This article is about galactic coordinates. For information on other types of coordinates, see:
Galactic Coordinates are points used in navigation.
Galactic Coordinates are the points that can be extracted from a Signal Booster data string and used in a Coordinate Plotting App to acquire your Galactic Coordinate Position in a No Man's Sky galaxy.
When placed, a Signal Booster will display a Coordinate data string, such as the one in the video below: HUKYA:046A:0081:0D6D:0038
Decoding signal booster string
|Var name:||Scanner ID||X||Y||Z||Solar System Index|
|range for game values||(4-5 letters)||0..FFF||0..FF||0..FFF||1..2FF|
The three sections in the middle (046A:0081:0D6D) can be entered into a Coordinate Plotting App to extrapolate an x, y, z position.
The last section (0038) is a Solar System Index and not necessary for galactic scale navigation. More research is being conducted by the Alliance of Galactic Travellers on their specific function.
- An index of 0079 designates a black hole system.
- an index of 007A designates an Atlas Station
In the game, the x, y and z (called VoxelX,VoxelY and VoxelZ) coordinates, together with the SolarSystemIndex, are internally referred to as GalacticAddress.
These Galactic Coordinates are crucial for long range galactic navigation. To learn more, visit the iVc Navigator's Guide
Decoding Portal string
|Var name:||Planet||Solar System Index||Y||Z||X|
|range for game values||0..F||000...2FF||00..FF||000...FFF||000...FFF|
Not only is the portal string mixed around compared to the signal booster, there are adjustments to translate the X, Y, and Z coordinates. The portal code uses the galactic center for 0,0,0 rather than a corner. From signal booster to portal, a value is Added or Subtracted. The lower half of each range has a constant Added value, while the upper half has a constant Subtracted value.
|Signal Booster 1||046A||0081||0D6D||0||038|
|Signal Booster 2||0E8F||007F||01D8||0||079|
Table of conversions
|(Y = bottom)||(X = west)|
(Z = north)
|(Y = top)||(X = east)|
(Z = south)
When entering coordinates on a wiki page, use the coords macro in the following format (the alpha parm is optional):
will create this:
Coordinates and Glyph Generation Template
When entering coordinates on a wiki page, and you also want it to automatically display glyphs, use the CoordGlyphConvert macro in the following format (the alpha parm is not to be used):
will create this:
- Coordinates Guide is a reference page for exchanging coordinates.
- There are also planetary coordinates which provide similar navigation for planets.
- Portal Decoder is a special tool to convert between Galactic Coordinates and portal address.
- Research and documentation of the original meaning of the signal booster galactic coordinate string was first made by the IVc Project on behalf of the Alliance of Galactic Travellers and then documented for the entire NMS Civilized space community in the Pathfinder era.