The Coriolis station is a time-tested design pioneered by the Galactic Cooperative and regarded as its most prolific and enduring legacy. Renowned for its efficient, modular layout, a single Coriolis can be assembled and made operational within a matter of weeks. These stations are usually the first to be built in newly-colonized systems, and are converted into trading posts once the initial phase of colonization is completed.
Modern Coriolis stations are cuboctahedrons with a 2-kilometer diameter. When it was first introduced by GalCop, the design had a much smaller diameter of 1 kilometer, but beginning in the 3200's the size was increased. By the 3300's, although new Coriolis stations continue to be built both within the Core Systems and out in the frontiers of the Colonia Region and Pleiades Nebula, maintaining them has become more costly as parts have become more difficult to procure or manufacture.
The exterior of the Coriolis consists of inverted skyscrapers, where penthouses provide spectacular views of space in addition to comfortable levels of gravity. In rare cases, a Coriolis will also feature two "arms" extending from opposite facets of the main structure, as seen with Smith Reserve in LDS 883. A second variant with four "arms" was introduced with Cavalieri in Electra. These arms are commonly referred to as "Noob Hammers" due to the fact that inexperienced players mistake them for landing pads and fly into them.
- Main article: Docking
Due to the symmetrical nature of Coriolis stations it can be difficult to find the docking slot. To remedy this the target hologram (displayed when targeting the station) has arrows pointing towards the station's entrance. An alternative method of locating the entrance is to observe the starport's axis of rotation - the entrance will always be located at the end of the axis of rotation that spins counter-clockwise when you are facing the starport.
Also the rear of the station has red lights in the corners, the front are yellow.
It is possible to fly around the station in supercruise and exit in front of the station by targeting the station and using the holographic display.
- Coriolis Station in previous games.