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This OXP adds satellites to the main planet, plus any secondary planets that may be available through Additional Planets.

Satellite Types

There are 4 different types of satellite that can be added to a system.

Surveillance Satellites

These satellites are designed to map and scan planetary regions, down to a very fine detail level.

COM and COMLR Satellites

These satellites aid and facilitate intra- and inter-planetary communications.

Satellite Telescope

These satellites are designed to scan deep space for anomalies (like Thargoid invasion craft or rogue comets and asteroids).


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Version History


  • Fixed small bug that was preventing 2 satellite types from having their beacons hidden on secondary planets.


  • Fixed bugs with Library interface.


  • Destroyed satellites will stay destroyed in the current system until you leave.
  • Small bugfix in the save game routine.


  • Small bugfix in the new populator.


  • Reworked populator methods to use new functions, and to make the number and types of satellites the same in each system.
  • Added satellites to any extra planets in the system.
  • Added Library config options to turn off beacons and control the number of satellites spawned.


  • Added check if mainplanet is existent, in case of nova system... and corrected versions in scripts.


  • Added AI-code by Dr.Tripsa, that will let spy-sats work as police, and reduced texture size with Optipng thanks to a tip from Shipbuilder. Cleaned up the shipdata.plist, as well.


  • ...and if you change the texture names, you should change the names in the model.dats as well... and I should probably test before I release a "fixed" version. Sorry.


  • --and deleted a paste and copy error...


  • Changed the roles, models , textures etc. to more unique names to avoid compatability issues, thanks again to Eric Walch. Corrected the demoship.plist, so that all 4 satellites can be seen...


  • Original release.

Quick Facts

Version Released License Features Category Author(s) Feedback
1.10 2017-10-12 CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Satellites Ambience OXPs Rorschachhamster, phkb Oolite BB

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