fix) Pod cannot be dropped if an Escape Tower (PunchOut addon) is attached
  • Initial release