This form allows you to compute the parameters of equatorial satellite communication
networks in Kerbal Space Program. It was designed for use with the
but may be useful with the communication network support added to KSP version 1.2 as well. It
helps create communication networks that provide local coverage around a celestial body. It does
not directly assist with the creation of relays between bodies, but it does provide some
information needed to do so, such as the minimum polar altitude and maximum latitude, which
constrain the orbits of relay satellites.
Effective planar range:
Effective global range:
Minimum polar altitude:
Period error (%)
Period error (time)
Minimum time to
Minimum time to
Instructions and tips
Select the body around which you want satellite coverage, or create a custom one by entering
the radius and gravitational parameter of the body.
Select the type and number of communication satellites, or create a custom type by entering
the satellite range in the box. Click "Compute Altitudes" if you change the range or number.
Select an appropriate altitude for the satellites by dragging the slider and observing the
characteristics of the resulting network. You can gain greater precision by using the arrow
keys or changing the altitude in the text box.
Hover your mouse cursor over underlined terms for definitions.
When deploying the satellite network, the most important thing is to match the orbital
periods very accurately. The satellites' orbital periods should match to within a tenth
of a second or so. Reducing the engine thrust limit to the minimum value helps.