The purpose of the block is to collect free floating objects in space. The collector will gather any item 2 meters in front of it. The item(s) will be placed inside its inventory, or be transferred to a storage container if connected to a Conveyor.
The collector block can be placed anywhere the player desires. The collection cone is the side where it retrieves items, and on the opposite side is the conveyor port where it may transfer items to and from the conveyor/storage block. While the collector may be placed on small ships, large ships, and stations, its size remains constant. Meaning that when placed on small ships, it will take up 3x3x3 block spaces.
- The small ship version of the Collector block has smaller conveyor ports on two sides and the bottom. There are two large conveyor ports on two of the other sides.
The collection process of the block is automatic, and requires no intervention by the player. The only requirement is that the block be powered. It can collect any number of items that it comes into contact with. Its only limitation is when the block itself runs out of inventory space, or the inventories connected.
To use, simply place the block and face the chute side to the direction you want it to receive items. When powered, the collector will retrieve any and all items it comes into contact with.
- For items to be collected, the items must reach the center of the collectors chute. It will not grab items beside it.
- Be aware, that the collector will not retrieve debris in space. It will only recover items, components, tools, and ores. It will not retrieve blocks.