Laser Antenna not connecting

Michael Schietzsch shared this bug 21 months ago
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I am trying to connect static grids via Laser Antennas.

1. Base is an asteroid base

2. Earth Base


The have clear line of sight, no asteroid in the way. Antennas are not connecting but stay at "Searching for a laser at GPS coordinates". Yet they consume power that fits the distance exactly.

Tried the same with a mini base, just outside the gravity well of earth, same problem.

We even had players at both bases, made no difference.

I changed the owner of all blocks to me.

Comments (3)

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Thank you for the report, moving to bugs.

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The laser antenna has an upper limit of 10km now even if it is set higher. 1.189.042

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Hmm doesn't that make the laser antenna rather useless? I always wanted to use it for connecting bases. Moon to Earth to Asteroid to alien Planet etc... With 10 km, not really an option

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what they've done with the game is a disaster

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At Michael Schietzsch : Check the wiki and do some tests with distance and power in mind. A while back I had a discussion with someone that wanted laser antenna from earth-like to mars-like and that needed 4000+ solar panels to operate. Earth-like to moon would need be about 17 solar panels.

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I know the power draw is quite big, but i tested it with just 15 km and quite a lot of reactors and also in creative mode.

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I tested the same thing and neither of my stations had any indication of low power consumption while testing. I set them to 200km limit, about 130km distance away. My station had a large reactor and about 20 batteries full, and while the Laser Antennas would connect, nothing would be visible in the Remote Access panel and in the Laser Antenna blocks, the Known Receivers list remained empty for both of them. So they would report as connected, but not do anything else.

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My example is rather... exceptional? I suppose.


The two laser antenna are over 6500km apart and drawing on 1.09 gigawatts each. Both grids are owned by me, both grids are also in safe zones maintained on nearby (yet separate) grids. Each has turned to face their respective counterpart and is drawing on an, honestly, ridonkulous amount of power, but I've seen modded drones with a better success rate against asteroids than these two antennae are having at connecting.

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I have the same problem, almost exactly. I am trying to connect a space base on an asteroid to a second base on the earthlike planet. The distance between them is 59.35km. I have the range of both antenna set to 100km and both have the correct receiving laser antenna locked in. However, they are stuck on status "Searching for a laser at GPS coordinates". Both of them - I have teleported between both sites and tried everything I can think of.

Both are reporting they are owned by me, both bases have a masive oversupply of power, both antennas are visibly pointing in the correct direction and I have flown the route between them to verify there is no voxel blocking the signal (rogue asteroid etc). There is not. The only complication I can think of is that the space base has two laser antenna on it and the ground base has three - though only one of each is trying to connect to anything.

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I have the same issue. One on a planet, one on an asteroid 38KM away.

- Antennas are ~38.9Km away from each other

- Both have range to >=38km (tried infinate too)

- Both have much more than enough power

- Both have each other's co-ords copied to the other

- Both have line of sight (Quadruple checked there's no debris or asteroids in the way)

- Both grids I have ownership of.

- Single player mode.

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Still a problem. I cannot connect my ground base to my satellite in orbit, less than 50 km apart.

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I'm on a mars planet with a station on the ground and a relay sat in orbit above. so that i can have comms with any rovers and not have to rely on standard antenna's. the LA are trying to establish connection but are unable to.

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This is 100% bugged. The laser antennas used to work fine. Was trying to set up a recon drone to watch something important with a camera. Stuck on searching for laser at GPS coordinates. Was testing before implementing in c survival. Won't connect at 500m.

The antenna is configured correctly. I've been playing since 2014 and have over 4,000 hours in game so not a noob issue.

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My laser antenna won't even connect to over 50 meters. (creative world, build lots of batteries, just to test the antenna).. as soon as I reach 50m (500watts) it disconnects. But it keeps reporting the wattage that is corresponding to the distance, also the antenna turns the right way. but no connection.

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Oh, I just tried in a survival game and there it seems to work. Maybe it's creative related?

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No survival. When I reported 20d ago

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