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position tracker improvement suggestions

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Position trackers are cool, but currently only work with directional sensor. For the sake of better implementation and to allow for more complex/interesting drones, have the altitude meter also able to track position trackers. Lower bounds of an altimeter can be the planetary/gravity center of a planet, while you could either set upper or middle bounds of the altimeter to the position tracker. This way, you can dynamically change the altimeter's "sweet spot" mid planet exploration without having to leave planet, edit drone, then edit altimeter manually. I also believe this will allow for a lot of possible orbiting designs that can be used on planets with any shape without worry of missing or crashing into the resource collector drone.

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That seems similar to the suggestions for the proximity sensor that were suggested before the proximity sensor in the current patch.

I think that the current proximity sensor and distance sensor should be merged into one thing, and the altitude sensor should be replaced by a general purpose proximity sensor.

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You could use a directional tracker for this.  Use one to keep your ship level, and another one to indicate whether you are above or below the directional tracker.  It is quite a bit bulkier than an altitude sensor, though, and I am all for additional sensor criteria.

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13 hours ago, Lurkily said:

You could use a directional tracker for this.  Use one to keep your ship level, and another one to indicate whether you are above or below the directional tracker.  It is quite a bit bulkier than an altitude sensor, though, and I am all for additional sensor criteria.

If your drone is right next to the position tracker, then yes, you can track if you are above or below it. however if your drone is on the other side of the planet, that is gonna go so well, that's why i suggested the options for altimeter, it makes it a lot easier to do things like this.

 

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Hum.  I can't think of a use for mirroring the altitude of a tracker very far away. What are you planning for it?

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I suppose that you could have two drones that stay at the exact opposite sides of the planet as each other, or something like that.

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I can do that now; One directional for gravity, one to orbit the planet if the tracker isn't straight down.  Matching each other's altitude isn't a need I understand.  I could see matching a specific altitude, but not matching altitude dynamically from a distance.  Having an idea of the intended use might help explain why support is/isn't needed, or open the door to different ideas that might support that case better.

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14 hours ago, ManTheMister said:

Great, but... how is that relevant?

I guess it isn't relevant i'll remove it

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