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PresMat Barometer

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PresMat Barometer
Part image
Environmental sensor by
Probodobodyne Inc.
Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 880.00 Fund
Mass (total) 0.01 t [N 1]
Drag 0.2 [N 1]
Max. Temp. 1200 K
Impact Tolerance 8 m/s
Research Survivability.png Survivability
Unlock cost 2200 Fund
Since version 0.18
Part configuration sensorBarometer
Experiment Atmospheric Pressure Scan
Electricity required 0.0075 ⚡/s

  1. 1.0 1.1 The mass and drag are from the part config, but the game handles it massless/dragless.

The PresMat Barometer measures the current atmospheric pressure. In career mode, it is available with Survivability, at level 3 of the technology tree. As of 0.24.2 , it had "PhysicsSignificance = 1", making it a zero drag and physicsless part.


It shows pressure in kPa units. A pressure below 0.0001 atm is shown as vacuum by the sensor. Lower atmospheric pressures markedly reduce lift and drag induced by the atmosphere, and cause a small change in engine efficiency.

While it is activated, the barometer drains 0.0075 units of Electric Charge per second (0.45 ⚡/m, 27 ⚡/hr).

While in previous versions the PressMat could not be used to earn science in a vacuum, in 1.0 this was changed. The PresMat can now do science nearly anywhere.

Product description

A device for measuring the local atmospheric pressure. Warranty void if exposed to air.

Probodobodyne Inc.


  • Changed tech from Engineering 101 to Basic Science.
  • Changed costs.
  • Mass halved, max temp reduced from 3200 K to 1200 K.
  • Can now do science in vacuums.
  • "PhysicsSignificance = 1" added. The part now has 0 mass and drag, despite the listed values.
  • Added functionality
  • Initial release