Come melt your face off with our latest jet engine addition to SimpleRockets 2. Put the throttle lever to the metal, and fulfill your need for speed. Full release notes can be found here.
We really went all out on these. I hit the textbooks and learned about the thermodynamics of jet engines, (which are fascinating, btw) and Kevin created detailed, modular jet engine models. In the end, we have a highly procedural jet engine part that can be used to create anything from old-style turbojets to new low-bypass military turbofans to high-bypass civilian airliner engines.
You can also tweak several visual aspects of the engine, including the shroud style, length, and curvature. Cycle through the available nozzle styles, fan styles, and inlet cones. Here's a quick GIF showing some of the features:
You can tweak the size, bypass ratio, compression ratio, and afterburner and see how it affects the performance. The designer has some extra tools to help analyze performance at different altitudes and airspeeds:
Jet engines need air to breathe, so the new inlet part helps to make sure your jet engines are getting enough air. If you connect an inlet directly to a jet engine, it will only provide air to that engine. If you connect an inlet somewhere else on your craft, it will provide air to any jet engines that don't have sufficient airflow. If you're curious about how your engines are doing, you can click on them during flight and check their Inlet Efficiency to ensure they are getting enough air.
Of course, the fun doesn't stop there. Kevin built two new stock airplanes to show off the new jet engines.
They are a blast to fly and it's fun to watch the new jet engines in action. Don't forget to turn on the new heat distortion particle effects for maximum enjoyment.