S2-17 "Thoroughbred" Solid Fuel Booster
|S2-17 "Thoroughbred" Solid Fuel Booster|
| Solid rocket booster by |
|Radial size||Large, Radial mounted|
|Max. Temp.||2200 K|
|Impact Tolerance||10 m/s|
|Unlock cost||27 000|
|Part configuration|| solidBoosterS2-17.cfg|
|Solid rocket booster|
|Maximum thrust||(1 atm)||1 515.22 kN|
|(vacuum)||1 700.00 kN|
|Isp||(1 atm)||205 s|
|Fuel consumption|| 100.49 /s
|Thrust vectoring||2 °|
|Burn time||(1 atm)||71 s|
The S2-17 "Thoroughbred" Solid Fuel Booster (also known as an SRB) is a solid rocket booster used to provide a short burst of additional thrust to a rocket. It comes as a single unit. The engine and fuel tank are one single part which means that it isn't possible to increase the burn time for it by adding more fuel tanks.
|“|| When Jeb asked Kerbodyne how to lift his house into space, this is what they came up with. The Thoroughbred is a truly massive solid rocket fuel booster. It is also the first booster Kerbodyne has managed to add thrust vector control to, adding surprising agility to this powerful motor.
Like other SRBs, the Thoroughbred can be fired once, and cannot be shut down or throttled once active. While assembling a vessel, it is possible to adjust the amount of solid fuel and thrust using tweakables in the VAB or SPH. If planned properly, this can provide some control during flight. Unlike smaller SRBs, the Thoroughbred has thrust vector control, making it easier to control while active.
Once ignited, a Thoroughbred with full fuel and thrust will burn for 79.6 s. If jettisoned while empty, it can parachute to a safe landing with three Mk2-R Radial-Mount Parachutes.
The minimum thrust required for the Thoroughbred to lift its own weight off Kerbin's surface at sea level is about 45.5%, or about 686.7 kN.
The Thoroughbred can be radially mounted like other SRBs to increase thrust and TWR during liftoff. Due to its large size and thrust, it can also be used as a standalone first stage, mounted below the rocket. However, because of its low specific impulse (Isp) and high mass, it is not recommended to use it beyond the first stage.
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