LT-1 Landing Struts

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LT-1 Landing Struts
Part image
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Moving Parts Experts Group
Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 440.00 Fund
Mass (total) 0.05 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Impact Tolerance 12 m/s
Research Landing.png Landing
Unlock cost 2900 Fund
Since version 0.16
Part configuration landingLegLT-1
LT-1 Landing Strut extended (left) and folded (right)

The LT-1 Landing Strut is used as a landing support when landing vertically.

Usage

The LT-1 is connected radially and extends with the G key (default). It does not extend as far as the larger LT-2 Landing Strut, but is half as heavy.

As they are relatively short, LT-1 landing struts need to be placed low on a rocket. They do not extend far enough to be used with LV-T30, LV-T45, or the Poodle, but can reach past the LV-909 and Aerospike. A workaround with larger engines is using girders, I-beams, or panels to extend lower on the craft with a landing strut on each to contact the ground.

The maximum safe landing speed for an LT-1 landing strut is ~12 m/s. Landings with massive rockets or on rough terrain may need to be slower to avoid ripping off landing legs.

Each LT-1 leg can barely support 15 tons in Kerbin's gravity when sitting still. Each leg can absorb a gentle landing impact for a 3 ton load.

Product description

It may have been originally designed as a heavy-duty metal detector, but this landing leg certainly emphasises an important fact in surface landings: you don't need to put a crater in the ground to stop yourself!

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Changes

1.2
  • Moved from Utility to Ground
  • Added deployment sounds
0.22
  • Revamped (new model), new deployment animation and Suspension
0.18
  • Name corrected (LT-2 → LT-1), mass increased from 0.005 to 0.05.
0.17
  • part file/internal behavior changed.
0.16
  • Initial release