How to Remotely Place a Satellite Network With a ship equipped with Explorer_Command_Software, sectors can be remotely mapped, and establish satellite networks. Use Advanced Satellites (http://www.x3wiki.com/index.php/Navigation_Relay_Satellite) Advanced Sats sensor range is 35km and reveal Pandora Crates (https://steamcommunity.com/app/201310/discussions/0/1496741765139295058/). These crates offer super performance buffs to any ship they are applied to. Navigation Sats see about 25km and do not see Pandora Crates. -The technique I’m using, is to have a staging ship (TS class) equipped with satellites to dock in the vicinity of where satellites are being placed. And since I do not yet have a Springblosom with 2000 storage capacity, I’m using a Kestrel (http://www.x3wiki.com/index.php/Kestrel), which has a small cargo capacity. My understanding is that these ships are supposed to go buy more satellites if there are any close by to buy. If not, send them back to your supply ship to get more. - To Engage: In the Property Owned list, select your satellite deploying ship, that is stocked with satellites: Orders>Command Console>Navigation>Deploy Satellite Network. - A Universe Map pops up. Click on the sector where you want the first satellite to be deployed. The sector map opens, allowing you to designate where in the sector the satellite should be place. The recommended position is the center of the sector 7 squares above the horizontal plain. The 7 squares up (4.25km per square) is a satellite survival strategy. Pirates don’t venture that high or low looking for targets of opportunity. - When the sector map is first opened, you’ll be looking at a top down view. There is a green cursor which is moved buy using the 4,8,2,6 numbers on your keyboard number pad. Move the cursor to the approximate center of the sector. - Hit the INSERT key (keyboard) to rotate the sector view to the vertical orientation and then use the 8, 2 keys to elevate the cursor 7 squares above the base of the sector and complete the placement process by hitting the ENTER key. The ship should accept the command and start laying satellites to the same position you designated for each sector until it runs out. - For Reference: Use the -X, +X, -Z, +Z references on the edge of the sector map for center references. So for the vertical view, the -X, +X icon on the edge of the map draws a line through the center of the sector, which I consider the base of the sector. - Later in the game, for full sector satellite coverage, for the purposes of spotting ships for boarding or locating Pandora crates, you may want 14 satellites place in each sector. More on this later.