Listening post

A listening post

Listening posts are deep-space probes with signaling technology that are manufactured by Sirius Corporation with cooperation from the Mars High Astrocartography department. In October 3302, Sirius began deploying hundreds of listening posts across the galaxy to increase observation coverage, declaring that probes were cheaper, faster, and more reliable for conducting surveys than using human explorers.[1]


On October 7, 3302, a spokesperson for the Sirius Corporation revealed that the mega-corporation had deployed hundreds of deep-space probes and signalling technologies throughout the galaxy: "Sending pilots into the void is fraught with danger. These probes can go further and faster than a human pilot, at much reduced cost and with, I daresay, more reliability. We've been working closely with the Mars High Astrocartography department on the probes' design. Human pilots are interested in sightseeing, chasing myths and 'making their mark' on the galactic stage. They get sidetracked. Our probes are immune to such distractions. At present, galactic exploration is conducted in a sporadic and improvisational way. Soon we will have far better coverage of the galaxy."[1]

Despite skepticism about the listening posts' purpose and even rumours that they had self-defence capabilities,[1] no listening post has ever demonstrated that it is armed, and independent pilots are able to download their data freely and without negative repercussions.

Finding listening posts

A listening post will appear in a ship's navigation panel when the ship approaches within 1,000 lightseconds of it. They can be found near primary and secondary stars, planets and moons.

While exploring a system you can perform surface scans and check the Navigation Panel for signal sources. When you found a signal source of a Listening Post you can lock on the target and drop out of supercruise.

After targeting the listening post you can download data with your ship scanner. It will show up in the Comms Panel. The data is usually packets with the same signal identifier and an A, B, C suffix. The packets shows the systems where the other listening posts are located. You must visit all related Listening Posts to receive all the location data.

CMDR Scott explains: [2]

  • Packet A contains the longitude co-ordinate of the signal source.
  • Packet B contains the latitude co-ordinate of the signal source.
  • Packet C contains the body designation of the signal source, e.g. “AB 1 c”.

"To identify the source system, each packet gives a minimum and maximum range from that Listening Post. The recommended approach is to bookmark the three systems containing Listening Posts, and use the galaxy map to select potential systems. The three systems form a triangle in space, and the source of the signal is within that triangle. Rough estimation based on the ratios of the three ranges is good enough."

"Most of the time there is only one system within the correct range of all three stars, but where multiple candidate systems exist, the body designation is sufficient to eliminate incorrect candidates. Rarely do multiple systems next to each other have a landable body with the same designation."


The following listening posts have been documented:[3]

System Planet Notes
5 Chi Lupi 1
42 N Persei A 7
Alrai Sector WZ-P b5-6 A 4
Alpha Centauri B 1
Batar A 1 A 1
Belispel A 3 A 3
Bilfrost AB 2
Chipi 1 a
Col 285 Sector AZ-B b15-0 A
Col 285 Sector CI-V b18-0 A 3
Col 285 Sector DY-F b25-0 A 3
Col 285 Sector EC-J c10-4 ABC 1
Col 285 Sector ER-V d2-46 2
Col 285 Sector FG-X d1-49 2
Col 285 Sector FW-D c12-24 A 1
Col 285 Sector GI-H b11-6 A
Col 285 Sector GM-V d2-72 A 7
Col 285 Sector GN-H b11-0
Col 285 Sector IZ-R b20-2 A
Col 285 Sector KD-H c11-3 A
Col 285 Sector KL-Y b16-2 5
Col 285 Sector KM-V b18-3 A
Col 285 Sector KO-E b26-3 A
Col 285 Sector LJ-P c6-17
Col 285 Sector LU-M c8-6 A
Col 285 Sector ML-Z b15-5 3
Col 285 Sector MY-O b7-2 A
Col 285 Sector OR-F b26-2 A 1
Col 285 Sector PH-E b14-2 5
Col 285 Sector QA-L c9-3 1
Col 285 Sector RV-K c9-8
Col 285 Sector SR-F b13-1 2
Col 285 Sector YC-F b26-9
Col 285 Sector YF-O d6-99 A 1
Col 359 Sector HT-H b40-2 3 b
Col 359 Sector LH-J b10-5 A 1
Col 359 Sector NH-J b10-1 A
Col 359 Sector NZ-F b41-1 A
Col 359 Sector RN-S c4-14 1
Col 359 Sector UE-G d11-8
Colonia 2 b
EE Leonis
Electra 3
George Pantazis
Gliese 452.3
HIP 12959 4
HIP 16378
HIP 16431
HIP 17044 1
HIP 17225 A 1
HIP 17694 A 1
HIP 19072 4
HIP 49538 1
HIP 54181 A 3
HIP 63386 A
HIP 73773 A 1
HIP 97146 A 1
HIP 93780 3
HIP 98328 A
HIP 98406 2
HR 1185 A A 9
HR 4535
HR 6348 A
HR 6514 A
Hyades Sector EB-X d1-59 1
Hyades Sector IR-U b3-5 1 d
LHS 1047 2
LHS 1596 2
LHS 2206 2
LP 855-10 1
Lupus Dark Region DW-V b2-1 A
Lupus Dark Region JY-Q b5-1 A 2
Maia A 1
Maia A 2
Mel 111 Sector BL-O B6-0 A
Mel 111 Sector CL-P b5-1 4
Merope 1 B
NGC 2632 Sector IW-W c1-0
Neche 2 A
Pegasi Sector TT-X a2-2 4
Pic Tok 2
Pleiades Sector AB-W b2-4 3
Pleiades Sector GW-W c1-13 A 6
Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-57 A 3
Pleiades Sector HR-W d1-79 1 a
Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-5 1
Pleiades Sector IH-V c2-16 A
Pulano 3
Puppis Sector FB-X b1-4 3
Ross 446 1
Ruka 2
Scorpii Sector IR-W c1-35 A
Swoiwns YM-J b1-6 A 1
Synuefai JI-R d5-12 6
Synuefai ML-U b20-0 A
Synuefai SS-Y b18-0 1 a
Synuefai VJ-C b19-1 2 a
Synuefe CV-P c8-11 6
Synuefe DP-J b56-5 2 A
Synuefe KM-E b59-10 A
Synuefe TI-A b20-1 A
Temnet A 1
Teorge 1 c
Teorge 3 c
Teorge 3 e
Teorge 4 a
Teorge 4 b
Teorge 5 d
Teorge 5 e
Thoth 1 a (Distress Beacon)
Tseen Foo
Upaniklis A 5
Waikiri A
Wasat A 1
Wredguia EB-F d11-37 AB 5 a
Wredguia EB-M c21-11 ABC 1 a
Wredguia IT-J b51-2 A
Wredguia KC-K c22-1 A
Wregoe IJ-M b22-0
Wregoe PV-C c26-16




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GalNet: Galactic News: Exploration or Surveillance?
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