Drop Distances
Solar radii
Star
Exclusion Zone
No lock
"Blind drop"
Destination lock
"Manual drop"
Nav-lock drop
Nav-lock
Drop
Exclusion
Zone
Star
Destination lock
"Manual drop"
No lock
"Blind drop"
Solar radii
Wing signal distance →
  • Nav-lock should always work below 0.10106 SR.
    Destination lock should work below 0.13911 SR, where the nav-lock distance is 14.5 Mm.
  • Expect ±1 error in the last digit.
    Note that 0.01 Ls = ~3000 km.
  • Rapid orbits can allow nav-lock to succeed.
    These involve heavy stars, typically an O- or B-star and a black hole.
Data visualisation
0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Exclusion zone Manual/blind threshold Col 285 § EA-A a30-0 Col 285 § TD-T a33-1 Col 285 § KM-W a31-3 Puppis § CL-P a5-4 Puppis § YE-R a4-9 Arare Col 285 § QY-S a33-2Col 285 § NS-U a32-0Col 285 § DG-Y a30-2ICZ IR-V b2-2 CCol 285 § RY-S a33-2Col 285 § FG-Y a30-3 Star radius R Wing signal distance Mm
0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 Exclusion zone Manual/blind threshold HIP 13573 Ministry Tascheter § HM-M a7-2 Trianguli § TT-Q a5-0 Kachian A Ceti § FW-V b2-6 A X Persei A Artemis Fuelum A Yarrite Tau-6 Eridani A 10 G. Canis Majoris Star radius R Wing signal distance Ls
0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 Exclusion zone Manual/blind threshold S Eridani Sirius A Carthage Achenar Gliese 293 B (LAWD 26) HIP 19218 C X Persei D Beta Reticuli A HIP 40430 A Alpha Horologii HIP 29216 A Theta Octantis Mu Velorum A Sagittarius A* Star radius R Wing signal distance Ls
0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 Exclusion zone Manual/blind threshold VY Canis Majoris Star radius R Wing signal distance kLs