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Connector
Icon Block Connector.png

Category: Functional Block
Status: Functional

Function:
Allows transfer of cargo between two or more grids.

Fits small ship
Mass: 693.2 kg
Capacity: 1,152 L
Power: 50 W

Fits large ship and station
Mass: 3,596 kg
Capacity: 8,000 L
Power: -5 kW

Data Controls: [edit] [purge] (?)

The Icon Block Connector.png Connector is a block in Space Engineers.

The primary purpose of the Connector is to form a temporary connection between the conveyor systems of two ships or stations. When two Connectors come within proximity, the rim will turn yellow. If the Connectors are then locked (using the Terminal or by pressing "P") the rim will turn green and thus the connection is established.

The connected systems share electricity and inventory. Blocks within either conveyor system can make push and pull requests as though they were one ship. Players can access the terminal and inventories of ships connected to theirs in this way.

The Connector can also be used to release objects into space from a ship's inventory by selecting the "throw out" option in the terminal, similar to an Ejector. The combination of these two functions can eliminate the need to manually empty containers and move items by hand.

Docking

Next to Landing Gear and Merge Blocks, Connectors are your third option for docking. One connector on each side is needed to, for example, dock a ship to another ship, or to a station.

Similar to landing Gear, Connectors are magnetic and can lock and unlock a smaller vehicle to a carrier or station. In contrast to Landing Gear, Connectors also transfer power, establish a control connection to other owned grids, and give you access to owned and conveyored inventories.

Consider configuring the Cockpit Controls of the hangar Connectors on your carrier so that pressing P is not used for “parking”. On a carrier, when you press P to undock the carrier, you do not want to undock all carried ships!

The owner of a Connector can define an Auto-unlock time after which docked grids are disconnected.

Inventory

With Realistic settings, the Connector has an inventory with a capacity of 1,152L on small ships and 8,000L on large ships and stations. The inventory accepts all items, allowing the transfer and short-term storage of all manner of goods.

If attached to a conveyor system, the container is flagged to receive pushed items from other blocks. It will pull items automatically from any directly-attached inventories when active.[1] However, Connectors cannot automatically transfer items between two connected ships, you'd have to actively jettison the items into space, and use a Collector to catch them. If you are only using two Connectors, you must manually drag-and-drop items between docked ship/station inventories.

Conveyor-Connector System

With update 1.036, ships can use connectors to connect with other ships or with stations. Items will only be transferred if the connector receives a pull-request from one side of the Connector-Link:

  • Welders can pull needed components from containers over a connector-link automatically by sending a pull-request.
  • Grinders or Drills can't send gathered components or ores to containers over a connector-link, and containers won't send pull-requests. (Drills seem to empty their inventories to cargo containers if full, at least if there is a refinery without space for ores in the same conveyor network.)
  • Conveyor Sorter blocks can send a more 'manual' pull request by enabling the 'drain all' function,which can pull items through Connectors. Still, Connectors cannot automatically 'dump' items on their own.

Power Usage

From version 1.999 on, Connectors no longer require any power to function. This lets players for example connect to a rover that ran out of battery power, which aids in recovery and salvage operations.

Trading Mode

Since the Economy update, you can enable Trading Mode for Connectors. For example all NPC Trading Outposts use Trading Mode on their Connectors. This mode allows a safe way to dock at other grids, but disables automatic power and gas transfer between the trader's connector and your docked ship (to prevent players from "stealing fuel"). Docked grids cannot manipulate items through Connectors in Trading Mode, either, but when you sell or buy items, or complete contracts, items in owned connected inventories are also considered, which is important if their volume exceeds the player inventory's volume.

After disconnecting from a Trading Mode Connector, there is an interval when player cannot connect again.

Trivia

Typically Connectors are built sticking out on the outside to keep the room airtight. If you build Connectors inside, so the circle is flush with the outside wall, you can put walkway panels or windows on the outside to hide them, or to keep the room airtight, and they will still magnetise and transfer items through the panel/glass!

Recipe

Icon Block Connector.png Connector
ComponentLarge Ship/Station
Required
Large Ship/Station
Optional
Small Ship
Required
Small Ship
Optional
Icon Item Computer.png Computer206
Icon Item Display.png Display41
Icon Item Motor.png Motor86
Icon Item Small Steel Tube.png Small Steel Tube126
File:Icon Item Construction Component.png Construction Component4012
Icon Item Steel Plate.png Steel Plate13020156

Videos

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Blocks

Functional Blocks

Cockpits & Control
Icon Block Cockpit.png Cockpit, Icon Block Fighter Cockpit.png Fighter Cockpit, Icon Block Control Station.png Control Station, Icon Block Flight Seat.png Flight Seat, Icon Block Passenger Seat.png Passenger Seat, Icon Block Control Panel.png Control Panel, Icon Block Button Panel.png Button Panel, Icon Block Remote Control.png Remote Control,Icon Block Custom Turret Controller.png Custom Turret Controller

