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Dock at a specific position only

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Is there a way with stock 2.5 Meter docking ports where I can dock only at a specific angle? 

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Not easily without mods.

2 mods that may help.

1) Navyfish's Docking Port Alignment indicator (DPAI).  in the alignment indicator, there is a readout of the relative rotation between the 2 docking ports.  using this you can get relative rotation within a few tenths of a degree of desired orientation.

2) Nertea's Near future construction:  Has a docking port that will only dock if they are precisely lined up in relative rotation (at 0, 90 180 and 270 degree relative rotation).  This one is important if you want to radially dock something to a spacecraft that will provide thrust axially.  The few tenths of a degree accuracy of the DPAI not enough to keep the craft controllable with radially docked engines.

Without Mods, there is the old dual docking port method, where you dock to something else using 2 docking ports.  This one has always been finicky because to successfully dock both ports you have to be exactly lined up in pitch roll and yaw axis, else only one docking port would successfully dock. 

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Other than adding an alignment marker to both vehicles (like an antenna) and rotating until they line up, I don't think so.

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Not that I am aware of, however if you are or don't mind using MechJeb it has an option for docking angle in its docking autopilot.

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I make some kind of jigs with small cubic stuts sometimes. Right next to the docking ports. One on one ship, two on the other, interlocking, in a way that only allows one exact orientation to mesh. Works perfect, but adds 3 parts to every docking node.

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1 hour ago, Birdco_Space said:

Not easily without mods.

2 mods that may help.

Hello,

Angle snap is also available in Roverdude's Konstruction mod. But it's a big mod just for that.

See you

Vive_moi

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You can use a very small MM patch for this. For the instructions, please see:

 

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