Communotron 16-S

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Communotron 16-S
Part image
Antenna by
Ionic Symphonic Protonic Electronics

Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 300.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.01500 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 1.2
Part configuration C16S.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 as physicsless.

The Communotron 16-S is an antenna, used to connect to CommNet and transmit science.

It is the horizontal, static variant of the Communotron 16. It is one of the weakest direct antennae, weaker than the Communotron DTS-M1.

Product description

A Surface mount version of the Communotron-16

Ionic Symphonic Protonic Electronics


The Communotron 16-S shares the same antenna power as the Communotron 16, and is identical in most CommNet-related aspects.

One difference between the 16 and the 16-S is that the Communotron 16-S is non-combinable. On a craft, combinable antennas can combine their antenna power, achieving a greater combined power. However, the 16-S cannot do this; attaching two to a craft results in the same antenna power as attaching one. For this reason, attaching more than one Communotron 16-S to a vessel is not recommended.

Because the 16-S is static, it is much more durable than the 16 when active; unlike a deployed Communotron 16, it cannot be destroyed by aerodynamic forces. This makes it a good choice for probes that must pass through an atmosphere (i.e. a Duna lander), as long as a relay network is set up beforehand.

The Communotron 16-S is one of the first two antennas unlocked in the tech tree (along with the 16). It is a physicsless part, and its mass and drag are instead added to its parent part.


  • Initial Release