Automation & Communication
Icon Block Antenna.png Antenna, Icon Block Beacon.png Beacon, Icon Block Camera.png Camera, Icon Block Laser Antenna.png Laser Antenna, Icon Block Ore Detector.png Ore Detector, Icon Block Programmable Block.png Programmable Block, Icon Block Sensor.png Sensor, Icon Block Timer Block.png Timer Block

Defense
Icon Block Decoy.png Decoy, Icon Block Gatling Gun.png Gatling Gun, Icon Block Gatling Turret.png Gatling Turret, Icon Block Interior Turret.png Interior Turret, Icon Block Missile Turret.png Missile Turret, Icon Block Reloadable Rocket Launcher.png Reloadable Rocket Launcher, Icon Block Rocket Launcher.png Rocket Launcher, Icon Block Warhead.png Warhead, Icon Block Artillery.png Artillery, Icon Block Autocannon.png Autocannon, Icon Block Artillery Turret.png Artillery Turret, Icon Block Autocannon Turret.png Autocannon Turret, Icon Block Railgun.png Railgun, Icon Block Assault Cannon.png Assault Cannon, Icon Block Assault Cannon Turret.png Assault Cannon Turret

Energy
Icon Block Battery.png Battery, Icon Block Small Battery.png Small Battery, Icon Block Large Reactor.png Large Reactor, Icon Block Small Reactor.png Small Reactor, Icon Block Solar Panel.png Solar Panel, Icon Block Hydrogen Engine.png Hydrogen Engine, Icon Block Wind Turbine.png Wind Turbine

Maneuvering
Icon Block Gyroscope.png Gyroscope, Icon Block Atmospheric Thruster.png Atmospheric Thruster, Icon Block Ion Thruster.png Ion Thruster, Icon Block Hydrogen Thruster.png Hydrogen Thruster, Icon Block Wheel Suspension 1x1.png Wheel Suspension 1x1, Icon Block Wheel Suspension 3x3.png Wheel Suspension 3x3, Icon Block Wheel Suspension 5x5.png Wheel Suspension 5x5

Mining & Manufacturing
Icon Block Basic Refinery.png Basic Refinery, Icon Block Assembler.png Assembler, Icon Block Basic Assembler.png Basic Assembler, Icon Block Drill.png Drill, Icon Block Grinder Block.png Grinder Block, Icon Block Refinery.png Refinery, Icon Block Welder Block.png Welder Block, Icon Block Projector.png Projector, Icon Block O2 H2 Generator.png O2/H2 Generator, Icon Block Oxygen Farm.png Oxygen Farm

Storage
Icon Block Large Cargo Container.png Large Cargo Container, Icon Block Medium Cargo Container.png Medium Cargo Container, Icon Block Small Cargo Container.png Small Cargo Container, Icon Block Oxygen Tank.png Oxygen Tank, Icon Block Hydrogen Tank.png Hydrogen Tank

Inventory Management
Icon Block Connector.png Connector, Icon Block Collector.png Collector, Icon Block Ejector.png Ejector, Icon Block Conveyor Sorter.png Conveyor Sorter, Icon Block Conveyor Junction.png Conveyor Junction, Icon Block Conveyor Frame.png Conveyor Frame, Icon Block Conveyor Tube.png Conveyor Tube, Icon Block Curved Conveyor Tube.png Curved Conveyor Tube, Icon Block Small Conveyor.png Small Conveyor, Icon Block Small Conveyor Tube.png Small Conveyor Tube, Icon Block Small Curved Tube.png Small Curved Tube

Mechanical Blocks & Gravity Control
Icon Block Advanced Rotor.png Advanced Rotor, Icon Block Rotor.png Rotor, Icon Block Piston.png Piston, Icon Block Hinge.png Hinge, Icon Block Landing Gear.png Landing Gear, Icon Block Magnetic Plate.png Magnetic Plate, Icon Block Artificial Mass.png Artificial Mass, Icon Block Gravity Generator.png Gravity Generator, Icon Block Spherical Gravity Generator.png Spherical Gravity Generator, Icon Block Safe Zone.png Safe Zone

Miscellaneous
Icon Block Merge Block.png Merge Block, Icon Block Medical Room.png Medical Room, Icon Block Survival Kit.png Survival Kit, Icon Block Interior Light.png Interior Light, Icon Block Spotlight.png Spotlight, Icon Block Door.png Door, Icon Block Ladder.png Ladder, Icon Block Store.png Store, Icon Block Contracts Block.png Contracts Block


Removed Blocks
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