Navigator Station

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Module
Navigator Station
dp_NavConsole.png
Placement Requirement
Bridge
limit one in each room
Mass
80kg
Consumed Materials
Tools Required


The navigator station assists in finding your way among the stars. The navigator station displays cartographic information about the planets, moons, and stars in a solar system. The navigator station also displays cartographic information about nearby solar systems and the sectors that contain them.

Controls are activated by clicking on the console using the hand cursor. Controls also have corresponding keyboard equivalents. Help about using the hand cursor and a table showing the key commands for this station can be found on the Controls#Sensor_Console page.

Console

The navigator display screen operates in two distinct magnification modes. At high magnification levels, the display shows the contents of a solar system. At low magnification levels, the display shows the contents of sectors. The magnification level is controlled using a purple graph at the right of the display. The top six increments of the graph are solar system magnifications. The lower six increments on the graph are sector magnifications.

The name of the current solar system is shown at the top left of the display in bright green letters.

Solar System Magnification

At solar system magnifications, the display panel shows a top down view of a solar system.

Maximum magnification.
  • The display can be panned using the rosette of green buttons at the top right corner. The center green button returns the pan to center of the solar system.
  • The display will center on the navigator when the small green triangle button at the top right corner is pressed.
  • Click on an object in the display to select it. The name of the selected object appears at the bottom right of the display in bright blue letters.
  • The display will center on the selected object when the green cross button below the green triangle button is pressed.
Buttons
System Function
Orbit Rings Pc RingsOff.png Off
Orbit rings are not displayed.

Pc RingsOn.png On
Orbit rings and a key to ring colors are displayed. This also enables a HUD-like display of orbit rings in space around the bridge that is only visible to the navigator.

Viewing the solar system.

Wormholes are shown in the image above, near the primary star. They appear as blinking purple pluses (+) and red minuses (-). Wormholes are always near the primary star. They never orbit secondary or tertiary stars. Wormholes will show a bright dot in the center when they have been explored by the empire.

Sector Magnification

At sector magnification, the display shows a three dimensional perspective view of a sector and the solar systems it contains.

The name of the current sector is shown at the bottom left of the display in bright gold letters.

Sectors are cubic sections of space. The display default shows the sector containing the navigator. A button at the right enables the neighboring sectors to be displayed as well. This is essential for navigating between sectors.

Second lowest magnification.
  • The display can be rotated using the rosette of green buttons at the top right corner. The center green button returns the rotation to top view.
  • The display will center on the navigator when the small green triangle button at the top right corner is pressed. This will change the current solar system back to the one containing the navigator if it is not the current system.
  • Explored wormholes may also be displayed at sector magnification. A button at the right turns this feature on and off.
Buttons
System Function System Function
Wormhole Lines Pc WormholesOff.png Off
Wormhole lines are not displayed.

Pc WormholesOn.png On
Explored wormhole lines are displayed. This also enables a HUD-like display of wormhole lines in space around the bridge that is only visible to the navigator.

Neighbor Sectors Pc NeighborsOff.png Off
The display only shows the sector containing the targetted object. Initially the targetted object is the navigator. This can be changed.

Pc NeighborsOn.png On
The display shows a three by three by three cube of sectors, centered on the sector containing the navigator.

System Names 50px Off
System names are not displayed.

50px Named
System names for named systems are displayed.

50px All
System names of all systems are displayed.

Displaying neighboring sectors.

The display will center on the selected solar system when the green cross button at the upper right is pressed. The magnification controls can then be used to view information about the centered solar system. This has limitations. A solar system that has never been explored by your empire cannot be displayed. Sometimes the server you are communicating with does not have more information about the selected system and the information cannot be displayed.

Selecting another system.

Click on a solar system in the display to select it. When a solar system is selected, its name and distance from the current system are displayed in bright blue at the lower left. In the example below, the selected system Theridiidae is 3.153 parsecs away.

Courses and Waypoints

A waypoint has been set to the wormhole.

The navigation console is used to plot courses to other planets and solar systems. The course of the spacecraft is defined by a set of waypoints, which can also be seen on the pilot's HUD. Controls for managing the waypoints of the spacecraft's course are present in both solar system and sector magnifications. Course controls appear as small square buttons at the bottom right of the display.

Buttons
System Function System Function
Add Route to Selected Ac AddRouteToSelect.png
Creates a route of one or more waypoints. Tries to find a route via explored wormholes from the last waypoint in the route to the selected object.
Add Waypoint at Selected Ac AddWaypointAtSelect.png
Adds a waypoint to the route at the selected object. No routing logic is invoked.
Add Waypoint at Point Ac AddWaypoint.png
Adds a waypoint at an arbitrary location in the solar system. Click the button then click a spot on the solar system display to add a waypoint there.

Ac AddWaypointLit.png Active
Waiting for navigator to click somewhere.

Insert waypoint at Point Ac InsertWaypoint.png
Inserts a waypoint before the selected waypoint. The location may be an object or an arbitrary point in space. Click an existing waypoint then click this button then click an object or any arbitrary spot in a solar system to insert a waypoint there.

Ac InsertWaypointLit.png Active
Waiting for navigator to click somewhere.

Clear Route Ac DeleteAllWaypoints.png
Removes all waypoints from the route.
Delete Waypoint at Selected Ac DeleteWaypointAtSelect.png
Removes the waypoint at the selected object, if there is one there.

Course lines and waypoint blips can be turned on and off using a button at the right of the display. There are several declutter options.

Buttons
System Function
Waypoints and Routes Ac WaypointsAndRoutes.png Show Both
Waypoints and routes are displayed. This is the default setting.

Ac WaypointsOnly.png Waypoints Only
Only the waypoint markers are displayed. Route lines are not displayed.

Ac RoutesOnly.png Routes Only
Only route lines are displayed. Waypoint markers are not displayed.

Ac WaypointsOff.png Off
No waypoint markers or route lines are displayed.