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Devices and machines

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Base mounted devices

Cargo beam

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The Cargo beam device emits a laser which locks onto any object on its trajectory.
The cargo beam device is most commonly used in spaceships designed for cargo transportation.
For safety reasons, the locking laser does not affect endoskeletons.

Fixed mount

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Three different types of fixed mount.

Machinery such as tractor beams, mining lasers, and guns that are not required to be mobile, can be attached to a fixed mount.
The machinery needs to be bolted properly on the mount, in order for it to stay in place.


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Generators are one of the most essential parts of any constructs that need generated power. Most spaceships for example need to have a properly assembled generator in order for the ships to function.

  • Every machine on ships that are powered by a generator must be connected to the generator with a cable.
  • A generator is constructed from several modules that must be assembled in a certain way, with all the modules bolted to each other.
  • Generators should be placed at a secure location, away from any hazards such as radiation or gunfire.

Typically the generator consists of at least one generator chamber, one cooling board with cooling cells, one fuel chamber with a fuel rod, and one socket board.


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Hinges are devices used for creating turning, sliding and opening mechanisms such as doors, hatches and sliding doors.

Mounted weapons

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Mounted weapons are attached to spaceships or space stations via a device base.
These device bases can be used for utility machinery as well, in addition to weaponry.
Common mounted destructive weapons within the universe include various projectile and energy throwers, and missile and torpedo launchers.

This article is about spaceship and space station weapons, for article about infantry weapons, see Weapons collection page.

Radio transmitters

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Radio transmitter is a device that allows the transfer of data wirelessly.
Radio receiver is a device that can receive wireless data.

Range finder

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The range finder is a laser pointer that reports the distance to the object it hits.
If the range finder does not hit anything, it reports the search distance.
The finder can be used on endoskeletons and other objects.

Robot arms

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Robot arms are chain of hinges connected to a special turret joint body.
Robot arms have mostly the same functionality properties as hinges.
Robot arms are primarily used in factories for the operation of automated tools and factory lines.
Robot arms are also equipped adapters that allow the attachment of hardpoints into them to be used with turrets.


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Thrusters are a mandatory part of spaceships in order for them to be able to fly. At least one thruster is required in each ship.
Thrusters determine which directions spaceships can be flown and at what speed, and they require power and propellant to function.
A cable drawn from the power source must be attached to the base of the thruster for correct distribution of power.

  • There are three different thruster types available:
    • Box thrusters
    • Triangle thrusters
    • Maneuver thrusters


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Turntables are mounted platforms for devices.
Machinery such as cannons and tractor beams can be mounted on top of the turntables.

  • Turntables enable the mounted device to rotate around their Y-axis.
  • The mounted machinery is usually first mounted to a cradle to enable pitch.



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Universally there are two types of buttons that are commonly used; modular button panels and mechanical buttons with adjustable interaction style.
The latter type can also include a YOLOL screen and they are usually referred to as the "hybrid buttons".

Cargo crate

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A simple storage unit, designed to store items.
A proper assembly of the crate creates cargo lock frame inside the cargo crate, enabling safe transportation of items.
Cargo crates function in a similar way as the cargo lock frames but the cargo crates are able to store less items inside them
Cargo crates also come in one standard size, unlike the cargo lock frame that can be built into any required size.


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Chairs are a type of seat, usually equipped with four legs.
The known universe has a variety of chairs with different functions and designs, such as pilot chairs of spaceships or benches that can usually be found at space stations.


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Lamps are light emitting devices that have programmable fields, such as state, color and brightness.
Lamps require a power source to operate.


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Levers are interactable devices used mainly for controlling devices and machinery.
Levers can also be used to change the value of fields between set minimum and maximum values.

Modular crate

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Modular crates are modular storage units that compress and store items, making them smaller during storage.
Connecting several crates will create a larger storage unit that acts as one single unit.

