KV-3 'Pomegranate' Reentry Module

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KV-3 'Pomegranate' Reentry Module
Part image
Command pod by
Probodobodyne Inc

Radial size Small
Cost (total) 3 000.00 Funds
(dry) 2 990.00 Funds
Mass (total) 2.27 t
(dry) 2.25 t
Drag 0.15-0.2
Max. Temp. 2400 K
Volume  ?
Impact Tolerance 12 m/s
Research Flight control.png Advanced Flight Control
Unlock cost 4 000 Funds
Since version 1.4.1
Part configuration KV3Pod.cfg
Command module
Crew capacity (maximum) Crew
(required) Crew
Electric capacity 50.0 
SAS level × None
Heat shield
Ablator 20.0 units
Threshold temperature 500

The KV-3 'Pomegranate' Reentry Module is a Command Module housing three Kerbal crew members during their mission. It has a rounded shape, similar to a pomegranate or Stayputnik.


Generally placed at the top of the rocket, the KV-3 Pomegranate provides basic command module functionality.

It features a 0.625 m radial size node on top, typically used for parts like the Mk16 Parachute, docking ports, service bays, or SAS modules. On the bottom, it has a 1.25m radial node. As the node is part of the heatshield, it includes a "free" decoupler. This decoupler does not take up any additional mass, but can only be fired if the pod is attached to something else.

Like both of its predecessors in the KV series, the KV-3 has a small integrated heatshield, no monopropellant, and no reaction wheels. The last one requires extra care in craft design, else a mission could be curtailed or lost due to limited control options. It is lighter than the other 3-kerbal pods.

Note that the heatshield is not designed for re-entry from interplanetary speeds and the pod itself is too wide for a 1.25m heatshield to fully protect it.

Product description

Many little Kerbals inside this one. Couldn't fit more.



  • The part's CFG file suggests that this capsule was originally named "Tato".
  • Despite being intended as a Voskhod command pod, several players have managed to turn it into a Soyuz pod by either clipping small Radiators/Structural Panels or using Fairings to cover the gaps between the Command Pod and the Heat Shield (1.875m).
    • Using the same process as above, it’s possible to do this with the Pea and Onion as well, but it would be less practical because they hold less Kerbals than this pod.

Real-world comparison

The KV-3 was inspired by the Voskhod (3 person variant).


  • Initial Release