LFB KR-1x2 "Twin-Boar" Liquid Fuel Engine
|LFB KR-1x2 "Twin-Boar" Liquid Fuel Engine|
| Liquid fuel engine by |
|Radial size||Large, Radial mounted|
|Max. Temp.||2000 K|
|Impact Tolerance||20 m/s|
|Liquid fuel engine|
|Maximum thrust||(1 atm)||1 866.67 kN|
|(vacuum)||2 000.00 kN|
|Isp||(1 atm)||280 s|
|Fuel consumption|| 135.96 /s
|Thrust vectoring||1.5 °|
|Liquid fuel tank|
|Liquid fuel||2 880|
|Oxidizer|| 3 520
|On the surface||✓ Yes|
|In the ocean||✓ Yes|
|On the launchpad||✓ Yes|
|In the atmosphere||✓ Yes|
|Sub orbital||✓ Yes|
|In an orbit||✓ Yes|
|On an escape||✓ Yes|
|Test by staging||✓ Yes|
|Manually testable||✓ Yes|
The LFB KR-1x2 "Twin-Boar" Liquid Fuel Engine is a liquid fuel tank and a liquid fuel engine. Usually only solid rocket boosters using solid fuel contain both the fuel and engine in one part, as solid fuel can't be transferred. Unlike solid rocket boosters this liquid fuel booster can run longer by pumping additional liquid fuel and oxidizer to the part. It is also throttleable, both by the main throttle and a thrust limiter tweakable. The minimum thrust level required for this booster to lift its own laden weight is 17.5%.
The name LFB KR-1x2 might be a reference to the Advanced Boosters, a future Space Launch System Block 2 component.
This booster contains two engines at the bottom which are added radially, so the base of the booster is wider than a usual large tank. It also does not allow any parts to be attached below it. It contains the same amount of fuel as the Rockomax Jumbo-64 Fuel Tank (2880). The thrust is higher than the Rockomax "Mainsail" Liquid Engine and is thus the most powerful large-sized engine. However, its Isp is slightly (5-10 s) lower than that of the Mainsail at all altitudes.
The LFB KR-1x2 is the only part that is simultaneously a liquid fuel tank and engine.
The LFB KR-1x2 is an unusually good engine, once the weight and cost of the fuel + tankage is subtracted out it weighs almost the same as a Mainsail, but has 33% more thrust while actually being 13% cheaper. It's similar to a pair of lower-efficiency Vectors. The Twin-Boar also has highest thrust to weight ratio of any liquid fuel engine in the game and the second highest thrust to cost ratio, second only to the LV-T30 "Reliant". This makes it an excellent and cost-effective mid-game launcher for larger payloads.
It is also the best engine in the game for first stage recovery, it has a high impact tolerance of 20m/s and being very tall makes it extremely buoyant in case of a splashdown, this allows skimping on parachutes. Even in the case of a bad landing which results in partial disintegration of the rest of the stage the integrated fuel tank is always recovered so the recovery percentage in case of a crash landing is higher than for other engines.
|“|| This liquid fuel booster system is a very purposeful piece of engineering. Instead of relying on single engines or solid rocket boosters, the KR-1x2 employs two modified KR-1 engines, fed by a built-in fuel system, as the source of its immense lifting power. All that self-contained goodness comes at the cost of not having a mounting point for its underside, and not being quite as efficient as dedicated engines. It also comes at quite a literal cost as well.
— Kerbodyne 0.24
- Changed cost (5900 -> 16400), reduced Isp from 320-360 s to 290-340 s, changed description.
- Initial release