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(Plock)
PlockOrbit
Plock as seen from orbit.
Dwarf planet of Kerbol
Orbital Characteristics
Semi-major axis 535 833 706 086 m [Note 1]
Apoapsis 675 150 469 668 m [Note 1]
Periapsis 396 516 942 504 m [Note 1]
Orbital eccentricity 0.26
Orbital inclination 6.15 °
Argument of periapsis 50 °
Longitude of the ascending node 260 °
Mean anomaly 0 rad (at 0s UT)
Sidereal orbital period 2 276 142 536 s
105 376 d 5 h 48 m 55.7 s
Synodic orbital period 9240910.1 s
Orbital Velocity 1 134 to 1 930 m/s
Physical Characteristics
Equatorial radius 189 000 m
Equatorial Circumference 1 187 522 m
Surface area 4.4888332×1011 m2
Mass 7.7708429×1020 kg
Standard gravitational parameter 5.1863227×1010 m3/s2
Density 27 478.569 kg/m3
Surface gravity 1.45 m/s2 (0.148 g)
Escape velocity 740.82 m/s
Sidereal rotation period 106 309.61 s
4 d 5 h 31 m 49.6 s
Solar day 106 314.57 s
4 d 5 h 31 m 54.6 s
Sidereal rotational velocity 11.170 m/s
Synchronous orbit 2 268.81 km
Sphere of influence 6.1284899×108 m[Note 1]
Atmospheric Characteristics
Atmosphere present × No
Scientific multiplier
Surface 16
Near space 15
Outer space 14.5

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The distances are given from the bodies center not surface (unlike ingame)

Plock is the tenth planet of the Kerbol system. It is the fourth planet added in the Outer Planets Mod and is the Pluto analog for Kerbal Space Program. It has a large, mutually locked moon called Karen-if SigmaBinary is installed, Plock and Karen form a binary system.

Plock's extreme distance from Kerbin makes missions to the dwarf planet difficult, with large amounts of ∆V being required to reach it and round-trip times often exceeding 100 years. The feeble sunlight reduces solar panel output to barely 0.04% of Kerbin's at apoapsis, rendering solar panels functionally useless. Bringing an alternate power source (e.g. RTGs) is strongly recommended.

Like many real-world Kuiper Belt objects, Pluto included, Plock is a "plutino", meaning it is in a 3:2 orbital resonance with Neidon.

In-Game Description

There’s been a considerable amount of controversy status of Plock as being a proper planet or just a lump of ice going around the Sun. The debate is still ongoing, as most academic summits held to address the issue have devolved into, on good days, petty name calling, and on worse ones, all-out brawls.

Kerbal Astronomical Society

Physical Characteristics

Plock's density is extremely low, less than half that of Kerbin. This, along with the discoloured ice interspersed with mountain ranges, imply that Plock is comprised of mainly low-density materials like dirt and ice with a rocky core that manages to poke above the ice in places, not ruling out subsurface liquid water.

The surface terrain is largely flat, variably brown plains with the occasional grey mountain range scattered over the planet. Despite its lack of an atmosphere, there are few visible impact craters.

Biomes

Plock has a total of 12 biomes.

Biome List

Plock Biome Map

Plock biome map

  • Celestis Basin
  • Eleusis Plains
  • Dakara Plains
  • Nexis Region
  • Geelan Region
  • Sateda Region
  • Abydos Region
  • Chulak Hills
  • Rosas Hills
  • Ayarza Hills
  • Langara Foothills
  • Vorash Mountains

Reference Frames

Warp Minimum Altitude
Any
5× 3 544 m
10× 7 088 m
50× 14 175 m
100× 28 350 m
1 000× 56 700 m
10 000× 113 400 m
100 000× 226 800 m

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