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      Very busy morning a head of me, picking up the peices of my Centaur after it executed a perfect docking manuver with the support of its onboard docking computer...... I think I got the docking computer from the Mars lander.

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      Can someone explain to me what the DC does and why I would want to buy them? Then explain to me why I bought them without knowing that? Then explain to me why I have freighters docking hundred times a day without incident but the first time I tell a military vessel to dock, its heads straight into the stations mess haul.....?

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      It is best employed on the player ship and allows docking from 5 km away for your ship, for the AI, it seems to do nothing, though there are scripts that supposedly make it work better, but i have yet to see em.



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      Can someone explain to me what the DC does and why I would want to buy them?
      The docking computer is used exclusively by the player, not the AI... afaik. If you're in a range under 5 km your ship will dock instantly at the docking clamp/hangar so you can save some time.

      Set a Hotkey for automatic docking. Hit it once in a distance over 5 km will force the autopilot on and will let your ship normally dock on a station. Hit it once you're in a range UNDER 5 km to the station and you will dock instantly if the station has docking places fitting to your shipclass. This works with all ships, M5 to M1.

      Then explain to me why I bought them without knowing that?
      You didn't read the manual or the encyclopedia? Don't know.

      Then explain to me why I have freighters docking hundred times a day without incident but the first time I tell a military vessel to dock, its heads straight into the stations mess haul.....?
      They are normally faster than TS, so they tend to drift more if you let them dock while on SETA. If you're unsure about docking, leave the sector before you give him the command to dock. OOS there will be no problem with docking issues.


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      wasn't there a script that let the AI use the docking comp?



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      note that for larger ships, the distance shown on the HUD will be less than 5km, which is to do with the length of the ship... the bigger the ship, the greater the discrepancy...

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      also, the distance of 5km is the distance from the docking clamps/bays to the closest part of the ship, not ship-station distance per se...

      I've been able to use the docking computer at beyond 5km range from the center of a station just because the closest part was the docking clamps themselves...

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      Just a word of warning about the above, its from the center of your ship to the center of the station, that Km indicator, so if in a large ship, watch your bow or it might hit the station



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