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Reaction Control System

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The Reaction Control System(RCS) is a set of 8 thrusters, 2 pointing in each direction.

RCS allows your ship to perform fine maneuvers.

RCS consumes propellant, heat and electricity.

RCS Table
Name Price(E$) Thrust(kN) Exhaust Velocity(km/s) Prop Consumption (kg/s) Power Consumption (MW) Thermal Consumption (GW) Mass(kg) Flavor
NDSTR 1250 600 7 85.7 1 2.1 20 Pulsed Thrust
NDVTT 2500 500 7 71.4 1 1.8 30 Variable Thrust
RAK-K37 3125 200 15 13.3 5 1.5 70 Pulsed Thrust, Integrated 1GW Generator
MA150HO 4375 150 30 5 40 2.3 80 Variable Thrust, Integrated generators, renowned for reliability
RA-K44 6250 400 15 26.6 15 3 75 Pulsed Thrust, Excessive Wear
EI Ion 8000 120 50 2.4 40 3.0 90 Variable Thrust
ERS-NAGHET5020 8500 210 27 7.8 50 2.8 130 Variable Thrust, Gimballed(20d)
MA350HO 10000 350 25 14 60 4.4 120 Variable Thrust, Integrated generators, not as reliable
EI AGILE 12000 120 40 3 60 2.5 120 Variable Thrust, Gimballed(35d)
RA-K69V 18600 400 12 33.3 25 3.6 150 Gimballed(25d), frequent maintenance, unlocked by talking to a racer.

K37s start with RA-K37 thrusters, coming in at a usable 200kN thrust. The RA-K44 thrusters are a good cheap upgrade, but 'excessive wear' matters and they break down a lot faster. It might be better to 'downgrade' to one of the less efficient higher power systems (NDVTT or NDSTR). It takes a lot of fuel rods to begin handling the upper range systems, but once you get there, the MA350HO is a great system so long as you don't need gimbles. You need gimbles if your thrusters are melting things you are trying to pick up with your manipulator arm.