NOTE! Modular crates require power. If power is not available, compressed objects revert to original size instantly.
Rapid object expansion can be dangerous.


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Propellant is the fuel for spaceship thrusters.
Propellant is usually contained in large, medium or small gas canisters.
These canisters are often placed inside a space ship, and bolted down to secure them.

Rail devices


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Three different rail mover entities exist: basic, turntable, and jointed for machinery.
Rails can be used to create anything that moves on rails, like elevators, gun turrets, and factory lines.
The primary use for rails however is automation.


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The rail network relay is used in creating rail networks to separate rail sections into multiple partially separate sub-networks.
This enables the creation of modular rail systems.

Sensor strip

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The sensor strip provides accurate positioning data for rail movers that pass it on the rail the sensor strip is connected to.
This enables the tracking of the rail mover's precise location at any point.


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Rail sockets are used to power rail networks and to transmit power to any connected rail mover.


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Rail triggers are attached to rails and used to control rail network behavior, either through YOLOL or directly by changing configured values.
Rail triggers detect rail movers passing by them.


Information screen

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Programmable information screens are a way to leave a visible message for the universe.
Programmable information screens take a string variable, which is then displayed on the panels.
The displayed content can be set and modified by accessing the information screen's InfoScreenContent field with the universal tool.

Modular displays

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Modular displays are YOLOL supported displays, most commonly used in spaceship cockpits as information screens and they are considered vital for easy ship management.
Modular displays are generically configured to show progress from 0 to 100.
They can however be programmed to display whatever numeric information needed.

Utility Devices

Cargo lock frame

Cargo lock frame is formed of series of components, which when properly assembled, enable objects to remain static when placed inside it.
Due to this feature, cargo lock frames are optimal for transportation of cargo of any kind.
The cargo lock frame can be transported inside a spaceship, with a cargo beam, or even by hand.

Flight control unit

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Basic, advanced, and premium flight control unit.

  • FCU (Flight control unit) receives input from control devices, used for controlling the ship's thrusters during free flight.
  • FCU is connected to an MFC (Main Flight Computer), which combines information of several FCUs and sends the necessary data to each thruster connected to it.
  • This allows the use of several FCUs in a single ship.

Main flight computer

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The Main flight computer combines information from several Flight control units (FCU's) and sends the necessary data to each thruster connected to it.
Due to this it is possible to use several FCU's within a single ship.

Mining laser

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The mining laser applies continuous damage to the first object hit within its configured range, making it an efficient tool in professional mining.
For example the mining ship Urchin is equipped with mining lasers.

Network relay

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The network relay is a device used to separate a network within a ship or station into multiple partially separate sub-networks.
Separate sub-networks allow one-way broadcasting of variable changes between them, and enable the creation of modular YOLOL systems.

Tractor beam

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Tractor beams grab objects that their beams hit.
Tractor beams are most commonly found in cargo spaceships as they enable the transportation of heavy cargo.
The beam drags the attached object close to the tractor beam base, orientating the object according to the nozzle of the beam.

YOLOL devices


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The YOLOL chip is a movable container for programmed scripts.
Scripts can be edited by the physical chip interface directly, or by using the universal tool.
The chip is usually placed in a reader, such as the chip socket or device rack.

Chip socket

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YOLOL chip socket is a base device, which relays power and connection to a data network for the YOLOL chip.
Other option for mounting YOLOL chips is the Modular device rack.

Memory chip

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Stores by default non-functional device fields for data sharing between chips.

Modular device rack

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Modular device racks are a compact way to store multiple YOLOL chips and connect them together. They can make it easier to construct larger and more complicated YOLOL systems compared to using simple chip sockets.

Adjacent device racks are all connected into one data network, providing a nice alternative to wiring each chip when using chip sockets. To connect a set of device racks to another network, the Socket Core module provides a cable socket. This allows for a very large number of YOLOL chips to exist in a compact fashion, while still being connected to the main network of a ship or station.