Communotron 16

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Communotron 16
Part image
Antenna by
Ionic Symphonic Protonic Electronics

Radial size Tiny
Cost (total) 300.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.01 t [N 1]
Drag 0.2 [N 1]
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Volume  ?
Impact Tolerance 7 m/s
Research Engineering 101.png Engineering 101
Unlock cost 750 Funds
Since version 0.18
Part configuration commsAntenna16.cfg
Packet size 2 Mits
Transmission speed 3.33 Mits/s
Electricity required 6 ⚡/Mits

  1. 1.0 1.1 The mass and drag are from the part config, but the game handles it massless/dragless.

The Communotron 16 is a deployable antenna item for the science transfer system and is the most basic antenna able to acces the KerbNet System. Like the Communotron 88-88, the Communotron 16 can be deployed and retracted through action groups or manually.

If using one to connect to CommNet, remember to extend it before it goes out of range. If it's not extended, the spacecraft it's on will use its internal antenna instead.

Product description

The Communotron 16 is a versatile and lightweight antenna, suitable for moderate-range communication, long-range backup communication, and eavesdropping on secret government operations.

Ionic Symphonic Protonic Electronics


Extended Communotron 16 on a Command Pod Mk1

The Communotron 16 has a data rate of 0.3333 Mits/s and a data cost of 6 e/Mit. While by far the slowest transmitting device, it also uses the least amount of electric charge and is the first one the player gets their hands on in career. It's small and can be placed almost anywhere.


1.10.1 Verify
  • Can now break from aeroforces
  • entryCost changed from 240 to 750
  • Moved from Science to Communication
  • Added CommNet
  • cost changed from 150 to 300 (and made significant)
  • Added function
  • Extended description
  • Initial Release