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A standard docking computer is a ship module that automates docking with a space station or surface station (in ED Horizons). The process can be slow so it is not recommended for pilots who need to dock quickly.

-Warning- Docking Computers are not perfect and may not work correctly at times, which can result in the destruction of player ships. Although improper functioning has become very rare since v1.4, it does occur so remember that you can override the auto-dock sequence with throttle input or by turning off power to the standard docking computer in the modules tab.

UsesEdit

Anaconda being automatically docked in 101:17

Anaconda being automatically docked in 1.4 Beta

A docking computer can be used with any ship and might be especially handy for players who find the docking process to be hard or don't want to keep doing it every time they dock. It is very useful to dock larger ships too, as those require more precise maneuvering.

The docking computer is automatically activated when docking permission is granted. If the ship is moving a message will appear to slow down before the docking computer will take control of the ship. When the throttle is set to zero or if the ship was initially stopped, the docking computer will begin maneuvering the ship. To cancel the auto-docking computer sequence and hand control back to the pilot, disable the docking computer module or put power to forward/backward thrusters.

Note: Docking computers tend to have trouble if anything bumps you, especially as you pass through the docking port. Generally they are reliable, but will sometimes cut out once inside the station leaving you to manually traverse to your pad.

Note: Docking computers will self deploy landing gear if the landing gear are not deployed before auto-dock is initiated. Docking Computers will dock you faster if you let them self deploy landing gear compared to pre-deploying the landing gear before auto-dock.

Note: Docking Computers may help prevent getting reckless flying fines from collisions as even when traveling above 100 m/s the speeding warning indicator does not appear while auto-docking.

Note: One can manually fly into the station or to the landing pad and then let the docking computer engage by pressing the 'X' key (zero throttle keybind), which sets all throttle to zero and thus results in almost instant transfer of control to the docking computer.

SpecificationsEdit

Class 1
Rating E
Weight (T) 0.0
Power Draw 0.390
Value (CR) 4,500

Purchase LocationsEdit

System Station Date Seen
HIP 27417 Blair Port Jan 29th, 2015
Bolos Vizcaino Horizons May 20th, 2016
Wolf 906 Herbert April 12th, 2015
Wolf 406 September 15th, 2016
Lave Lave Station May 02nd, 2015
ETA Serpentis Haipeng Point June 24th, 2015
Fujin Futen Spaceport Nov 7th, 2015
Rabh Friedman Terminal June 11th, 2015
GD 219 McKee Ring June 19th, 2015
Wolf 865 Nusslein-Volhard Hub June 21st, 2015
LTT 9810 Lopez Terminal June 28th, 2015
Kamadhenu Couper Hub

Aug 8th, 2015

Teaka Piercy Terminal Aug 13th, 2015
Teaka MacCurdy Station Aug 13th, 2015
Teaka Dedekind City Aug 13th, 2015
LTT 7548 Alexandria Ring Sept 27th, 2015
Cantjarisni Cocharane Enterprise Sept 27th, 2015
Othet Salgari City Sept 28th, 2015
Sahualasta Kwolek Orbital Sept 28th, 2015
LHS 3447 Lawson Orbital Dec 6th, 2015
Wolf 1148 Avicenna Port Oct 22nd, 2015
Kremainn Wohler Terminal Dec 6th, 2015
Sebrove Station Dec 2nd, 2015
Kaiakul Barlowe Station Dec 3rd, 2015
Ross 695 Bresnik Orbital Jan 8th, 2016
LP 734-32 Franklin Ring March 3rd, 2016
Alioth Irkutsk March 7th, 2016
Kakas Kube-McDowell Enterpise March 29th, 2016
Kennan Orbital July 3rd, 2016

HistoryEdit

Docking Computers first appeared in the original Elite game. They were costly, but worth the investment as docking was - for the time - a complex process, during which even experienced players occasionally crashed their ship.  Automated docking also was faster.

During automated docking, the computer would play "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss II, a reference to the (very slow) docking scene in movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick which was set to the same piece.

TriviaEdit

  • First appeared in Standard Beta 1
  • If you disable your thrusters wile the docking computor tries to boost it will spam your info screen with the the "BOOST FAILED: ENGINES DISABLED" message for a very long time. The only way to get rid of it is to log out or wait until each message goes away.

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